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LGBTQ+ Subject Guide

LGBTQ+ Pride Month

NYC Pride's official theme for 2024


LGBTQ+ Pride Month, celebrated annually from June 1 to 30, honors and commemorates the contributions and experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals.


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A Brief History

"Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month is celebrated each year in June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. The Stonewall Uprising was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. In the United States, the last Sunday in June was initially celebrated as "Gay Pride Day," but the actual day was flexible. In major cities across the nation, the "day" soon grew to encompass a month-long series of events. Today, celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia, and concerts, and LGBTQ Pride Month events attract millions of participants around the world. Memorials are held this month for community members who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. 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."

Source: The Library of Congress