June Holiday Spotlight
June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) Pride Month. Pride was established to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and other queer individuals have had on the world. LGBTQ+ groups celebrate this special time with pride parades, picnics, parties, memorials for those lost to hate crimes and HIV/AIDS, and other group gatherings.
- Seattle Pride
- Awareness Days: Pride Month
- Library of Congress
- Global Gay Pride Calendar
- Gay Pride Calendar
Juneteenth (Freedom Day or Emancipation Day) is a celebration that honors the day in 1865 when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas to take control of the state. Slaves in Texas and Louisiana finally heard they were free, two and a half years after Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation (in effect January 1, 1863) making June 19 the day of emancipation for thousands of African Americans. Juneteenth is seen as the longest-running African American holiday.
- June 12: Loving Day
- June 14: Flag Day (in United States)
- June 19: Juneteenth
- June 20: Father’s Day
- June 21: Litha (Summer Solstice)
- June 27: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) Pride Day in the United States
Full details on each holiday can be found here.
Written by Taylor Kanemori, Director of Equity & Inclusion