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Credit:, Bureau of Global Public Affairs within the U.S. Department of State.

LGBT Pride Month is celebrated in June to commemorate the Stonewall riots, which occurred at the end of June 1969.
In the early hours of June 28, 1969, New York City police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club located in Greenwich Village in New York City. This raid sparked a riot among bar patrons and neighborhood residents marked by police roughly hauling employees and patrons out of the bar. Six days of protests and violent clashes with law enforcement ensued.

The Stonewall Riots (also sometimes referred to as the Stonewall Uprising) served as a catalyst for the gay rights movement in the United States and around the world. Many pride events are held during the month of June to recognize the impact LGBT people have had in the world. As well as being a month long celebration, Pride month is also an opportunity to peacefully protest and raise political awareness of current issues facing the community. Parades are a prominent feature of Pride month, and there are many street parties, community events, poetry readings, public speaking, street festivals and educational sessions.  Unfortunately, the COVID 19 pandemic forced many of the planned events throughout our state of NC and the country to be cancelled this year.  Despite this disappointment, we can take a moment to reflect on the many incremental accomplishments to push for equal rights, and engage in opportunities to educate ourselves and community.

LGBTQI Brief History Timeline

(Adapted from and UNC Department of Pediatrics)

BCE 2450 – Depictions of gay relationships
BCE 630   – Greek lesbian poet Sappho
AD 1347   – One of the earliest accounts of a transwoman
AD 1868   – One of the earliest accounts of intersex identity
AD 1924   – First gay activist group (The Society for Human Rights), short lived, in the US
AD 1931   – One of the first gender affirming surgeries
AD 1955   – First lesbian rights organization
AD 1961   – Illinois becomes the first state to decriminalize same sex relations
AD 1969   – Stonewall uprising, New York City
AD 1973   – “Homosexuality” is removed as a psychiatric illness
AD 1982   – Gay related immunodeficiency disorder (AIDS)
AD 1989   – Denmark recognizes same sex marriages
AD 1994   – LGBTQ History Month founded
AD 1996   – First Queer Straight Alliance, in a high school
AD 1997   – Ellen DeGeneres comes out on TV
AD 2000   – Vermont legalizes same sex civil unions
AD 2003   – US Supreme Court overturns sodomy laws
AD 2004   – Massachusetts is the first state to recognize same sex marriages
AD 2011   – LGB can serve openly in the military
AD 2015   – Supreme Court marriage equality mandate in all 50 states for same sex couples
AD 2016   – Transgender individuals can enlist and serve openly in the military
AD 2017   – Trump Administration repeals above, transgender individuals cannot serve military
AD 2020   – Supreme Court ruling to protect LGBTQI employees from discrimination



safe-zoneStandard Safe Zone:

Consider local opportunities at UNC for education and get involved. The Standard Safe Zone is a 4-hour training program designed to introduce concepts, terminology and resources related to sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.

Safe Zone trainees develop:

  • A deeper awareness of personal ideas, stereotypes, and assumptions related to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer and asexual (LGBTIQA) individuals
  • An increased comfort level in addressing concepts and language regarding LGBTIQA communities with the university community and with individuals
  • An increased awareness of services on campus that support LGBTIQA and allied individuals.
  • A network of community and campus staff, faculty, and students to support people of all sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions on campus.

Upcoming Training Dates:

  • Thursday, July 23rd from 10am-2pm
  • Tuesday, August 4th from 9am-1pm
  • Wednesday, August 12th from 12pm-4pm
  • Thursday, September 3rd from 5pm-9pm
  • Thursday, September 17th from 10am-2pm
  • Monday, October 12th from 5-9pm
  • Tuesday, October 20th from 8am-12pm
  • Monday, November 16th from 12pm-4pm

       Register here: