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Why is June LGBTQ+ Pride Month?

“The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally,¨.
— Library of Congress

Across the United States LGBTQ+ Pride is celebrated in the month of June to commemorate the Stonewall Riots of 1969. The riots were a major tipping point and brought nationwide attention to the Gay Liberation Movement, and this year marks the 50th anniversary. Read more about Stonewall here. Initially the last Sunday in June was celebrated as, ¨Gay Pride Day,” but today communities, cities and organizations host events throughout the month, from parties, parades to memorials commemorating those lost in hate crimes. According to the Library of Congress, “The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally,¨.

A Protest following the Stonewall Riots

A Protest following the Stonewall Riots

This year in Milwaukee, Pridefest runs from Thursday, June 6th to Sunday, June 9th at the Henry W. Maier Festival Park, buy tickets at the door or online, here. There will be a fun lineup of music and performances, as well as a LGBTQ+ history exhibit, put on by the Wisconsin LGBT History Project. The annual Pride Parade will be on Sunday, June 9th at 2:00 pm on South 2nd Street in downtown Milwaukee. If you are unable to attend these events try to support another Milwaukee LGBTQ+ Organization by donating money or volunteering or try learn more about a LGBTQ+ figure who has impacted the world.

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