Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month

When is it celebrated?

It is celebrated the month of June.

Who celebrates it?

It is celebrated around the world.

Where does it originate from?

On June 28, 1969, police raided Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City.  Although common for the time, this was a breaking point for the LGBTQ community who were tired of years of police brutality.  Riots broke out and lasted for 5 days. These were led by trans activists of color, Marsha P. Johnson and Silvia Rivera. The Stonewall riots were one of the first times the LGBTQ community unified, because of this many organizations emerged from this event.  The next year the community organized a march to remember Stonewall. Pride Month has grown since then, and now spans a month.

Symbols/Traditions:

  • Attending parades and festivals
  • Honoring those who have died
  • Recognizing the contributions and importance of LGBTQ individuals
  • Displaying a Rainbow Flag: The flag was originally designed by Gilbert Baker, in 1978. The colors represent: red for life, orange for healing, yellow for sunlight, green for nature, blue for serenity, and violet for spirit.  Different variations of the flag have been designed throughout the years. One of the variations is the Philly pride flag, which includes black and brown stripes.

Thank you, Corrie, from The Tiny Activist for your help at maintaining accuracy! Check out www.tinyactivists.com to see their work on amplifying the voices of marginalized groups and diverse book recommendations.

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