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Scott recognizing LGBT Pride Month throughout June

Scott will celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month throughout June.

The base will recognize LGBT and diversity with a 5K fun run/walk at 3 p.m. June 16.

In addition, PrideFest 2017 will take place June 23-25 at Soldiers Memorial Park in downtown St. Louis.

PrideFest is free and will be from 4:30-10:30 p.m. June 23; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. June 24; and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. June 25. The Pride Parade is scheduled for noon June 25.

Diversity is one of the nation’s greatest strengths, and includes more than race, gender, and ethnicity—it means diversity of thought, ability, background, language, culture, and skill.

On June 2, 2000, President Clinton issued Proclamation No. 7316 for the first Gay and Lesbian Pride Month—“This June, recognizing the joys and sorrows that the gay and lesbian movement has witnessed and the work that remains to be done, we observe Gay and Lesbian Pride Month and celebrate the progress we have made in creating a society more inclusive and accepting of gays and lesbians.”

The colors of the flag reflect the diversity of the community. The rainbow flag consists of six stripes, with the colors red (life), orange (healing), yellow (sunlight), green (nature), blue (serenity), and violet (spirit). The flag is commonly flown horizontally, with the red stripe on top, as it would be in a natural rainbow.

June was selected as Pride month to commemorate the events of that month in 1969, known as the Stonewall riots—an event that lasted three days. Patrons and supporters of the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, N.Y., resisted police harassment of the LGBT community. The Stonewall riots were recognized as the catalyst for the Gay Liberation movement in the United States.

The rainbow flag is a symbol of LGBT pride and social movements. The flag was designed by artist Gilbert Baker in 1978. Baker served in the U.S. Army from 1970-72, and after his honorable discharge from the military, he taught himself to sew.

The colors of the flag reflect the diversity of the community. The rainbow flag consists of six stripes, with the colors red (life), orange (healing), yellow (sunlight), green (nature), blue (serenity), and violet (spirit). The flag is commonly flown horizontally, with the red stripe on top, as it would be in a natural rainbow.

For more info on Pride Month, please visit the LGBT Pride Booth during the Scott Airshow June 10-11 or contact Master Sgt. Kathleen Anderson at 256-5054.

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