The month of June is recognized in the United States as the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month. It is celebrated during the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan. The Stonewall riots were a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States, which ultimately led to a nationwide push for protection of gays and lesbians. 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.
To underscore the support everyday South African citizens have for LGBT rights, the U.S Consulate General Johannesburg’s Youth Council created a photo campaign throughout the month titled, “I TOO Support LGBT Rights”. As part of the campaign, everyday South African citizens were asked to write why they support LGBT rights. The views expressed help support President Obama’sproclamation for LGBT month, calling for the elimination of prejudice everywhere it exists. The U.S. Consulate General Johannesburg’s Youth Council is made up of a diverse group of young South African citizens, who provide perspectives on issues of importance to the rising generation. To view photos from the campaign, please click here.