For the first time since the pandemic hit and barred in-person gatherings, people across the United States are turning out to celebrate Pride Month.
Why it matters: The annual Pride Month honors the 1969 Stonewall Uprising, which is credited with galvanizing the modern gay rights movement. It's a time of celebration of the LGBTQ community, and a recognition that the fight for equality continues.
- The past year has seen a slew of GOP-led legislation targeting trans people, as well as higher risks of mental health issues, homelessness and lost income among LGBTQ Americans due to the pandemic.
- "Our lives are worth protecting," trans actress and activist Laverne Cox told JuJu Chang on ABC News' Pride Month special. "Our humanity is worth protecting."