Happy Pride Month! June is Pride Month, and a time to celebrate and uplift the rights of LGBTQ+ people to be who they are and love who they love. While Pride month is filled with festive events, it’s also a time dedicated to honoring all of the courageous individuals who have fought for LGBTQ+ rights around the country and the world and to continue the fight towards a more equal and accepting society.
Here are 5 ways you can take action this Pride!
1. LEARN AND ACKNOWLEDGE THE BLACK + BROWN ORIGINS OF PRIDE
As we continue reckoning with racial inequity as a country, it’s especially important that we recognize and lift the voices of the Black and brown leaders who made the LGBTQ+ movement what it is today.
In 1969, patrons of a LGBTQ+ bar called the Stonewall Inn in New York City staged an uprising to resist a violent and discriminatory police raid, leading to the birth of the modern LGBTQ+ rights movement. The leaders of the action, known as the Stonewall Riots, were largely Black and brown people, including Marsha P. Johnson, (a Black transwoman), Stormé DeLarverie (a biracial lesbian), and Sylvia Rivera (a Latinx drag queen). The first Pride parade took place the following year in commemoration of the riots. This year marks the 50th anniversary of that first parade.
2. PARTICIPATE WHILE STAYING SAFE
- As the country slowly opens up, more and more Pride celebrations are happening in-person this year! Find one near you and participate by attending parades and events, or volunteering!
- Stay safe by checking local guidelines around mask wearing, distancing, and group activities. Attending Pride safely is also a good of an excuse as any to get your COVID-19 vaccine – free and available for all Californians aged 12 and over!
- If you aren’t ready to go back in person yet, virtual Pride celebrations are still an option. Learn more here!
- You can also uplift Pride month by sharing on social media! Sharing posts can bring visibility to diverse LGBTQ+ identities, educate others, and be an affirming community experience.
3. PROMOTE AND PRACTICE RESPECT
- If you aren’t part of the LGBTQ+ community, you can still participate in Pride month, but it’s a good idea to listen and learn from those in the community to make sure you are being respectful. Check out these helpful tips for allies!
- Instagram has recently added a feature to include your pronouns in your bio! Sharing of pronouns helps those with trans and nonbinary identities feel safe, and normalizes asking about and sharing pronouns before assuming gender.
4. HELP ENFORCE LGBTQ+INCLUSIVE SEX ED
- The CA Healthy Youth Act (also known as CHYA or “Chaya”) was passed in 2016, and it requires public schools to teach comprehensive sex education, using LGTBQ+ inclusive language and including topics like sexual orientation, sexuality, gender identity, gender roles and gender stereotypes
- It is your RIGHT to receive this information as a California public or charter school student! If you are not getting this information, you can contact the ACLU and check out their action toolkit – they can help you make sure your school is providing comprehensive sex education and following the law.
- Learn more about other rights you have as a California youth to get sexual and reproductive health care.
5. FOLLOW LGBTQ+ ACTIVSITS ON SOCIAL MEDIA
- LGBTQ+ activists and influencers are great resources to make sure you keep informed of issues that impact queer communities.
- To start, check out some prominent LGBTQ+ activists on Instagram!