LGBTQ+ Pride Month is in June! Pride month is celebrated each June to commemorate The Stonewall Uprising of 1969 in Manhattan. On June 28 of that year, the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in Greenwich Village New York was raided. Customers of that establishment were taken outside and treated as criminals. Tensions arose and rocks and bottles were thrown at police and riots occurred over a 3-day period to protest treatment of those simply seeking entertainment in a community business. Here is where the Gay Rights Movement was born and some say that this was the first time the gay community fought to just be themselves. They got involved in seeking rights from political leaders. From this moment of striking back came the Gay Liberation Front, and the Gay Activists Alliance. A national monument now stands at the sight of the Stonewall Inn where patrons were taken outside and brutalized.

Today, celebrations of anti-stigma, pride, independence, and choice, happen around the country for the month of June. These include parades, workshops, concerts and festivals. It is a month of remembrance for lives lost due to stigma, HIV/AIDS, and mental health and trauma issues. It is a celebration of the impact of the LGBTQ+ individuals and groups who have changed the world in so many positive ways.

At Silver Oaks Behavioral Hospital, we celebrate Pride Month with all of our LGBTQ+ Staff and patients. We encourage you to take pride in who you are too, be proud of who you are because we are proud of you!