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June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month, which is celebrated each year to honor the Stonewall Riots that occurred on June 28, 1969 in New York City. Across the globe, various events are held during this special month as a way of recognizing the impace LGBT people have had around the world.

Groups like PFLAG and ACT UP have long fought for equal rights and protections, but it wasn't until recently that Pride Month began to resemble what we know today: a celebration of LGBT life and social demonstration.

In 1978, Harvey Milk was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, making him the first openly gay person to hold public office in a major American city. After winning the election, Milk asked Gilbert Baker, an artist and gay rights activist, to come up with a symbol of pride for the community. Gilbert came up with a flag with eight stripes: hot pink stood for sexuality, red for life, orange for healing, yellow for the sun, green for nature, turquoise blue for art, indigo for harmony and violet for spirit.

“The only thing they have to look forward to is hope.
And you have to give them hope.” – Harvey Milk

BCLS is proud to offer several programs in honor of LGBT Pride Month. On June 9, Burlington County Library hosts Rainbow Family Storytime. Programs to honor LGBTQ Ancestors for Pride Month will take place at the Bordentown and Burlington County libraries on June 21 and June 28, respectively. There is much to celebrate, so be sure to check out this fantastic lineup of events!