Pride Month is celebrated each year in June in homage to the June 28, 1969 Stonewall Uprising in New York City. That event was a tipping point for the Gay Movement. In major cities across the United States the day soon grew to encompass a month-long series of events. Today, celebrations include pride parades, picnics, workshops, symposia and concerts, that attract millions of participants all over the world.
At the heart of this year’s Pride Month is Inclusiveness. We recognize the need to build a safer, more inclusive world for all LGBTQI+ persons. We also strive to increase LGBTQI+ visibility and address the challenges faced by marginalized LGBTQI+ communities.
As we celebrate Pride Month this year, let us not content ourselves on how far we have come in the fight for the human rights of LGBTQI+ people, but also acknowledge the challenges that remain. LGBTQI+ people around the world continue to face discrimination, violence, and other forms of persecution because of who they are and whom they love. There is still work to be done, so let us lead by example in promoting human rights for all individuals and stay united in our commitment to freedom and dignity of all.