Pride Month, Juneteenth, and More People & Culture News Trends

A look at the people and culture news from PR Newswire in May and June that you might have missed.


People and Culture News Trends, May-June 2023


By Ally Bautista | Published July 12, 2023


Throughout May and June, PR Newswire distributed 2,900 people and culture-related press releases. These two months brought on a handful of designated months and holidays to commemorate diverse groups. Four recurring themes our team noticed while tracking the headlines are Pride Month, Juneteenth, Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and Mental Health Awareness Month.

Let’s take a closer look at these trends and additional newsworthy stories from May and June.

Popular People & Culture Releases

These were some of the most-viewed people and culture-related releases over the past two months:

  • Michelle Obama announced the launch of PLEZi Nutrition, a kids’ nutrition company created to bring higher standards to how the U.S. makes and markets foods and beverages for kids.
  • The USAA Poppy Wall of Honor returned to the National Mall in Washington, D.C., for Memorial Day weekend. This year’s installation featured a special panel to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the U.S. exit from the Vietnam War.
  • New social-first dating app Archer debuted, aiming to create a safer space for gay, bisexual, and queer men to seek connections. The app will first be available in the New York City area, followed by a national roll-out within the year.
  • Group Black and Nielsen released the Black Creator Impact Report to analyze the economic and cultural impact of Black creators based on follower growth, follower interaction, and media value on social media platforms.


People & Culture News Trends

These are a few of the trends we noticed among people and culture-related press releases in May and June, with a few examples of each.

Pride Month

Taking place annually in June, Pride Month commemorates the 1969 Stonewall Riots and recognizes the impact that members of the LGBTQ+ community have had on history and society. It also celebrates LGBTQ+ culture, and many events like parades and parties are held throughout the month. Over the past two years, LGBTQ+ visibility has increased, and many companies and organizations have been keen to show their support.

Launches of Pride collections were particularly popular on the wire, with SkittlesPetSmartChipotle, and others announcing product launches. But with 90 releases that mentioned Pride Month, that wasn't all. Other topics included news about Pride events, education, campaigns, and more. Some examples include:


Observed on June 19, Juneteenth honors the day in 1865 when enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, learned they were freed. What began as a regional commemoration of emancipation spread across the country, and although Black Americans have long been celebrating Juneteenth, it didn’t become a federal holiday until 2021. Back then, only 37% of American adults said they knew something about Juneteenth. In 2022, the number jumped to nearly 60%.

As the public continues to grow more aware of and learn more about the important holiday, many companies and organizations have followed suit, honoring Juneteenth with educational events, charitable donations, and more. Here are some examples:

  • The Juneteenth Foundation hosted its third annual Freedom Festival in Washington, D.C. The weekend featured a black-tie Juneteenth Honors event, a diversity-focused career fair, and more.
  • The Los Angeles Public Library held its inaugural celebration, “June Jubilee: A Celebration of Black Excellence.” The family-friendly event included informative workshops, live entertainment, and activities for all ages.
  • Applications for Nexus Community Partners’ Open Road Fund opened on Juneteenth. The wealth-building resource will grant $50 million to eligible Black Minnesotans and Dakotans who are descendants of the Atlantic Slave Trade.
  • KAY Jewelers and Zales honored Dr. Opal Lee, the “Grandmother of Juneteenth,” with a special edition pendant. From June 1 to July 31, 20% of each sale of the pendant is being donated to the Black in Jewelry Coalition.

Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, also called Asian American Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander Month. It recognizes the history and contributions of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders in the U.S. With an estimated 24 million Asian residents and 1.7 million Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander residents in the United States in 2021, companies and organizations were eager to spotlight those communities.

PR Newswire distributed over 100 releases that mentioned the AAPI/AANHPI communities in May and June. Among those were AAPI Month celebrations, fundraising efforts, and more. Here are a few:

Mental Health Awareness Month

Established in 1949, Mental Health Awareness Month is observed in May to raise awareness about mental health and promote mental well-being. Each year, 1 in 5 U.S. adults experiences mental illness, which illustrates how common it is and the importance of education on a topic that is sometimes considered taboo.

While this designated month aims to destigmatize mental health for everyone, several mental health-related releases in May and June specifically discussed youths and the ways in which companies and organizations are helping. Some examples include:

Looking Ahead

In the coming months, we anticipate seeing more releases that celebrate diversity through commemorative months and days, such as Disability Pride Month and Black Business Month. Education-related content, such as community-focused scholarships and grants, could also hit the wire as the back-to-school season nears. Until then, we'll keep our eyes on the headlines to bring you the top stories!


About the Author

Ally Bautista headshotAlly Bautista is a Customer Content Specialist at PR Newswire. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, she enjoys baking, creating visual art, and keeping up with pop culture news in her free time.