June was declared National Caribbean Heritage Month in 2006, to celebrate the contributions of Caribbean decent in the U.S. The journey to establish NCAHM started in 1999 with the help of Bill Clinton who initially worked to make August National Caribbean Heritage Month. Over the next three years, an official campaign for June to be National Caribbean American Heritage Month began to gain speed, and a bill was introduced and passed by the U.S. House in 2005 and the Senate in 2006. On June 5, 2006 President George W. Bush signed a proclamation putting the resolution into effect. Read more about Caribbean history and how to get involved here.
Each year in June, members of the LGBTQ community across the nation commemorate the Stonewall riots of 1969 in Manhattan. The riots came as a call for spaces where people of the LGTBQ community could be open about their sexual orientation without fear of being arrested. The Library of Congress describes LGBTQ Pride Month as including pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia and concerts. LGBT Pride Month events attract millions of participants around the world. Memorials are held during this month for those members of the community who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. 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.