California Governor Jerry Brown on Saturday joined President Barack Obama in proclaiming June Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month.

In a statement, the Democratic governor called the Stonewall Riots a “historic turning point” in the history of the gay rights movement.

“In the movement toward equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, a historic turning point occurred on June 28, 1969, in New York City, with the onset of the Stonewall Riots. During these riots, LGBT citizens rose up and resisted police harassment that arose out of discriminatory criminal laws that have since been declared unconstitutional. In the four decades since, civil rights for LGBT people have grown substantially and LGBT pride celebrations have taken place around the country every June to commemorate the beginning of the Stonewall Riots,” he wrote.

Brown noted that “California has been a leader in advancing the civil rights of its LGBT citizens” and lauded President Obama's recent endorsement of gay marriage.

Obama issued a proclamation and video on Friday.

“While further progress is needed, it is proper and important to recognize and celebrate the substantial and important gains that have been achieved,” Brown added.