Pride Month

Show your support this June and every day. You are not alone. We celebrate our LGBTQIA+ community and people of all orientations, gender identities and allies. You are beautiful and worthy of celebration, be proud every day!

While there might not be a Pride parade happening this year, there are many ways to participate in Pride in the region including Pride Happy Hour, Pride Ride, Pride Skate and more. For a complete list of activities, visit sacramentopride.org


Stonewall

Stonewall Riots

(June 28, 1969)

The Stonewall Riots took place on June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn in New York City. This event is largely regarded as a catalyst for the LGBTQIA+ movement for civil rights in the United States. The riots inspired LGBTQIA+ individuals throughout the country to organize in support of gay rights, and within two years after the riots, gay rights groups had been started in nearly every major city in the United States. Learn more.

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Kathy Kozachenko

Kathy Kozachenko

(1954-present)

Kathy Kozachenko was the first openly gay person elected to public office in the United States. While most people think that Harvey Milk was the first, Kathy was elected to the Ann Arbor Michigan City Council on April 2, 1974. Kathy Kozachenko was 21 years old when she was elected, and at the time was a student at the University of Michigan. With her being elected, it gave way to more politicians coming out while running for office, such as Elaine Noble, who was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Learn more.

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Andi Mudryk

Andi Mudryk

(1964-present)

Andi Mudryk is the first openly transgender person to be appointed to the bench in California. She serves as a judge on the Sacramento County Superior Court. She pledged to use her experiences to ensure that everyone who appears before her is welcome in the court system. Mudryk has shared that her experiences as a transgender woman, a person with a significant disability, the parent of an adult Black man, and the descendant of Jewish Holocaust survivors spurred a legal career spent advocating for the civil rights of all people. Learn more.

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Alan Turing

Alan Turing

(1912-1954)

Alan Turing was an English mathematician, logician and cryptographer. He was responsible for breaking the Nazi Enigma code during World War II, and whose work later led to the creation of the computer. Turing took his own life in 1954, two years after being outed as gay because homosexuality was still a crime in Great Britain at the time. Sixty years later, Queen Elizabeth II officially pardoned Turing. Learn more.

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Michaela Jae Rodriguez

Michaela Jaé Rodriguez

(1991-present)

Actress Michaela Jaé Rodriguez has made history in many ways and raised the visibility of the transgender community throughout her career. In November 2021 Rodriguez became the first transgender model to appear on the cover of a Latina magazine; in January 2022 she was the first transgender actress to win a Golden Globe for her performance in the TV show “Pose”; and in March 2022 she was named one of Time Magazine’s “Women of the Year”. Learn more.

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Lt. Dan Choi

Lt. Dan Choi

(February 22, 1981 – Present)

Iraq War Veteran, activist

In 2009, Lt. Dan Choi publicly challenged Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, a policy created in 1993 which prevented service members from being openly queer. In 2010, Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was repealed by President Obama, officially ending in September 2011. More than 12,000 officers were discharged for refusing to hide their sexual orientation.

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Dr. Rachel Levine

Dr. Rachel Levine

(October 28, 1957 – Present)

1st Openly trans federal official confirmed by the Senate

In early 2021, Dr. Levine made history being appointed as the 17th Assistant Secretary for Health at the Department of Health and Human Services—the highest-ranking transgender official in the U.S. government.

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Audre Lorde

Audre Lorde

(February 18, 1934 - November 17, 1992)

"Black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet"

A courageous writer and poet, Lorde’s legacy of addressing injustices of race, sexism, gender, class, and homophobia have made her works essential feminist reading. Lorde’s work garnered numerous accolades, including an American Book Award in 1989 for her essay collection A Burst of Light, and was appointed poet laureate of New York State in 1991.

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Janelle Monae

Janelle Monáe

(December 1, 1985 – Present)

Actor, Singer, Producer, Model and Activist

As a Grammy-nominated musician, actor (Oscar-winning Moonlight, Oscar-nominated Hidden Figures), producer, and CEO of her multimedia production company, Monáe elevates pansexual visibility, recognition, and social acceptance. Coming out as pansexual in 2018, Monáe continues to reshape the entertainment industry’s gender stereotypes through her fashion and aesthetics, song lyrics, and creative projects.

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Hafsa Qureshi

Hafsa Qureshi

(1994 – Present)

Bisexual, Muslim, LGBTQ activist

Hafsa Qureshi brings visibility to the intersection of LGBTQ individuals and, the Muslim community. Her activism focuses on raising awareness for queer people of faith. Her representation is inspirational in showing others it’s possible to be true to yourself and your religion without having to choose a side.

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Michael Sam

Michael Sam

(January 7, 1990 – Present)

1st openly gay player to be drafted by the NFL

Michael Sam came out after completing his college football career and was drafted by the St. Louis Rams making him the first openly gay player to be drafted by the NFL. Sam has said he came out not for anyone but himself—an inspiring reminder of the importance of being true to yourself.

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Edith Windsor

Edith Windsor

(June 20, 1929 - September 12, 2017)

Gay-rights activist

When Edith Windsor’s wife died, Windsor was denied a spousal exemption from federal estate taxes, an exemption available to married heterosexuals. Windsor subsequently became the lead plaintiff in the Supreme Court of the United States case United States v. Windsor, citing “differential treatment”, claiming the law was unconstitutional by not providing the same rights to those in same-sex marriages. The Supreme Court overturned the Defense of Marriage Act, and two years later, the Supreme Court declared same-sex marriage legal nationwide.

Photo source: James Estrin/The New York Times

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