Celebrating Pride Month


What is Pride Month?

June marks Pride Month, a commemoration of the LGBTQ+ community, honoring their history and celebrating their identities. Originating from the pivotal Stonewall Uprising in 1969, Pride Month stands as a testament to resilience and progress. What began as a single day of recognition has evolved into a month-long series of events worldwide, including parades, parties, and workshops. In 1970, just a year after Stonewall, the inaugural Pride March took place in New York City. Throughout June, Pride Month serves as a poignant symbol of resilience, solidarity, and cultural celebration for individuals embracing LGBTQIA+ identities worldwide.

The evolution of the term "LGBT" reflects a broader recognition of intersectionality, acknowledging the diverse experiences shaped by factors such as race, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, and gender expression. Today, LGBTQIA+ encompasses Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual identities. The addition of the plus symbol (+) acknowledges the expansive nature of sexual orientation, gender identity, and personal expression, affirming the inclusivity and acceptance of all identities and experiences.

Locally, in San Francisco's Castro District, Pride is celebrated with an array of authentic experiences, lively parades, vibrant vendors, dynamic music, and captivating stage and street performances. Pride Month serves as a testament to the ongoing journey toward equality, acceptance, and celebration of the rich diversity within the LGBTQIA+ community and beyond.

2024 Pride Events

  • SSU Pride Flag Raising Ceremony | Thursday, May 30 | 12pm | SSU Flag Poles
    • Poster making party in Weyden + Brewster (W+B) in the Student Center following the flag raising ceremony. For any questions or accommodations, please contact phillipm@sonoma.edu.
  • Sonoma County Pride Parade | Saturday, June 1 | 11am | Downtown Santa Rosa 
    • The parade begins at 11am, with line-up starting at 9:30am in downtown Santa Rosa. We invite students, staff, faculty, alumni and other friends, family and allies to join the fun. For any questions or accommodations, please contact purdyk@sonoma.edu.