Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBT+) Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan
The Stonewall Uprising was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. In the United States the last Sunday in June was initially celebrated as “Gay Pride Day,” but the actual day was flexible. In major cities across the nation the “day” soon grew to encompass a month-long series of events. Today, celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia and concerts, and LGBT Pride Month events attract millions of participants around the world. Memorials are held during this month for those members of the community who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.
By all estimates, there were three to five thousand marchers at the inaugural Pride in New York City, and today marchers in New York City number in the millions. Since 1970, LGBT+ people have continued to gather together in June to march with Pride and demonstrate for equal rights.
Watch documentary footage of the first Pride march, “Gay and Proud,” a documentary by activist Lilli Vincenz: