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Why
June is
June is LGBT Pride Month, a time for members of
the lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender community to come together and celebrate their identities, in spite of the discrimination they still face
around the world.
Although Pride celebrations take place throughout
the summer, most events occur in June. This month
has special historical significance because it’s when
the 1969 Stonewall uprising occurred.
During the 1960s, the Stonewall Inn was a gay bar
in New York City’s Greenwich Village that served as
a safe haven for many gay, lesbian, bisexual and
transgender individuals at a time when homosexuality was largely criminalized and stigmatized.
Members of the LGBT community came to the
Stonewall Inn to relax, drink, dance and connect
with each other without being harassed by civilians
or law enforcement.

Early in the
morning on June
28, 1969, police raided the
Stonewall Inn and began hauling
patrons outside to arrest them. Some
individuals were specifically targeted for violating
state laws that prohibited people from wearing
clothes deemed inappropriate for their gender.
Instead of backing down, angry bar patrons and
neighborhood residents confronted the police by
throwing coins and bottles. Fed up after years of
police harassment, New York’s gay community
broke out in riots that lasted for six days.
The Stonewall
riots became a
touchstone for
the emerging
gay liberation
movement.
Soon after,
several important gay rights
organizations
in the United
States and

Canada were formed. The following June, the
political activist Brenda Howard organized the first
Gay Pride parade to commemorate the anniversary
of the Stonewall riots.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the
Stonewall riots, which means Pride Month will be
especially significant in 2019.
Whether you identify as LGBT yourself or you
simply want to show support for friends, family and
community members, make sure to look for Pride
events in your area to attend this year.
LGBT is an acronym that stands for lesbian, gay,
bisexual and transgender. It’s often extended to
LGBTQ or LGBTQIA to include queer, intersex and
asexual individuals. The acronyms LGBT+ and
LGBTQIA+ are also sometimes
used to be inclusive of other identities.

FILE- On Thursday, June 6, 2019, Commissioner James O’Neill
apologized for the 1969 police raid at the Stonewall Inn. O’Neill
said Thursday that “the actions taken by the NYPD were
wrong” at the gay bar in New York City’s Greenwich Village. He
called the actions and laws of the time discriminatory and said,
“For that, I apologize.” (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

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