Pride Month is the recognition and celebration of the LGBTQ+ community. Every June, the world takes time to reflect on the progress we’ve made and the work we still have to do. 

A Brief History of Pride Month

Pride Month began as a result of the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City. When eight officers raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in New York City, patrons resisted arrest. As thousands of people began to join, the Stonewall Riots turned into a 6-day protest. While this was not the beginning of LGBTQ+ activist movement, it was a turning point in the movement.  What started out as a one-day celebration as “Gay Pride Day” transformed into a month-long series of events to celebrate the LGBTQ community. 

For ways to celebrate Pride Month, please see our resources below: 

Places to Donate

  1. The Trevor Project The Trevor Project provides suicide prevention and crisis intervention resources to LGBTQ+ youth under the age of 25. 
  2. GLSEN GLSEN is a network of students and educators working to create a safe educational environment where LGBTQ+ youth can learn and grow without fear of bullying or harassment.
  3. The HRC Foundation – The HRC Foundation works to make positive changes in how LGBTQ+ individuals are treated daily on a personal and institutional level.

Pride in New York – “The Fight Continues”

  1. Pride Tours NYC – Take a walk through history and see the sights of LGBTQ+ Pride Month’s roots.
  2. OutCycling Pride Ride – In 2021, the Pride Ride is a hybrid event in NY and NJ. 
  3. Pride Presents – The annual film festival celebrates LGBTQIA+ film – from trailblazing shorts to full documentaries. 
  4. Pride March – On Sunday, June 27th, the NYC Pride March is back!

LGBTQIA Artists to Follow

  • Naima Green – Naima Green has been featured at many reputable art museums including Fotografiska New York, House Center for Photography, and the International Center of Photography. She is an artist, photographer, professor, and New Yorker.
  • Toyin Ojih Odutola – Toyin Ejoih Odutola is a visual artist based out of New York. She is known for multimedia drawings presented in a large series using pen ink, pencil, charcoal, and pastel. 
  • Barry Lee – Barry Lee, based out of Atlanta, Georgia, is an illustrator, muralist & storyteller. Lee’s clients have included Adobe, Mailchimp, TED, and USA Today.  
  • Max Colby – Max is known for her detailed work embellished with beads, sequins, and other adornments. Her practice includes sculpture, installation, drawing, painting, collage, and embroidery.

For more resources on how to celebrate Pride, please reach out to [email protected].