2014 Theme: Reflections of Pride - Stonewall 45

What is Pride Month?

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month (LGBT Pride Month) is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan. In the United States, the last Sunday in June was initially celebrated as “Gay Pride Day,” but the actual day was flexible. In major cities across the nation, the “day” soon grew to encompass a  month-long series of events. Today, celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia, and concerts. LGBT Pride Month events attract millions of participants and their allies around the world. Memorials are held during this month for those members of the community who have died due to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the historical impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals have had locally, nationally, and internationally. The month also brings awareness to the issues facing the LGBTQ Community.

Source: http://www.loc.gov/lgbt/about.html

protesters during the stonewall riotsStonewall Riots

In the early hours of June 28, 1969, a group of gay customers at a popular gay bar in Greenwich Village called the Stonewall Inn, who had grown angry at the harassment by police, took a stand and a riot broke out. The riots inspired LGBT people throughout the country to organize in support of gay rights, and within two years after the riots, gay rights groups had been started in nearly every major city in the United States.

Source: http://civilrights.org/stonewall-riots-the-beginning-of-the-lgbt-movement/

Terms & Definitions

Transgender - A broad term for all people who do not match society’s expectations regarding gender, including transsexuals and cross dressers.

Questioning - People who are in the process of figuring out their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Coming out - To disclose one’s identity as an LGBTQ person to others.

Lesbian - A term given to females who are attracted sexually and emotionally to some other females.

Gay - A term used for males/females who are attracted sexually and emotionally to the same sex.

Bisexual - A term given to people who are attracted sexually and emotionally to some males and females.

Source: LU SafeZone Training Manual

photo of michael samSam Says: “I am an openly, proud gay man.”

Missouri All-American Michael Sam says he is gay, and the defensive end could become the first openly homosexual player in the NFL. “Michael is a great example of just how important it is to be respectful of others. He's taught a lot of people here firsthand that it doesn't matter what your background is, or your personal orientation, we're all on the same team and we all support each other,” said Gary Pinkel, Missouri head coach. “If Michael doesn't have the support of his teammates like he did this past year, I don't think there's any way he has the type of season he put together.”

Source: LA Times. February 9, 2014

graphic of state of texas colored with rainbow stripesMarriage Victory In Texas

A federal judge declared a same sex marriage ban in Texas unconstitutional on Wednesday, February 26. Judge Orlando Garcia issued the preliminary injunction after two gay couples challenged a state constitutional amendment and a longstanding law. Garcia said the couples are likely to win their case.

Source: Huffington Post. February 26, 2014

In May 2012, Huffington Post asked, in an online survey, "What is the most pressing issue facing the LGBT community?” As of March 2014, the poll results are as follows:

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18 US States Allow Gay Marriage

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Hawaii California Rhode Island Washington New Hampshire Connecticut
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