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LGBT pride (or gay pride) is celebrated every June, commemorating the anniversary of the Stonewall riots on June 28, 1969.  The purpose of pride is to take a stand against the discrimination of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people. In many cities it is recognized with a parade and other colorful festivities.

In honor of Pride month here’s some stuff that I thought you might find interesting and enjoy:

Image credit: facebook.com/oreo

America’s favorite cookie is stirring up more than milk today after Kraft Foods posted a gay pride Oreo on the cookie’s Facebook page.

For more on the thousands of responses go to this link at ABC news.

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(Alex Wong, Getty Images / June 26, 2012)

Less than a year after the repeal of the ban on gays serving openly in the military, gay service members celebrate another cultural milestone with a formal event at the Pentagon.

Here’s the story from the L.A. Times.

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Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy

On June 15, 2012 President Obama hosted a reception in the East Room to observe LGBT Pride Month.

In his remarks, the President acknowledged that while great progress has been made, the battle is not over yet.

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And for those who want to learn more about what Pride month and the events mean to lgbt people and their friends and family members who support them here’s some explanations that spoke to my heart:

Proud of What by Kimberly Knight

 “Six years later I can finally answer mom’s question “proud of what?”

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Gay Pride by Richard James

“Every once in a while I have people ask me what my multicolored (rainbow) wristband means.  My usual response is: it means that one is either gay, or gay friendly.  I don’t usually tell them that “it’s a pride thing,” although it would be an accurate statement.”

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Michael Tercha, Chicago Tribune, June 24, 2012

Thoughts on Gay Pride by Alex Luchini

“There are millions of people out there who still don’t “get” Gay Pride. People who only see the highly-televised commercialism, the go-go dancing, the scantly clad hunky boys and topless “angry” lesbians. I know those things can be easily distracting, but you’re missing something really beautiful and important if that’s all you’re seeing.”