The History of Pride Month


Josephine H., Staff Writer

     Did you know that June is Pride Month? President Bill Clinton was the first to declare June “Gay & Lesbian Pride Month” in 2000, and in 2011, President Barack Obama officially declared that June is Queer Pride Month. The official White House proclamation states that “…Each June, we commemorate the courageous individuals who have fought to achieve this promise for LGBT Americans, and we rededicate ourselves to the pursuit of equal rights for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.”


     Pride Month commemorates the Stonewall riots. The Stonewall riots occurred in 1969 and were a series of demonstrations by members of the LGBTQ+ community in response to a police raid. In the 1950s and the 1960s, the LGBTQ+ community faced an anti-gay legal system. Police raids were common on LGBTQ-owned establishments and LGBTQ+ people faced a lot of discrimination. Now, people acknowledge the importance of LGBTQ+ people in the Stonewall riots and to achieve better rights for everyone.


     June isn’t just a time for LGBTQ+ peoples to be proud of their identities; it’s a time for them to reflect on their history and celebrate their triumphs.