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:
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