Pride flagPost submitted by David McCabe, HRC Digital Media Intern

This past weekend marked the beginning of pride season, when the LGBT community and its allies gather around the country both to celebrate our achievements over the past year and reflect on what we must do going forward to obtain full equality.

On Friday, President Obama declared June to be LGBT Pride Month. He has issued similar proclamations in past years, and hosted a pride reception at the White House every year since he took office. In part, his statement reads:

This year, we celebrate LGBT Pride Month at a moment of great hope and progress, recognizing that more needs to be done. Support for LGBT equality is growing, led by a generation which understands that, in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., "injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

The first pride marches were held in 1970, to commemorate the first anniversery of the Stonewall Riots, in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. In the decades since that historic day, pride events have grown all accross the country, making their mark on large cities and small towns alike. Every year, HRC attends pride events – 175 in 2012 – to connect with greater numbers of LGBT individuals and speak with them and their allies about our work.

To find a pride event near you, visit HRC's pride page.

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