June is the month of acceptance and the month to welcome diversity in communities regardless of sexual orientation. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month is now observed every June in the United States and in several other countries. According to the Library of Congress “In the United States the last Sunday in June was initially celebrated as “Gay Pride Day” but the actual day varies. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History Month has now a month-long annual observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, the history of the gay rights and to recognize the impact Gay, Lesbian and Transgender individuals have had on the world.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender pride refers to a global movement and philosophy asserting that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals should be proud of their sexual orientation and gender identity. Gay pride advocates work for equal “rights and benefits” for LGBT people.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month is a time to celebrate with pride parades, picnics, parties, memorials for those lost from HIV and AIDS, and other group gathering events that attract thousands upon thousands of individuals.
The global movements main principle is for people to be proud of their sexual orientation and gender identity, that sexual diversity is a gift, and that sexual orientation and gender identity are inherent and cannot be intentionally altered.
President Bill Clinton deemed the month of June, “Gay and Lesbian Pride Month” in June of 2000. The month was chosen to remember a riot in 1969 at the Stonewall Inn in Manhattan that is thought to be the beginning of the gay liberation movement in the United States. May 30, 2014, President Barack Obama issued a Presidential proclamation that stated “NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. I call upon the people of the United States to eliminate prejudice everywhere it exists, and to celebrate the great diversity of the American people.”