Pride Month generally occurs in June as an honor/commemoration of the June 28, 1969 Stonewall Riots. Over the years Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI) communities have created and instituted annual events that take place during Pride Month, such as pride parades, festivals, rallies, marches, picnics, and lots of joyful occasions. You can celebrate Pride Month by attending such an event, or you can honor it by learning more about LGBTQI history. There are endless ways to join the millions of people around the world who celebrate Pride, as a member of the LGBTQI community or simply as an ally.
Did you know …
- Negative attitudes towards LGBTQI youth put them at a higher risk of homelessness and experience with violence than their straight peers. A nationally representative study of adolescents in grades 7–12 found that LGBTQI youth are twice as likely to have attempted suicide. Two national organizations dedicated to helping LGBTQI youth are It Gets Better Project and The Trevor Project. Locally, The Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Youth (BAGLY, Inc.) is a youth-led organization.
- Transgender or trans* people face higher rates of poverty, violence, and barriers to healthcare than the average U.S. population and other members of the LGBTQI community. In K-12 schools, as many as 78% have experienced harassment. Trans* people are twice as likely to be unemployed, and 41% have attempted suicide, higher than the 1.6% national average. In 2015 alone, 21 trans* women were killed in transphobic hate crimes. Fortunately, trans* rights movement has become more visible. Many groups are committed to trans* advocacy, such as the National Center for Transgender Equality and the Massachusetts Trans Political Coalition.
- As of June 1, 2016 the “Bathroom Bill,” a transgender anti-discrimination House bill, is slated to be signed by Governor Charlie Baker. This bill offers protection from discrimination to transgender people who want to use the bathrooms that match their gender identity.More information
How to be an Ally [pdf]