Pride Month is celebrated each year in June to honor the Stonewall Riots or Uprising that took place in 1969 in New York City to protest the police raid of a gay club called the Stonewall Inn. This spontaneous protest is acknowledged by many as the catalyst for the gay rights movement. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, Gay Pride or LGBTQ+ Pride Month “commemorates years of struggle for civil rights and the ongoing pursuit of equal justice under the law for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community, as well as the accomplishments of LGBTQ individuals.” All across the nation and the world, celebrations take place to honor the fight for equal rights and the many contributions of the LGBTQ+ community; events include pride parades, picnics, parties, concerts, workshops, and more. During this month, memorials are also held in remembrance of those who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. Given the current political and societal battles over a variety of LGBTQ+ issues and rights, it seems that it is more important than ever to recognize Pride Month. So join us in celebration and check out recent LGBTQ+ sources from our collection on our WU Reads Reading Guide.
Wallenfeldt, Jeff. “Why Is Pride Month Celebrated in June?”. Encyclopedia Britannica, 27 May. 2022, https://www.britannica.com/
For more information, see:
Human Rights Campaign–Celebrate Pride with Us
Library of Congress–LGBTQ Pride Month