Celebrating Gay Pride Month

10 Jun Celebrating Gay Pride Month

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan.  The Stonewall riots were a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States.  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.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots.