What is LGBTQ+ Pride Month?

It's a time to commemorate the history of the LGBTQ+ rights movement, celebrate the community's achievements, and raise awareness of ongoing challenges.

Pride Month finds its roots in the Stonewall Riots, a series of protests sparked by a police raid on a gay bar in New York City on June 28, 1969. This pivotal moment in LGBTQ+ history ignited a movement for equality.

The Stonewall Riots

Pride Month traces its roots back to the Stonewall riots, which began on June 28, 1969. The first Pride marches were held a year later on June 28, 1970. These one-day events eventually grew into a full month of LGBTQ+ pride celebrations.

How did LGBTQ+ Pride Month start and why is it in June?

President Bill Clinton declared the first 'Gay and Lesbian Pride Month' in June 1999, the 30th anniversary of the Stonewall riots.

When did the U.S. government first recognize LGBTQ Pride Month?

Pride Month is celebrated worldwide, with major events in cities like New York, São Paulo, Madrid, Toronto, and San Francisco. These celebrations showcase the LGBTQ+ community's global reach and solidarity.

What are the biggest LGBTQ+ Pride marches in the world?

The rainbow Pride flag, a powerful symbol of the LGBTQ rights movement, was created by seamster Gilbert Baker in 1978.

When was the rainbow Pride flag created?

Gilbert Baker designed the rainbow flag to represent the  diversity, inclusion, hope, and the beauty of the LGBTQ+ community.

Why is the rainbow flag a symbol of LGBTQ pride?

Pride Month isn't just about parades and parties. Rallies, marches, and educational events raise awareness of issues affecting the LGBTQ+ community, such as discrimination, violence, and lack of equality.

More Than Parades: Pride and Protest

Pride Month is an opportunity to learn, celebrate, and advocate for the LGBTQ+ community.

Join the Movement: Celebrate with Pride!