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What is it & and how can we celebrate and support

Some History of Pride Month

June 28th in New York, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club in Greenwich Village. This resulted in bar patrons, staff, and neighborhood residents gathering onto Christopher Street outside. Among the many leaders of the riots was Marsha P Johnson leading the movement to continue over six days with protests and even clashes. The message was clear- they demanded the establishment of places where the LGBTQ+ community could go to be open about themselves without fear of arrest.

Pride Month is largely credited as being started by activist Brenda Howard, known as 'The Mother of Pride.' Brenda organized Gay Pride Week and the Christopher Street Liberation Day Parade a year after the Stonewall Riots. This eventually became what we know as the New York City Pride March and was the catalyst for the formation of similar parades and marches across the world!

The Rainbow Flag! It was politician Harvey Milk who asked a talented designer friend, Gilbert Baker, to design an all-encompassing symbol to take to San Francisco's Pride March in 1978. Sadly, Harvey Milk was assassinated along with Mayor George Mascone on November 23, 1978 in San Francisco City Hall by Dan White, a disgruntled former supervisor who was angry at Milk for lobbying against having him reappointed on the Board of Supervisors.

Bill Clinton was the first U.S. president to officially recognize Pride Month in 1999 and 2000. Then 2009 to 2016, Barack Obama declared June LGBTQ Pride Month. The New York Parade is one of the largest and most well known parades to take place, with over 2 million people estimated yo have taken part un just 2019!

Pride Month Timeline

1946 The First LGBT Organization

The Netherlands Center for Culture adopts a vague name to mask its 'taboo' purpose

June 28, 1969 The Stonewall Riots

NYC police raid the Stonewall Inn, instigating the Stonewall Riots

June 28, 1970 First Official Parade

Organized by pioneering activists Brenda Howard and a committee she put together, the parade sees supporters march from Greenwich Village to Central Park

June 25, 1978 The Rainbow Flag Flies High

Gilbert Baker's original design of the rainbow flag is flown at the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade

June 26 2015 Same Sex Marriage Rights

The U.S. Supreme Court makes same-sex marriages legal in all 50 U.S. States

Articles We Can Read and Share With Friends and Family

What is Marriage Equality

Boy Scouts of America Lifts Ban On Gay Leaders

Mathew Shepard and James Byrd Jr Hate Crimes Prevention Act

The Stonewall Uprising

Understanding Heterosexism and How to be an Ally

Why are States Trying to Ban Transgender Athletes

Identity and Diversity in My Generation

Unheard Voices: Stories of LGBT History

Transgender Identity and Issues

Analyzing Hate Crimes Statistics

Beyond the Binary: Discussing Transgender and Non Conforming Identity in K-12 Schools

Lets Get it Right: Using Correct Pronouns and Names

Stonewall and LGBTQ Equity

How Do We Support and Protect Transgender Youth

The Most Basic of Rights: Transgender Students are entitles to Respect and Dignity

Why Pride?

For more reads and resources please visit ADL.ORG

Ana Mero Swim & Pride Month

Happy Pride Month! This is a month to celebrate and support our LGBTQIA+ Community by recognizing and uplifting their voices. This month we are committed to educating and including our AMS Family. Besides including resources we want to be able to donate to LGBTQIA+. When you make a purchase using code PRIDEMONTH we will donate a portion of your purchase in your name and email you your donation confirmation. You will be able to choose from the charities listed below or let us know of another you have in mind. When you make your decision, please write the charity in the NOTES section of your order, if you would prefer to reach out to us please feel free to email us at


Center For Black Equity

The need for recognition and acceptance of our Black LGBTQ+ members is crucial now more than ever. The Center for Black Equity recognizes this and promotes itself as being the leading center of Black LGBTQ+ equality

OutRight Action International

LGBTQ+ projections are barely enacted in only 29 countries including the U.S. The rest of the world has little to no protections for its LGBTQ+ Citizens. The OutRight Action International organization is the only one that has a presence in the United Nations where it fights for the rights of LGBTQ+ members around the world

Trans Lifeline

It is proven over and over again that trans people are more likely to be attacked, mentally abused, and killed. More specifically, trans women of color have been showing the highest numbers of those attacked. The first ever crisis hotline for trans people was established in 2014 and it needs all the help it can get to expand its programs

The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project is one of the few organizations with a focus on real-time crisis interventions. Established to be a lifeline for any LGBTQ+ youth under the age of 25, the Trevor Project uses lifelines, chats, and texts to make sure whoever is calling, texting, messaging is okay

LGBTQ Freedom Fund

"Each day tens of thousands of LGBTQ people are held in jail or immigration detention because they cannot afford bail- for immigration status or charges like sleeping in public." The fun provides financial support for LGBTQ+ members who have been incarcerated in the form of bail money


The Ana Mero Swim Team


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