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Pride Month

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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month is a nationally recognized observance in the month of June. During this period, the LGBTQ community, its advocates, and allies celebrate by promoting diversity, inclusion, community, unity, and PRIDE.

On June 28, 1969, the Stonewall Inn, in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City, was engrossed in spontaneous demonstrations and violent clashes between law enforcement and the LGBT community. This was a critical time in LGBT history; a social gathering place turned into a place of great unrest.

A collection of actions led to the Stonewall Riots, also known to as the Stonewall Uprising. The riots were largely considered to be the single most important event leading to the LGBTQ liberation movement and the modern fight for LGBTQ rights in the United States. Members of law enforcement raided The Stonewall Inn, a gay bar and recreational tavern. Tensions quickly escalated as patrons and supporters resisted. This uprising marked the beginning of a movement to outlaw discriminatory laws and practices against LGBTQ Americans.

While these acts of harassment and social and gender discrimination were aimed to control and silence the LGBT community, it birthed a movement, the LGBTQ movement.

Since 1999, U.S. Presidents have issued proclamations and acknowledgements to recognize this observance month.

  • 1999-2000: President William Clinton issued proclamations recognizing the month of June as "Gay & Lesbian Pride Month."
     
  • 2009-2016: President Barack Obama issued proclamations recognizing the month of June as "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Month."
     
  • 2016: President Barack Obama designated Christopher Park, The Stonewall Inn, and the surrounding streets and sidewalks that were the sites of the 1969 Stonewall Riots, as the first national monument to LGBTQ rights.
     
  • 2019: President Donald Trump is the first U.S. President to acknowledge LGBTQ Pride Month via a tweet.
     
  • 2021: President Joseph Biden issued the first proclamation of “Transgender Day of Visibility.”
     
  • 2021: President Joseph Biden issued a proclamation recognizing the month of June as “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) Pride Month.”

On this 51st anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, LGBTQ, advocates, and allies have not forgotten the history or the movement. In solidarity, they remember through parades, marches, and displays of the rainbow-colored Pride flag.

Secretary of Defense Speaks at Pentagon LGBTQ Event

Resources

A Proclamation on Transgender Day Of Visibility, 2021

A Proclamation on Transgender Day Of Visibility, 2021

Transgender Day of Visibility recognizes the generations of struggle, activism, and courage that have brought our country closer to full equality for transgender and gender non-binary people in the United States and around the world.
Austin: 'No One Should Have to Hide Who They Love to Serve the Country They Love'

Austin: 'No One Should Have to Hide Who They Love to Serve the Country They Love'

The Defense Department celebrates the extraordinary achievements of its LGBTQ+ service members, civilian employees and their families' sacrifices during Pride Month.
Library of Congress: LGBT Pride Month

Library of Congress: LGBT Pride Month

The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.
PBS Special: LGBT Pride Month

PBS Special: LGBT Pride Month

Celebrate Pride Month this June and every day with PBS. Explore a special collection of films, series and short stories that explore the LGBTQ experience in the United States and around the world.