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Equality and Justice: Commerce Stands in Solidarity with LGBTQ+ Community in Honor of Pride Month

On June 1, President Biden’s issued a proclamation to the Nation honoring the history and achievements of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) community and declaring June as Pride Month. Pride Month is not only a time to recognize their invaluable contributions, but to stand with them in solidarity in their ongoing struggle against discrimination and injustice.

“Pride stands for courage, it stands for justice, and most of all it stands for love,” said President Biden. “As we recall the trials the LGBTQ+ community has endured and celebrate the trailblazers who’ve bravely fought for equality, let us recommit to the work that remains.”

The Department of Commerce (DOC) is proud to join the nation in Pride Month throughout the month of June. Pride Month is celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. The Stonewall Uprising was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.

“This Pride Month, we should reflect on the progress we have made but remember that the fight for LGBTQ + rights continue,” said Secretary Gina Raimondo. “As we see record violence on the transgender and gender non-conforming community, we must all do our part to protect and fight for them. We cannot remain silent.”

In honor of Pride Month, the Commerce Department’s U.S. Census Bureau has compiled key statistics on same-sex couples, including the total number of same-sex households, where same-sex couples live, the percentage of same-sex couples that have children in their households, and incomes and level of education of same-sex married couples compared to opposite-sex married couples.  

For more information, please see the Census Bureau’s Stats for Stories series: LGBTQIA+ Pride Month: June 2021.

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