June 1st marks the beginning of LGBT Pride Month! This month is a time to recognize the important strides of the gay community around the world. From the passing of legalized gay marriage, to the greater visibility of gay people and issues, Pride Month has a lot to celebrate. During this month, you'll see communities and organizations around the country celebrating with special events, parades, and gatherings.
Not only is it a time to celebrate, but also a month to reflect on the current issues gay people face today.
LGBT people experience higher rates of suicide, discrimination, homelessness, and unemployment, even given the legal advancements and strides over the last decade. In part, many face emotional and psychological hardships due to the stressful nature of their environments. June is a time to remember the lives lost, especially the lives of activists who paved the way for others to live their truth.
Below are some suggestions to support our LGBT friends and community by:
- Participating in a local pride event (such as a film screening, parade, and more).
- Support LGBT media and documentaries to learn more about the Gay and Lesbian community.
- Read news (from sources like Huffington Post) and books, and buy from LGBT authors.
- Donate money or time to a local organization (such as Human Rights Campaign or the Matthew Shepard Foundation).
- Support political organizations that fight for equality by calling or writing to local lawmakers.
To learn more about ways to support this community, visit Centerlink to find local, state, and national organizations and groups.
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