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JUNE IS PRIDE MONTH: SEE HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED

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Pride Month: How to celebrate the LGBTQ community this year; See how you can get involved, whether it’s from your couch or marching down the road.

June marks the 51st celebration of Pride Month — a time when millions of people come together in support of the LGBTQ community. This year, many celebrations across the globe will resume as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted and more people are vaccinated.

So why does Pride Month take place in June? It goes back to June 28, 1969 when police raided a gay club called Stonewall Inn in New York. Though the police claimed the bar was operating with an improper liquor license, the raid was about nothing more than violently harassing and arresting LGBTQ people in one of the few places where they felt safe. Similar raids on gay-friendly business had been occurring for decades, but Stonewall was one of the first times when the patrons fought back. A diverse crowd of lesbians, gay men and transgender women, many of whom were people of color, clashed with the police, threw bottles and refused to be intimidated. The six day period of protests and demonstrations is now known as the Stonewall Riots. A New York rally held the next year to commemorate the first anniversary of the riots started the now regular tradition of Pride Month.  READ MORE

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