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The History of Pride Month


Pride Month is an entire month, typically June, dedicated to the celebration and commemoration of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender pride. With pride month brings support of LGBTQ rights, and culture. Traditionally, many parades, festivals, memorials, and celebrations are held within communities in honor of Pride Month. Pride Month is a month that represents both political activism and celebration.


Pride Month began after the Stonewall riots, a series of gay liberation protests in 1969. NYPD raided the Stonewall Inn and aggressively dragged patrons and employees out of the bar. However, people fought back. A growing crowd gathered in the streets and protested for six days straight. These riots sparked a movement for gay rights.


A year later on the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, activists in New York City marched the streets of Manhattan advocating for gay pride. With success, this march is now known as the first ever Gay Pride Parade, which now occur annually during Pride Month.

Over the years, gay pride celebrations and events have spread from large cities to smaller towns all over the world. In June 2000, President Bill Clinton officially designated June as Gay and Lesbian Pride Month, in recognition of the stonewall Riots and activism. In 2009, a more inclusive name, ‘LGBT Pride Month’, was given to the month of June by President Barack Obama. Obama also honored the origins of Pride Month by creating the Stonewall National Monument which stands around the Stonewall Inn.


Pride Month is celebrated all over the world and has grown tremendously in popularity. As a woman-owned business, RepuCare has a priority to recognize all LGBTQ+ Americans and ensure everyone feels accepted and proud. We are proud to say that our business is a member of the ‘Open To All’ nonprofit campaign helping to transform America by sending a message that everyone is welcome, valued, and respected.

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