Pride Month – Why it Matters.

What is Pride Month

Commonly taking place during June within the United States, Pride month consists of a series of parades, marches, and numerous other events that highlight m recognize, and celebrate the LGBTQ+ community.

What is the LGBTQ+ community, and why is there a pride month?

“LGBTQ+ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (or sometimes questioning), and others. The “plus” represents other sexual identities including pansexual and Two-Spirit. The first four letters of the acronym have been used since the 1990s, but in recent years there has been an increased awareness of the need to be inclusive of other sexual identities to offer better representation. The acronym is used to represent a diverse range of sexualities and gender-identities, referring to anyone who is transgender and/or same/similar gender attracted.” https://www.verywellmind.com/what-does-lgbtq-mean-5069804

Before Pride became a celebration, it started out as a protest. June 28, 1969, marks the start of the Stonewall riots in which the queer community responded to a police raid that began at the Stonewall Inn, a bar located in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan, New York, that served as a safe haven for the city’s gay, lesbian and transgender community. At the time, homosexual acts were deemed illegal in almost every state, and bars and restaurants faced getting shut down for having gay employees or serving gay patrons. While police had raided gay establishments before, on that particular night, members of the LGBTQ community decided to fight back, sparking an uprising that would launch a new era of resistance that would later turn to the celebration.

How to show support for Pride Month

  • Hit the Books.
  • Don’t just walk the walk – talk the talk.
  • Attend community events.
  • Educate friends and family.
  • Use correct pronouns.

List of Resources

  1. https://www.etonline.com/pride-month-how-it-started-and-how-to-celebrate-166317
  2. https://www.verywellmind.com/what-does-lgbtq-mean-5069804
  3. https://www.theactivetimes.com/travel/how-to-be-a-better-lgbtq-ally-pride-month