Pride Month is celebrated each year in the month of June to recognize the impact that LGBTQ individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally. Pride Month commemorate years of struggle for civil rights and the ongoing work to achieve equal justice under the law for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community.
Pride Month is largely credited as being started by bisexual activist Brenda Howard. Known as ‘The Mother of Pride,’ Brenda organized Gay Pride Week and the Christopher Street Liberation Day Parade, the first Pride march in New York City. The march was held on June 28, 1970, on the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. 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 LGBTQ Americans were commonly subjected to. The Stonewall Uprising marked the beginning of a movement to outlaw discriminatory laws and practices against LGBTQ Americans.
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Bill Clinton was the first U.S. President to officially recognize Pride Month in 1999 and 2000. Then, from 2009 to 2016, Barack Obama declared June LGBTQ Pride Month. In 2021, Joe Biden issued a presidential proclamation officially recognizing Pride Month and vowing to fight for LGBTQ rights.
Today, Pride Month celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, conferences, concerts, plus more! These events attract millions of participants from around the world and focus on not just celebrating and uplifting the LGBTQ community, but also educating people on how to support and advocate for LGBTQ rights and laws to make the country a safer and better place for all.
Partners Is proud to be a LGBTQ friendly organization! We support the civil rights of all individuals and oppose all forms of discrimination, including discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.