June is Pride month, which commemorates the anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion and aims to increase awareness of LGBTQ+ history, struggles, identity and community. It is also a time reserved for celebrating and uplifting the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people.
All families can recognise LGBTQ Pride Month and not just by attending parades. Pride shows up in many ways that can be educational for kids, including in art exhibits, film screenings, theatre productions, and rainbow crafts. There are also many LGBTQ-inclusive children’s books that can familiarise very young children with family and gender diversity.
By celebrating Pride as a family we are also letting kids, however they go on to identify as they get older, know that they’re okay, too. Surrounded by adults who model solidarity with the LGBTQ community, kids learn that their individuality is worthy of celebration!