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June is not only the month that we, Midwesterners, look forward to celebrating the first day of summer, but it is also the month of two other equally exciting days to celebrate:
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Pride Month
In June of 1969, patrons and supporters of the Stonewall Inn in New York City staged an uprising to resist the police harassment and persecution to which Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Americans were commonly subjected. This uprising marks the beginning of a movement to outlaw discriminatory laws and practices against LGBT Americans. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month commemorates the events of June 1969 and works to achieve equal justice and equal opportunity for LGBT Americans.
On June 1, 2009, President Obama issued Proclamation No. 8387 for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month. In this proclamation the President pointed to the contributions made by LGBT Americans both in promoting equal rights to all regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity and in broader initiatives such as the response to the global HIV pandemic.
Immigrant Heritage Month
Immigrant Heritage Month began in 2014 as “an opportunity for Americans to celebrate the countless contributions immigrants have made and continue to make to the United States, and to reflect on their family’s heritage.” Immigration is part of the DNA of this great nation. It’s a source of our strength and something we all can take pride in.
In closing, as we welcome the beautifully bloomed trees, summer breezes and long walks on our beautiful lakefront this month, let’s not forget to welcome all of those in our lives who are wonderfully different from us. Remember, our diversity is one of our greatest gifts, let’s celebrate one another. Happy June!!!
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