Written by Sexual Wellness Institute Owner and Therapist, Amanda Holmberg, MS LMFT
Do you know why we honor the month of June as Pride Month?
Pride month was started to commemorate the June of 1969 Stonewall Uprising/Riots. The Stonewall riots began when police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in Manhattan. Police officers often targeted gay bars at this time. In 1969 “homosexual acts” were illegal in every state except Illinois. Bars could also be shut down for having gay people inside them. On this particular night in June of 1969, the patrons of this bar decided to fight back again the police and it turned into a 6-day protest outside of the bar and throughout the area.
Many say this historical event and these brave people are what launched the gay rights movement.
One year later on the anniversary of the riots, on June 28th, 1970, gay activists organized and marched in New York’s first Gay Pride Week.
Why is the history of Pride Month important?
It’s important to honor what has come before, and what has contributed to where we are now. We are not in a perfect place with the rights of the LGBTQIA+ community, but we have come very far in the last few decades.
Since the original pride march in 1970 many cities worldwide have adopted their own versions of pride month in June.
One blog will not do justice in explaining the systemic trauma that this community has experienced. This is why pride month is important – amongst other things, it is a time to honor this community of people both for who they are and reflect on the ways we still need to do better.
History of Pride Month resourced from https://www.history.com/pride
Consider what Pride Month means to you...
We encourage you to honor pride month in whatever way feels best and safest to you. Many still don’t feel safe being “out” amongst friends and family or celebrating at a local parade. If events are your thing, there are many happening throughout the month of June in the Minneapolis area.
If you are seeking community, therapy, support, etc outside of pride events here are some local resources and what they offer!
Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition
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