Pride Month is both a celebration of the voices, experiences, and achievements of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) community, as well as a time to reflect on the struggles and suffering the community has endured.
The event that inspired the Pride parades we know now took place in 1970, a year after the Stonewall Inn rebellion, when thousands of LGBT New Yorkers gathered for the Christopher Street Liberation Day (CSLD) March along Sixth Avenue from Greenwich Village to Central Park, chanting, “Say it clear, say it loud! Gay is good, gay is proud!”
Today, youth who identify as LGBTQ+ disproportionately experience homelessness. They are at high risk for family rejection, physical assaults, and sexual exploitation in shelters and on the streets. Providing safe, supportive, and welcoming environments for LGBTQ youth is essential for reaching this vulnerable population. Learn more.