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Celebrating Pride Through The Year

Posted on June 28, 2017 at 6:20 PM

June is one of my favorite months—for many reasons, one of which is that June is national Pride month. This is a month to celebrate the progress of LGBTQ rights, to come together as a community, and to think about the future. Whether you identify as a member or an ally of the LGBTQ community, June is an opportune time to start thinking about advocacy and awareness. Below are some ideas for each month to keep the spirit of Pride going all year long:


Listen. Try to be aware of your own assumptions about gender and sexuality. Ask those whom you meet about their preferred pronouns rather than using ones you assume are appropriate.


Speak up. Let others know the importance of supporting LGBTQ rights, gender neutral facilities, and equality-focused legislation.


Challenge homophobia. If you hear someone making jokes, speaking despairingly, or engaging in stereotypes related to those who identify as LGBTQ, consider making your own voice heard. Expressing your view that you’re not on board with homophobia isn’t always easy, especially when it comes to friends and family. However, it can be done respectfully.


Vote with your wallet. Try to support businesses that support LGBTQ rights or have LGBTQ friendly policies. If you have favorite retailers, you can find information about their diversity policies by visiting their websites or contacting their corporate headquarters.


Remember. Each November 20th is an opportunity to remember those in the transgender community who have been lost to hate related violence. It is also a chance to reflect on ways to make your community safer for those who identify as transgender. Plan or attend a Day of Remembrance event.


Practice inclusivity. Regardless of how you identify, you can show your support for those who identify as transgender, nonbinary, or are questioning by letting others know your preferred pronouns. One option is to add this to the signature line in your email.


Reach out. Contact your congressperson and let them know where you stand on LGBTQ issues.


Get involved. Consider volunteering your time or donating resources to those organizations who advocate for LGBTQ issues. The Metro Trans Umbrella Group (MTUG) and the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) are great places to start.


Speak out. Consider writing a blog or submitting an opinion piece about LGBQ issues.


Go to the movies. Plan to attend and spread the word about QFest in St. Louis. If you can’t attend, plan your own film festival!


Get educated. Keep up with news on the state and national levels by visiting the National Center for Transgender Equality’s website.


Celebrate and remember. Time to look back, take stock, and plan ahead.

Categories: LGBTQ