June is a month to be proud of because June is LGBTQ Pride Month!
What is Pride Month, you ask?
Pride Month began in honor of the Stonewall Riot that occurred in June 1969 when New York’s gay community protested police raids targeting gay clubs. The Stonewall Riot was a pivotal point for the gay pride movement.
Today, Pride Month is a time to celebrate the lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex, queer, and transgender community. Pride events also promote the LGBTQ equal rights movement.
Here are a just few milestones that have occurred in the last couple of years:
- June 26, 2015 – The Supreme Court rules same-sex marriage is a constitutional right.
- June 30, 2016 – Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announces that transgender individuals will be able to openly serve in the U.S. armed forces.
- April 4, 2017 – The 7th District Court of Appeals rules that the Civil Rights Act prohibits workplace discrimination against LGBT employees.
Here at Cal Poly Pomona, inclusiveness and cultural competence are core values. In light of the divisive November 2016 political environment, Cal Poly Pomona’s President, Soraya Coley, sent out a message of reassurance to students, staff, and faculty. “Ours is a broadly diverse and inclusive community, open to an array of backgrounds, experiences and expressions of beliefs. And like all families, we understand that we will not always see life through the same lens, but we continue to honor, respect, and value each other’s perspective and point of view,” stated President Coley.
The Pride Center is a great on-campus resource for members and allies of the LGBTQ community. The Pride Center is located in Building 26, Room 107, across from the Bronco Student Center in the University Plaza. Their services include academic and personal advising, a safe-space and lounge for students, support and resources on the coming out process, scholarships and more!