June 1 marks the beginning of LGBTQIA+ Pride Month, a time to recognize and celebrate LGBTQIA+ individuals in our communities. Pride month is celebrated in June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan, a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. Initially, “Gay Pride Day” was celebrated on the last Sunday in June. In many cities across the nation, the celebration grew to a month-long series of events.
Today, celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia, and concerts, and LGBTQ Pride Month events attract millions of participants around the world. Memorials are held during this month for those members of the community who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. 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.
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