Traditions of Pride
Traditions of Pride
Show Your Colours
Pride Month is commonly signified with the rainbow but there are a myriad number of flags that represent the many identities across the LGBTQ+ community. The colours each have meaning that can be a starting point for discussion within the family. And if you're part of an LGBTQ+ family, it can be good to show your pride with a flag that represents you.
Attend LGBTQ+ Events.
Catherine Hyde, a PFLAG National board member, says that one of the ways that families can show their support for the LGBTQ+ community is by attending Pride Month events virtually, if not in person.
Support LGBTQ+-Owned Businesses
This is an activity that can be a year-round tradition.
here are some that can be located in London https://www.stylist.co.uk/life/lgbtq-businesses-london-visit-shop-support/527326
Donate to LGBTQ+ Non-Profits.
There are many more LGBT+ charities that do amazing work, too. Whether you choose to donate, volunteer or even share this article to help spread awareness… do whatever you can to help.
Watch Representative Movies
Have a movie night with LGBTQ+ movies and shows. Have plenty of snacks and spend the evening watching different portrayals-it can be the perfect opportunity to discuss any questions or concerns, as well as have an open conversation about what it means to be LGBTQ+ and the validity of the various experiences within the community.
Read Educational Books
Another way for families to share Pride Month with their children is through literature. Books like 10,000 Dresses by Marcus Ewert, ABC: A Family Alphabet Book by Bobbie Combs, and Cookies and Cake & The Families We Make by Jennifer L. Egan all explain the different types of families and the value of our differences in an easy-to-understand way for small children who will also learn acceptance for themselves and others.
Have Continuous Conversations
While Pride Month occurs in June, it's important to recognize that LGBTQ+ pride is an everyday experience. Love, acceptance, and diversity should always be part of the conversation.