LGBTQ Pride Month

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Pride Month is a thematic month where special attention is paid to the emancipation and acceptance of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning (LGBTQ) people.[1][2][3]

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In the United States, June is LGBTQI+ Pride Month, given the Stonewall riots that took place in New York City in late June 1969, which was a huge boost to the LGBTI+ civil and liberation movements. LGBTQ+ marches and parades have taken place in many American cities since the 1970s, which were followed in many Western countries, although not always in late June.[4]

Since 2012, the Google Search has displayed a rainbow-colored decor that changes annually for LGBT-related searches during Pride Month.[5]

Since 1999, Democratic Presidents Clinton, Obama, and Biden have officially declared Pride Month in June. Republican President Trump did this in 2019 via Twitter.[6] During this month, many American organizations, institutions and companies are paying attention to LGBT+ issues, including through public and marketing campaigns. However, this can also involve queerbaiting, pinkwashing, and rainbow capitalism.[7]

Despite June being Pride Month, in the United Kingdom many pride events are held in July, August and September.[8]

References[change | change source]

  1. "About | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Pride Month | Library of Congress". Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA. Retrieved 2022-06-12.
  2. Bureau, US Census. "LGBTQIA+ Pride Month: June 2022". Census.gov. Retrieved 2022-06-12.
  3. "What is Pride Month? Everything you need to know about the observance". TODAY.com. Retrieved 2022-06-13.
  4. "Why Is Pride Month Celebrated in June? | Britannica". www.britannica.com. Retrieved 2022-06-12.
  5. "Gilbert Baker Google doodle celebrates LGBT-rights activists & creator of the iconic rainbow flag". Search Engine Land. 2017-06-02. Retrieved 2022-06-12.
  6. Mack, David. "Trump Is The First Republican President To Acknowledge LGBT Pride Month, And Yet..." BuzzFeed News. Retrieved 2022-06-12.
  7. "Rainbow capitalism raises questions about corporate commitments and Pride Month's purpose". PBS NewsHour. 2021-06-30. Retrieved 2022-06-12.
  8. "When Pride Month 2022 is and schedule of main events". inews.co.uk. 2022-06-04. Retrieved 2022-06-12.