LGBTQI+ Pride Month, June 2022

Departmental News

Posted:  Jun 01, 2022 - 12:00pm

The UNM Department of Anthropology celebrates LGBTQI+Pride Month, June 2022. Click on the red links below for more information. Scroll down to read about Pride Month, events, research, news and organizations. Note: LGBTQ+ History Month takes place in October each year

The UNM LGBTQ Resource Center


"The University of New Mexico’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer (LGBTQ) Resource Center was begun as a student initiative. Inaugural Vice President for Equity and Inclusion Dr. Josephine “Jozi” De Leon collaborated with students Jeffrey Waldo, David Griffith, and Adam Quintero to secure funding from the UNM Student Fee Review Board. The LGBTQ Resource Center doors open in August 2010 at 608 Buena Vista Drive. In October 2010, Alma Rosa Silva-Bañuelos is hired as professional staff to oversee day to day operations of the Center, and Safe Zone trainings begin to be offered to students, staff, faculty and community. Silva-Bañuelos leads the Center for the next six years." Read more

flores.jpg"Frankie Flores (They) is a first-generation Mexicano from Santa Rosa, Chihuahua. They grew up in Albuquerque, NM in the East San Jose barrio. Frankie grew up in a community surrounded by Queer and Trans people, thus propelling their commitment to Trans justice, especially for Trans women of color. Frankie is currently the Director for the University of New Mexico's LGBTQ Resource Center."


History of the University of New Mexico’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer (LGBTQ) Resource Center


June 6-11 Albuquerque Pride Fest:
June 6 1-5 pm Silver Pride: Senior Social  Orpheum Community Hub, 500 2nd Street NW
June 7 4-8 pm Kids of Pride Orpheum Community Hub, 500 2nd Street NW
June 8 4-8 pm She+ Fest Orpheum Community Theater, 500 2nd Street NW
June 9 6:30 pm From Silence to Solidarity Candelight Vigil, Morningside Park (Reception following at 4021 Central NE}
June 10 5-9 pm Prefest 2022, New Mexico Expo Center
June 11 10 am Albuquerque Pride Parade (starting at Girard Ave)
June 8 UNM HSC Hosts Paletas for Pride (multiple times/locations)
June 10 7 pm UNM HSC Hosts The Whistle | Q&A with Director & Film Participants (Register in advance)
June 11 10-6 pm UNM HSC Participates in Albuquerque Pride Parade and Pride Fest (NM Expo)
June 15 12- 1 pm UNM HSC Hosts Cancer Research & LGBTQ Communities
June 15 12-1 pm UNM HSC Hosts Take PRIDE in Sharing Your Health Story (Register in advance)
June 17 12-1 pm UNM HSC Hosts Queer, Indigenous, & Proud: An interview with Lady Shug, Drag Artist, Community Activist & Advocate (Register in advance)
June 23 5:30 pm UNM HSC Hosts Drag Queen Trivia Night, UNM University Club
June 28 12-1 pm UNM HSC Hosts Advancing Health Equity through a Indigenous & LGBTQ Lens
August 27 9:30 am UNM HSC Hosts Queer Community Listening Session UNM Domenici Center, 1001 Stanford Dr. NE
GLADD 2022 LGBTQIA+ Commemoration Calendar
Celebrating Pride Month at the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology: I. Queer Anthropology

Origins of LGBTQ Pride Month

White House: A Proclamation on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, And Intersex Pride Month, 2022

"During Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex (LGBTQI+) Pride Month, we reflect on the progress we have made as a Nation in the fight for justice, inclusion, and equality while reaffirming our commitment to do more to support LGBTQI+ rights at home and abroad.  I often say that America can be defined by one word:  possibilities.  This month, we celebrate generations of LGBTQI+ people who have fought to make the possibilities of our Nation real for every American. 

Today, the rights of LGBTQI+ Americans are under relentless attack.  Members of the LGBTQI+ community — especially people of color and trans people — continue to face discrimination and cruel, persistent efforts to undermine their human rights.  An onslaught of dangerous anti-LGBTQI+ legislation has been introduced and passed in States across the country, targeting transgender children and their parents and interfering with their access to health care.  These unconscionable attacks have left countless LGBTQI+ families in fear and pain.  All of this compounded has been especially difficult on LGBTQI+ youth, 45 percent of whom seriously considered attempting suicide in the last year — a devastating reality that our Nation must work urgently to address. 

This month, we remind the LGBTQI+ community that they are loved and cherished.  My Administration sees you for who you are — deserving of dignity, respect, and support.  As I said in my State of the Union Address — especially to our younger transgender Americans — I will always have your back as your President so that you can be yourself and reach your God-given potential.  Today and every day, my Administration stands with every LGBTQI+ American in the ongoing struggle against intolerance, discrimination, and injustice.  We condemn the dangerous State laws and bills that target LGBTQI+ youth.  And we remain steadfast in our commitment to helping LGBTQI+ people in America and around the world live free from violence." Read the full proclamation 

The Library of Congress

pride-flag.jpg“Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. The Stonewall Uprising was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. In the United States the last Sunday in June was initially celebrated as ‘Gay Pride Day,’ but the actual day was flexible. In major cities across the nation the ‘day’ soon grew to encompass a month-long series of events. Today, celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia and concerts, and LGBTQ 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.”

US Department of Veterans Health: Recognizing LGBTQ+ Veterans During Pride Month

"Throughout much of the military's history, LGBTQ+ Veterans had to hide their identities while serving in the military. This sometimes led to stress, alcohol problems, depression, and other challenges. Hear how some of them began to live openly and regain their self-esteem with the support of their communities and VA professionals."

GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation)

"GLAAD rewrites the script for LGBTQ acceptance. As a dynamic media force, GLAAD tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change. GLAAD protects all that has been accomplished and creates a world where everyone can live the life they love....[GLAAD was founded in 1985] In response to the New York Post's grossly defamatory and sensationalized HIV and AIDS coverage, a small group of journalists and writers form GLAAD. The first reported meeting is November 14, 1985 and later that year, almost 1,000 people protest outside of the New York Post." Learn more


"Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month (LGBT Pride Month) is celebrated annually in June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots, and works to achieve equal justice and equal opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) Americans. In June of 1969, patrons and supporters of the Stonewall Inn in New York City staged an uprising to resist the police harassment and persecution to which LGBT Americans were commonly subjected. This uprising marks the beginning of a movement to outlaw discriminatory laws and practices against LGBT Americans. Today, celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia and concerts, and 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 LGBTQ individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally."

pride.jpgThe Gay Rights Movement

"The gay rights movement in the United States has seen huge progress in the last century, and especially the last two decades. Laws prohibiting homosexual activity have been struck down; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals can now serve openly in the military. And same-sex couples can now legally get married and adopt children in all 50 states. But it has been a long and bumpy road for gay rights proponents, who are still advocating for employment, housing and transgender rights." Learn more

The Stonewall Riots (1969)

"The Stonewall Riots, also called the Stonewall Uprising, began in the early hours of June 28, 1969 when New York City police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club located in Greenwich Village in New York City. The raid sparked a riot among bar patrons and neighborhood residents as police roughly hauled employees and patrons out of the bar, leading to six days of protests and violent clashes with law enforcement outside the bar on Christopher Street, in neighboring streets and in nearby Christopher Park. The Stonewall Riots served as a catalyst for the gay rights movement in the United States and around the world."

AIDS Crisis Timeline

"In the late 1970s and early 1980s, a virus that had previously appeared sporadically around the world began to spread throughout the United States. Originally identified as a “gay disease” because gay men were one of the primary groups afflicted, HIV and the syndrome it causes, Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, were unknown in 1981 but had become household terms and the number one threat to public health by the late 1980s. ...HIV/AIDS activists, medical professionals, artists and a number of people with AIDS who went public with their diagnoses despite the stigma surrounding the disease eventually spurred a massive response from the U.S. government and the international health community." Read more

Visit the History website to learn more about events and the LGBTQ movement in America


Becoming Gay: The Formation and Meaning of LGBT Political Identity
New Mexico Archives Online: Gay Liberation Movement New Mexico
Honesty, Privacy and Shame: When Gay People Talk About Other Gay People to Nongay People
Health, Well-Being, and Experiences of Discrimination for Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual People
Uncommon Knowledge: A History of Queer New Mexico, 1920s-1980s
"All is not dead here in the desert": The Development of Albuquerque's Organized Gay Community
New Mexico Archives Online: The Coalition for Gay and Lesbian Rights in New Mexico, 1997
Changing Hearts and Minds: The Politics of Sentimentality and The Cultural Production of the Gay Family in New Mexicos Same-Sex Marriage Debate
Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies at UNM


UNM Health Sciences and UNM Hospital Combine Forces to Celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month
UNM Named One of the Top 30 Colleges for LGBTQ Students
What is the History Behind Pride Month? How the LGBTQ Celebration Came to Be
The Meaning Behind 32 LGBTQ Pride Flags
White House Marks Pride Month Amid Wave of Anti-LGBTQ Legislation
2022 GLAAD Media Awards: The Complete Winners List
It’s Pride Month. Here Are 20 Ways to Support the LGBTQ People in Your Life
55 LGBTQ Quotes for Pride Month and Beyond


Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)
National LBGTQ Task Force
LGBTQ Foundation
The Anti Defamation League (ADL)
Human Rights Campaign (HRC)