Happy Pride!

June is LGBT Pride Month! Here’s some background information and helpful links to help you understand the significance of this month-long celebration.

gay-pride-flag-2797989Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month (LGBT Pride Month) is currently celebrated each year throughout the month of June to remember the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan. To learn a bit more about the riots themselves, please click on the following link: Stonewall and Beyond: Lesbian and Gay Culture

The Stonewall riots were a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. The last Sunday in June was originally the day chosen to celebrate “Gay Pride,” and eventually that day grew to encompass the month of June. Today we see cities celebrate with pride parades, parties, educational workshops, concerts, etc.

In 1995, a resolution passed by the General Assembly of the National Education Association included LGBT History Month within its list of commemorative months. The Library of Congress states, “The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.”

President Obama reiterated the importance of LGBT Pride Month by recently stating, “Our journey is not complete until our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law.”

For more information on LGBT Pride Month, visit the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC’s) website.

Adoption STAR has offices in three cities. To see how these cities celebrate LGBT Pride Month, check out the following links:

Buffalo, NY

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Cincinnati, OH