June Heritage and Awareness

LGBTQ+ Pride Month

Each year, Pride Month observes the impact lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning (LGBTQ+) individuals have had on history on a local, national and international level. Pride Month began as “Gay Pride Day,” a celebration to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising, the catalyst for the gay rights movement. “Gay Pride Day” eventually turned into a month-long series of events such as parties, parades, workshops, concerts and events throughout the month of June, thus becoming Pride Month.

Juneteenth - June 19

Juneteenth, celebrated on June 19 annually, commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. The holiday is celebrated on the anniversary of General Order No. 3, which was issued by Major General Gordon Granger on June 19, 1865. This proclamation issued freedom to enslaved people held in Texas. Juneteenth was recognized as a federal holiday in 2021 when President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act.

Caribbean American Heritage Month

Caribbean American Heritage Month recognizes the significance of Caribbean people and their descendants within the history and culture of the United States. Caribbean Americans have influenced American culture in the areas of science, medicine, food and art.

Immigrant Heritage Month

Immigrant Heritage Month honors the many contributions and influences and profound impact that immigrants have made to the United States. The month of June pays tribute to America’s many diverse groups that have enriched our culture through immigration.