Illustration By Paulina Undziakiewicz & Julia Hanke
Before all else, it is important to clarify that I am not a member of the LGBTQIA+ community and that this is written from an ally’s perspective.
With that noted, June is such an important month of celebration, empowerment, and reflection for the LGBTQIA+ community and its allies around the world. Although this community continues to face an uphill battle, there is still so much to celebrate and bring awareness to 365 days out of the year. We share ten ways to nurture and celebrate PRIDE all year long below!
- There is always an opportunity for everyone to foster more acceptance, whether you are in the community or an ally. While Pride Month has much more focused events, year-round public displays of support are powerful. Actively engaging in LGBTQIA+-friendly spaces, flying the Pride flag and wearing statement pieces are a few ways to do just that.
- Use your platforms to amplify LGBTQIA+ voices. Sharing these narratives provides a platform for visibility. Allies help break down stereotypes, create greater understanding, and cultivate much-needed empathy.
- Actively speak out against discrimination, educate others, and do your part in creating inclusive environments as much as you can, especially when the situation arises.
- Look for a panel discussion or workshop to attend and learn from beyond Pride month.
- Support LGBTQIA+-Owned Businesses! Allies can help create a more fair economic landscape.
- Educate yourself and understand the history and significance of the Stonewall Riots, regarded as the beginning of the LGBTQIA+ liberation movement. While we have made great improvements as a society, it is incredibly important to recognize how much we still have ahead of us to achieve equality.
- Learn about the fluidity and broad spectrum of sexuality and gender! You can partake in a workshop, read a book, and engage in conversations with friends and family.
- Attend a Pride parade or event in your city. Here is a global directory of Pride events from the International LGBTQIA+ Travel Association.
- Volunteer with or donate to a local LGBTQIA+ advocacy organization.
- Plan for how you want to show up for the LGBTQ+ community once Pride month ends. Write it down, journal on it, add events to your calendar, do whatever you need to do to stick to the commitment.