For decades, Unitarian Universalists (UUs) have actively supported full equality for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer (LGBTQ), and have affirmed and celebrated LGBTQ members of our congregations and communities. One powerful way to stand on the side of love with LGBTQ people is to join Unitarian Universalists everywhere in celebrating Pride.
Alternately known as “gay pride,” “LGBT pride,” or just “pride,” this celebration offers a space to affirm, celebrate, and be proud of sexual diversity and gender variance.
The origins of today’s Pride celebrations are generally credited to the Stonewall Rebellion of June 28, 1969. One year later marches were held in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, and within a few years they had spread to cities beyond the United States. In the 1980s Pride celebrations expanded beyond the march format and started to become weekend-long festivals in many cities. In the 1990s, more and more Pride celebrations began making transgender inclusion a priority. In 2000 President Bill Clinton made history when he declared June “Gay & Lesbian Pride Month.” President Barack Obama has declared June “LGBT Pride Month” each year he has been in office.
Today there are Pride celebrations in cities throughout the world, and there are many variations on the theme, such as youth pride, black pride, transgender pride, Latino/a pride, bear pride, and many more. Many (but not all) Pride celebrations happen in June.
The Unitarian Universalist Association has passed many resolutions on LGBTQ rights and equality since 1970, when the first such resolution was passed by General Assembly (Discrimination Against Homosexuals and Bisexuals). As a denomination we also have a history of endorsing, or signing on to, letters or other documents calling for action on issues relating to LGBTQ rights and equality (sign-on letters and amicus briefs).
For more on the history and grounding of Unitarian Universalist work in this area, check out our LGBTQ history and facts pages.
For more information contact lgbtq @ uua.org.
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Last updated on Friday, May 3, 2013.
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