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5 things to remember during pride month

As Pride Month is upon us, it's essential to reflect on the significance of this celebration and what it truly means for the LGBTQ+ community. While June is a time of vibrant parades, events, and a heightened sense of community, it's crucial to remember that being Queer is not confined to just one month a year. Here are five important things to keep in mind as we get ready for Pride Month.

1. LGBTQIA+ Pride is 365 Days a Year

Pride Month is an opportunity to celebrate and honour the LGBTQ+ community, but it's important to remember that being Queer is an identity that we live with and embrace every single day. Our experiences, challenges, and triumphs are not limited to June. True allyship means recognising and supporting the LGBTQ+ community year-round, not just when it’s convenient or trendy. Celebrate Pride Month with enthusiasm, but don’t forget to carry that spirit of acceptance and support throughout the year.

Two brides walk through a confetti tunnel. The tallest bride is wearing a list pink suit with a white pearl headband in and the other is wearing a short 70s style wedding dress with lace detail. LGBTQ+ Pride Month

2. Beware of Rainbow Washing

As Pride Month becomes more widely recognised, many companies and organisations are eager to show their support by displaying rainbow flags, changing their logos, or launching Pride-themed products. While this visibility can be positive, it's crucial to distinguish between genuine support and rainbow washing. Rainbow washing occurs when companies use LGBTQ+ symbols and colours for marketing purposes without any real commitment to the community. This performative allyship can be frustrating and harmful, as it reduces our identities to mere marketing tools.

To identify genuine allies, look for companies that actively support LGBTQ+ rights and initiatives year-round. Do they have inclusive policies? Do they donate to LGBTQ+ charities or organisations? Are they vocal about LGBTQ+ issues beyond just the month of June? Actions speak louder than words, and true allyship involves continuous and meaningful support.

Examples of corporate Pride logos (photo credit: Reddit) for LGBTQ+ Pride Month
Examples of corporate Pride logos (photo credit: Reddit)

3. Support LGBTQ+ Businesses and Creators

One of the most impactful ways to show support during Pride Month and beyond is by uplifting LGBTQ+ businesses and creators. Whether it’s shopping at Queer-owned stores, hiring LGBTQ+ wedding suppliers, or following and promoting LGBTQ+ artists, your support can make a significant difference. These businesses and individuals not only bring diversity and creativity to their fields but also provide essential representation for the community.

Consider using platforms like Rebel Love Directory to find and support LGBTQ+ wedding suppliers and other businesses. By choosing to invest in these businesses, you’re helping to create a more inclusive and equitable marketplace.

4. Educate Yourself and Others

Pride Month is an excellent time to educate yourself and others about LGBTQ+ history, rights, and issues. Understanding the struggles and achievements of the community helps foster empathy and solidarity. Take the time to learn about significant events like the Stonewall Riots, influential LGBTQ+ figures, and the ongoing fight for equality and acceptance.

Share this knowledge with your friends, family, and colleagues. Creating an informed and supportive environment is crucial for the well-being of the LGBTQ+ community. Remember, education is a continuous process, and there is always more to learn and understand.

5. Engage in Active Allyship

Active allyship goes beyond performative gestures. It involves standing up against discrimination, advocating for LGBTQ+ rights, and being a supportive presence in the lives of LGBTQ+ individuals. This can mean speaking out against homophobic, transphobic, or biphobic remarks, supporting inclusive policies and legislation, and being a reliable friend or family member.

As Pride Month approaches, commit to being an active ally. Attend Pride events, volunteer with LGBTQ+ organisations, donate to causes that support the community, and use your platform to amplify LGBTQ+ voices. Active allyship is about making a tangible difference and showing up for the community in meaningful ways.

A Pride march in Bristol with a group of people holding up a large pink and silver banner saying"PROTECT TRANS KIDS" during Pride Month

As we gear up for Pride Month, let’s celebrate the LGBTQ+ community with joy and pride while remembering that our support and allyship must extend beyond June. By recognising the importance of year-round advocacy, avoiding rainbow washing, supporting LGBTQ+ businesses, educating ourselves, and engaging in active allyship, we can create a more inclusive and supportive world for everyone. Happy Pride! 🏳️‍🌈

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Irich Photography
Jun 27

Good post

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