Do Your Part During Pride Month
The Stonewall Riots, which took place on June 28 in 1969, are credited for bringing about the birth of the gay liberation movement (now referred to as the fight for LGBTQ rights) and the creation of National PRIDE Month (June!).
With June upon us, it only seems appropriate to talk about how as women bent on fighting for equality, we can support our queer sisters as well as the overall LGBTQ community. There are so many things you can do to show your Pride throughout the month of June, whether you identify as queer or not. If you aren’t sure what type of role you can play as an ally, no worries. I turned to those who know best (queer ladies!) for some tips and advice.
The following are some dos, don’ts and tips for showing your support during Pride Month
How to Show Your Support During Pride Month
The Dos. The Don’ts. And some Tips
Do: Ask if you can come to the parade.
Don’t: If you are an ally, don’t make an ass of yourself when you go to a parade. Remember the party isn’t about you. Be respectful.
Don’t: Brag about helping. It makes people feel like a charity case.
Do: Wear the colors – a pin or a shirt. Don’t say anything about wearing them. Just wear them
Do: All the stuff you should be doing all year long, but be more vocal about it because the opposition is more vocal during Pride month. Combat bi-erasure, correct people for misgendering someone, etc.
Do: If you are not going to participate in the festivities, offer rides to friends so they can be safe getting around town.
Do: Wear a Pride bracelet.
Do: Post things on your social media to show your support pride.
Do: Wear the colors – a pin or a shirt. Don’t say anything about wearing them. Just wear them.
Do: If you have an office, put a pride flag at your desk or other rainbow gear so people know your office is a safe space.
Do: Put your money where your mouth is! Support queer businesses, especially QTIPOC businesses.
Do: Ask your own workplace why they don’t have all gender restrooms if they don’t. Ask other restaurants and businesses why they don’t have all gender restrooms.
Do: Organize an event or gathering that may not fit the typical cast of pride. Coffee and donuts so those who don’t feel comfortable in the drinking or club scene can still connect with their people.
Don’t: out people you see at Pride.
Don’t: take photos of people without permission. Just because someone attends Pride it does NOT mean they’re out to their family and friends, nor does it mean they want their photos plastered online.
Don’t: attend Pride if you’re not comfortable with the human body in all its amazing forms and with people dressing as they would like to.
Do: wear a pronoun pin! It goes a long way to making safe spaces for others to share their pronouns.
Do: educate yourself on Pride history.
Do: Believe queer folks when they say they’ve experienced discrimination.
Do: Reach out to/volunteer with queer and trans children and youth.
Sending a big “thank you” out to PDX Bi-Women’s Group for contributing their tips and insight.