This year’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month may be the most significant in recent history.

In the wake of the horrifying events that unfolded at Pulse nightclub in Orlando on June 12, where 49 lives were taken in an act of hate and terror, Americans are reexamining just how far we still have to go to become a more equitable society.

Progress does not happen overnight, though numerous strides have been made by leaders and local organizations to address the differences of opinion we still face.

June 12 was a grave reminder that there is work still to be done.

Whether it is the LGBT community, at-risk youth, or other underserved and minority populations, many of our friends and neighbors still face daily challenges and injustices that directly impact their quality of life and minimize access to opportunity.

As community leaders and social impact organizations, we must work to address these challenges and opportunities, in every aspect of programming and advocacy.

History of LGBT Month

LGBT Pride Month is celebrated each June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan, which were a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. Today, celebrations include pride parades, workshops, symposia and many other events that attract millions of participants around the world.

Memorials are also held during this month for those members of the community who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS.

For many, the month is often marked by unity and celebration. The various events bring people together from all walks of life to raise awareness for LGBT issues and recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history.

San Diego Pride Week

While most of the country celebrates LGBT Pride Month and related events in June, thousands of San Diegans will come together the weekend of July 15-17 to mark the occasion here in our region.

Organized by San Diego LGBT Pride, the weekend will include a music festival, 5K, numerous community programs, and one giant parade through the streets around Balboa Park.

On the heels of recent events, we encourage everyone to participate in #SDPride weekend and show your support for equity throughout San Diego.

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