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Every June, people across the United States celebrate Pride Month to honor the joys, accomplishments, and struggles of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer community (LGBTQ+). Pride is also a time to honor those who have been lost to hate crimes and HIV/AIDS. Pride is celebrated in June to commemorate the anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. On June 28, 1969 New York City police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. Protests and violent clashes with police took place for six days following the raid. Marsha P. Johnson, a Black transgender woman, self-identified drag queen, activist, and LGBTQ+ revolutionary was on the front line of the crowd that fought back. The Stonewall Uprising was preceded by several protests throughout the U.S. and served as a tipping point for the gay rights movement. On June 28, 1970 activists marched on Christopher Street in New York City to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Stonewall, starting the tradition of Pride events taking place on the last Sunday in June. 

Pride has since expanded to encompass a month-long series of parades, marches, concerts, and more honoring the entire LGBTQ+ community. Join us as we celebrate Pride at the library with programs, activities, and books!

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