Celebrating a month of Pride

June has been designated as Pride Month to recognize the history and contributions of members of the LGBTQI+ community.

The efforts to recognize members of this community began in June 1970 on the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall Uprisings. The first pride marches were organized in several cities to commemorate the date and march for equal rights. These commemorations later evolved into a month-long celebration. President Bill Clinton became the first U.S. president to declare June as “Gay and Lesbian” Pride Month by issuing Proclamation 7203 on June 11, 1999.

Today, Pride celebrations include parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia, and concerts. LGBTQI+ Pride Month events attract millions of participants around the world. Memorials also are held during this month for those members of the community who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that LGBTQI+ individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally. (Source: Library of Congress)

Dallas ISD has created a safe space for all its students, including those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and other identities who often experience harassment, indifference, bullying and exclusion. 

For more information, contact supportlgbtqyouth@dallasisd.org.

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