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LGBT Pride Month

Annual observance begins June 1

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The rainbow flag is a symbol of LGBT Pride Month.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month, an annual observance of the contributions of LGBT individuals, begins Friday, June 1.

LGBT Pride Month is held each June to commemorate the Stonewall uprising, when patrons and supporters at a gay-friendly tavern in New York City led a protest against persecution. The 1969 incident served as a rallying cry for the LGBT community to increase its visibility and efforts to advocate for equality.

The month typically features celebrations of LGBT history, achievements and identities. These activities often include the rainbow flag, a longtime symbol of the LGBT movement.

Several gay, lesbian and bisexual Americans have been featured on stamps through the years, including dancer and teacher Isadora Duncan, elected official Harvey Milk and astronaut Sally Ride.

The Library of Congress’s LGBT Pride Month page has more information.

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