For the past month, parades, marches, festivals, workshops, picnics, and parties have taken place around the world to celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month, which honors the Stonewall riots which took place in 1969 in New York City. PFLAGers across the country participated in and held their own Pride events, with many events having taken place in late spring and continuing on through the summer and well into the fall. As in past years, we’ve also had a strong online presence for Pride, including another year of great partnership with Johnson & Johnson and the Care With PrideTM campaign. People have been sharing Pride posts, as well as donating photos from Pride events in support of PFLAG through the Donate A Photo app, also from Johnson & Johnson.
In Washington D.C, PFLAG National partnered with the Equality March for Unity & Pride, a grassroots movement that mobilized LGBTQ communities to peacefully bring attention to communities who have been actively silenced and neglected due to ethnicity, religion, skin color, gender, gender identity, immigration status, and disability. The march took place on June 11th, during Capital Pride.
Pride this year couldn’t be appropriately honored without noting June 12th, which marked one year since the massacre at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. PFLAG chapters and members across the country engaged in vigils and other memorials, and PFLAG National partnered with #HonorThemWithAction, a national campaign to commemorate the tragedy.
Here then are photos of just some of the many events PFLAGers participated in honoring Pride and the Pulse massacre. These images are a strong reminder of just how important PFLAG is in communities big and small, urban and rural, all across the country.