Pride month 2021 latest: President Biden recognizes LGBTQ Pride Month and calls on Congress to pass the Equality Act

THE first day of June marks the beginning of Pride Month.

Pride Month is celebrated every year worldwide in the month of June. The reason the month is celebrate in June is to commemorate the riots at the Stonewall Inn in New York City in 1969. The very first Pride march occurred in June 1970.

Celebrations during Pride Month include parades, workshops, parties and concerts. New York City's annual Pride March attracts millions of people every year. This year, the parade will take place on Sunday, June 27. However, due to the pandemic, the event will be in-person and virtual.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many Pride events were canceled. However, this year a number of cities are holding in-person and virtual events.

President Joe Biden recognized Pride Month on Tuesday, June 1 and called on Congress to pass the Equality Act.

"While I am proud of the progress my Administration has made in advancing protections for the LGBTQ+ community, I will not rest until full equality for LGBTQ+ Americans is finally achieved and codified into law," Biden said in a statement.

"That is why I continue to call on the Congress to pass the Equality Act, which will ensure civil rights protections for LGBTQ+ people and families across our country," the statement continued.

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    Niecy Nash and wife Jessica Betts got married in August 2020.

    "I am proud of who I am," she said. "I am proud of my relationship. I'm proud of our marriage. I am just proud to be a Black woman who (lives) life on her own terms and does it out loud."

    Niecy surprised fans by announcing her marriage to Betts on Instagram a year after she divorced ex-husband Jay.

     She captioned the picture of the ceremony, "Mrs. Carol Denise Betts. @jessicabettsmusic #LoveWins."

    She took to her Instagram story to acknowledge the nuptials, writing "#PlotTwist."

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    President Biden released a statement on Tuesday, June 1 regarding Pride Month 2021.

    "Pride is a time to recall the trials the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) community has endured and to rejoice in the triumphs of trailblazing individuals who have bravely fought — and continue to fight — for full equality," Biden wrote.

    He called on Congress to pass the Equality Act.

    The Equality Act "would provide consistent and explicit anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people across key areas of life, including employment, housing, credit, education, public spaces and services, federally funded programs, and jury service," according to the Human Rights Campaign.

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    President Biden recognized Pride Month on Monday, saying he "will not rest until full equality for LGBTQ+ Americans is finally achieved and codified into law."

    "During LGBTQ+ Pride Month, we recognize the resilience and determination of the many individuals who are fighting to live freely and authentically," Biden wrote in a presidential proclamation declaring June Pride Month. 

    "In doing so, they are opening hearts and minds, and laying the foundation for a more just and equitable America."

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