This weekend, June 22nd-23rd marks the 42nd annual San Francisco Pride celebration. In fact, June has been celebrated as LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Pride Month since 1970. On June 28, 1970 the first Pride marches took place in San Francisco, New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles to commemorate the one year anniversary of the Stonewall riots. The riots began in protest of a police raid of the Stonewall Inn, a small gay bar, in Greenwich Village in New York City. At the time, police raids of gay bars were common and led to discriminatory arrests, violence, and harassment. The riots were the first time anyone had stood up to the occurrences, and in the next few months newspapers and activist organizations were founded to support LGBT rights.

For four years in a row, Obama has officially recognized June as LGBT Pride Month, offering a particularly inspiring speech last week (featured above). The Pachamama Alliance is aligned with Obama’s statement “equality not just for some, but for all”. The Pachamama Alliance is dedicated to social justice and creating a more equal, compassionate planet. That means equal rights for all peoples, no matter what! We are proud to be located to share our home with San Francisco Pride, a celebration of openness and equality for all.

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