Pride Month

The month of June represents Pride Month when we celebrate the LGBTQ+ community and the fight for equal rights.

Pride Month commemorates the 1969 Stonewall Inn uprising in New York City when police raided the gay club.  Among the many leaders of the riots was a Black, trans, bisexual woman, Marsha P Johnson, who led the movement which continued over the following six days.  The goal of the protests was simple:  the establishment of places where LGBTQ+ people could go and be open about their sexual orientation without fear of being arrested.

Bill Clinton was the first US President to officially recognize Pride Month in 1999.  Today, Pride Month symbolizes an opportunity for visibility and highlights important policy and resource issues the LGBTQ+ community faces.  These efforts are just as important today as they were back in the early days due to the escalating violence against the community – in particular the transgender community.  Additionally, in 2023, LGBTQ+ organizations are battling more than 650 anti-LGBTQ+ bills introduced throughout the country.


Learn more about Pride by connecting with the following organizations:

  • 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.
  • Human Rights Campaign, strives to end discrimination against LGBTQ+ people and realize a world that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all. (
  • Out & Equal, an organization formed to combat harassment and discrimination in the workplace.

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Ways to Celebrate Pride Month

  • Attend one of the many Pride parades throughout the country
  • Be an ally to the LBTQ+ community
  • Go see a LGBTQ+ themed show or movie
  • Visit an art gallery exhibiting LGBTQ+ art

Varsity Brands Pride Month Designs

In honor of Pride Month, Varsity Brands team members can show their support by purchasing Pride-themed apparel. Pride-themed designs are available through the Varsity Brands Company Sideline Store by selecting “Choose Your Design” on the store’s home page or “Other Designs Available” on select apparel and merchandise items.

Shop Varsity Brands Pride

LGBTQ+ Trailblazers: