Recognitions and Holidays

This is a rainbow LGBTQ+ Pride Month flag. The colors include red, orange, yellow, green blue, purple, pink and white.


​​Pride month celebrates LGBTQ culture, achievements and activism through a series of organized activities, including film festivals, art exhibits, marches, concerts and other programs.

Pride Month is observed in June to honor the anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. In the late 1960s, being openly gay was largely prohibited in most places. New York had a rule that the simple presence of someone gay or genderqueer counted as disorderly conduct, effectively outlawing gay bars.

On June 28, 1969, patrons of the Stonewall Inn, a popular bar with a diverse LGBTQ clientele, stood their ground after police raided the establishment.  The resulting clash led to days of riots and protests, known as the Stonewall Uprising. One year later, on the anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, thousands of people flooded the streets of Manhattan in the Christopher Street Gay Liberation Day March which is regarded as the first gay pride event ever.

Pride Month had humble beginnings. It initially began as Gay Pride Day, observed annually on the last Sunday in June. As awareness increased, more activities and events were planned throughout the month and eventually, it evolved into the month-long observance, named Pride Month.  In 1999, President Bill Clinton officially declared June as Gay and Lesbian Pride Month, setting aside the month as a time to recognize the LGBTQ community’s achievements and support the community.

•      Sylvia Rivera was a drag queen who was a gay and transgender activist in the 1960s and 1970s. She’s known for participating in the Stonewall Riots of 1969 and establishing the political organization STAR (Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries) with fellow friend and drag queen, Marsha Johnson.

•      Marsha Johnson, activist and self-identified drag queen, was one of the most prominent players in the gay liberation movement of the 1960s and 1970s. Johnson faced abuse from police and had no permanent home while working as a drag queen and waitress. Johnson found herself in the frontlines of gay rights protests after police raided the Stonewall Inn in 1969.

•      Jackie Shane was originally assigned male at birth, and she performed in women’s clothing and log hair at a young age. She eventually left the southern United States for Canada where she found success. Her single “Any Other Way” hit the local charts while breaking social and political lines. Shane is regarded as a trailblazer in transgender representation.

•      Bayard Rustin walked the dangerous world of social and political movements in the 1940s as an openly gay Black man fighting for both Black and LGBTQ+ rights during a time when it was practically illegal to be in America. He was an organizer, strategist, and a blaze-carrying torchbearer in the fight for civil rights for all. Rustin was one of the key organizers of the March on Washington.