The Brief: These memes celebrate and pay homage to LGBTQ+ Pride Month which kicks of June 1st, 2019.

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June 1st marks the beginning of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ+) Pride Month and social media is already awash in rainbow.

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Pride month has been officially recognized since 1970, one year after the Stonewall Riots of 1969, and is meant to commemorate the impact the riots had on society.

Nearly fifty years later, queer people and allies around the world continue to flock together every June to show support for LGBTQ+ rights, culture, and communities. They’re also sharing their love and support with Pride memes marked with hashtags like #Pride2019 or #PrideMonth.

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The Queer community has marked their calendars…

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And cleared their agendas.

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Prepare yourselves for a whole lot of rainbow.

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While the rainbow flag has become a common symbol for the LGBT movement, note that there are several other less-recognized color combinations, representative of varying sexualities.

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It’s no surprise that corporations have capitalized on the colors of Pride Month.

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While there is sure to be a surplus of rainbow-colored products in June…

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Please be conscientious and mindful.

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There are several businesses who will give back to the LGBTQ+ communities this month. If all else fails, this Twitter user has a suitable alternative to supporting the cause.

Pride goes beyond a month long celebration.

Pride Month is also considered an opportunity to peacefully protest and raise awareness for current issues facing the community.

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Could the abundance of Arthur memes be linked to the recent reveal that Mr. Ratburn was gay?

On the subject of “Straight Pride” parades… We literally can’t even.

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People have a lot to say on the subject…

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While attitudes and injustices still remain, the world has come a long way since the 1969 Stonewall Riots.

By continuing the long standing tradition of Pride Month, we can continue to raise awareness and encourage inclusiveness. Here’s how you can celebrate and contribute.

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