Ever since the Stonewall riots in New York City in 1969, the month of June has been closely linked with the gay and lesbian community’s movement for civil rights. In 2000, President Clinton made that connection official by naming June as Gay & Lesbian Pride Month. Today, Pride Month has swelled into a national day of celebration, with parades and educational events all over the country. Want to join in on the fun? Find out where the party’s at below.
NYC: The official PrideFest and March is on June 29 this year, but there are rallies, parties, and family events planned all month long in the Big Apple.
Boston: On June 14, join Boston’s Pride Parade, then celebrate with dance parties, block parties and more.
Washington DC: DC’s Pride Parade already happened this year, but there are still plenty of other activities going on this month – like the Night OUT at the Nationals baseball game, the largest LGBT Community Night in professional sports in the United States.
Chicago: The Windy City is celebrating it’s 45th annual Pride with a Festival on June 21 and 22, and a parade on June 29.
St. Louis: Check out Pride Fest St. Louis on June 28, and their Pride Parade the next day.
San Francisco: This city’s Pride festivities are among the best! This year, the fun heats up on June 28 and 29.
Portland: There are great events all summer at Pride Northwest – don’t miss the Scandals Block Party on June 14, the Pride Parade on June 15, or the Pride Glow Run later in the summer on Aug 2.
Seattle: Seattle’s Pride Festivities turn 40 this year, and they’re celebrating with a wide array of events from the official parade to Pride brunches, picnics, and pageants.
Houston: In Texas, Houston will celebrate Pride Week from June 20-29 with pool parties, special dinners and, of course, a parade and festival.
What awesome events and cities are we missing? Let us know what’s going on for Pride Week in your town in the comments below or by tweeting @repairtheworld #PrideMonth.