Rainbow sidewalks and other LGBT pride celebrations

Katia Hetter, CNNUpdated 29th June 2015
(CNN) — June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month, and there's a lot to celebrate.
Bruce Jenner transitioned to Caitlyn Jenner, the U.S. military took steps to ensure equal treatment for everyone in the armed forces, and every one of the 50 United States must now allow same-sex couples to marry.
With so many pride celebrations last weekend and throughout the summer, check out how cities across the country have or are marking the occasion.

New York

The site of the 1969 Stonewall riots and an iconic bar in the LGBT community, the Stonewall Inn was granted landmark status by a unanimous vote of New York City's Landmarks Preservation Commission on June 23.
The announcement, which marks the first time a New York City site has been designated as a landmark primarily for its significance to LGBT history, came just days before the city's famed annual pride celebration, according to the commission.
"This is such a win for LGBT New Yorkers and the community around the world," said Stacy Lentz, a co-owner of the Stonewall Inn. "It's a symbol of fighting against repression, and we are thrilled the building will be preserved for generations to come."


The city of Seattle picked 11 spots to feature rainbow crosswalks in the neighborhood of Capitol Hill this week, a few days ahead of the city's June 28 pride parade, the Seattle Times reported. The locations were spots where people had been assaulted because of their sexual orientation.

San Francisco

Golden State Warriors President Rick Welts, whose team won the NBA championship this month, was the celebrity grand marshal of Sunday's mega-parade on Market Street.
For people looking for something more focused, San Francisco offered many layers of pride, including the June 26th Trans March at Dolores Park that is likely to be its biggest yet. The annual Dyke March took place the next day right next to Dolores Park. Can't make it? The fabulous "Drag, Theatre, Music and Love of Life!" exhibition at the Harvey Milk Photo Center runs through July 18.
Patricipants in Amsterdam's annual Canal Pride wave to crowds.
Patricipants in Amsterdam's annual Canal Pride wave to crowds.
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Prefer to go abroad for your pride celebrations? Try Amsterdam, which has events July 25 through August 2. Make sure to visit the Homomonument, the world's first gay monument. It's located on the Westermarkt in the center of the city.


If you can't make it to any celebrations in June, head to Atlanta in October, when organizers wisely schedule pride celebrations around National Coming Out Day -- when it's not sweltering hot.
Want to visit Atlanta for Black Gay Pride? That's scheduled around Labor Day weekend, September 3-7.
And don't forget to visit the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, which marks its first year in June.