JUNE IS NATIONAL CARIBBEAN-AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH AND PRIDE MONTH

In June 2005, the House of Representatives unanimously adopted Resolution 71 sponsored by Rep. Barbara Lee, recognizing the significance of Caribbean people and their descendants in the history and culture of the United States. On Feb. 14, 2006, the resolution similarly passed the Senate, culminating a two-year, bipartisan and bicameral effort. The proclamation was issued by President George W. Bush on June 6, 2006.

The campaign to designate June as National Caribbean American Heritage Month, was spearheaded by Dr. Claire Nelson, Founder and President of the Institute of Caribbean Studies.

Information courtesy of www.caribbeanamericanmonth.org

On June 28, 1969, patrons of a New York City gay bar called the Stonewall Inn clashed with police in what became known as the Stonewall Riots, according to the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. At the time, homosexuality was considered a crime, and gay-friendly establishments like the Stonewall Inn were frequently raided. Growing tired of the harassment, the bar's customers decided to stand up to police on that historic night. Hundreds began to riot, and the protest grew even larger the next night. Demonstrations erupted all over the city over the next several days, sparking a movement that continues to this day.

In June of 2000, President Bill Clinton proclaimed the first ever Gay and Lesbian Pride month according to the Library of Congress. Its purpose was to recognize "the joys and sorrows that the gay and lesbian movement has witnessed and the work that remains to be done... and celebrate the progress we have made in creating a society more inclusive and accepting of gays and lesbians." In 2009, President Barack Obama expanded on the name to be more inclusive, proclaiming June Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month.

Information courtesy of https://www.romper.com/p/how-did-pride-month-begin-the-celebration-has-interesting-history-60626 

 


 

Feature Stories

First Caribbean WNBA Player Simone Edwards to Serve as National Spokesperson for Caribbean American Heritage Month, June 2017
Jamaicans.com, May 24, 2017

American Airlines Celebrates Inclusion and Diversity During PRIDE Month in June
Nasdaq, May 31, 2017

Podcast picks ahead of Pride Month
USA Today, May 29, 2017


Events

Caribbean Sea Fest
The purpose of the Seattle Caribbean Festival is to bring together the culturally and linguistically diverse members of the Caribbean Community in the Pacific Northwest along with those interested in learning and experiencing Caribbean cultural expressions to share in a day of cultural performances, cultural expression, and cultural exchange. This is a family-oriented event to be held on Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017, at Volunteer Park in Seattle.

Burien's First Annual PRIDE
Join Burien PRIDE 10 a.m.–10 p.m. in Burien Town Square Park for the city's very first PRIDE event!

Capitol Hill Pride March & Rally
Support Capitol Hill – the Heart of the LGBT community! There will be five blocks on Broadway of non-profits, information and Artists and Performers, starting June 10, 2017.

Capital City Pride
Join Capital City Pride for their annual pride festival in downtown Olympia.

Seattle Pride Parade
Join Seattle Pride at 11 a.m. Sunday, June 25, 2017. Volunteer or Register. The official Seattle Pride Parade theme: “Indivisible.”

 

WSBA Diversity Committee

Resources

WSB Foundation