For many New Yorkers, June — Pride Month and home to Juneteenth — can be a time for reflection and reconnection. The month is a time to both celebrate and meditate on queer and Black culture through a variety of events.

Juneteenth, observed on June 19, marks the day in 1865 when news of the Emancipation Proclamation finally reached enslaved African Americans in Galveston, Texas — nearly two and a half years after Abraham Lincoln abolished slavery.

In 2020, as protests swept the nation after the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, Juneteenth became a holiday in New York State; it became a federal holiday last June.