June is LGBT Pride Month

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GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --

June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month.

President Bill Clinton held a Gay and Lesbian Pride Month in 2000 to coincide with the Stonewall riots, which occurred in June 1969.

In 2009, President Barack Obama brought back the observance as LGBT Pride Month, which he’s recognized every year since.

“There remains much work to do to extend the promise of our country to every American, but because of the acts of courage of the millions who came out and spoke out to demand justice and of those who quietly toiled and pushed for progress, our nation has made great strides in recognizing what these brave individuals long knew to be true in their hearts -- that love is love and that no person should be judged by anything but the content of their character,” said Obama during the 2016 LGBT Pride Month Presidential Proclamation. “During Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, as Americans wave their flags of pride high and march boldly forward in parades and demonstrations, let us celebrate how far we have come and reaffirm our steadfast belief in the equal dignity of all Americans.”

On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court took strides to give the LGBT community equal rights when they announced that all 50 states must allow same-sex marriage.

“Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions,” said Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, Supreme Court, on the ruling. “They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.”

To help celebrate LGBT Month the Consolidated Learning Center is hosting a meet and greet June 17, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with authors and editors of “Bold Strokes Books”; MJ Williamz, Laydin Michaels, Karis Walsh and Stacia Seaman.