June is Pride Month

LGBT Gay Trans Pride BLM Fist FlagEmercado 2020, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

June is Pride Month, honoring the events that occurred during the Stonewall Uprising in 1969. This month we recognize the growth of LGBT+ rights and the impact this community has had across the nation and around the world. The rainbow flag that defines LGBT+ Pride has many variations that have developed over the years to fully represent the diversity of this community’s gender identities and sexualities.

The flag emblem above goes beyond the ROYGBIV spectrum to include within circle those colors that represent transgender, agender and intersex identities. The powerful fist imagery originates with the Black Lives Matter movement and represents the intersectionality of race and ethnicity within national and global LGBT+ communities.

Regardless of which flag you choose to adorn your front porches and windows this month, we encourage you to take some time to explore the history of LGBT+ rights and revolutions, the justices and injustices LGBT+ individuals and groups have encountered, and what you can do this month to support LGBT+ leaders and communities of the present.