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Notable International and National Events for the Month

June: LGBT Pride Month
Commemorates the anniversary of the June 28, 1969 Stonewall riot in New York City, the incident that initiated the modern gay rights movement in the United States. LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) Pride Day is the last Sunday in June.

June 1: Stand for Children Day
A day to emphasize the importance of standing up for children by supporting systemic change and increased funding for public education.

June 5: World Environment Day
Observance promoting an awareness of the impact of environmental conditions on individual and community well-being and food sources which make life possible for current and future generations.

June 8: World Oceans Day
Call for awareness of the importance of protecting oceans from pollution and rising sea levels to prevent individuals and entire communities from loss of property, housing, livelihood, and food supplies.

June 12: Loving Day
Observes the anniversary of the 1967 United States Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia which struck down the miscegenation laws in 16 states barring interracial marriage.

June 14: Race Unity Day
Observance promoting racial harmony and understanding and the essential unity of humanity.

June 18: Juneteenth
Originally commemorating the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas in 1865, it is now celebrated throughout the United States to honor African-American freedom and achievement.

June 20: World Refugee Day
Raises awareness about the plight of refugees and displaced persons.

June 26: United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture
A day to remind people that human torture is not only unacceptable but also a crime and a universal violation of a human right.