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Celebrating PRIDE Month, uplifting LGBTQIA+ voices

Pride Month is a time of celebration, visibility, and advocacy for the LGBTQIA+ community. The acronym stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual. The plus sign holds space for the expanding understanding of sexual orientations and identities. Throughout June, Pride Month serves as a powerful reminder of the progress made in the fight for rights, while also acknowledging the ongoing struggles and discrimination that many still experience.

The month began after the Stone Wall Riots (June 28- July 3, 1969), a series of gay liberation protests that were met with violence by police. Since 1999, Pride Month has been a federally recognized celebration. One way to commemorate and celebrate the month is through flags. LGBTQIA+ flags are powerful symbols that represent the diverse identities and experiences within the community. The flags play a role in raising awareness, educating the public, and promoting acceptance. They remind us that everyone deserves to be seen, celebrated, and respected for who they are.

This emphasis on self-expression can be seen in everything from the colorful and flamboyant outfits worn by many LGBTQIA+ individuals to the creative and boundary-pushing art and music that have emerged from the community. Here are some notable LGBTQIA+ figures:

  • Danica Roem, Virginia Delegate
  • Janet Mock, TV Host
  • Samira Wiley, Actress
  • Gigi “Ladyboy” Wilbur, Activist
  • Tan France, Actor
  • Dan Levy, Actor
  • Hida Viloria. Activist
  • Richard O’Brien, Actor
  • Mary Gonzalez, Government Official

PRIDE Day on June 28th often features candlelight vigils and some of the largest parades in the world. The festivities typically include vibrant colors, music, and large crowds. Many cities host big parades with floats and lots of fanfare.

For further education, check out the resource links below:

GLAAD LGBTQ Resource List

The Trevor Project Resource Link

It Gets Better Project

National Center for Transgender Equality

National Queer and Trans Therapist of Color Network

Planned Parenthood’s LGBTQ+ Health Resource center

National LGBT Chamber of Commerce

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