June is LGBT Pride Month

by Jay Austin

Pride Month is celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots. The riots were a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. Today, celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, and LGBT Pride Month events attract millions of participants around the world. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history.

On several occasions, the President of the United States has officially declared a Pride Month. First, President Bill Clinton declared June “Gay & Lesbian Pride Month” on June 11, 1999 and in 2000. Then, every year between 2009 and 2016, President Barack Obama declared June “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month”.

If you are struggling with accepting who you are please reach out to someone who can help. If you are under the age of 25, The Trevor Project can help! The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25. Over the age of 25? You can call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, 1-800-273-8255.

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