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When is Pride Month 2023 and what does it mean?

Pride Month is an annual celebration of the LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and other) community that takes place in June each year. This month is a time for members of the LGBTQ+ community to come together to celebrate their identities and fight for their rights. 

The month of June was originally chosen to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall Riots, which were sparked by a police raid on a gay bar in Greenwich Village, New York City. This event was a pivotal moment in the LGBTQ+ rights movement and has been seen as the beginning of the fight for equal rights.

During Pride Month, many cities and towns around the world host a variety of events and celebrations. These include parades, parties, concerts, and other gatherings. These events are a way for members of the community to come together and celebrate, as well as to draw attention to the issues that still face the LGBTQ+ community.

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During Pride Month, many companies and organisations also often show their support for the LGBTQ+ community and their employees, through special pride events. Many companies use the month to increase awareness of LGBTQ+ rights and issues within their organisation.

When is Pride Month 2023? 

Pride Month is celebrated in the United States and many other countries globally in June every year. 

In 2023, Pride Month will be the month of June 2023. 

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How did Pride Month first start off? 

Pride Month is an annual celebration of the LGBTQ+ community, held in June every year. The month-long celebration began in the United States in June of 1970, in commemoration of the Stonewall riots, which took place the previous year (28 June – 3 July) in New York City. 

The Stonewall Riots were a series of protests and demonstrations by the LGBTQ+ community in response to a police raid of the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in Greenwich Village. The demonstrations sparked the modern LGBT movement and paved the way for future LGBTQ+ rights. 

In the decades since, Pride Month has become an international celebration, with annual events held in cities around the world. The month is a time to celebrate LGBTQ+ history and culture, recognise the achievements of the community, and stand in solidarity with those who are still fighting for equal rights and acceptance. Pride Month is a time for the LGBTQ+ community to come together, celebrate their identities, and show the world that love is love.

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Pride Month was first officially recognised by the US government in 1999 when President Bill Clinton declared June to be Gay and Lesbian Pride Month. This was the first time in U.S. history that a president had openly acknowledged and celebrated the LGBTQ community. 

Pride Month has become a time of celebration, reflection, and advocacy. Pride Month is a time to celebrate the progress that has been made in the fight for LGBTQ rights, to reflect on the struggles and challenges that still remain, and to reaffirm our commitment to creating a more accepting and inclusive world. 

What is the significance of Pride Month?  

Pride Month is an important reminder of the progress made by the LGBTQ+ community in the fight for equality, acceptance, and visibility. It is also a time to recognise the many challenges still faced by LGBTQ+ people and their allies. Whether it’s discrimination in the workplace, lack of legal protections, or community violence, there is still much to be done to ensure that LGBTQ+ people feel safe and secure in their identities.

Pride Month is a reminder to the world that discrimination and prejudice are still prevalent and that the LGBTQ+ community is still fighting for acceptance, visibility, and equality. It is also a reminder to both the LGBTQ+ community and their allies that the fight for justice and equality is ongoing. 

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Pride Month is an opportunity to celebrate the joys and successes of the LGBTQ+ community, to reflect on the progress made, and to come together in solidarity to continue the fight for a more equitable and inclusive world. 

Other relevant LGBTQ+ awareness days

In addition to Pride Month, there are many other LGBTQ+ awareness periods throughout the year. These days help to raise awareness of the LGBTQ+ community and fight discrimination. 

Check out these other relevant LGBTQ+ awareness periods: 

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