Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) Pride Month is observed annually in the month of June “to recall the trials the LGBTQ+ community has endured and to rejoice in the triumphs of trailblazing individuals who have bravely fought and continue to fight for full equality” and it is also a time for the LGBTQ+ community to come together and celebrate the freedom to be themselves.
While today’s celebrations include Pride marches, parades, memorials, and a host of other Pride events across the United States, Pride month began in honor of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. The Stonewall Uprising became a catalyst for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States.
Since Stonewall, the LGBTQ+ community in the United States has achieved significant progress. Federal and local policies and practices are increasingly acknowledging and advancing LGBTQ+ equality through federal and local executive actions; to include Historic Supreme Court rulings that have affirmed the right to marriage equality and secured workplace protections for LGBTQ+ individuals. The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act expanded the definition of hate crimes to include crimes motivated by sexual orientation or gender identity, and the number of LGBTQ+ elected officials in the U.S. is steadily on the rise.
Despite this progress, members of the LGBTQ+ community, particularly transgender people, continue to face violence, discrimination, and a lack of protections for fundamental civil rights. To bring awareness to these issues, President Biden issued a presidential proclamation recognizing June as Pride Month and declaring to fight for equality for the LGBTQ+ community.
In support of the President’s proclamation, FERC would like to stand in solidarity with LGBTQ+ communities in their fight for equality.