On June 1st, 2021, President Joe Biden issued a proclamation recognizing June as LGBTQ+ Pride Month, an annual world-wide celebration acknowledging the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. In his statement, the President reflected on the progress made by past liberation movements, and emphasized the work that remains in the “ongoing struggle against descrimination and injustice.”
“During LGBTQ+ Pride Month, we recognize the resilience and determination of the many individuals who are fighting to live freely and authentically. In doing so, they are opening hearts and minds, and laying the foundation for a more just and equitable America. This Pride Month, we affirm our obligation to uphold the dignity of all people, and dedicate ourselves to protecting the most vulnerable among us.”
The first Pride marches were held on June 28th, 1970 to commemorate the first anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. Those interested in learning more about the origins and history of Pride can find resources on the Library of Congress’ Stonewall Research Guide.
To commemorate this year’s Pride month, JSTOR Daily has published a collection of scholarly articles highlighting the history of the LGBTQ+ community that are free to read on their website.
The UA Little Rock Diversity Council is proud to stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community.