Pride Month

UB student Pride parade.

It is time for a big celebration! The Office of Inclusion honors in June, Pride Month at the Jacobs School. Let's elevate the voices of our LGBTQ+ Community today and forever!

During Pride Month, we parade, we celebrate, we learn. We recognize the history and impact of our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community. Together, we shape our vision of the world as we build it. Activism, Culture, Tolerance. That is Pride. 

Why Pride? Why June?

Pride is “the consciousness of one’s own dignity” and “a product of praise, independent self-reflection, and a fulfilled feeling of belonging.”

We celebrate Pride during the month of June to honor the Gay Liberation Movement.

On June 28, 1969, police raided the popular Stonewall Inn gay bar in the West Village in New York City. Although raids often took place, that night the patrons fought back and began the six-day Stonewall Riots led by Marsha P. Johnson. The clamor was simple: the LGBTQ+ community demanded to have places (like the Stonewall Inn) where people can express their sexual orientation without fear.

Meaning of the Rainbow Flag

Pride Flag in the wind.

In 1978, gay politician Harvey Milk commissioned Gilbert Baker to design a symbol that represented Pride to take on the San Francisco Pride March. Originally, the traditional colors of the rainbow were each illustrated in the flag with a powerful significance that embraces the meaning of Pride:



  • Red is Life
  • Orange is Healing
  • Yellow is Sunshine
  • Green is Nature
  • Blue is Harmony
  • Purple is Spirit

In time, the flag has embraced some modifications, drawing attention to the needs of the community:

  • The arrow shaped within the flag is to honor the advancement of the LGBTQ+ Community 
  • Black and Brown was added to bring awareness about people of color within the LGBTQ+ community
  • Light Pink and Light Blue is in honor the transgender community.
  • White symbolizes the individuals that are transitioning.

Respecting everyone's identity

Importance of Pronouns

Education Resources

Additional UB Resources

LGBTQ Community in Buffalo, NY

In Western New York, there are a tremendous amount of LGBTQ+ friendly organizations. Below is a list of institutions that are working tirelessly to make us stronger. We encourage you to get involved!

Additional Resources

If you or someone you know want to talk to someone...

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Special Acknowledgement

June Pride web page was built in colaboration with Polity, SNMA, LMSA, OUTPatient, Graduate Students and University Advancement Alumni Association. Special thanks to all the individuals that contribute with ideas, information and links!