June is Pride Month

Each year, June is dedicated to celebrating the LGBTQ+ community and honoring their struggles, achievements and contributions to society. As we wave our rainbow flags high, we also take this opportunity to educate, advocate and foster a spirit of inclusivity and acceptance.

Pride Month commemorates the Stonewall Uprising of 1969, a pivotal event in the fight for LGBTQ+ rights. On June 28, 1969, members of the LGBTQ+ community in New York City stood up against police raids and discrimination, sparking a movement that has since grown into a global campaign for equality. This historic moment reminds us of the importance of standing up for justice and the power of collective action.


Under a LGBT Pride Flag, taken at Exeter Pride Parade, public event.

LGBTQ Groups: Spotlight
This month, we are proud to spotlight groups who are making a difference:

  • Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
    The Human Rights Campaign is one of the largest and most influential LGBTQ advocacy organizations in the United States. Founded in 1980, HRC promotes equality and civil rights for LGBTQ individuals through advocacy, lobbying and public education. The organization focuses on issues such as marriage equality, anti-discrimination laws and HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment. HRC also provides resources and support for LGBTQ people and their families, striving to create a world where everyone can live openly and authentically without fear of discrimination.
  • GLAAD (formerly the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation)
    GLAAD is a nonprofit organization founded in 1985 with the mission to promote accurate and inclusive representation of LGBTQ people in the media. GLAAD works with entertainment, news and digital media to ensure that LGBTQ stories are told fairly and accurately. GLAAD aims to shape public opinion and foster acceptance by addressing harmful stereotypes and advocating for positive portrayals. The organization also provides resources and support for LGBTQ media professionals and content creators, striving to amplify LGBTQ voices and narratives.
  • PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays)
    PFLAG is the first and largest organization for LGBTQ+ people, their parents, families and allies. Founded in 1973, PFLAG provides support, education and advocacy to unite families and allies with the LGBTQ community to advance equality. PFLAG offers support groups, educational resources and advocacy initiatives to promote understanding and acceptance. The organization has over 400 chapters across the United States, making it a vital resource for families and individuals seeking to foster inclusive and supportive environments for LGBTQ people.

As we celebrate Pride Month, we remember that the journey toward equality and acceptance is ongoing. Together, we can build a world where everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, is free to be who they are.