While LGBT pride parades and events occur throughout the year, many cities recognize June as Pride Month in commemoration of the Stonewall Riots of June 1969. Seen by many as the beginning of the modern LGBT rights movement, these riots took place at New York's Stonewall Inn, a well-known gay bar. Subject to frequent raids by law enforcement, bar-goers rioted to assert their rights to congregate and socialize free from police harassment. 

Learn more about the history of the LGBT rights movement with the following library resources:

Fejes, F. (2011). Gay Rights and Moral Panic: The Origins of America's Debate on Homosexuality. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Gilreath, S. (2011). The End of Straight Supremacy: Realizing Gay Liberation. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

 

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Eaklor, V. (2008). Queer America: A GLBT History of the 20th Century. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press.

 

De Simone, T. (2011). Lavender Los Angeles. Charleston, S.C.: Arcadia Pub.

 

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Cordova, J. (2011). When We Were Outlaws: A Memoir of Love & Revolution. Midway, FL: Spinsters Ink.

Duberman, M. (2011). A Saving Remnant: The Radical Lives of Barbara Deming and David McReynolds. New York: New Press.

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Local pride events:

Pride of Monterey County

Salinas Valley Pride Celebrations

San Francisco Pride