More than 8 million adults in the US are lesbian, gay, or bisexual, comprising 3.5% of the adult population.
9 million Americans — roughly the population of New Jersey identify as LGBT.
LGBT Pride Month
The month of June in USA was chosen for LGBT Pride Month to commemorate the Stonewall riots, which occurred at the end of June 1969.
The Stonewall Riots
The Stonewall riots were a series of violent demonstrations by members of the gay community against a police raid that took place in June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn, in the neighborhood of New York City. This event lead to the modern fight for gay and lesbian rights in the United States
The rainbow flag as a gay pride symbol made its debut at the San Francisco Pride Parade in 1978. It was designed as a unifying symbol for the LGBT community.
Harvey Milk was an American politician who became the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California.
The First Gay Pride
The first Gay Pride parades were held the weekend of June 27 and 28, 1970 in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. They were organized to commemorate the first anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.
Oldest LGBT Organization
The oldest surviving LGBT organization in the world is Netherland'sCenter for Culture and Leisure (COC), which was founded in 1946, and used a 'cover name' to mask its taboo purpose.
The Rise of "Pride"
Early marches commonly used 'Gay Liberation' and 'Freedom' in their names. Then, with cultural changes and decreased militancy in the 1980s and 1990s, these words became less frequent, and the term 'Gay Pride' became commonly used.
With an estimated 5 million attendees in 2014, Sao Paulo, Brazil, hosts the world's largest Pride parade.
The world's largest parade
With an estimated 3.5 million attendees in 2011, Sao Paulo, Brazil, hosts the world's largest Pride parade.
The longest gay pride celebration
The longest gay pride celebration lasts three to four weeks in Sydney, Australia each February, ending with Mardi Gras.
In 2013, the Supreme Court struck down parts of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and declared that the federal government would recognize same-sex marriages as legal.
Gay Marriage around the world
Nineteen countries have approved the freedom to marry for same-sex couples nationwide, while two others have regionally allowed it. The world's first legal gay marriage ceremony took place in the Netherlands on Apr. 1, 2001
Legalizing Gay Marriage
As of today, 37 states - plus Washington, DC - have legalized Gay Marriage. First Gay Marriage in the States was on May 17th, 2004 in Cambridge, MA.
Floats on a river
Amsterdam is the only city whose Pride celebration literally floats on a river. The parade takes place on 100 decorated boats that sail through the city on the Prinsengracht River.
Children of Gay Couples
Approximately 1 million children in the U.S. are being raised by same-sex couples.
Gary J. Gates. April 2011. How Many People are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender? The Williams Institute.