Henrico Celebrates June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month


June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month. This celebrates how Americans who identify as LGBTQ have strengthened our country by using their talent and creativity to promote goodwill and greater awareness/understanding of marginalized individuals. The first Pride March was held June 28, 1970, in New York City, on the first anniversary of a riot that was triggered by a police raid of a gay nightclub. The riot became known as the Stonewall Uprising and was viewed as a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. 

Initially, the last Sunday of June was usually celebrated as “Gay Pride Day.” Over time, celebrations spread to cities across the nation and began to encompass a series of events that latest throughout the month. 

Library of Congress. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Pride

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Foster Parenting in Henrico: An Inclusive Effort

A particular sexual orientation or gender identity is not a prerequisite for becoming a foster parent in Henrico County — just a big heart. Henrico Social Services is looking for families who can provide a loving and affirming home for young people in the county’s foster care program.

Henrico County Celebrates LGBTQ Pride Month

What is the Intercultural Liaison Partnership?

The Henrico Police Intercultural Liaison Partnership (ILP) is designed to strengthen relationships between police and Henrico County’s culturally-diverse communities. Our goal is to build trust within these communities by learning from one another and breaking down barriers. We want to ensure every member of every community knows Henrico Police is here to support them and promote their safety.

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Members of the local LGBTQIA2S+ community discuss the addition of identities to the traditional acronym to foster community through inclusivity. For more information, contact: Kara Williams at [email protected] or Jacquelyn Smith-White at [email protected].

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LGBTQIA+ Webinar Series

CAPAZ-IT, a non-profit organization in Virginia, in collaboration with the Virginia Refugee Healing Partnership, presents this webinar series specific to LGBTQIA+ Youth. Register today.

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Queer RVA Past & Future Gallery

Annual LGBTQ+ Pride Traditions + Engagement

By all estimates, there were three to five thousand marchers at the inaugural Pride in New York City, and today marchers in New York City number in the millions. Since 1970, LGBTQ+ people have continued to gather together in June to march with Pride and demonstrate for equal rights.

Library of Congress. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Pride Month.

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Henrico County Public Library Celebrates Pride Month – Library News

June is LGBTQIA+ Pride Month! What originally began as a day to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall Uprising (Gay Pride Day) has since evolved into an official month-long celebration that recognizes the impact lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (questioning), intersex and asexual identifying people have had on history (Library of Congress). We are marking the occasion with a list of titles that celebrate authors and characters belonging to the LGBTQIA+ community. Read on for recommended books for children, tweens, teens and adults!






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