THE first day of June marks the beginning of Pride Month.

On the first day of Pride Month this year a boat caught fire in Moses Lake, Washington and exploded after the passengers allegedly harassed LGBTQ vacationers.

A video of the incident has since gone viral on social media as people proclaim “#KarmaIsReal.”

“These people harassed my family because we were flying gay pride flags in Moses Lake, Washington, by racing around us and shouting gay slurs,” said Twitter user @retro_ushi_. “Then, their boat literally blew up!”

Pride Month is celebrated every year worldwide in the month of June. The reason the month is celebrate in June is to commemorate the riots at the Stonewall Inn in New York City in 1969. The very first Pride march occurred in June 1970.

Celebrations during Pride Month include parades, workshops, parties and concerts. New York City's annual Pride March attracts millions of people every year. This year, the parade will take place on Sunday, June 27. However, due to the pandemic, the event will be in-person and virtual.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many Pride events were canceled. However, this year a number of cities are holding in-person and virtual events.

President Joe Biden recognized Pride Month on Tuesday, June 1 and called on Congress to pass the Equality Act.

"While I am proud of the progress my Administration has made in advancing protections for the LGBTQ+ community, I will not rest until full equality for LGBTQ+ Americans is finally achieved and codified into law," Biden said in a statement.

"That is why I continue to call on the Congress to pass the Equality Act, which will ensure civil rights protections for LGBTQ+ people and families across our country," the statement continued.

Read our Pride Month live blog below for the very latest news and updates…

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    WILL THERE BE VIRTUAL CELEBRATIONS THIS YEAR?

    Some of the virtual events taking place this year include Brooklyn Pride in which organizers said they will not have a parade this year but will host a week of live and virtual events starting June 7, according to their schedule. 

    The Denver Pride Parade will also be virtual and live-streamed on Facebook on DenverPride.org. Last year, the virtual event attracted over 400,000 viewers on social media and across broadcasts.

    The Twin Cities Pride in Minneapolis is hosting the Ashley Rukes LGBTQ Pride Parade which will go virtual this year as part of COVID-19 related precautions, according to IGLTA.

    Find out more about the listed events in is their Pride Month calendar for this year.

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    BOATERS HARASS LGBTQ FAMILY

    A boat full of people who were harassing LGBTQ vacationers caught fire and exploded, and video of the incident has gone viral on social media.

    “These people harassed my family because we were flying gay pride flags in Moses Lake, Washington, by racing around us and shouting gay slurs,” said Twitter user @retro_ushi_. “Then, their boat literally blew up!”

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    HILLARY TWEETS

    Former Democratic US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton tweeted in support of Pride Month.

    "LGBTQ rights are human rights. Happy Pride," she wrote.

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    POLICE BANNED FROM PRIDE

    The NYC Pride and The Center on Colfax announced in May 2021 they would no longer allow police officers to participate in the parades while in uniform.

    "While we value our relationships with law enforcement and want to continue to build a safer community for all Coloradans, we feel we must take a stand," The Center on Colfax said in a statement.

    "NYC Pride seeks to create safer spaces for the LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC communities at a time when violence against marginalized groups, specifically BIPOC and trans communities, has continued to escalate," Heritage of Pride said.

    The NYC Pride and The Center on Colfax announced in May 2021 they would no longer allow police officers to participate in uniformCredit: Getty Images – Getty
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    NEW YORK CITY'S PRIDE PARADE

    According to estimates, 5 million people attended New York City's annual Pride march in 2019.

    This year, the march will take place on Sunday, June 27. The event will be a mix of in-person and virtual events.

    In 2020, New York City canceled the Pride parade due to the coronavirus pandemic. It was the first time in half a century.

    Instead, a number of virtual events took place to mark the 4=50th anniversary of the first Pride march in the city.

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    PRIDE MONTH CALENDAR 2021

    Pride Month 2021 is a series of pride parades, protests, and celebrations that are held in many cities around the world starting in June. 

    Most cities around the world hold their pride celebrations during the summer of each year in June and sometimes extending till August.

    The marches, celebrations, parades, and activities symbolize the recognition and acceptance of same-sex marriages and legal protections for gay couples and families. 

    Those participating in pride events also often on some occasions fight for anti-discrimination laws and trans rights among other LGBTQ-related causes.

    Most cities around the world hold their pride celebrations during the summerCredit: AFP
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    GREY'S ANATOMY STAR JAKE BORELLI TALKS ABOUT HIS 'QUEERNESS'

    Jake Borelli publicly came out in 2018 and has openly talked about what Pride means to him.

    "As I've grown in my queerness, and my relationship to my own queerness, I know wholeheartedly that it's a riot, and it is a protest," the actor said.

    "At this point in my queerness, I feel like I can't allow myself to stand anymore for the negative way society has made me feel about my queerness and Pride and Pride Month, and Pride gatherings."

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    NIECY NASH CELEBRATES PRIDE

    Niecy Nash and wife Jessica Betts got married in August 2020.

    "I am proud of who I am," she said. "I am proud of my relationship. I'm proud of our marriage. I am just proud to be a Black woman who (lives) life on her own terms and does it out loud."

    Niecy surprised fans by announcing her marriage to Betts on Instagram a year after she divorced ex-husband Jay.

     She captioned the picture of the ceremony, "Mrs. Carol Denise Betts. @jessicabettsmusic #LoveWins."

    She took to her Instagram story to acknowledge the nuptials, writing "#PlotTwist."

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    PRESIDENT BIDEN RECOGNIZES PRIDE MONTH

    President Biden released a statement on Tuesday, June 1 regarding Pride Month 2021.

    "Pride is a time to recall the trials the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) community has endured and to rejoice in the triumphs of trailblazing individuals who have bravely fought — and continue to fight — for full equality," Biden wrote.

    He called on Congress to pass the Equality Act.

    The Equality Act "would provide consistent and explicit anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people across key areas of life, including employment, housing, credit, education, public spaces and services, federally funded programs, and jury service," according to the Human Rights Campaign.

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    BIDEN SUPPORTS PRIDE MONTH

    President Biden recognized Pride Month on Monday, saying he "will not rest until full equality for LGBTQ+ Americans is finally achieved and codified into law."

    "During LGBTQ+ Pride Month, we recognize the resilience and determination of the many individuals who are fighting to live freely and authentically," Biden wrote in a presidential proclamation declaring June Pride Month. 

    "In doing so, they are opening hearts and minds, and laying the foundation for a more just and equitable America."

    President Biden recognized Pride Month on MondayCredit: AFP

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