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When Is Pride Month? Origins and Traditions Explained

Posted on May 25, 2022

BY JACK DUTTON ON 5/24/22 AT 2:00 PM EDT.

June marks Pride Month, where millions will gather at marches and carnivals in cities across the globe to celebrate LGBTQ+ rights and the impact that these communities have had nationally and internationally.

From New York to Cape Town to Tel Aviv, the celebrations are held all over the world.

The main symbol of Pride is a rainbow flag to reflect the diversity of the movement and denote the spectrum of gender and sexuality.

When Is Pride Month?

Pride Month is celebrated in the month of June each year to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan, New York City, according to Library of Congress (LOC).

Origins of Pride Month

Few establishments welcomed LGBTQ+ people in 1950s and 1960s in the United States and those venues were considered illegal. The venues that did accommodate LGBTQ+ people were often owned by the Mafia during that time, due to their illegal nature.

The Stonewall Uprising was a pivotal moment for the Gay Liberation Movement in America. They were a series of spontaneous demonstrations by gay activists in response to a police raid that began in the early morning of June 28, 1969 at the Stonewall Inn, in Greenwich Village, New York.

Stonewall patrons, as well as clientele from other Greenwich Village gay and lesbian bars, fought back against the police when they became violent. Following several protests, Greenwich village residents formed activist groups demanding the right to live openly regarding their sexual orientations without fear of police reprisals. With the space of a few months, newspapers were established to promote rights for gay men and lesbians.