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Why is Pride Month in June?

Learn about the celebration’s history

 

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Every June people dress in colorful clothing, wave rainbow flags and celebrate the LGBTQ+ community. The event commemorates the years of struggle and repression endured by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. But, why is it celebrated in June?

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Pride is observed throughout the month of June because the event honors the Stonewall Uprising. The Stonewall Uprising took place on June 28, 1969, when police raided the Stonewall Inn, a known gay club in New York City. Today, it's a historic location you can take a virtual tour of.

The raid incited a riot between allies of the LGBTQ+ community and the police that lasted days in Greenwich Village near Christopher Park. The uprising was considered a turning point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States.

According to the Library of Congress, the last Sunday in June was celebrated as “Gay Pride Day” in the United States. In large cities across the country, the day turned into events spanning the entire month. Today, Pride Month includes popular parades, concerts and more and is celebrated in countries around the world.

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Although the celebration may look different in 2020 due the coronavirus pandemic, which has canceled many notable events, check out some ways you can celebrate Pride Month from home.