June is a time to honor the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the United States.
The annual commemoration is known as LGBT Pride Month, although some call it LGBTQ Pride Month in recognition of individuals who identify as queer or questioning.
The observance is held in June to commemorate the Stonewall uprising, when patrons and supporters at a gay-friendly tavern in New York City led a protest against persecution. The 1969 incident served as a rallying cry for the LGBT community to increase its visibility and efforts to advocate for equality.
The month typically features celebrations of LGBT history, achievements and identities. These activities often include the rainbow flag, a longtime symbol of the LGBT movement.
The Postal Service has honored several gay, lesbian and bisexual Americans with stamps through the years, including poet Walt Whitman, artist Ellsworth Kelly, astronaut Sally Ride, San Francisco elected official Harvey Milk and author James Baldwin.
The Library of Congress website’s LGBTQ Pride Month page has more information.