- Yessica Avila
LGBT Pride Month, which stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, is celebrated annually in June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots and works to achieve equal justice and equal opportunity for lesbians, and gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) Americans. In June of 1969, patrons and supporters of the Stonewall Inn in New York City staged an uprising to resist the police harassment, and persecution LGBT Americans were commonly subjected to. This uprising marks the beginning of a movement to outlaw discriminatory laws and practices against LGBT Americans.
The LGBT community had still been fighting for years to get their rights. Up until 2015, LGBT couples were not allowed to get married. It sounds crazy that it was illegal for them to get married simply because people did not like it.
This is why LGBT pride month is important because it's a month full of celebrations for the LGBT community; festivities include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia, concerts, and LGBT Pride Month events attract millions of participants around the world. Memorials are held during this month for those members of the community who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize LGBTQ individuals' impact on history locally, nationally, and internationally.
The pride parade in San Francisco will be Sunday, June 26; anyone is welcome to attend. The event shows we are all equal, and we will be respectful to one another regardless of our differences. This year will be the 52nd annual year that they have the pride parade. "The Mission of the San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride Celebration Committee is to educate the world, commemorate our heritage, celebrate our culture, and liberate our people." This quote is the mission statement for the pride parade. For more information on the parade, check out their website.