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June is Pride Month: Celebrate Compassion & Equality for All

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Pride Month: Commemorating the Stonewall Uprising that some consider to be the spark that lit the fire of gay liberation

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month is celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. The Stonewall Uprising was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. In the United States the last Sunday in June was initially celebrated as “Gay Pride Day,” but the actual day was flexible. In major cities across the nation the “day” soon grew to encompass a month-long series of events. Today, celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia and concerts, and LGBTQ Pride Month events attract millions of participants around the world. Memorials are held during this month for those members of the community who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.

This month, we celebrate our fellow activists working toward a more compassionate world.

Remember: The first Pride was a protest. Many LGBTQ people and activists including Jane Velez-Mitchell, Joshua Katcher, pattrice jones, Jasmin Singer and Mariann Sullivan enjoy a vegan diet and also work to protect animals. Veganism is more than a non-violent lifestyle that benefits animals, humans and the environment; it’s also a way to stay healthy, sustaining your activism by reducing illness and burnout that could knock you out of the game.

Our movements are stronger together. At the end of the day, the system of oppression that attempts to hold back LGBTQ people is the same one slaughtering billions of animals a year for corporate profit. Working together, we can continue to take back our freedom and build a kinder world for all.

We believe that no one is free when others are oppressed.

Mark this month of compassion with us

Look for us at the Capital Pride Festival in Washington, DC on June 10, and check out our outreach and education program Beyond The Lies at San Francisco Pride on June 24.

Happy Pride, this month and every month.

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