As you may or may not know, June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LBGT) month. LGBT Pride is celebrated in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan. The Stonewall riots were a serious of spontaneous, violent demonstrations by members of the LGBT community against a police raid that took place in the morning hours of June 28, 1969 at the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich village neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. This group is considered to start the most important event leading into the gay liberation movements.
After the Stonewall riots gays and lesbians in New York faced gender, race, and class obstacles. Two gay activists were formed in New York six months after the riot and three newspapers were established to promote rights for gays and lesbians.
The last Sunday in June was initially celebrated as “Pride Day”. As the day began to get more flexible, major cities across the United States grew to encompass a month-long series of events. Celebrations include parades, picnics, parties, etc. These events attract millions of participants around the world. Memorials are held during this month for members of the community who have lost their lives to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. These events are during the month to honor those and recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals have left on a local, nation, and international level.
In 1994 October was designated as LGBT History month in the United States by education-based organizations. In 1995 the General Assembly of the National Education Association passed a resolution that included LGBT History Month within a list commemorative months.
Today Pride month offers a handful of events where members of the LGBT community celebrate who they are. Major cities including Los Angeles and Chicago are home to the largest pride festivals and parades.
Pride month is a celebration for those who have fought for their rights to enjoy themselves as who they are. Let us not just celebrate those of the LGBT community just this month but spread love and kindness to them at all times.