June is Pride Month, a time to commemorate the LGBT community’s achievements and contributions to American life. Originally just one day, then a week, then by the 21st century it had become a month-long celebration, and one that has continued to grow in prominence.
Events are scheduled all across the state of Connecticut to honor and celebrate LGBT pride. These events are hosted by local LGBT organizations such as True Colors, Triangle Community Center and CLARO. They provide the opportunity to celebrate, meet new peers from the community, and enjoy fun entertainment. Most of these events are free with the exception of the Rainbow Ball.
Select bars in Connecticut cater to the LGBT community and create space for them to meet, greet, and feel comfortable. These range from some of the top gay bars in the state to gay friendly bars that might not necessarily host specialized events. Popular gay bars in Connecticut feature drag shows and special event nights such as ladies night or transgender parties.
A transgender student was named homecoming king at a New Hampshire high school.
New London’s mayor and his husband have been invited to the White House for a celebration of LGBT Pride month.
Rev. William Owens takes great issue with Obama’s linkage of Dr. King’s civil rights movement of the past to the current gay rights movement regarding same-sex marriage. Owens says that King embraced traditional religion, and he strongly suggests that King would not want his civil rights’ mission altered to include same-sex marriage.
It took nine years, but a documentary celebrating United Airlines Flight 93 passenger Mark Bingham’s life premiered in June.