April: D214 LGBTQIA Month

  • April 1-30, 2024

    Authority: Proclamation 8387

    In June of 1969, patrons and supporters of the Stonewall Inn in New York City staged an uprising to resist the police harassment and persecution to which LGBT Americans were commonly subjected. This uprising marks the beginning of a movement to outlaw discriminatory laws and practices against LGBT Americans. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month commemorates the events of June 1969 and works to achieve equal justice and equal opportunity for LGBT Americans. In 1998, President Clinton issued Executive Order 13087 expanding equal opportunity employment in the Federal government by prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation. On June 2, 2000, President Clinton issued Proclamation No. 7316 for Gay and Lesbian Pride Month. On June 1, 2009, President Obama issued Proclamation No. 8387 for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. In this proclamation, the President pointed to the contributions made by LGBT Americans both in promoting equal rights to all regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity and in broader initiatives such as the response to the global HIV pandemic. The President ended the proclamation by calling upon the people of the United States to "turn back discrimination and prejudice everywhere it exists."*

    Video Short
    Do your students know much about the living history of the LGBTQIA+ movement? This video by AARP helps consolidate important aspects of the journey.

    Feature-length Films
    This 44-minute documentary was produced to help medical professionals, Veterans, and the LGBTQIA+ community regarding nine individual’s experiences under certain military policies.

    Are you curious about the current acronym LGBTQIA+ but haven't taken a moment to learn why it went from LGBTQ to LGBTQIA+? Here's a quick read to explain that!

    Are you interested in reading a full-length book that focuses on the LGBTQIA+ community, consider this selection that Harper College has curated.age month.

    ABA Model
    21-Day LGBTQ+ Equity Habit Building Challenge

    For more information go to https://www.archives.gov/news/topics/lgbt-pride-month

    *Go to National Archives EEO Special Emphasis Observances for the latest information and updates.