Why Pride Month Matters Beyond June

Although June is Pride Month, it’s important to continue to recognize the need for support, advocacy, and action for our LGBTQ+ community.

How Pride Month Came To Be
June was Pride Month and has been known as that since June 28 th , 1969. The first Liberation March for Pride took place in Manhattan, New York in 1970. This was to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Stonewall. The Stonewall Inn is a national historic landmark and still open today. The riot, or how others prefer to call it an uprising or rebellion, was a six-day event that would change the discourse surrounding LGBTQ activism in the United States. At the time, police were able to raid bars and arrest transgender and gender non-conforming individuals. This was because laws said a “man” or “woman” must be wearing a certain number of clothing items that matched the gender on their state ID. The patrons decided to fight back at the Stonewall Inn, after raids occurred there monthly before this. Currently, there are still differing opinions about the Stonewall Riots. In 2019, the 50 th Anniversary of the Riots, the NY Times put out a documentary called “The Stonewall you Know is a Myth. And that’s Ok”. This short film was trying to give the most accurate information and people that were at the bar at the time, historians, scholars and activists were included.

North Carolina Specific History of Pride and Activists
Durham holds a Triangle Pride Parade and Festival each year which is the state’s largest pride event. The first march took place in 1981 in Durham with 300 LGBTQ participants and the slogan “Our Day Out”. This saying later transitioned in “Out Today, Out to Stay”. Mandy Carter a local Lesbian activist helped create a Pride march in 1986 on Duke’s Campus. In 1988, the annual march grew to be called North Carolina Pride. The pride event in Durham occurs in September, to escape the unfavorably hot June Weather. Other cities started their own pride celebrations: Charlotte in 2001, Wilmington in 2006, Asheville in 2009, Winston-Salem in 2010, and the Outer Banks in 2011.

One of Durham’s great Icons, Reverend Doctor Pauli Murray, was a queer African American Activist who fought for equal rights for all individuals. Their childhood home is now a National Historic Landmark that just reopened in 2024 as a space for community gathering and activism.

This is the website where the events are listed: https://www.paulimurraycenter.com.

Want to find a way to put your money where your mouth is?
Here are LGBTQ+ Inclusive Activities and Owned & Operated Businesses in the Durham Area:

  • Arcana Bar & Lounge
    Part of the Lesbian Bar Project, supports local artists and musicians, has live performances
  • Augmentality Labs
    VR Reality Arcade, for gamers and non-gamers, has deals for Weekday Play Passes
  • Auroraflow
    Spa Treatments, Self-Care inclusive, safe space to heal and relax
  • Beer Tooth Taproom
    Offer education and sensory experience, has 36 rotating craft beverages
  • Club Era
    Just opened, host local artists, DJs, drag queens
  • Grub Durham
    Southern Eatery, Outdoor Seating, serves breakfast
  • Hex Neon
    Neon Sign Business, has date night and beginner classes
  • Indulge Catering LLC
    Creates healthy and flavorful dishes, has cooking classes
  • Lutra Bakery & Café
    At two pop-ups twice a week, sweet/savory buns, chocolate chip cookies, soft pretzels
  • Night School Bar
    Sliding- Scale Classes for adults both online and in person, serves cocktails & snacks
  • Observable Universe
    Space that holds healing circles, art workshops, space for creatives and caregivers
  • Perfect Lovers
    Coffee Shop, Gallery, Community event Space
  • The Pickleback 2
    Low-key and DJ Nights, dancing, bar snacks, and cocktails
  • The Pinhook
    Has drag performances, bar and venue space for music and creative events
  • Queeny’s
    Restaurant that hosts drag shows and other inclusive events, small bookstore in back
  • Rofhiwa Book Café
    Bookstore focus on Black Culture and excellence, wide selection of coffee brews
  • Soul Sanctuary
    Event space, offers accessible housing, food security and supportive space for LGBTQIA elders
  • Sahaja Space
    Yoga, center focused on collective well-being and growth, focused on movement, mediation and collective care
  • Temple Studio
    Hair Studio, small batch, low-tox, eco-conscious hair and home products
  • The Velvet Hippo Bar & Lounge
    Downtown rooftop bar, cocktails, mocktails, and local brews
  • Sports in Durham include Kickball, Soccer, Basketball, Ultimate, Run Club, and Tennis
  • Sports in Raleigh include Billiards, bocce, bowling, dodgeball, kickball, run club, softball, tennis, and volleyball beach and sand.
  • Women’s Chorus that cultivates connection and change through the healing of music.


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