In the United States and around the world, June is Pride Month. Pride Month recognizes and celebrates the LGBTQ+ community. In June, there are many parades and other celebrations in cities like New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and San Francisco. These parades often are very colorful, with rainbow Pride flags being held and flown by everyone. Pride parades are not only for those who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community, but also those who are allies or just want to show their support.
In 2020, June was the height of the COVID-19 pandemic so many Pride celebrations were cancelled or moved virtually. Even though many Americans are now getting vaccinated, many Pride Month celebrations are still being held virtually this year.
Pride Month was born out of the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City. Police raided a gay club in the city’s Greenwich Village neighborhood, the Stonewall Inn. Clubs like the Stonewall Inn were important to the LGBTQ+ community, because they were some of the few places where they felt welcome. The raid happened because homosexuality was illegal at the time. It led to protests and rioting for change, and is the beginning of the movement for LGBTQ+ rights and equality.
One year after the Stonewall Riots, in 1970, a march was held in the neighborhood of the Stonewall Inn. This became what we now know as Pride Month, or Pride Week.
|Pride Month||Mes del Orgullo|
|to get vaccinated||vacunados|
|Stonewall Riots||los Disturbios de Stonewall|
|Stonewall Inn||Hotel Stonewall|
|LGBTQ+ rights and equality||derechos e igualdad de la comunidad LGBTQ+|
|one year after||un año después|
Y, Y. SF Pride Parade. Unsplash, 24 June 2020, www.unsplash.com/photos/i6cYSbuyYmk.
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KHOU 11 Staff. “Why Is Pride Month Celebrated in June?” KHOU 11, 16 June 2021, www.khou.com/article/news/local/htownrush/why-is-pride-month-celebrated-in-june/285-b7b7fdbe-fb43-442c-9c03-0a28873942a8.