June is Pride Month in Canada and around the world | National Union of Public and General Employees

June is Pride Month in Canada and around the world

NUPGE urges members to recognize and celebrate the value of diversity


Ottawa (8 June 2007) - The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is pleased to join in supporting and celebrating June as Pride Month for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people everywhere.

The occasion is being marked across Canada and beyond with parades, dances, festivals and other events sponsored by local charities and volunteer organizations.

NUPGE recognizes Pride Month for what it symbolizes in terms of freedom and equality. We encourage our members from coast to coast to recognize the value of diversity and to use the occasion as an opportunity to build greater solidarity in support of human rights for all.

The origins of Pride Month can be traced back to a June weekend in New York City in 1969.

On the night of June 27 that year, a crowd gathered as usual at the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in New York City's Greenwich Village.

New York Beverage Control Board agents and city police officers raided the bar to enforce an alcohol control law that was seldom enforced anywhere else in the city. Raids on gay establishments, however, were common at the time.

Lesbians and gay men spontaneously fought back for the first time against police harassment. The crowd inside and outside the bar erupted in resistance as officers singled out patrons to load into waiting paddy wagons. More police reinforcements were called in as local gays and lesbians united in enraged confrontation. Word of the clash spread and crowds gathered on ensuing nights to protest the mistreatment historically inflicted on the gay community.

These protests came to be known as the Stonewall Rebellion, and the uprising was the catalyst for the modern political movement for gay and lesbian liberation. NUPGE

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