Minneapolis City Council declares June LGBT Pride Month

Branden Largent

The Minneapolis City Council passed a new resolution Friday declaring June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender pride month for Minneapolis, according to city council meeting agenda. 

"Minneapolis has a thriving LGBT community," the resolution said. "Sustaining and sustained by so many welcoming organizations, places of worship, businesses, neighborhoods, schools, events and more." 

The resolution cited the city's long history of LGBT-friendly policies, including the prohibition of discrimination on the basis of sexual oreintation and gender identity and its commitment to passing legislation legalizing same-sex marriage, which was signed by Gov. Mark Dayton last week

LGBT Pride Month is celebrated each year in June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan, according to the Library of Congress
 
The Stonewall Inn was a popular gay bar in New York City's Greenwich Village that was often raided by police until patrons fought back on June 27, 1969, which resulted in several night of protests known as the "Stonewall riots." 
 
"Residents and visitors are encouraged to participate in the numberous activities celebrating [LGBT] Pride Month in the City and in the ongoing work of leading Minnesota toward full LGBT equality," the resolution said.