Celebrate LGBT Pride in June
In June 1969, in response to police brutality aimed at LGBT people centered around the Stonewall Inn (a gay bar) in New York City, people refused to sit silently in the face of regular, discriminatory abuse and instigated a riot. This act of resistance helped to galvanize the LGBT community and their allies across the U.S., giving birth to the modern LGBT rights movement. This event has since been commemorated annually in many U.S. and international communities with festivals and marches.
In June 2000, President Clinton proclaimed the month of June to be Pride month, and in 2009, President Obama declared the same. Pride is more than a political statement - it is a celebration of LGBT community. Over the years, Pride celebrations have grown from small grassroots events to major city-wide events in some major cities.
Amnesty International celebrates Pride Month each June by encouraging our supporters to shine a light on LGBT cases around the world and further the cause of equality and human rights for all.