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June 2019: LGBTQ Pride Month and Juneteenth

LGBTQ Pride Month

Each year, the month of June celebrates Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Pride Month (LGBTQ Pride Month), in recognition of the 1969 Stonewall riots. The Stonewall riots were a series of spontaneous demonstrations by members of the LGBTQ community. They were a tipping point in the United States and are widely considered the most important event leading to the Gay Liberation Movement.

Celebrate LGBTQ Month at these Missouri events:

Western Missouri

Central Missouri

Eastern Missouri

  • PrideSTL presents the 40th Annual PrideFest 2019. In 2017, PrideFest broke previous records, with an estimated 300,000 people in attendance. This special event, taking place on June 29 and 30, features a variety of entertainment, music, vendors, and a parade. For more information, to donate, or to view the event details, please visit the PrideSTL website.

  • Proudout, in connection with PrideSTL, presents the First Sunday Supper. Each month, PrideSTL hosts a community potluck dinner where individuals eat, talk, play cards and board games, and be in community for an afternoon. This recurring event takes place on June 2 beginning at 1 p.m. at the Pride St. Louis facility located at 3738 Chouteau Avenue. Attendees are encouraged to bring a side dish and their appetite. Please visit online for more details.

Juneteenth

The month of June also includes Juneteenth, the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Also known as Freedom Day, Juneteenth is an abbreviation of “June nineteenth” and honors the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas on June 19, 1865—a date two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation. Though Missouri announced emancipation on January 11, 1865, Missouri, Kansas, and 39 other states recognize Juneteenth as the official day of remembrance. The history of freedom and equal rights after emancipation is a long and complex one; indeed, that history is still being written. Juneteenth recognizes this, while celebrating the enduring and ongoing contributions of African Americans.

Celebrate Juneteenth at these Missouri events:

Western Missouri

Central Missouri

Eastern Missouri

Contact

Missouri Commission on Human Rights
3315 W. Truman Blvd., Rm 212
P.O. Box 1129
Jefferson City, MO 65102-1129
Phone: 573-751-3325
Toll-Free Complaint Hotline: 1-877-781-4236
Relay Missouri: 711
Relay Missouri: 1-800-735-2966 (TDD)
Fax: 573-751-2905
mchr@labor.mo.gov