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It’s time for Pride! As Pride Month, June is the time to proudly support Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Two-Spirit Pride Month (LGBTQ+ Pride Month).
In 1999, Bill Clinton was the first U.S. President to officially recognize Pride Month. Barack Obama then declared June LGBTQ Pride Month in 2009.
Today, Pride Month celebrations include walks, parades, concerts, picnics, and many other events that draw millions of participants around the world. Many of these events include memorials for those members of the community lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. The New York Pride Parade, for instance, is one of the largest and most well-known of the parades, and now routinely attracts more than 2 million people since 2019.
This Pride month, take time to show your support for the LGBTQ+ community and recognize the impact of LGBTQ+ individuals on history. This support and acceptance is crucial and will help to make the world safer for those in the LGBTQ+ community, as well as making vital spaces like schools and other community locations safer for LGBTQ+ youth. Join us today as we celebrate Pride and our colleagues and students who are a part of the LGBTQ community!
Learn more about the history of Pride month in our Medium article here.