LGBT Pride Month
LGBT Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan. The Stonewall riots were a turning point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. In the United States the last Sunday in June was initially celebrated as “Gay Pride Day,” while the actual day was flexible. In major cities the “day” soon grew to encompass a month-long celebration. Currently, celebrations include pride parades, picnics, workshops, symposia and concerts. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the effect that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history, on a local, national and international basis. President Barack Obama issued the 2013 LGBT Proclamation on May 31, 2013, calling upon the people of the United States to eliminate prejudice everywhere, and to celebrate the diversity of the American people.