LGBTQ+ Pride Month

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Pride Month (LGBTQ+ Pride Month) is celebrated each year during the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City. The Stonewall riots were a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the US and quickly became a symbol of resistance to social and political discrimination. 


In a June 2021 address, President Joe Biden wrote: “Pride is a time to recall the trials the [LGBTQ+] community has endured and to rejoice in the triumphs of trailblazing individuals who have bravely fought—and continue to fight—for full equality.” He described it as “both a jubilant communal celebration of visibility and a personal celebration of self-worth and dignity,” recognizing the ongoing struggle against discrimination and injustice of LGBTQ+ individuals. Same-sex marriage was legalized country-wide in June 2015, and today’s celebrations include parades, picnics, workshops, concerts, and more, attracting millions of participants around the world.