LGBTQ+ Pride Month 2024: Know the all.

Title: Pride Month 2024: All You Need to Know
Date: June 01, 2024

Pride Month, a worldwide celebration of LGBTQ+ culture and rights, kicks off on Saturday, marking the start of a monthlong series of events around the globe. This year’s festivities will be tempered by a backdrop of dozens of new state laws targeting LGBTQ+ rights, particularly transgender young people.

History of Pride Month:
The month-long celebration began with Gay Pride Week in late June 1970, a public celebration that commemorated the first anniversary of the violent police raid at New York’s Stonewall Inn, a gay bar. At a time when LGBTQ+ individuals largely kept their identity or orientation quiet, the June 28, 1969, raid sparked a series of protests and catalyzed the movement for rights.

The first pride week featured marches in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco, and it has grown ever since. Some events fall outside of June: Tokyo’s Rainbow Pride was in April, and Rio de Janeiro has a major event in November.

Why is June Pride Month?
In 1999, President Bill Clinton proclaimed June as Gay and Lesbian Pride Month.

What’s being celebrated?
Pride’s hallmark rainbow-laden parades and festivals celebrate the progress the LGBTQ+ civil rights movement has made. This year, celebrations will likely be a mix of joy and concern, given the ongoing backlash against LGBTQ+ rights in many states.

Businesses and Pride:
While big businesses from Apple to Wells Fargo sponsor events across the U.S., a pushback made ripples last year at one major discount retailer. Target was selling Pride-themed items last June but removed some from stores and moved displays to the back of some locations after customers tipped them over and confronted workers. The company then faced additional backlash from customers who were upset the retailer gave in to people prejudiced against LGBTQ+ people.

This year, the store has said it would not carry the items at all its stores. But the company remains a major sponsor of NYC Pride.

Safety at Pride Events:
Keeping the events safe is the top priority, but there could be challenges. The FBI and U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued an advisory in May that foreign terrorist organizations could target events associated with Pride. The same month, the State Department renewed a security warning for Americans overseas, especially LGBTQ+ people and events globally.

NYC Pride has a heavy security presence and works with city agencies outside the perimeter, said Sandra Perez, the event’s executive director. The group expects 50,000 people marching in its June 30 parade and more than 1.5 million people watching. “The fight for liberation isn’t over,” Perez said. “The need to be visible and the need to be mindful of what we need to do to ensure that the future generations don’t have these struggles is really top of mind.”