June is Pride Month, y'all — a time of celebration, solidarity, and action wherein rainbows, glitter, and parades abound. Our LGBTQ communities have fought valiantly for hard-won gains in recent years — like the Supreme Court's decision to legalize gay marriage nationwide in 2015 — and though the current political administration seeks to undo these gains, Pride month is a time to celebrate the wins, and come together in solidarity. Whether you're marching yourself, or showing up as an ally, there are plenty of ways to take action during Pride month this year (and, TBH, all year round).
Celebrated each June to commemorate the Stonewall Riots in 1969, Pride Month is a time to uphold our key values of love, acceptance, education, and awareness, while remembering the struggles and victories in the ongoing fight for LGBTQ equality and visibility worldwide. Pride Month is about everyone: no matter who or how we love, or how we identify, Pride is about reveling in the diversity of the community, and taking action in the face of intolerance, misinformation and ignorance. No matter what your plans are this June, there are many ways to take part, and no action is too small. Here are here are seven powerful ways to take action for Pride Month. And remember, solidarity in June is great — but action and support year-round are what it's all about.