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June 2012


 

  National Gay and Lesbian Pride Month
6 UMMS Women's Faculty Committee Health Program
14 Flag Day
17 Father's Day
19 Juneteenth (African American Celebration)
21 Summer Solstice

 


National Gay and Lesbian Pride Month

Gay and Lesbian Pride Month is celebrated each year in the month of June. The last Sunday in June is celebrated as Gay Pride Day. On June 2, 2000, President Bill Clinton declared June "Gay & Lesbian Pride Month". U.S. President Barack Obama declared June 2010 to be Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, stating, “I call upon all Americans to observe this month by fighting prejudice and discrimination in their own lives and everywhere it exists.” The month was chosen to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall riots in Greenwich Village that sparked the modern LGBT liberation movement in the United States.

This month is meant to recognize the impact gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex people have had on the world. GLBT groups celebrate with pride parades, picnics, parties, memorials for those lost from hate crimes as well as HIV and AIDS, and other group gathering events that attract thousands upon thousands of individuals. Although June remains the primary month for pride events the annual calendar shows events in most months.



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