Green America Celebrates Pride Month

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Photo from a pride parade in Portland, Oregon, in 2017. Photo by Png Studios

In 2024, Pride Month means summer is here—stores fill up with rainbow merch and you might celebrate with some drag queens or throw confetti at a local parade. But the month isn’t about rainbow capitalism, it's about liberation, an active fight for people in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities. We use the acronym LGBTQ+ at Green America, adding the + to symbolize the many identities, such as intersex or asexual, not all named under LGBT, that fall under the queer umbrella.   

LGBTQ+ people have always existed, but in American culture, those identities were not just unaccepted but criminalized throughout history. There was a turning point in June 1969, when patrons, led by transgender women of color, at the New York City gay bar The Stonewall Inn fought back when police attacked them during a routine raid of gay bars. Protests where activists demanded the right to live openly popped up in New York and around the country. The first pride marches took place during the anniversary of the riots, in June 1970, in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco. In 2015, the Supreme Court declared same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states. Stonewall was named a national monument in 2016, and for the 50th anniversary of the riot in 2019, five million LGBTQ+ people and allies marched in New York. Finally, the city’s police commissioner gave a formal apology for police actions that night in 1969.  

Now, Pride is celebrated in cities across the country and the world during different months of the year, besides June, which was first named Pride Month nationally by President Clinton in 1999. The community recognizes those who paved the way for living proudly and openly, such as Marsha P. Johnson, a drag queen and founding member of the Gay Liberation Front, who was one of the prominent figures of the activism following Stonewall. Also recognized in these events are the leaders and members of each LGBTQ+ community, who come from all different backgrounds and identities. 

Today, though being LGBTQ+ and out is more common and accepted than ever, anti-LGBTQ+ legislation is on the rise, which comes alongside homophobic and transphobic individuals with large public platforms. The American Civil Liberties Union is tracking 490 anti-LGBT+ laws in the 2023 legislative session alone, which disproportionally target transgender people and LGBTQ+ youth. Trans people and LGBTQ+ youth are also likely to face hate, bullying, and violence in their lives if they are not accepted by their families and communities. According to The Trevor Project, “LGBTQ youth are not inherently prone to suicide risk because of their sexual orientation or gender identity but rather placed at higher risk because of how they are mistreated and stigmatized in society.” The Trevor Project provides free and immediate crisis counseling by chat, phone, or text for LGBTQ+ young people (and will not turn people away due to age). The Trans Lifeline is run by and for trans people and provides peer support, even for people who are not in crisis or not sure they are trans.  

As with all heritage months, we celebrate our differences, acknowledge historical victories and setbacks, and fight for justice for people who may be of different backgrounds than oneself. This month brings us together to remember, honor, and be inspired by LGBTQ+ pride and history as well as the countless individuals of those backgrounds who have made tremendous contributions to our country. We also highlight the continued fight for equality. Over 1.5 million people aged 13+ in the US identify as transgender - they are our brothers, sisters, neighbors, friends, teachers, colleagues, and beyond - and they deserve to live in a safe, loving, and just world.

To help enhance your celebration with content you can use all year long, Green America is pleased to share Pride resources that highlight accomplishments and the justice still needed in society, the economy, and the environment. We do this as a reflection of our vision: “to work for a world where all people have enough, where all communities are healthy and safe, and where the abundance of the Earth is preserved for all the generations to come.”  

Together, let’s celebrate and recommit ourselves to building a just society.  


Untraditional Bonds, Unconditional Care 

Library of Congress: The History of Pride 

How historians are documenting the lives of transgender people 

Library of Congress – Pride Month History 


Why LGBTQ Inclusivity is Good for Business 


America’s LGBT Economy Report 

Social Justice 

Take Action Against Trans Hate in Your State 

Mapping Attacks on LGBTQ Rights in U.S. State Legislatures in 2024 

Supporting the Transgender People in Your Life: A Guide to Being a Good Ally 

PFLAG: Join the Fight 

The Art of Queer Joy 

The Risk of Gentrifying Queerness 


Queering Outdoor Spaces Heals People and the Earth  

We Grow Where We Go: LGBTQ+ Farmers Put Down Roots 

Nature is queer. Queer ecologists want us to learn from it. 

Why Climate Justice Must Include LGBTQ+ Justice 


DC Pride - Capital Pride 2024 Celebration - Capital Pride Alliance 

NYC Pride - NYC Pride 

Chicago Pride - 2024 Chicago Pride Parade | Parade Organizers ( 

Atlanta Pride - Atlanta Pride – Official Site of the Atlanta Pride Committee 

Charlotte Pride - Home - Charlotte Pride 

Twin Cities Pride - Twin Cities Pride ( 

Houston Pride - The 46th Annual Official Houston LGBT+ Pride Celebration - Pride Houston®| The Official Houston Pride® Celebration ( 

Austin Pride - Pride 2024 – The Austin Pride Foundation 

San Francisco Pride - San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration ( 

LA Pride - LA Pride Festival & Parade 2024 – LA Pride 

Portland Pride - Portland Pride | Portland, OR 

Seattle Pride - Home | Seattle Pride 

Denver Pride - DENVER PRIDE: June 22-23, 2024 

Boston Pride - Boston Pride For The People 

If your city isn’t listed above, find more info here: Gay Pride Calendar 2023 (this says 2023 but links to a page that’s up to date – so we can just leave off the 2023) 

Find your local LGBTQ+ Community Center: Find a CenterLink Member in our LGBTQ Community Center Directory ( 

Virtual Events: 

PRIDE: A Celebration of Love, Resistance, and Empowerment PRIDE: A Celebration of Love, Resistance, and Empowerment. Tickets, Wed, Jun 5, 2024 at 7:00 PM | Eventbrite 

"Celebrating Progress and Centering Joy" "Celebrating Progress and Centering Joy" Tickets, Thu, Jun 6, 2024 at 12:00 PM | Eventbrite 

Brave/Safe Space Training Brave/Safe Space Training Tickets, Thu, Jun 20, 2024 at 1:00 PM | Eventbrite 


We are Everywhere By Matthew Riemer and Leighton Brown 

Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin 

Fairest by Meredith Talusan 

How to Live Free in a Dangerous World by Shayla Lawson 

Lavash at First Sight by Taleen Voskuni 

All My Mother’s Lovers by Ilana Masad 

Tomorrow Will Be Different by Sarah McBride 

First Time for Everything by Henry Fry 

Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe 

Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde 

All About Love by bell hooks 

Angels in America by Tony Kushner 

Transgender History by Susan Stryker 

A Queer History of the United States by Michael Bronski 

Tomorrow Will Be Different by Sarah McBride 

The Stonewall Reader, Edited by New York Public Library and Jason Baumann 

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