by Steven Ginsberg on June 27
This past June marked the 50th anniversary of Pride Month. Now that we are in July, the question becomes, “What can I do now to keep the momentum going?” A vast majority of people understand what Pride Month is, but very few know why we celebrate it.
Awareness is First
LGBTQ Pride Month is celebrated in June every year to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. The riots of Stonewall were a response to police violence on June 28, 1969. In the Greenwich Village, police raided at the Stonewall Inn in the hopes of bringing harm and destruction to the LGBTQ community.
Those in the community that stood for equality fought back. Very few establishments welcomed gay people in the ’50s and ’60s. In addition to this, Gay Americans faced hardships and inequalities across the entire country during these times. The uprising at Stonewall is said to be one of the more critical occasions that spurred the liberation movements and the modern fight for equality in the United States.
Millions are attracted to the streets to celebrate a continuous fight for liberation, equality. In major cities, you will find celebrations of parades, parties, workshops, and many other significant events. Becoming aware of why we celebrate Pride Month brings me to the next point.
Education Comes Next
After becoming aware of Pride Month and why it is celebrated or commemorated, it is essential to provide education to others that may not know about it. Remembering what happened and where we have become is vital so that history does not repeat itself. There are many educational resources today that can provide a significant amount of knowledge about the LGBTQ community. Inspire Recovery and Transpire Help are just two of the countless resources out there.
It is essential to become as well-versed as you can in the LGBTQ community so that you can advocate properly and share thoughts with others to grow support for the cause. Becoming educated is the second step in making a real change today.
Actions Make a Difference
After becoming aware and becoming knowledgeable, it is time to take action in whatever capacity you can. Strength comes in number, and we can make real change with the steps we take. You can join a parade or attend workshops or share the resources you know of with others. Doing so creates a much more diversified and knowledgeable community that can become advocates for the LGBTQ community.
If you want to do more, this article from The Manual gives six different ways to take action. Some of them are educating yourself and talking with others, donate locally, and support queer businesses. My favorite idea they gave was to listen. In a country with turmoil and underrepresented groups fighting for equality, the best thing we can do is to hear them out.
Just because Pride Month is over doesn’t mean the pride stops. It is vital to continue the momentum and take the steps required to make a lasting difference. Becoming aware and educating yourself and others are the first steps to achieve that. Little by little, we can take steps to achieve continued equality for all.