Having the Conversation of the LGBT+ Movement Beyond Pride Month

Pride Month is one of the most symbolic times for the LGBT+ community. From rainbows, to drag shows, and glitter it is a joyous celebration witnessed across the globe. More importantly, this month is about celebrating civil rights victories won, push for equality and demonstrate that #LoveWins!

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Within that celebration is an integral part of the LGBT+ movement about educating our peers on what it means to be part of the Queer community, that extends further then just one month. Some may ask, why should I have this conversation? What will it do for me? While it can be an intimidating topic, it can help provide safety within your friend group, open the conversation for those that may be afraid to come out, and offer understanding.

Here are some resources to help learn more about the LGBT+ community, its movement, and and keep the conversation of equality moving forward.

Understanding PRIDE Month

PRIDE Month is celebrated each year in the month of June to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York. After numerous raids at local bars in which people of the LGBT community were being persecuted, on the early morning of June 28th, 1969 it took one stone from Marsha P. Johnson to start a movement that would expand over the years to come. A year later, as a way to honor the Stonewall, the first Pride Parade was held in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

This year marks the 50thanniversary of the first Pride Parade, and 51 years since the Stonewall Riots.

What is the LGBT+ Community?

LGBTQ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning. The terms are used to describe a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.  In understanding that term, it is also essential to note the importance of gender pronouns. Next time, try adding your pronouns to your signature. This will help showcase a safe space within those you are communicating with.

He/Him/His

She/Her/Hers

They/Them/Theirs

Ze/Hir/Zir

Ve/Ver/Vers

Organizations to Know

  • The Ali Forney Center
  • New Alternatives
  • The Trevor Project
  • It Gets Better
  • Equality Florida

Other Important Dates

  • October: LGBT History Month
  • October 11th: National Coming Out Day
  • October 14th: National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights
  • Transgender Awareness Week: Second week of November
  • December 1st: World AIDS Day
  • April 27th: Day of Silence, student-led national event taking a vow of silence to protest the harmful effects of harassment and discrimination of LGBTQ people in schools.
  • June: PRIDE Month
  • June 28th, 1969: Stonewall Riots (also referred to as Stonewall Uprising or Stonewall Rebellion)
  • June 28th, 1970: First Gay Pride March in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco to honor the Stonewall Riots

Find more dates by visiting: http://www.lgbtlifewestchester.org/important_lgbt_dates

Want to Learn More?

  • Podcast:

Making Gay History by Eric Marcus

  • Book:

Pride: The Story of the LGBTQ Equality Movement by Matthew Todd

  • Movie:

State of Pride

  • On TV:

PBS PRIDELAND; a new one-hour special and short-form digital series exploring LGBT+ Identity in the U.S. South hosted by Dyllón Burnside.

Other resources:

https://time.com/5589725/best-lgbtq-documentaries/

https://www.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/news-bfi/lists/10-great-lgbtq-documentaries

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