Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month is celebrated each June in commemoration of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. Pride Month recognizes the impact that the LGBTQ community has had and continues to have on our society. Celebrations and events typically include parades, picnics, parties, workshops, conferences and more, which attract millions of participants around the world. Memorials are also held for those who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS.
The Stonewall Uprising (or Stonewall Riots) consisted of a series of spontaneous demonstrations that occurred after a violent police raid on the Stonewall Inn, a gay tavern in New York City, on June 28, 1969. This uprising is considered a pivotal event which led to the Gay Liberation Movement.
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