President Obama Issues Pride
The White House released President Obama’s official proclamation
marking this year’s pride month. The administration highlights
so-called ex-gay therapy, LGBT elders, and health disparities in the
brief statement, saying “LGBT rights are human rights... We still
have a lot of work to do."
The proclamation reads:
founding, America has advanced on an unending
path toward becoming a more perfect Union. This
journey, led by forward-thinking individuals who
have set their sights on reaching for a brighter
tomorrow, has never been easy or smooth. The
fight for dignity and equality for lesbian, gay,
bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people is
reflected in the tireless dedication of
advocates and allies who strive to forge a more
They have spurred sweeping progress by
changing hearts and minds and by demanding equal
treatment — under our laws, from our courts, and
in our politics.
landmark Supreme Court decision guaranteeing
marriage equality in all 50 States was a
historic victory for LGBT Americans, ensuring
dignity for same-sex couples and greater
equality across State lines.
For every partnership that was not
previously recognized under the law and for
every American who was denied their basic civil
rights, this monumental ruling instilled
newfound hope, affirming the belief that we are
all more free when we are treated as equals.
deserve to know their country stands beside
That is why my Administration is striving
to better understand the needs of LGBT adults
and to provide affordable, welcoming, and
supportive housing to aging LGBT Americans.
It is also why we oppose subjecting
minors to the harmful practice of conversion
therapy, and why we are continuing to promote
equality and foster safe and supportive learning
environments for all students.
We remain committed to addressing health
disparities in the LGBT community — gay and
bisexual men and transgender women of color are
at a particularly high risk for HIV, and we have
worked to strengthen our National HIV/AIDS
Strategy to reduce new infections, increase
access to care, and improve health outcomes for
people living with HIV.
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.
Presidential Proclamation for Pride 2016
Obama Issues Pride Month Proclamation
Let There Be Gay: Pride Month Proclamation
2016 Guide to Coast-to-Coast Gay Pride
Birmingham Pride Parade
US Cities Celebrate LGBT Pride
Certainly it is a real boost for the
cause when a local municipality shows its support for LGBT rights or
marriage equality. Pictured here on the left is the state
house in San Francisco lit up in rainbow colors in observance of
Pride Month. In the center is Minnesota's I-35W Bridge lit
up in rainbow colors to celebrate Minnesota's gay marriage
legalization. On the right is the marriage equality flag
atop Seattle's Space Needle in recognition of Seattle's first
same-sex marriage. And, the White House displayed rainbow
colors in celebration of the Supreme Court Decision for nationwide
In St. Louis, Missouri, a public
building was lit up in rainbow colors to celebrate their annual
Pride Fest event. Crosswalks in Vancouver, British Columbia
are painted with rainbow colors.
Cities Showing LGBT Pride
Pride Crosswalks in Vancouver
Highlights From NYC Pride March
Parades, Marches, Festivals, Demonstrations
Gay pride parades and similar
festivals and events are intended as celebrations of the LGBT
culture and community. Oftentimes such public events are also demonstrations for human rights.
events occur annually and many take place around June to commemorate
riots, a pivotal moment in
Parades and marches
serve to render a community visible. Marches typically have the goal
of effecting political or social change, whereas parades are
celebratory. Some contingents in a parade may bear messages of
political protest, and marches may have festive elements or be part
of a larger program that includes concerts or picnics and similar
LGBT pride celebrations can take many
forms, including film festivals, dances and proms, poetry readings,
speaker panels, art festivals, fashion shows, drag performances,
comedy shows, sporting events and various recreational activities.
Wikipedia: Pride Parades
Wikipedia: Stonewall Riots
Gay Parades of the Seventies
GLBTQ Encyclopedia: Parades &
Same Sex Marriage Victories Draw Big Crowds for Gay Pride
Gay Pride New Orleans
Central Alabama Pride
Definition of Pride
You Tube Tribute to Gay Pride
ALGBTICAL At Pride Parade
Central Alabama Pride
presented its annual Pride Parade on
Saturday, June 11, 2011 in Birmingham. ALGBTICAL was an official part of the event and
several of its officers and members marched in the parade.
effort by ALGBTICAL provided support and awareness at this year’s
Central Pride Event held in downtown Birmingham. Collaboration of
members and officers attending, included Glenda Elliott, Jeanell
Norvell, Jessica Merchant, Melissa Scott, and two enduring
supporters, provided representation in this festive event. Everyone
enjoyed seeing the hundreds of supporters lining in the streets and
the warm, welcoming chants and atmosphere provided by Central Pride
fans. ALGBTICAL will continue to promote better understanding of
sexual minority issues and engaging community awareness efforts
through its amazing members’ support and enthusiasm.
Annual Gay Pride Week
Birmingham, Alabama hosts an annual
Gay Pride Week. Below are photos taken in Birmingham, Alabama
during the 2006 Pride Week, sponsored by Central Alabama Pride.
Birmingham is the location
for the Central Alabama Pride Week celebration every June.
The 10-day event features a wide variety of informative and
entertaining programs and activities. These photos were taken at the
famous Five Points location in the Southside area of
Birmingham during Gay Pride week 2006.
are displayed every year at the Five points intersection in
Birmingham as part of Gay Pride week.
The city of Birmingham plays
host to the annual Gay Pride Parade every June. Various groups and organizations
in the annual march
the streets of Birmingham.
Pictured here are attendees at
the Pride Parade, including AGLBICAL President, Donna Melder and
AGLBICAL officers, Lyndsey Robinson and Michael Lebeau.
Birmingham is home to a number of noteworthy LGBT events. Each
year, during Pride Week, Equality Alabama sponsors day-long free
workshops, an awards banquet, and silent auction. Past events have
featured these speakers:
Rev J.R. Finney / Gay-Affirming Look at the Bible
Gunner Scott / Transgender Issues
Patrick Guerriero / Log Cabin Republican President
Jonathan Awtrey / Equality Rider
Jeff Key / Experiences as a Gay Marine in Iraq
Grethe Cammermeyer /
Challenging Don't ask Don't Tell (Her Life Portrayed by Glenn Close in
"Serving in Silence")
Birmingham has hosted the Twin Cities Gay
Men's Chorus in a concert presented at the Alys Stephens Center.
Proceeds benefited Birmingham AIDS Outreach and Equality Alabama.
Birmingham hosted the Pride Town Hall Meeting, held at Birmingham Museum of Art in Birmingham.
stellar guest speakers, including
Joe Solmonese, HRC President;
Chuck Wolfe, Victory Fund President;
Evan Wolfson, Freedom to Marry Founder.
Pride Week, sponsored by Central Alabama Pride, takes
place every June in Birmingham. Ten days of events and activities are
presented, including a Mardi Gras style Pride Parade.
Pride Week activities have included concerts, pageants, cookouts,
dances, roller disco, prayer services, bingo, poetry readings, and
Gay softball is played in Birmingham under
the banner of the New South Softball League.
In the tradition of "Pearl Day" at Six
Flags and "Gay Days" at Disney, Alabama's premiere amusement Park
"Alabama Adventure" sponsors Pride Day.
Attendees are encouraged to wear their "Pride Colors," including Pride bracelets
and Pride t-shirts.
Gay clubs and bars are located in
Birmingham: The Quest Club, Aqua, The Phoenix, Joe's on Seventh, Our Place,
Club Pulse Elevation, and The Lakeview Yacht Club.
You can find a gay gift, card and novelty
store: McNolia's at Five Points.
The annual celebration of gay and lesbian films in
the Magic City is presented annually with the very successful
Shout Film Festival.
It showcases the
best features, documentaries and short films exploring gay, lesbian,
bisexual and transgender themes.
Local colleges regularly sponsor LGBT
events and activities. The University of Alabama at Birmingham
brings a variety of guest speakers, discussion groups, and films to
their campus. Birmingham-Southern College presents a month-long
series of events for LGBT Pride Month. Both UAB And BSC have LGBT
student organizations and support groups.
Alabama Directory of LGBT Businesses & Organizations
Gay Cities: Gay Birmingham
New South Gay Softball League
Gay Bar Maps
Marches and Demonstrations
Association for Lesbian
Gay Bisexual & Transgender Issues in Counseling of Alabama