Pride Month is a month-long celebration recognizing the LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer) community’s contributions to society. It is a time to acknowledge the challenges faced by this community and to stand in solidarity with their fight for equality, acceptance, and human rights.
According to the Library of Congress, Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. In June of 1969, patrons and supporters of the Stonewall Inn in New York City staged an uprising to resist the police harassment and persecution to which LGBT Americans were commonly subjected. This uprising marks the beginning of a movement to outlaw discriminatory laws and practices against LGBTQ+ Americans. The Stonewall Uprising was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States.
- The White House is holding an LGBT Pride Month Champions of Change Video Challenge to explore the stories of unsung heroes and local leaders who are leading our march towards a more perfect union
- Take a look at resources from the Administration on Children and Families’ National Clearinghouse on Youth and Families. These resources are geared at helping youth-serving organizations understand and more effectively support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning young people: Serving Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Youth With Open Arms.
- Pride events occur throughout the month. Find a LGBT Pride event in your area.
- Check out the It Gets Better Project. Take the pledge to speak up against hate and intolerance whenever and wherever you see it. Watch videos from folks who know “It gets better,” or submit a video of your own.
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