As Pride month comes to an end, we reflect on the 50 years since the first Pride celebration and what it means to so many.
For those unfamiliar with Pride, every summer during the month of June in the United States, the LGBTQ+ communities come together for a month-long celebration of love, diversity, and acceptance.
June became Pride Month to commemorate the protest by members of the LGBTQ+ community against a police raid that took place at the Stonewall Inn in New York City on June 28, 1969. This event was pivotal for the gay liberation movement in the U.S. and paved the way for the modern fight for LGBTQ+ rights.
Since then, Pride events continue to draw millions of participants from around the world. These events include parades, marches, concerts, workshops, symposiums, and also memorials for members of the LGBTQ+ community who have lost their lives to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. Even after all the event cancellations this year due to COVID-19, many cities have held virtual celebrations to keep Pride going strong.
Moving forward, we also take into consideration the latest milestone in the fight for LGBTQ+ equality. The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled in a case affirming that LGBTQ+ workers are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
We take this time to reflect on Pride because one of the four pillars of our mission is to increase understanding, respect and dignity for all. We seek to overcome bigotry and break down barriers of culture, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation and more by using the power of music, education and service. Whether you celebrate as an out-and-proud member of our diverse alumni community, as a supportive ally, or as another person working toward positive change, we celebrate Pride with you.
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