Happy Pride Y’all! This is a month to celebrate our LGBTQ+ community and honor those who suffered, were closetted, or attacked. Whether you’re a part of the LGBTQ+ community, or a straight ally – there are so many ways to get involved and support our friends and family. This month, we’ll be tackling the following topics a little more in-depth – but here’s a “master list” of things to keep in find this month and celebrate Pride for what it was meant to be!
- Spend your money wisely. Do not eat or shop at companies like Chick-Fil-A or Cracker Barrel. Don’t put your money toward Pride gear at places like Target or Walmart. Use your money to support organizations like GLAAD or The Trevor Project.
- Volunteer in local community centers that support LGBTQ+ communities. If you are local to Boston, check out BAGLY or Boston GLASS for volunteer opportunities.
- Listen and be a safe space. Sometimes people just need a space to talk and vent about the issues they are facing. Don’t offer advice unless prompted. Just be there for them. This month is not about you or your relationships.
- Read LGBTQ+ authors like John Corey Whaley, Jeanette Winterson, Audre Lorde, or Roxanne Gay.
- Go to pride parades but be conscious of your space a straight ally. Check out this great resource.
- Educate yourself on the history of pride. Watch documentaries like Paris is Burning or The Queen.
- Speak up to straight friends. If you hear someone making derogatory comments, speak up. Tell them it’s not okay.
- Educate and advocate on issues at the local, state, and federal level affecting the LGBTQ+ community.
- Make sure you supporting every part of the LGBTQ+ community. You cannot be an ally if you don’t support transgender individuals.
- Be respectful of pronouns. Ask people which pronouns they use. It’s a simple and easy thing that makes people feel safe in your company.
There are so many ways to get involved this month. And aside from getting involved, it’s a wonderful time to listen, learn, and grow.
Whitney Mooney is the Program Director for Popularly Positive. She works full time for YWCA Cambridge, a social justice non-profit organization in Cambridge, MA, as the Fund Development Manager. She is available via email and text any day of the week. She is an avid reader and political activist.