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By: Doreen Yaffa

The History Of Pride Month From Our Presidents


President Bill Clinton first declared June as “Gay & Lesbian Pride Month” in 1999 and then again in 2000. Later, from 2009 to 2016, President Barack Obama declared June as “LGBT Pride Month.”

Our current President, Joe Biden, in 2021, followed along by declaring June as “LGBTQ+ Pride Month.” In 2022, President Biden added “queer” and “intersex” when he formally proclaimed, by the authority vested in him by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, June as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (“LGBTGI+”) Pride month. He continues to call upon Congress to pass the Equality Act which he states, “will enshrine long overdue civil rights protections and build a better future for all LGBQTI+ Americans.” In his formal proclamation, President Biden called upon the people of the United States to “recognize the achievements of the LGBQTI+, [and] to celebrate the great diversity of the American people, and to wave their flags of pride high.”

Source: The White House