Sunday, June 26 was the 47th Annual Chicago Pride Parade, a bright and colorful way to celebrate not-quite-the-end of June, which is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month. On June 26, one year previously, the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage was a right nationwide. Pride Month is a time to recognize and celebrate the impact that LGBT individuals have had in our communities, our country, and our world.
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June was chosen as LGBT Pride Month due to the June 28, 1969 Stonewall riots that began during a police raid on the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in Greenwich Village. The patrons of the bar resisted arrest, and the resulting conflict has been credited with reigniting the modern LGBT rights movement in America. For more reading and viewing on the events on the night of and surrounding the Stonewall riots, these documentaries and histories available at our libraries provide an excellent starting place.
While the fight for same-sex marriage has become, to many, the face of the LGBT rights movement, there are many more concerns and issues that the movement continues to fight to address. From transgender bathroom rights to bullying of LGBT youth to high rates of LGBT youth homelessness to hate crimes against LGBT individuals, there is much to be considered. As the shooting in Orlando reminds America, violence can be found even within spaces that communities regard as safe. The LGBT community knows this to be true.
Pride Month is a reminder that although the LGBT rights movement is not over, there should be time given in celebration and remembrance of what has been achieved – and to refocus on what is yet to come. To read more about the LGBT rights movement past, present, and future, take a look at these selections in our catalog.