The New York Pride Parade is almost here, which has a lot of people very excited. But it's also a time where people start to think of what they can do to give back— whether as a queer person wanting to give back to your community or as an ally wanting to be more involved. And sometimes, it can be difficult to know where to start.
Of course, we could all do more to be great supporters — even when it comes to just meeting people. “I think one thing is asking preferred pronouns to any new person you meet,” Chloe, a trans woman and activist with an active YouTube channel around trans issues, tells Bustle. “You never know how anyone identifies and if [you are asking] a cis person who knows nothing about asking preferred, it will serve as a lesson.” We could all be more mindful in our day-to-day lives, which is definitely one way to make a difference.
But if you want to dive in and support some of the LGBTQ organizations of New York City directly, there are so many ways to get involved. From taking part behind-the-scenes in Pride itself or looking at the LGBTQ community more broadly, there are a lot of options. Here's where you can get started: