Happy Pride Month
I call upon all Americans to observe this month by fighting prejudice and discrimination in their own lives and everywhere it exists. – Proclamation by U.S President Barack Obama, May 28, 2010
The month of June was chosen for LGBTQIA+ Pride Month to commemorate the Stonewall riots in Manhattan, which occurred at the end of June 1969. As a result, every June, many pride events are held around the world, to recognize the impact LGBTQIA+ people have had in the world.
Brenda Howard is known as the “Mother of Pride”, after coordinating the first LGBTQIA+ Pride march. She is also credited along with fellow LGBTQIA+ rights activists Robert A. Martin (aka Donny the Punk) and L. Craig Schoonmaker for making famous the word “Pride.”
Quote from LGBTQIA+ rights activist Tom Limoncelli, “The next time someone asks you why LGBTQIA+ Pride marches exist or why Pride Month is June tell them ‘A bisexual woman named Brenda Howard thought it should be.”
See if any events are taking place near you, visit the:
Gay Pride Events Calendar
Presidents who have declared Gay Pride Month include:
- President Bill Clinton declared June “Gay & Lesbian Pride Month” on June 11, 1999 and in 2000.
- President Barack Obama declared June Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016,
But as far as President Trump is concerned, he is just ignoring the Proclamation all together.
- President Trump misses LGBTQ Pride Month — again
- President Trump refuses to sign LGBT pride month proclamation again
- Trump’s White House Won’t Acknowledge June As LGBT Pride Month
- Trump WH declines to recognize LGBT Pride Month
In 2021 President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris celebrate Pride month. President Biden on Tuesday issued a presidential proclamation recognizing June as Pride Month, vowing to fight for full equality for the L.G.B.T.Q. community to be codified into law. VP Harris has been wearing a rainbow sequined coat publicly to show her support.
Other articles in regards to LGBTQIA+ Pride Month
- Library of Congress about LGBT Pride Month
- Remembering Brenda: An Ode to the ‘Mother of Pride’
- 14 Amazing Pride Parades Around the World
Pictures from Past Events
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