Celebrating Pride Month
Celebrating Pride Month
In June we celebrate Pride Month around the world for all of the activists who have fought for equal justice, equal rights and acceptance of LGBTQIA+ individuals, mourn precious lives lost, and acknowledge the continued need for awareness, acceptance, and equal rights.
Youth.gov explains when and why pride month first began, “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month (LGBT Pride Month) is celebrated annually in June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots, and works to achieve equal justice and equal opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) Americans. In June of 1969, patrons and supporters of the Stonewall Inn in New York City staged an uprising to resist the police harassment and persecution to which LGBT Americans were commonly subjected. This uprising marks the beginning of a movement to outlaw discriminatory laws and practices against LGBT Americans.” (youth.gov June 2022)
Having family and friends who identify as LGBTIA+, the issues this community faces hit close to home. I am happy and excited to see all the celebration of Pride Month. I also recognize the importance to continue to learn, grow, and stay informed as a professional and fellow human.
This month I followed my love of the moving Netflix show Queer Eye and read Johnathan Van Ness’ two books: Love That Story: Observations from a Gorgeously Queer Life and Over the Top: A Raw Journey to Self-Love Johnathan’s books were touching, inspirational and educational. I highly recommend both.
If you are curious, want to learn more or want to celebrate Pride Month below are a few resources to get you started.
Hope & Inspiration, PBS.com
LQBTIA+ & Mental Health
Michelle Puster M.Ed., LPC
Helping couples Find Us Again
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