5 Ways to Celebrate Pride Month as a Military Kid
Pride month is often a time for people to come together. It’s a way to show support, form community, and celebrate diversity.
Depending on your situation, that might feel difficult this year. You might be preparing for a move or are brand new to the area. You also might be restricted by COVID-19 safety policies.
So here are five ways to celebrate Pride even from your home.
1. Chat with LGBTQ+ teens
If you are 13-19, you can chat online with other LGBTQ+ teens in groups facilitated by staff from LGBTQ+ centers around the United States. Just follow the link to Q-Chat Space from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention resource page.
2. Learn About LGBTQ+ History
Pride month was inspired by the Stonewall Riots in June 1969. You can learn about them from the National Archives along with other important events.
You can learn about LGBTQ+ military history at Military OneSource.
3. Make Your Own Rainbow Party
In 1878, Gilbert Baker created a rainbow flag as a symbol of pride for the LGBTQ+ community. Now many people use the rainbow to celebrate and show support for LGBTQ+ folks.
You can create your own Pride celebration. Food? Try making a rainbow cake. Dress code? Make your own rainbow-themed T-shirt. Get creative and have fun!
4. Support LGBTQ+ Students
The Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) can teach you how to help make school a positive and safe place for LGBTQ+ students. You find a link to GLSEN in the CDC resources.
5. Attend a Virtual Pride Event
Many of the usual Pride events will be digital for 2021. You can search for “virtual pride 2021” or look for your local LGBTQ+ center for more information.