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.
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.