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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Pride Month: A Commemorative Observances Legal Research Guide

Government Documents

Below, please find additional information about legislative branch and executive branch materials regarding Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Pride Month.

Legislative Branch Materials

Since a 1995 change to the Rules of the House of Representatives, Congress does not usually take up proposed legislation for commemorative observances. Instead, the House and the Senate consider simple or concurrent resolutions recognizing commemorative events.

You can search for legislative materials regarding Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Pride Month, including remarks made on the floor of the House and Senate, or additional statements submitted by Members to the Congressional Record, as well as resolutions introduced in either chamber. can be searched using the search bar available on most pages, a collection-specific search form, or an advanced search. For further assistance with searching on, please visit the Search Tools page.

Executive Branch Materials

Presidential proclamations and executive orders have been used by presidents to rule on substantive issues of law; to administrate the executive branch of government; and to make general announcements to the public. These general announcements, which exhort the public to observe a holiday such as Thanksgiving or honor a particular group of citizens as in National African American History Month are usually issued in the form of a presidential proclamation. On many occasions Congress will pass a law specifically requesting the president to take certain action proclaiming the recognition of a particular group of citizens, such as Jewish or Hispanic Americans.

Listed below are links to examples of presidential proclamations for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Pride Month, along with the citations to the Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.) or the Federal Register (Fed. Reg.), the official publications for presidential proclamations.

Presidential proclamations on the annual observances of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Pride Month can also be found at American Presidency Project External by selecting the year and clicking on the "Apply" button.

Presidential proclamations, as well as presidential statements, messages, and remarks for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Pride Month, can be searched from the Government Publishing Office’s advanced search page in the collections for the Code of Federal Regulations, the Compilation of Presidential Documents, and the Federal Register.