“I call upon all Americans to observe this month by fighting prejudice and discrimination in their own lives everywhere it exists” –President Barack Obama
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In June 2000, President Bill Clinton deemed the month of June, “Gay and Lesbian Pride Month” to remember a riot in 1969 at the Stonewall Inn in Manhattan that is often considered to be the catalyst for the gay liberation movement in the United States. From that year on June has been known as Gay and Lesbian Pride Month.
At the time of the 1969 riot, American gay and lesbian citizens faced a legal system that was much more anti-homosexual than other countries. In fact, very few establishments welcomed openly gay people in the 1950’s and 1960’s, and those that did were often bars. The riots at the Stonewall Inn are frequently cited as the first instance in American history when people in the homosexual community fought back against a government-sponsored system that persecuted sexual minorities.
As a result, June as become a month of acceptance and welcoming of diversity, regardless of sexual orientation. Gay and lesbian groups celebrate this special time with picnics, pride parades, parties, and memorials for those lost due to HIV and AIDS. Gay and Lesbian friendly companies also make great contributions to the events that take place this month. They provide rainbow products, banners, and even sponsor many of the events themselves.
The impact and support that has transpired from these events is nothing short of phenomenal, and has raised awareness for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender community immensely. If you need any Gay and Lesbian Pride apparel for an upcoming parade or just want to show your support, check out our selection HERE or design your own!