Human Rights Committee
- June 1st marks the first day of LGBTQ Pride Month in the United States. The tradition recognizes the events of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising, a watershed moment in the LGBTQ rights movement.
- Read more about LGBTQ Pride Month, learn about the history of the LGBTQ rights movement, and find out about events that you can take part in using the resource links below.
- Join the celebration by wearing an LGBTQ Pride Month AFA Pin during the month of June. If you need a pin, check with your Local Council for more information.
June 1st marks the first day of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month in the United States. The celebration originated to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. The Stonewell Uprising is recognized as a major milestone in the LGBTQ civil rights movement. On June 28, 1970, the first Pride March was held in New York City to commemorate the one-year anniversary on the Stonewall Uprising and the last Sunday in June continued to be celebrated as “Gay Pride Day”. Over time, the single day event eventually grew to an entire month of events and activities.
Learn More About LGBTQ Pride Month
You can learn more about the history of LGBTQ Pride Month and the history of the LGBTQ rights movement through some of the dedicated websites and resources below.
- National Archives – LGBTQ+ Pride Month
- Library of Congress – Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Pride Month
- National Park Service – Stonewall National Monument
- Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History – LGBTQ History
- History Channel – Pride Month
- Pride at Work
- Alaska’s World – Are you ready for Pride Month? (AAG sign-on required)
Celebrate with an LGBTQ Pride Month AFA Pin
In 2018, the AFA Board of Directors unanimously adopted a resolution in recognition of June as LGBTQ Pride month. A special commemorative pin was subsequently designed for AFA Members to wear throughout the month of June.
For more background on the pin, contact your Local Human Rights Committee. If you’d like to get a pin of your own, be on the lookout for a communication from your Local Council or contact your LEC Officers for information about availability.