Former President Barack Obama declared June to be Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Pride month. Pride is an affirmation and unapologetic acceptance of oneself and LGBTQ+ communities. The modern “pride” movement began after the Stonewall riots in 1969.
Instead of backing down to unconstitutional raids by New York police, gay and trans people fought back, which gave LGBTQ+ people the first sense of communal pride in a very well publicized incident.
From the yearly march that commemorated the anniversary of the Stonewall riots began a national grassroots movement. CTA continues this legacy by offering resources for educators and families to address and provide resources on LGBTQ+ issues in education.