What is Pride Month?


Photo by Ava Coustan

Rainbow crosswalk in downtown Westfield

Pride Month, which officially began in 1999 under Bill Clinton, takes place in June to celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community. Throughout the years, the celebrations have continued to grow. This month honors those in the community with a series of festivities, as well as recognizes the impact that they have had on the world. Pride Month emphasizes the importance of individuality and love being love. It inspires people around the world to feel comfortable expressing themselves. To get involved this June, here are events near us that you can participate in to celebrate Pride Month. 

Pride events near us: 

Though it is important to recognize the LGBTQIA+ community during Pride Month, it is especially significant to note that the community deserves to be celebrated and supported regardless of the time of the year. In order to prolong the communal support, here are some actions you can take:

Use Pride Month as a reminder to acknowledge the importance of the LGBTQIA+ community and to show continuous support for them this month and all year long.