June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month

LGBTQ+* Pride Month (also known as Gay Pride, Gay & Lesbian Pride Month or LGBTQ Pride) is a month-long celebration demonstrating how LGBTQ Americans have strengthened our country, by using their talent and creativity to help create awareness and goodwill. It is also the promotion of the self-affirmation, dignity, equality, and increased visibility of LGBTQ people as a social group.

*LGBTQ+ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer or Questioning and the + represents all of the gender identities and sexual orientations that are not specifically covered by the other five initials. Check out this City of Portland glossary and definitions page.

LGBTQ Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan (here are some wonderful resources about the 1969 Stonewall Uprising: Teaching Stonewall and Library of Congress (LOC) Stonewall Uprising). The first Pride March in New York City was held on June 28, 1970, on the one year anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. 

In 1994, a coalition of education-based organizations in the United States designated October as LGBT History Month. In 1995, a resolution passed by the General Assembly of the National Education Association (NEA) included LGBT History Month within a list of commemorative months.

In 1999 and 2000, President Bill Clinton declared June “Gay & Lesbian Pride Month” and in 2009 and 2016 President Barack Obama declared June LQBT Pride Month.



Things To Do 

    • Magnuson Park on Saturday, June 26 9am OR virtually from Friday, June 25 to Monday, June 28
    • 10K or 5K for adult or youth- in person or virtual

Help Provide Books Focused on LGBTQ+

During the month of June, our DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee) will be continuing our Windows & Mirrors Book Drive in support and honor LGBTQ+ Pride! ALL BOOKS PURCHASED WILL BENEFIT CANYON CREEK CLASSROOMS AND LIBRARY.

Find more details about this book drive and how you can help.



We want to bring attention to
National Observances & Commemorative Months
as well as UN International Days.
Check out our article about this!