It is LGBTQ+ Pride month. You may see an abundance of rainbow flags flying or people showing their support on social media. It’s not just about rainbows though. Pride month is about honoring the 1969 Stonewall riots , a response to police harassment and oppression of LGBTQ+ individuals in New York City. The first official Pride march was held on June 28, 1970, which was the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall uprising. It was organized in part by Brenda Howard , the “Mother of Pride”.
One goal of Pride month is to amend discriminatory laws and practices against LGBTQ+ Americans. It is about working to achieve equal justice and equal opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ+) Americans. This month-long celebration is also is dedicated to uplifting LGBTQ+ individuals and promoting love, diversity, acceptance, and unashamed self-pride.
Achieving equality for LGBTQ+ populations doesn’t have to be limited to Pride month alone. You can be an ally all year long. There are some simple steps you can take to create more inclusive spaces. Start with having an open mind, and be respectful of other people’s identities, including names and pronouns. Be willing to listen to your LGBTQ+ friends and coworkers, and learn from their experiences. Finally, and this is the most important thing you can do, seek to be accepting of all people, understanding their beliefs may be different than yours, and that’s all right.
Everything You Need to Know about Pride Month: People.com
Stonewall Uprising – The year that changed America: Click for a PBS special and more resources.
LGBTQ glossary: Look here for terms used by and for the LGBTQIA+ community, presented by the Grand Rapids Pride Center.
Guide to being a straight ally: Presented by PFLAG
Grand Rapids Pride Center: Many community resources
2021 Michigan Pride Guide: Pridesource.com shares Pride events all across Michigan.