🏳️‍🌈 Celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month! - June

Learn the History of Pride Month 🏳️‍🌈 Celebrate with Books, Local and Virtual Events!

By Brenna Gutell June 9, 2022

Every June the LGBTQ community comes together and celebrates Pride month.  It's an opportunity for everyone in communities and towns across America to celebrate with them while embracing, supporting, engaging and learning more about the LGBTQ community.  Typically Pride Month celebrations include things like large pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, and concerts, it's also celebrated in locations around the world. There are so many more in-person events this year, also check the    for the most up to date Pride event listings. No matter the size of the celebration, big or small it's important for us to support our LGBTQ community and their rights.

The History behind Pride Month:

Pride Month is celebrated in June as a way to commemorated the Stonewall riots also known as the Stonewall uprising that took place early, on June 28, 1969 in New York. On the one year anniversary of of the Stonewall action, thousands of people marched in the streets of New York, this was considered America's first Gay Pride Pride Parade.  

Before Stonewall: 

What happened at Stonewall was a significant event in the history of the LGBTQ community's fight for equal rights, just like any important movement there were many other significant and lesser known events that happened before and after. 

Going back a decade before Stonewall, there was another defining act of resistance early on that added a spark to the fight for LGBTQ rights - this one closer to home. One evening in May, 1959 in the Skid Row area of Downtown Los Angeles there was an act of resistance at Cooper Do-Nuts, this incident also sparked another small uprising nearby later that evening, read more about it here and here. Then sometime in August of 1966 there was the Compton's Cafeteria Riot in San Francisco. Another local event . . . on February 11, 1967, 200 people gathered outside the Black Cat Tavern in Los Angeles for an organized public demonstration against the earlier actions by the police at the same location on Midnight, New Year's Eve in 1967. Read more about it here:  LGBTQ History Made in Los Angeles: Cooper Do-Nuts and the Black Cat Tavern. These are but a few events on the road to LGBTQ civil rights.

Learn more about the history of the LGBTQ movement here and by clicking on the links above.

Books are a great way to start a discussion at home with your kids about acceptance and understanding while discussing LGBTQ rights and what it means to be an ally.

LGBTQ+ Book recommendations for kids and teens:

Note:  Keep in mind that not all books are appropriate for all ages, use your own discretion. 

Pride Celebrations - 2023

Local and nearby Pride events

Confirmed Family Friendly Pride events:

Please note not all events listed are appropriate for all family members, use your own discretion. 

LGBTQ Organizations and Resources

If you have additional events or resources to share please let me know,

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Previously published in 2021, updated June 16, 2023