Pride Month 2022: LGBTQ Parades, Festivals and Events in June
Pride Month events are happening throughout June. Here's how you can get involved, whether it's from your home or joining a parade in your city.
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Pride Month events are taking place across the country throughout June so people can come together in support of the LGBTQ communities. 2022 marks the 52nd celebration of Pride Month, and you can participate by attending festivals and parades. As with past years, you can also join the celebration virtually. During a White House briefing on May 31, President Joe Biden proclaimed June 2022 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex Pride Month.
Why does Pride Month take place in June? It goes back to June 28, 1969, when police raided a gay club called the Stonewall Inn in New York. Though the police claimed the bar was operating with an improper liquor license, the raid was about nothing more than violently harassing and arresting LGBTQ people in one of the few places where they felt safe.
Similar raids on gay-friendly businesses had been occurring for decades, but Stonewall was one of the first times when the patrons fought back. A diverse crowd of lesbians, gay men and transgender women, many of whom were people of color, clashed with the police, threw bottles and refused to be intimidated. The six-day period of protests and demonstrations is now known as the Stonewall Riots. A New York rally held the next year to commemorate the first anniversary of the riots started the now-regular tradition of Pride Month.
Most Pride Month festivities have resumed in person this year -- you can check your local area if you're unsure about parades near you. If you can't find a parade in your area (you can search "Pride parade Chicago," for instance), see if there are other events you can attend.
San Francisco, for example, will have its annual parade on June 26, with a celebration the day before. Los Angeles will host several events this month, including a concert headlined by Christina Aguilera. See this calendar for more Pride events happening around the world in June.
Tulsa, Oklahoma will have a weekend of Pride, starting June 24, which will include a parade, a run and a picnic.
Atlanta Pride Run is also happening again this year to generate LGBTQ awareness. You can also participate in this event virtually -- see below.
You can also find Pride events for different parts of the LGBTQ communities including women, transgender people and people of color.
Support Pride organizations by donating
Can't make it to any events but would like to support the LGBTQ communities? You can do so by donating to Pride organizations. The International LGBTQ Travel Association organization helps provide marketing support to LGBTQ businesses.
Reach out to your company's diversity and inclusion groups
If you'd like to get involved for Pride Month at work, you can contact your company's diversity and inclusion groups to see how you can help. You could help coordinate an event where you play trivia games and decorate your Zoom background with a Pride flag. If your company doesn't have any Pride events scheduled, consider organizing one yourself.
How to show your support from home
There are plenty of ways to show your support from home. We've listed several to get you started.
Hang a Pride flag outside your home.
Place a Pride sticker on your car.
Host your own Pride-themed movie night.
Wear some Pride clothing.
Join virtual events.
Be an ally to your LGBTQ colleagues, friends and family members.
Support LGBTQ organizations in schools.
Support businesses that support LGBTQ rights.
If there's not a Pride event happening near you, don't fret. There are plenty of ways to celebrate virtually, and even watch Pride parades and events happening around the world. You can also participate in events virtually -- for instance, the Atlanta Pride Run has a virtual option you can sign up for and run anywhere you want (plus, it comes with a shirt).
Look up events you're interested in watching or being a part of, even if it's in another country, because there will likely be a link for viewing. Here's a calendar of Pride events happening around the world.