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Celebrates the history, diversity and contributions of LGBTQ+ people in the United States.

Origin and history of Pride Month

It was in June of 1969 when police raided a Greenwich Village gay bar provoked the patrons and community to stand up against oppression and discrimination. Raids like this were common, and it was not safe for many LGBTQ+ people to be open about their identities in public. As the protest spilled into the neighborhood, lesbian and gender non-conforming people confined to the Women’s House of Detention shouted through the jail’s bars encouraging the protestors on the streets below. Since then, Pride Month has commemorated the Stonewall Uprising; sought to expand inclusivity and increase visibility, activism and legislative progress; and celebrated the history, diversity and contributions of LGBTQ+ people.

The LGBTQ+ community is incredibly diverse, including people of all races, abilities, religions and countries of origin. Black and other people of color have always been at the center of the demand for fundamental rights. Black self-identified drag queen Marsha P. Johnson and transgender Latina woman Sylvia Rivera are often recognized as playing an important role in the Stonewall Uprising and other activist movements.

The importance of supporting gender-diverse people

Even though progress has been made since the 1970s, many LGBTQ+ people still face discrimination and violence, especially transgender and gender non-binary people and people of color. Currently more than 500 anti-LGBTQ+ bills that have been proposed, passed or are being considered throughout the country, many of them targeting transgender people and gender-affirming care specifically. Many of these bills are based on harmful myths about trans people and gender-affirming care and significantly impact the ability of these individuals to live safe, dignified lives. It is more important than ever to support transgender and gender non-binary people and recognize their right not just to survive but to thrive.

LGBTQ+ acronym expansion and inclusion

The acronym LGBTQ+ is a commonly used and widely understood term. There are many variations that people in the community use like LGBTQIA2S+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, Intersex, Asexual and Two Spirit). The acronyms are used to identify different sexual orientations and gender identities. Learn more about these terms and identities.

Digital assets and posters

Email signature

Celebrate Pride Month and support your colleagues by adding an icon to your UW Medicine email signature.

Visit the UW Medicine brand site to download the signature. If you need instructions on adding an email signature, visit one of the following Microsoft Office support pages.

Plus, take the opportunity to update your pronouns in your email signature using the brand site template.

Zoom background

Visit the UW Medicine brand site to download the background.


Pride poster

Download the poster.



Honoring LGBTQ+ people should happen year-round — and we’ve compiled a list of resources to help you do just that.

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