June is Pride Month, when the world’s LGBT communities come together and celebrate the freedom to be themselves. Throughout June, we look forward to supporting, celebrating and honoring our LGBTQ+ community. We believe that love is love…and that love always wins! 💜♥️💚💛💙🌈🌈🌈

In the early hours of June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York’s Greenwich Village, and began hauling customers outside. Tensions quickly escalated as patrons resisted arrest and a growing crowd of bystanders threw bottles and coins at the officers. New York’s gay community, fed up after years of harassment by authorities, broke out in neighborhood riots that went on for three days.
The uprising became a catalyst for an emerging gay rights movement as organizations such as the Gay Liberation Front and the Gay Activists Alliance were formed, modeled after the civil rights movement and the women’s rights movement. Members held protests, met with political leaders and interrupted public meetings to hold those leaders accountable. A year after the Stonewall riots, the nation’s first Gay Pride marches were held.
In 2016 the area around the Stonewall Inn, still a popular nightspot today, was designated a national monument.

Bill Clinton was the first US President to officially recognize Pride Month in 1999 and 2000. Then, from 2009 to 2016, Barack Obama declared June LGBT Pride Month. In May 2019, Donald Trump recognized Pride Month with a tweet announcing his Administration had launched a global campaign to decriminalize homosexuality, although critics have noted that actions would speak louder than words.

PRIDE MONTH TIMELINE

June 26, 2015 /Same Sex Marriage Rights
The U.S. Supreme Court makes same-sex marriages legal in all 50 US states.
June 25, 1978/The Rainbow Flag Flies High
Gilbert Baker’s original design of the rainbow gay pride flag is flown at the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade.
June 28, 1970/First Official Pride Parade
Organized by pioneering bisexual activist, Brenda Howard, and a committee she put together, the parade saw supporters march from Greenwich Village to Central Park.
June 28, 1969/The Stonewall Riots
NYC police raid the Stonewall Inn, instigating the Stonewall Riots.
1946/The First LGBT organization
Started in 1946, the Netherland’s Center for Culture adopted a vague name to mask its then taboo purpose.

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