June is LGBTQ Pride Month.
LGBTQ Pride Month occurs in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall uprising in New York City. In June of 1969, those supporting the Stonewall Inn staged a protest against police harassment and persecution the LGBTQ community commonly experienced. This uprising marked the beginning of a movement to outlaw discriminatory laws and practices against LGBTQ Americans. LGBTQ Pride Month celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia and concerts, attracting millions of participants around the world. Resource: From ADL.org.
The first Pride March in New York City was held on June 28, 1970, on the one year anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. Resource: Library of Congress.
How To Get Involved:
There are a wide variety of opportunities for us to celebrate, teach, learn and demonstrate our pride for the LGBTQ community:
- Reverse the pattern of invisibility by teaching the stories, history and accomplishments of LGBTQ people.
- Talk with your community members about issues related to transgender and gender non-conforming acceptance, identity and rights.
- Read stories with LGBTQ people, families and friends – from picture books at an early age to chapter books, novels and non-fiction as students get older.
- Teach about the history of discrimination against LGBTQ people as well as how people have worked together to overcome injustice.
- Attend Pride Month events, including local Pride Month events like Seattle Pride Fest
Resource: ADL.org – Why Pride? blog post from June 7, 2014.
SJCC Partner Event:
Friday, June 25 | 6:00 pm
Join the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle and our co-sponsors for Pride Shabbat, a celebration of our diverse LGBTQ+ Jewish community, including friends, families, and allies. All are welcome!
Pride Month Resources: