Celebrating PRIDE and Juneteenth

Celebrating Pride Month 

Pride Month is a designated time dedicated to celebrating and honoring the LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, and others) community. It originated from the Stonewall Riots in June 1969, which marked a pivotal moment in the fight for LGBTQ+ rights in the United States. During Pride Month, various events in Denver such as the Pride parade, are organized to promote the visibility, equality, and acceptance of LGBTQ+ individuals. Join DPP as we host a Media Celebrity Storytime (In English and Spanish) at this year’s PrideFestival on Saturday, June 23rd at noon. 

Celebrating Juneteenth

Juneteenth, officially titled Juneteenth National Independence Day, is celebrated on June 19th. Juneteenth – also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, and Emancipation Day. It is a holiday celebrating the emancipation of African Americans who had been enslaved in the United States. People honor Juneteenth in many ways from parties and parades to memorials and lessons. However it’s celebrated, it’s a time to share stories of resilience, resistance, and liberation, and to uplift Black joy.  Learn more about this holiday by visiting Denver Public Library’s curated list of resources that showcase the importance of this day. Also, check out PBS Kid’s books for celebrating Juneteenth.