June sparks awareness for LGBT Pride, Safety, the Environment and a host of summertime fun. The colorful month marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. It is the month to celebrate the official onset of Summer, Fathers and festivals galore. Here are five top June Events to know.
NATIONAL SAFETY MONTH — Every June the National Safety Council focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road and in our homes and communities. Thousands of organizations work together annually to raise awareness on what it takes to keep each other safe. Safety topics for 2019 are Hazard Recognition, Slips, Trips and Falls, Fatigue and Impairment. The organizations highlight a different safety topic each week in June.
WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY – World Environment Day is the biggest annual event for positive environmental action. It is held annually on June 5th. The theme is always selected by the host country who is China in 2019.
The Theme: Air Pollution, invites us all to consider how we can make changes in our everyday lives to reduce the amount of air pollution we produce and thwart its contribution to global warming and its effects on our own health.
Nine out of 10 people worldwide are exposed to levels of air pollutants that exceed safe levels. Around seven million people worldwide die prematurely each year from air pollution with about four million of these deaths occurring in Asia-Pacific. Air pollution causes an array of problems that include illness and lower IQs. Many of the pollutants also cause global warming. The good news. Air pollution is preventable.
GAY AND LESBIAN PRIDE MONTH (LGBT) – a/k/a Gay, Lesbian, Sexual and Transgender Pride Month. Gay Pride or LGBT Pride is a worldwide movement asserting that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals should be proud of their sexual orientation and gender identity. The three main messages are: (1) people should be proud of their sexual orientation and gender identity; (2) sexual diversity is a gift, and (3) sexual orientation and gender identity are inherent and cannot be intentionally altered.
June was chosen to remember the 1969 riot at the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar on famed Christopher Street in Manhattan. On June 28,1970, the first march commemorating the anniversary of the riot took place in NYC – the first of its kind in the United States. Many claim that the Stonewall Inn Riot marked the beginning of the gay liberation movement in the US.
Each city holds its own festivities and selects its own themes and dates to celebrate. You can find pride parades, marches, picnics, parties, memorials for those lost from HIV and AIDS, and other group gathering events that attract countless thousands of individuals. Three of the biggest cities — New York City, Chicago and San Francisco are all holding many events with parades and/or marches. Check your local community listings or the Pride Events website for LGBT Pride events happening near you.
FATHER’S DAY – Perhaps the biggest festival of all – paying homage to Dads everywhere. Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads around the world! Enjoy!
June’s offerings do run the gamut from important cause events to Summer time festival and family fun. Happy June! – We are Socially Sparked! Tweet @sosparkednews