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In Focus

"See more clearly when you are informed"

LGBTQ+ Pride is an empowerment movement for the lesbian, gay, bi, trans, and queer/questioning plus other identities community. Pride celebrates the community’s long history of struggling against and overcoming adversity. Below you will find key terms, statistics, and other useful tools to understand and talk about LGBTQ+ Pride. If you would like to know more, consider coming to an IYC event. Our next one can be found below in the section labeled Our Events. We host them virtually, on a wide range of topics, discussing policy, civics, and current events.

Key Terms You Should Know


The opportunity to celebrate a history of overcoming a pattern of bullying, discrimination against, and barriers for people who are lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer/questioning, plus many other identities (LGBTQ+).


All of these identities exist on a broad range. Each person can identify themselves anywhere on this spectrum. Some people change where they are on the spectrum; other people are born who they are and do not change.

The Community:

People who identify as LGBTQ+ do not fit into the idea that the only gender options are boy and girl, and/or that they can only have a crush on people of their opposite gender.

Gender Expression:

We all present a gender identity to others in a given moment using things like baseball caps, sweaters, and high heels that are typically associated with a gender, which can be different from how we identify ourselves.


These are the basic way to refer to someone without using their name. People have the right to self identify and out of respect we use the pronouns that they ask us to use.

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Moments In History

1969 - The Stonewall riots were a series of spontaneous demonstrations by members of the gay community in response to a  police raid that began in the early morning of June 28, 1969 at the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City.

2000 - WorldPride, licensed by InterPride and organized by one of its members, is an  event that promotes lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ pride) issues on an international level through parades, festivals and other cultural activities.

2022 - U.S. citizens are able to select "X" as their gender marker on passport applications, rather than "M" or "F."

1970 - Craig Rodwell, his partner Fred Sargeant, Ellen Broidy, and Linda Rhodes proposed the first gay pride parade to be held in New York City by way of a resolution at the Eastern Regional Conference of Homophile Organizations (ERCHO) meeting in Philadelphia.

2015 - On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down all state bans on same-sex marriage, legalized it in all fifty states, and required states to honor out of state same-sex marriage licenses in the case Obergefell v. Hodges.


According to the Corporate Equality Index 2022, 93% of Fortune 500 companies have instituted non-discrimination policies that include sexual orientation and 66% offer transgender-inclusive benefits.

According to a 2013 Pew Research Center Study, 41% of LGBT adults said they were aged 10-14 when they "first felt they might not be straight." Yet, 43% of LGBT adults said they were aged 20 or older before they "first told a close friend or family member that [they] are or might be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender."

54% of respondents self-identified as LGBTQ+ say they have hidden a relationship in order to avoid discrimination, according to a June 2020 survey by the Center for American Progress.

The Trevor Project conducted a National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health 2021 of nearly 35,000 13-24 year olds. 42% of respondents reported that they "seriously considered attempting suicide in the past year."

Of 15,000 people interviewed for a 2020 Gallup Poll, 13.3% chose not to identify as heterosexual or straight. 


Marriage Equality

Equal Rights

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Pride in the Community

Avowed Identities

Reclamation of Identities & Terms

Notable Names

Harvey Milk
Jazz Jennings
Gilbert Baker
Audre Lorde
Marsha P. Johnson

Harvey Milk

Jazz Jennings

Gilbert Baker

Audre Lorde

Marsha P. Johnson



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LQBTQ+ Pride Fist

Our Events



Further Resources

LGBTQ+ Pride Infographic

Share what you have learned about LGBTQ+ Pride. Our Infographic has been designed to be shared easily by printing, emailing, or posting on social media. Click on the image to view or download the PDF File. (Not for commercial use.) 

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Celebrate & Create Event Video

Our crafting event for kids was lots of fun! Use your own materials to participate in our craft project. Watch the video to learn how to make your own Pride Flag Sand Art Flower Pot! You can also make an event out of it by hosting your own Celebrate & Create: LGBTQ+ Pride crafting party. Feel free to share this video with others! (Not for commercial use.) 

Craftivism Event Video

As you make your own tote bag, you will learn about what is meant by LGBTQ+ Pride. You can follow the instructions to make a version of this craft with your own supplies. No experience necessary. You can also make an event out of it yourself by hosting your own Craftivism: LGBTQ+ Pride Discussion Party. Feel free to share this video with others! (Not for commercial use) 

Take Action

LQBTQ+ Walk Two Friends

Where a rainbow accessory the every time you go out to show your support for the LGBTQ+ Community!

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Do you know someone going through a difficult time? Reach out to them. Tell them some kind words. Give them an extra hug. Let them know you are available for them if they want to talk!

Friendship Hands Unity

Commit to one LGBTQ+ friendly action each week!

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Show your support online, in social media, or in person for the LGBTQ+ Community by using inclusive language, sharing your pronouns, and avoiding gender binary language! 

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Share our LGBTQ+ Pride Infographic with friends, family, and anyone and everyone you think would appreciate becoming more informed!

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