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What is Pride Month?

Pride Month occurs in the United States to commemorate the Stonewall Riots which occurred at the end of June 1969. The Stonewall Riots, also called the Stonewall Uprising, began in the early hours of June 28, 1969 when New York City police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club located in Greenwich Village in New York City. The raid sparked an uprising among bar patrons and neighborhood residents, leading to six days of protests and violent clashes with law enforcement outside the bar on Christopher Street, in neighboring streets and in nearby Christopher Park. The Stonewall Uprising served as a catalyst for the gay rights movement in the United States and around the world. June 28th 1969 was not the start of LGBTQ+ liberation but many mark that day as a turning point in the struggle for equality for people who identify as LGBTQ+.

The anniversary of the events at Stonewall Inn were, initially, memorialized only in large cities but started to gain momentum and increased amplification in the 1990s. Small gatherings of reflection turned into massive parades and celebrations, which now characterize the ceremonial month, eventually leading to a presidential declaration of June as LGBT Pride Month and widespread recognition.  Two U.S presidents have officially declared a Pride month. First, President Bill Clinton declared June "Gay & Lesbian Pride Month" in 1999 and 2000. Then from 2009 to 2016, each year he was in office, President Barack Obama declared June LGBT Pride Month.

June 2020 is recognized as the 50th anniversary of commemorating the Stonewall Uprising. This year, Pride Month is situated in what may prove to be another pivotal point in history. As an uprising around justice and equality is currently taking place across the United States (and the world), this Pride Month can remind us of the progress than can be made after pain. On June 15, 2020 in a landmark ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act bars discrimination based on sex to include gender identity and sexual orientation, extending protections to millions of workers nationwide.

Celebrate Pride at FSU with a casual drop-in mixer, happening today Thursday, June 25th, from 6 pm to 7:30 pm. Please stop by for a casual time of meeting fellow LGBTQIA+ faculty and staff at FSU. We encourage everyone who is interested in attending to register for the Zoom mixer. And if you are not on the Queer ProfessioNoles Network for FSU LGBTQIA+ Faculty & Staff, feel free to subscribe to the secure listserv.

Please click here for more information on campus based information and resources in support of Pride Month.

Black Lives Matter Social Work and Policing

FSU’s Dr. Carrie Pettus-Davis, associate professor and founding director of the Institute for Justice Research and Development (IJRD) will join a panel of experts on Tuesday, June 30th, for a (virtual) congressional briefing on the intersection of Black Lives Matter, social work, and policing. Housed at FSU’s College of Social Work, IJRD is a nationally renown center leading cutting edge research in the criminal justice system. Dr. Pettus-Davis will join prominent leaders in social work and law enforcement for an impactful dialogue supported by the Congressional Social Work Caucus and several legislators on Capitol Hill.

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