Happy Pride Month! It's officially the most colorful month of the season to show your support for LGBTQ+ representation and getting back to the activist roots of the LGBTQ+ movement. But what's even more beautiful about the all of the city wide festivities is how communities have come together to support the cause. Pride isn't just a parade without purpose! The heartbreaking stories about daily brushes with violence, homelessness, or discrimination — even from family members — are narratives that are not uncommon. That's why these parents supporting their kids at Pride show a different side to that story.
As we push to change a culture that is hard pressed to change its heteronormative mind set in policy, these photos and social posts offer a ray of hope. No, donning a rainbow tutu and posting a photo won't solve our problems, and there's plenty of work to be done. However, there are proud families willing to stand up and that matters!
HuffPost recently featured a lineup of proud Pride parents in support of their kids — to keep the ball of awesome rolling, here are some awesome families, parents and kids included, who are also getting their Pride on this month.
1. Parents even went stag to show their support.
Nothing says "I love you more" than showing up even when your kid can't.
2. You're never too young to attend the festivities.
Plenty of parents stepped out with your kids for Pride in their city, and the perfect opportunity to teach tolerance and acceptance early!
3. Because moms protecting LGBT youth also know to stand against gun violence.
Fun fact: the woman in the above picture has carried that exact same sign to Pride marches for over 30 years.
4. Parents, remember not to come empty handed!
If your parent intends to attend the parade, it's only right to make sure they have a dope sign! It's a must.
5. Bringing a little more color and history to a school near you!
My husband and I made a Pride month bulletin board at our older son's school! We featured LGBT families & local notables. 🏳️🌈👨👨👦👦👩👩👧👦 pic.twitter.com/TTNr78Xd3G— Brian Esser (@BrianEsserEsq) June 9, 2017
6. Matching rainbow action is too cute
Usually, this borders on goofy. But matching isn't a bad idea to show a united family front.
7. Heels? Check. Parents? Check.
I love these heels via beautiful legs and proud parents. A winning combo!
8. Pride month is also for reflection.
Some tweeters took a moment to celebrate family and remember the families who lost someone to violence in Orlando.
9. Note to parents: Always let your kid hold the flag.
Bring your designated little flag waver for the parade — they're guaranteed to have more energy than you.
In the spirit of Pride Month, this year supporting community and families has become more of a focus as as a result of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando. As families take to the streets to show their support or post in solidarity it's a positive sign that together we can make sure love always wins.