Celebrating Pride Month: Stories of Queer History

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Portrait of activists Marsha P. Johnson, Joseph Ratanski, and Sylvia Rivera. Credit: Dramamonster

Celebrating Pride Month with Stories of Queer History

June is Pride Month, which is held each year to honor the June 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan, an event that kicked off the movement for gay rights in the United States. Pride Month was celebrated nationally for the first time in 1999 under President Bill Clinton. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of LGBTQIA+ individuals, bear witness to their history, and take action in fighting for liberation and equality. 

Queer history was cultivated through significant oppression and violence and has driven towards liberation by the work of countless activists and allies, some of whom lost their lives in the battle for civil rights. By listening to stories of LGBTQIA+ history, students may feel more connected to and accepting of their own identities, develop a deeper consciousness and understanding of shared histories, and feel empowered to serve as allies. Contribute to celebrating pride month with queer stories below.

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Celebrating Pride Month: Additional Resources