Pride Month, also known as LGBTQ+ Pride Month, is a month-long celebration and recognition of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) community. It is observed annually in the month of June in many countries around the world. Pride Month commemorates the Stonewall riots that took place in June 1969 in New York City, which served as a catalyst for the LGBTQ+ rights movement.
Pride Month aims to raise awareness about the challenges faced by the LGBTQ+ community, promote inclusivity and acceptance, and advocate for equal rights, such as marriage equality, employment protection, and anti-discrimination laws. It is an opportunity for LGBTQ+ individuals and allies to come together, support one another, and foster a sense of community and belonging.
While some regions have made significant progress in LGBTQ+ rights, others continue to face challenges and discrimination. Pride Month serves as a reminder of the ongoing fight for equality and the importance of creating a more inclusive and accepting society for all individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
The ongoing fight for equality goes beyond Pride Month, which is why Citizen Advocates is proud to not only be an LGBTQ+ friendly employer, we also continually strive to welcome individuals into the workforce who represent a diverse variety of backgrounds.
We recognize these can be challenging conversations to have – with that in mind, there are resources available for those struggling with questions about the LGBTQ+ community, especially for youth. Visit our website anytime to learn more about the Proud Parents group, dedicated to helping families navigate the issues, emotions and challenges related to LGBTQ+ youth.
Please stop by the Citizen Advocates table at one of the many Pride events planned for June throughout the North Country: Saturday, June 3rd in Malone; Saturday, June 17th in Watertown; and Sunday, June 25th in Saranac Lake. We hope to see you there!