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Each year, Pride Month takes place in June to honor the Stonewall riots in Manhattan, NY, from June 28 through July 3, 1969. These were a series of spontaneous demonstrations in response to a police raid of the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in the Greenwich Village, that became violent. The uprising is considered one of the important events that contributed to the Gay Liberation Movement — a social and political movement that encouraged those in the community to counter the shame that society placed on them with pride.
Every year during June, pride events are held worldwide to recognize the positive impact the LGBTQ+ community has had globally.
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The OUT Foundation & PUMA
Founded by Will Lanier, The OUT Foundation’s — formerly OUTWOD — programs for the LGBTQ+ community include OUTAthletics, OUTAthlete, and OUTHealth:
- OUTAthletics — an initiative that brings LGBTQ+ athletes and allies together to train in safe and inclusive fitness environments.
- OUTAthlete — a program for LGBTQ+ young adults that facilitates year-long gym memberships with local CrossFit affiliates.
- OUTHealth — a program that provides health services to the LGBTQ+ community through various initiatives.
In addition to their headquarters in New York City, The OUT Foundation currently has chapters in:
- Portland, MA
- New Orleans, LA
- South Florida
- Bay Area, CA
- Chicago, IL