“PRIDE month is celebrated in June to honor the Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan on June 28, 1969. That morning, New York City police raided the Stonewall Inn, a known gay club. Club patrons were roughly and inhumanly removed from the bar, which led to six days of protest in the city. The uprising served as a catalyst for the gay rights movement in the United States and around the world.
The first PRIDE march was on June 28, 1970, one year after the Stonewall Uprising. Since then, millions of people around the world have gathered in June to celebrate love, advocate for equality and participate in allyship.
PRIDE marches are a great celebration of representation and acceptance. It is important, however, to note that PRIDE month is more than just parades and parties. It is a month to shine a light on an underrepresented and discriminated against the community. “Despite local protections, a majority of states do NOT fully protect LGTBQ+ people from discrimination, which means, for example, that in many places LGTBQ+ people can be legally evicted, denied medical treatment, forced into “conversion
therapy,” or kicked out of a restaurant. True equality is still down the road, so the march forward must continue.” (Pride: More Than a Parade - Green Bench Monthly)
Let’s use the month of June to celebrate those within the community, march together as community members and allies, demand change for equality, and most importantly, remind ourselves to continue this cause beyond just one month a year. “Pride is a time to learn about and show respect and appreciation for LGBTQ+ history. It’s also an opportunity for the community to celebrate important milestones— whether personal or collective—and support one another.” -Anonymous
Pastoral Statement of Inclusivity:
Providence is happy to share our Sponsors’ recent pastoral statement which clarifies the interpretation and application of Providence’s mission, stating, “we are committed to addressing the unique challenges presented in attending to the concerns of people who identify as lesbian, gay, or transgender. “