This is a response to Never Hide Your Pride: Here's How You Can Celebrate.
Happy Pride! The month of June is not only a time of celebration of LGBTQ+ voices and experiences, but recognition of the history behind the continuous movement for equality and issues the LGBTQ+ community is facing today. Although being an ally of the LGBTQ+ community and showing support is important, it’s crucial that we make space for their authentic voices and diverse perspectives - this month and all year round. As an ally, I recognize that there is always room to learn and grow in allyship, whether that’s taking a class that discusses gender and sexuality or being intentional about pronouns and language. Here are some ways you can support the LGBTQ+ community as an ally during Pride and throughout the rest of the year!
Learn about the adversity that the LGBTQ+ community has faced in the past and continues to face in the present. For example, educate yourself about the pieces of legislation that are in the process of being passed in your community and how this could impact the lives of those affected. Learn about your elected officials in your community, state, and country and advocate for those that support the rights of the LGBTQ+ community. Rather than asking your friend that is a part of the LGBTQ+ community to educate you, it’s important that you put in the work!
Show up at Pride events and beyond
Being an ally not only means supporting the LGBTQ+ community around you, but showing up for them. Attend a drag show, parade, or festival event during the month of June! Remember to research the history of the celebration before taking part. This month and every month, show up by standing in solidarity, advocating for those who are marginalized, and making space for the LGBTQ+ community.
Donate to an organization that benefits the community
LGBTQ+ programs and organizations not only provide tangible support to those who need it but also a sense of security and safety. Resources that provide HIV testing, housing, affirming healthcare, and support groups are life changing and your donation will make a difference! Furthermore, you can directly support LGBTQ+ artists by buying their products rather than buying from companies that engage in rainbow washing - which you can learn more about here.
As emphasized in an article by Mashable, allies should be responsible, respectful, and mindful of Pride, especially the fact that the celebration is not intended for them. By doing research, showing up in different ways, and donating to communities that benefit from support, we’re combating the harmful stereotypes and actions that have been established in our society. It’s important that we show our allyship every day, not just during the month of June!