More Than A Month: Five Facts About PRIDE’s History

More Than A Month: Five Facts About PRIDE’s History

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We are directly in the middle of PRIDE month and so far, we’ve seen amazing displays of support from advocates and members of the LGBTQIA+ Community. 

Since 1970, the LGBTQIA+ community has celebrated Pride Month in June—a time to celebrate what it means to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender while demanding equality and liberation.

As we are always excited to see the support and openness, for members of our community PRIDE Month is just a portion of our PRIDE Life.

Our claim, More Than A Month, it aimed to put emphasis on PRIDE extending past the month of June.


Businesses should support and create inclusive articles of clothing, shoes, and products all year long, not just during one month.

With the excitement surrounding this year, as some of us transition to being outside again, be sure to share knowledge where you can.

Here are five things you probably didn’t know about PRIDE Months history:

The First Gay Pride Parade was held in Chi-Town (Chicago).

Chicago hosted the first Gay Pride Parade in the United States on June 27, 1970.

The Month of Junes Significance is attributed to remembrance.

June was chosen to be the LGBT Pride Month to commemorate the Stonewall riots, which took place in New York in June 1969, when gay bars were illegal.

Harvey Milk was the first openly gay elected official in the U.S.

Harvey Milk was an American politician who became the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California.

President Bill Clinton was the first U.S. president to recognize June as Gay and Lesbian Pride Month.

In January 1999, President Clinton advocated for gay and lesbian issues in his State of the Union remarks, the first president ever to do so. On November 8, 1997, he also became the first sitting president to speak before a gay and lesbian organization when he delivered the keynote address to the Human Rights Campaign National Dinner.

Once upon a time, Pride wasn’t called Pride.

Pride was also referred to as “Gay Liberation” or “Gay Freedom”.


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