Pride Month

June is Pride month, a period when the LGBTQ+ community recognizes and celebrates the impact that the community has had in history.  It is also is a time to remember those who have been lost to hate crimes and HIV/AIDS. While celebrations include parades, parties, concerts and educational opportunities, Pride also provides opportunities for peaceful protest and for raising political awareness of current issues facing the community – including the continued increase in violence toward transgender individuals.

  • What does LGBTQ stand for?  – Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer
  • Why is Pride in June?  – June was chosen because that is when the Stonewall Riots happened in 1969 – considered the birth of the gay rights movement
  • What is the Pride symbol?  – The rainbow flag is recognized as the symbol of LGBTQ+ pride.  It was created by San Francisco Activist Gilbert Baker.
  • What does PFLAG stand for?  – Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays



Click below to see people making a difference in the LGBTQ+ community:

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To learn more about Pride, connect with the following resources:

  • GLAAD, a non-government agency founded to promote LGBTQ acceptance along with identifying and preventing discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer individuals.
  • GLSEN, a network of students, families and education advocates working to facilitate LGBTQ safety and support in schools.

Ways to Celebrate Pride Month

  • Watch LGBTQ movies/TV shows
  • Support LGBTQ businesses
  • Volunteer or donate to an LGBTQ organization