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June Is Pride Month

by Tianze Li

Happy Pride Month! This year’s Pride Month has been marked by historic moments like Carl Nassib coming out as gay as the first active NFL player. In a video posted on Instagram, he said that while he’s generally a private person, he chose to come out because he said “representation and visibility are so important.” 

What is Pride Month

Pride month is a month dedicated to celebrating gender diversity all around the world. During pride month, many pride events such as parades and festivals are held to recognize the voices and experiences of LGBTQ+ people.

Who Celebrates It

Pride Month is traditionally celebrated by members of the LGBTQ+ community. LGBTQ+ is an acronym for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, and agender. Straight allies can celebrate by listening to queer voices, taking action, and showing their support.

History of Pride Month

At the end of June 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City. When the police became violent, people at the Stonewall Inn fought back. In response to the police raid, the gay community held a series of spontaneous demonstrations, demanding the right to live openly regarding their sexual orientation withouth the fear of being arrested. In June 2000, President Bill Clinton declared June as the Pride Month in honor of the Stonewall Riots. Later, President Obama signed a proclamation designating June as Pride Month. In June 2021, President Biden issued a presidential proclamation recognizing June as Pride Month.

This year’s Pride Month is a time to not only celebrate progress, but also demand change. On Tuesday, Hungary’s parliament passed an anti-LGBT law that bans school talks on LGBT issues. This has triggered worldwide protests standing in solidarity with Hungary’s LGBT community and criticism from human rights groups, as in the quote by Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected official in the history of California, “It takes no compromise to give people their rights… it takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no political deal to give people freedom. It takes no survey to remove repression.”

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