As many have no doubt seen via social media and platforms such as Facebook and Linked in, rainbow flags are dominating the landscape in a celebration of Pride Month, which goes throughout the whole of June in the United States.  Pride month has a tradition and history rooted in activism for trans and LGBTQ+ rights, going back to the Stonewall Riots. It is heartwarming to see a visible outpouring of support for this marginalized community, especially from corporations who are sincere in their advocacy and support and not simply engaging in pinkwashing.  But celebrating ones LGBTQ+ identity, or being a staunch ally, can and should happen at any time during the year.  Below are a few suggestions on showing Pride in June and beyond.

  • Donate to causes and organizations that support and uplift the LGBTQ+ Community.
    • There are a number of organizations focusing on issues that are particular to the LGBTQ+ community, from mental health, to trans rights, to supporting LGBTQ youth. The work is being done at the local and national level and it is never too late to support.
  • Educate yourself on the basics of LGBTQ+ history and issues.
    • It’s never too late to delve deeper into learning about the LGBTQ+ community and how to be an advocate or Ally. The Safe Zone Project is a good launching place to learn terms and access a bevy of resources from articles, to videos that can deepen your knowledge of LGBTQ+ issues.
  • Advocate for LGBTQ friendly policies locally and nationally.
    • There has been a lot of progress in creating equity for members of the LGBTQ+ community. Just last June the Supreme court issued a decision that extended protections from workplace discrimination to include sexual orientation and gender identity, thanks to Aimee Stephens.  But this year has seen an alarming rise in anti-trans legislation, proving that the work of advocacy is never finished. This handy guide from gives info on how to connect with your local and state representatives if you are a citizen of the United States.
  • Think about what you can do in your own workplaces and communities to be more inclusive of LGBTQ+ identities.
    • Support the creation of employee resource groups, re-examine policies to ensure they are inclusive and friendly to LGBTQ+ folks, counter microaggressions in the moment, and consider using more inclusive language like partner instead of wife/ husband. Here are more ways to promote inclusivity in the workplace.