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People gather to dance and celebrate Pride 2021 at a rally in Freedom Plaza on June 12 in Washington, D.C. Photo: Paul Morigi via Getty Images

For the first time since the pandemic hit and barred in-person gatherings, people across the United States are turning out to celebrate Pride Month.

Why it matters: The annual Pride Month honors the 1969 Stonewall Uprising, which is credited with galvanizing the modern gay rights movement. It's a time of celebration of the LGBTQ community, and a recognition that the fight for equality continues.

  • The past year has seen a slew of GOP-led legislation targeting trans people, as well as higher risks of mental health issues, homelessness and lost income among LGBTQ Americans due to the pandemic.
  • "Our lives are worth protecting," trans actress and activist Laverne Cox told JuJu Chang on ABC News' Pride Month special. "Our humanity is worth protecting."
In photos
Two people kiss during the Brooklyn Liberation: An action for Trans Youth March in Fort Greene Park on June 13 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Photo: Alexi Rosenfeld via Getty Images
An attendee gets emotional and cries during the Brooklyn Liberation: An action for Trans Youth March in Fort Greene Park on June 13 in Brooklyn, New York City. Photo: Alexi Rosenfeld via Getty Images
A protestor wearing "Black Trans Lives Matter" wings marches during the Brooklyn Liberation: An action for Trans Youth March on June 13 in Brooklyn, New York City. Photo: Alexi Rosenfeld via Getty Images
Members and allies of the LGBTQ community dance and celebrate at the end of the Pride Walk and Rally in Freedom Plaza on June 12 in Washington, D.C. Photo: Drew Angerer via Getty Images
Members and allies of the LGBTQ community dance and celebrate at the end of the Pride Walk and Rally in Freedom Plaza on June 12 in Washington, D.C. Photo: Drew Angerer via Getty Images
Neighborhood residents and friends gather on June 6, ahead of the first annual Woodmoor Pride parade in the Silver Spring neighborhood in Maryland. The neighborhood also marked the beginning of Pride Month by flying a Pride flag at the community's flagpole. Photo: Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post via Getty Images
Landa Lakes and Bay Area American Indian Two Spirits give a Land Acknowledgment at Pride Movie Night at Oracle Park on June 11 in San Francisco. Photo: Miikka Skaffari via Getty Images

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Harris, Bush preach unity at Flight 93 memorial, 20 years on from attacks

Vice President Kamala Harris speaks during a 9/11 commemoration at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

Vice President Kamala Harris joined former President George W. Bush at a ceremony on Saturday to honor the lives lost 20 years ago on United Airlines Flight 93.

Driving the news: The vice president and the 43rd president devoted much of their remarks to remembering the unity that brought Americans together after the 9/11 attacks.

Updated Sep 11, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Biden attends wreath-laying ceremony at Pentagon

President Biden, first lady Jill Biden, Vice President Harris and second gentleman Doug Emhoff attend a wreath-laying ceremony at the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial on Sept. 11 in Arlington, Virginia. Photo: Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

President Biden participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Pentagon on Saturday to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

The latest: Biden and first lady Jill Biden arrived at the Pentagon after visiting the Flight 93 memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and Ground Zero in New York City.

Biden rejects Trump's latest executive privilege claims

Photo: Jim Watson and Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

The White House on Monday rejected two more of former President Trump's claims of executive privilege over documents that the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot requested, CNN first reported.

Why it matters: Trump's legal team is seeking to block some of the panel's requests for records by invoking executive privilege, which can allow presidents and their aides to sidestep congressional scrutiny. The Biden administration has maintained that it will evaluate on a case-by-case basis.