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Celebrate Pride with the Y!
What is Pride Month?
Pride Month is celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan.
The Stonewall Riots marked the beginning of the Pride Movement in the United States (US). After facing continued harassment from local police at the Stonewall Inn, a bar for the LGBTQ community in New York City, a group of LGBTQ patrons decided to take a stand against the discrimination they regularly faced. These events, known as the Stonewall Riots, inspired a movement to end discrimination against all LGBTQ people in the US. One year later, Pride marches were held in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles to commemorate their brave stance against homophobia, transphobia and racism.
Today, Pride events are held in cities and towns across the country. These festivals and parades are an opportunity to celebrate progress in the LGBTQ movement and acknowledge the steps that we must still make to have all LGBTQ persons achieve full equality.
The YMCA of Austin will be participating in the Austin PRIDE festival and parade on Saturday, August 10, so stop by and see us!
We will be tabling at the festival from 11am to 7pm, so stop by and bring your friends to learn more about Y programs & membership, and grab some special goodies & offers.
Also keep an eye out for Y staff marching in the parade! We'll be throwing Y Pride shirts & other goodies out into the crowd.
You can get more details about Austin PRIDE festival and parade at www.austinpride.org/paradeandfestival
We can't wait to see you there!