LGBTQ+ Pride Celebrations in June and October: What’s the Difference Between These Pride Months?

by Caitlin Ultimo

While LGBTQ+ Pride is something 26Health lives and breathes every day, there are dedicated days and months assigned to celebrating our community throughout the year. We think it’s important to understand what these special times were intended to commemorate. In Central Florida, and Orlando specifically, this can get a little confusing. 

It may seem to the average observer that LGBTQ+ Pride has two Pride months: one in June and one in October. While Pride Month is celebrated nationally in June, Orlando’s Come Out With Pride parade and festival take place in October. The thing is, while we may speak of October as another Pride Month, October is actually LGBTQ History Month. 

June is Pride Month

President Bill Clinton officially declared June as Gay and Lesbian Pride Month in 2000 and President Barack Obama expanded the observance in 2011 to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. June 28th is Pride Day. The day and month commemorate the Stonewall Bar riots that took place in NYC in 1969.  Since then, Pride marches and parades have been added throughout the month in locations throughout the country and now all of June is considered Pride Month in the United States.  

October is LGBTQ History Month

In October, we commemorate LGBTQ people in history. The nonprofit Equality Forum creates 31 vignettes honoring an LGBTQ person for each day of the month. Furthermore, October 11th is International Coming Out Day. On this day we celebrate LGBTQ+ visibility and encourage people to come out and be their true selves. 

Orlando’s first Pride Parade was held in 1991 as part of a small rally organized by Orlando Regional Pride. Our President/Co-CEO Dr. David Baker-Hargrove remembers, “Back in the ’90s, the City of Orlando was not the celebration of diversity we enjoy today. The Pride Parade struggled for acceptance and the City fought its existence at every turn. After a few years, it fizzled out. In 2005, the local LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce, whose board I was on, decided to revive the event.”

Today, Orlando’s October Pride event is called Come Out With Pride and has been celebrated on the second Saturday in October since 2005 to correspond as closely as possible to the 11th, the annual date of International Coming Out Day. 

26Health is thrilled to serve as a Diamond Sponsor for this year’s event, as Dr. David led the event from 2007-2010. Robert, our COO/Co-CEO, served as Director of Entertainment during the 2007 and 2008 events. Robert and Dr. David are so proud to have been in service to the magnificent history of Come Out with Pride!

If you’d like to join us in celebration this LGBTQ History Month, take a look at our upcoming events: 

26 Health’s Upcoming Pride Events for LGBTQ History Month 

  • 10/4, 6 pm – 9 pm: Trans March Kick-off @ 310 Lakeside
  • 10/4, 6 pm – 8:30 pm: World Pride Bid Reception @ JW Marriott Bonnet Creek
  • 10/8, 6:30 pm: Pride Shabbat @ City Hall 
  • 10/8, 7 pm – 10:30 pm: Movies Out Loud @ CMX Cinemas Plaza Café on Orange Ave
  • 10/9, 2 pm: Trans March @ Lake Eola
  • 10/9: 12 – 9:30 pm: Come Out With Pride @ Lake Eola