Pride Month might end with June, but the spirit of Pride certainly doesn’t. For those who cherish living authentically and celebrating love, extending the essence of Pride throughout the year is both possible and rewarding.
Here are ways to keep the spirit of Pride alive year-round.
1. Support LGBTQ+ Artists and Creators
Any time is a great time to support LGBTQ+ artists. Whether it’s reading books by LGBTQ+ authors, watching movies from LGBTQ+ filmmakers, or enjoying music by LGBTQ+ musicians, your support makes a difference.
Also, consider exploring works by LGBTQ+ actors, dancers, and visual artists.
2. Patronize LGBTQ+ Owned Businesses
Be cautious of businesses that only show superficial support during Pride Month.
Instead, make a conscious effort to support LGBTQ+ owned businesses year-round, helping to empower the community economically.
3. Build Community Connections
You’re part of a vibrant and supportive LGBTQ+ community. Join LGBTQ+ organizations or clubs, participate in LGBTQ+ book clubs, and frequent LGBTQ+ friendly spaces.
These connections reinforce a sense of belonging and shared pride.
4. Learn About LGBTQ+ History
Understanding the history and struggles of the LGBTQ+ community is crucial. Educate yourself about pivotal moments like the Stonewall Riots and the contributions of LGBTQ+ activists.
This knowledge deepens your connection to the community and its legacy.
5. Support LGBTQ+ Organizations
LGBTQ+ NGOs play a crucial role in advocacy and support. Contributing through donations, volunteering, or spreading awareness of their work is a powerful way to make a difference.
6. Embrace and Celebrate Your Identity
Perhaps the most important way to honor Pride year-round is by being proudly you. Embrace your identity and practice self-care and self-love every day.
You are a part of a resilient, courageous, and proud legacy.
Pride is more than a month; it’s a lifestyle of celebration, support, and community.
By engaging in these activities, you contribute to a culture of acceptance and pride that transcends a single month.