Happy Pride Month! As festivities are well underway, we wanted to take a moment and reflect on the meaning of this month and outline ways that we can all give back, educate ourselves and stand in solidarity with the LQBTQ+ community.
Pride Month is visually represented by the rainbow flag that was first introduced to the world by artist and activist Gilbert Baker in 1978. In the years since, it has become a symbol of inclusion, respect, and the gay liberation movement and LGBTQ+ community.
Pride takes place in June every year, as the month has a significant meaning; the Stonewall riots were important protests that took place in June 1969 in the US that changed gay rights for a lot of people in America and around the world.
Since then, Pride has become a celebration of people coming together to celebrate how far LGBTQ+ rights have come, and also to remind us that we still have work to do as a society to ensure equal rights for all.
We encourage you to get those rainbow flags hung and adorn your most colorful clothes, but outside of wearing all the colors of the rainbow, there are many other ways you can respectfully celebrate Pride Month. Attend local Pride parades and celebrations to show your support, educate yourself on the history of the LQBTQIA+ community by reading online articles, books or watching movies, and donating your time or resources to a cause that supports the ongoing efforts to ensure equality and respect for all.
We Are Everywhere by Matthew Riemer and Leighton Brown
This amazing book is a picture album of the history of the Queer Liberation Movement and features over 300 images from more than 70 photographers that depict the history of the pride movement. Created by founders of the massively popular Instagram account @lgbt_history, it was released in 2019 just in time for the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riot. This must-read also features an extensively researched narrative that traces activism back to its roots in late-nineteenth-century Europe—long before the pivotal Stonewall Riots of 1969.
The Book of Pride; LQBTQ+ Heroes Who Changed The World by Mason Funk
The Book of Pride tells the true story of the gay rights movement from the 1960s to the present. It features interviews with the leaders, activists, and everyday people who witnessed the movement and paved the way for equal rights and acceptance. This book highlights incredible stories of both political and personal fights that changed the course of LQBTQ+ history for the better.
Pride on Youtube
This 6 part documentary series takes you on a journey through major moments in the history of LQBTQ+ rights. Every episode focuses on a different decade, and you'll learn about the most pivotal moments in the last 50 years that shaped the LQBTQ+ movement, like videographer Nelson Sullivan, who vlogged throughout downtown Manhattan as the AIDs epidemic was at its most fatal.
All In My Family on Netflix
This true story of Hao Wu, a gay man trying to start a family with his partner while still keeping connected to his family in China — some of who don’t believe that same-sex couples should have children. The story is compelling, and you’ll also see Wu’s journey to move to America where he could be freer and accepted. The story evolves to show his family’s journey of learning how to accept their son, despite not agreeing with his life choices.
LQBTQ+ Charities and Nonprofits To Get Involved In
The American Civil Liberties Union, aka the ACLU, steps in to make sure that all people—no matter who they are or who they love—are given the rights and liberties they are guaranteed under the law.
The ACLU is an advocate for all communities, especially the LQBTQ+. They work in the courts and legislatures to uphold the Constitution, filing court cases when they see injustices and working with law and policymakers to ensure equal rights for all. Your donation will help enable litigation, lobbying, and education.
Out & Equal is a non-profit dedicated to ensuring that all workplaces—across all industries—have a culture of belonging, so employees can feel safe and appreciated. Your donation will help the Out & Equal team as they work with executives, HR, and DE&I professionals, and LGBTQ+ employee resource group leaders to train them on how to better their workplaces from the inside out.
No matter how you choose to celebrate Pride Month, it is a time to stand with the LQBTQ+ community and remember the past, honor the present and pave the way for the future. Pride is so much more than parades, parties, and rocking rainbow-inspired outfits, it’s about accepting people exactly as they are.💙💚💜💛🌈