June 28, 1969, marked the beginning of an almost week-long protest in the streets of New York City. Ignited by a police raid of the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay nightclub, this stand for equal rights became known as the Stonewall Riots. A year later, the first gay pride marches took place in different cities across the U.S. to commemorate Stonewall, with more cities participating year after year. Finally, in 1999, President Bill Clinton officially recognized June as Pride Month in the United States.
Though Pride is now openly celebrated around the world, the fight for LGBTQ+ rights continues. From the first U.S. gay rights organization established in 1942 to the Supreme Court legalizing same-sex marriage in 2015, great strides have been made toward equality — but change still needs to happen.
At Red Door, we’re committed to educating ourselves and sharing material that we’ve found helpful with our community. Our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee has compiled a list of resources to support the LGBTQ+ community during Pride Month and beyond.
Source: Tucson Pride
Support local LGBTQ+ nonprofits and community resources
Source: The San Diego LGBT Center
You can also find volunteer opportunities using volunteermatch.org.
Dine out at LGBTQ+ Owned Restaurants
Support LGBTQ+ Artists and their Work
Art by: Jason Van Tatenhove from the "Us" exhibit at Bitfactory
As allies, it is our responsibility to educate ourselves in the history of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Social Movements. We hope this list is a helpful resource to not only enhance our collective knowledge about Pride, but also helps us all support and stand with the LGBTQ+ community in a meaningful way.
- Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee, Red Door Interactive