Everyone is welcome at the Y. We are committed to ensuring all have access to the Y and feel safe and welcome at any of our facilities. At the Y, we believe in a diverse world. We are stronger when our doors are open to all. During the month of June, the YMCA CELEBRATES PRIDE and the LGBTQ+ heroes and allies who have blazed a trail of diversity and inclusion for all.
Pride Month is celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan. The Stonewall Riots marked the beginning of the Pride Movement in the United States (US). After facing continued harassment from local police at the Stonewall Inn, a bar for the LGBTQ community in New York City, a group of LGBTQ patrons decided to take a stand against the discrimination they regularly faced. These events, known as the Stonewall Riots, inspired a movement to end discrimination against all LGBTQ people in the US. One year later, Pride marches were held in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles to commemorate their brave stance against homophobia, transphobia and racism. Today, Pride events are held in cities and towns across the country. These festivals and parades are an opportunity to celebrate progress in the LGBTQ movement and acknowledge the steps that we must still make to have all LGBTQ persons achieve full equality.
At the Y, Pride Month is an opportunity to live up to our mission of providing a safe, welcoming community for all. We welcome and value individuals of all age, race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, gender expression, ability, sexual orientation or financial circumstance. We are committed to having programs and services that embrace diversity, reflecting the people and needs of our community.