The Democratic Party of Doña Ana County joins in celebrating LGBT Pride Month. This year we celebrate the great strides toward equality of LGBT people in recent years, including the recognition of marriage equality here in New Mexico and thirty-six other states. While we celebrate the progress we have made in creating a society more inclusive and accepting of all, we note that, as a nation, we still have further to go to achieve the constitutional guarantee of the equal protection of the laws for all Americans.
We also join in celebrating the many contributions that LGBT people have made to enriching the lives of all of us, and the the critical role of all people in the history of New Mexico and the nation. As an organization we pledge to work to turn back discrimination and prejudice everywhere it exists. We embrace the diversity of leadership that we, as a nation, as a community organization, and as a political party must embrace, if we are to continue to ensure the future success of this great nation and remain a beacon of freedom to the rest of the world.
LGBT Pride Month is celebrated each year in the month of June to commemorate anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York. The Stonewall riots were a series of spontaneous demonstrations against a police raid that took place just after midnight on June 28, 1969 at the Stonewall Inn, in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City. They are generally cited as the first instance in American history when people in the LGBT community fought back against government-sanctioned repression.
The Stonewall event marked the watershed event that led to community and political organizing in the LGBT community nationally. Today, celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia and concerts, and LGBT Pride Month events attract millions of participants around the world. Memorials are held during this month for those members of the community who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.
On nine occasions the President of the United States has recognized Pride Month through executive order. President Bill Clinton declared June “Gay & Lesbian Pride Month” on June 2, 2000. President Barack Obama has declared June LGBT Pride Month eight times since 2009.