50 Gay Pride Events To Attend In Every State In Celebration Of LGBT Pride Month

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The month of June is celebrated as Gay Pride Month, in which events all across the United States and around the world are held to recognize and celebrate the LGBTQ+  community.  

The history of Gay Pride Month came out of the events that occurred during the Stonewall Riots in 1969, which was considered a pivotal moment in history for LGBTQ+ — Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer — rights. It was the first major stance against discrimination that protestors engaged in, and it is known as the moment that ultimately began the modern movement for LGBTQ liberation and rights. 

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Today, Gay Pride Month serves as both a celebration and as a reminder of the rights of LGBTQ people, and there are many attendees of all different backgrounds who enjoy and participate in the festivities. 

While attending Gay Pride events, you can see many attendees wear rainbow flags or images, as well as the colors of the rainbow. The rainbow serves as symbol of positivity and pride for the LGBTQ community. 

U.S. gay rights activist Gilbert Baker is credited with the creating the rainbow flag back in the 1970s. 

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In the United States, events occur all around the country throughout the month. Pride festivities can include things like festivals, parades, performances, and speeches. 

For many years, Gay Pride Month events were primarily designated to major cities, which is where you can catch some of the biggest Gay Pride celebrations.  As time progresses, however, we are seeing more and more Gay Pride Month events not just in big cities, but throughout the nation. 

Americans who want to celebrate and participate in events to support the LGBTQ community no longer have to travel to major cities but can now enjoy events happening in their own state. Although most events take place in June, some states' major Gay Pride celebrations happen later in the year as well, and those are also included. 

Scroll through the list below to see upcoming events for Gay Pride Month that you can attend in your state. 

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1. Alabama — Central Alabama Pride in Birmingham June 1-10

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2. Alaska — Alaska Pride in Anchorage June 9-16

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3. Arizona — Flagstaff Pride June 23

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4. Arkansas — Northwest Arkansas Pride June 14-17

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5. California — Los Angeles Pride June 9-10

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Also, for an event later in the month, San Francisco Pride June 23-24

6. Colorado — Denver Pride Fest June 16-17

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7. Connecticut — Connecticut LGBT Film Festival in Hartford June 1-9

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8. Delaware — Delaware Pride Fest in Dover August 11

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9. Florida — St. Pete Pride June 22-24

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10. Georgia — Augusta Pride June 21-24

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11. Hawaii — Honolulu Pride October 20

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12. Idaho — Boise Pride June 15-16

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13. Illinois — Chicago Pride Festival June 16-17, Parade June 24

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14. Indiana — Indy Pride June 9

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15. Iowa — Capital City Pride in Des Moines June 9-10

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16. Kansas — Wichita Pride June 29-30

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17. Kentucky — Kentuckiana Pride June 15-16

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18. Louisiana — Baton Rouge Pride June 16

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19. Maine — Pride Portland June 8-17

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20. Maryland — Baltimore Pride June 16-17

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21. Massachusetts — Boston Pride June 1-10

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22. Michigan — Motor City Pride in Detroit June 9-10

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23. Minnesota — Twin Cities Pride June 23-24

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24. Mississippi — Gulf Coast LGBT Pride in Biloxi June 30

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25. Missouri — Pride St. Louis June 23-24

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26. Montana — Big Sky Pride in Helena June 16

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27. Nebraska — Heartland Pride in Omaha June 29-30

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28. Nevada — Las Vegas Pride October 19-21

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29. New Hampshire — Portsmouth Pride June 23

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30. New Jersey — Jersey Pride in Asbury Park June 3

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31. New Mexico — Albuquerque Pride June 9

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32. New York — New York City Pride June 14-24

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33. North Carolina — Salisbury Pride June 23

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34. North Dakota — Pride Fargo-Moorhead August 9-12

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35. Ohio — Cincinnati Pride June 23

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36. Oklahoma — Oklahoma City Pride June 22-24

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37. Oregon — Pride Northwest in Portland June 16-17

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38. Pennsylvania — Philly Pride June 10

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39. Rhode Island — Rhode Island Pride in Providence June 16

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40. South Carolina — Outfest Columbia June 2

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41. South Dakota — Sioux Falls Pride June 16

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42. Tennessee — Nashville Pride June 23-24

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43. Texas — Pride Houston June 14-24

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44. Utah — Utah Pride in Salt Lake City May 30-June 3

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45. Vermont — Pride Vermont in Burlington September 8

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46. Virginia — Hampton Roads Pride June 21-30

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47. Washington — Seattle Pride June 24

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48. West Virginia — Rainbow Pride of West Virginia in Charleston June 2

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49. Wisconsin — Pridefest Milwaukee June 7-10

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50. Wyoming — Cheyenne Pride in the Park June 9

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