Pride – it’s always been a march to celebrate the LGBT community and bring awareness to specific issues persons of the LGBT community face. And yet, within the last few years, Pride has inadvertently evolved from separate parades and marches throughout the world to a season that begins in June. Events, film festivals, and marketing strategies by big brands erupt during this month and all in honor of Pride. Just yesterday, President Obama proclaimed that June 2016 is officially LGBT Pride Month which is pretty cool!
Though Pride is often thought of as events primarily for adults, things are changing for the LGBT community, and so is Pride. With the legalization of same-sex marriage in the U.S., there are now more and more LGBT families who are looking for ways to show their pride for Pride.
Check out this guide for five different ways that families can celebrate Pride.
- Rock Pride Wear
One of the easiest was to show your support for Pride Month is to rock Pride wear. Pride wear are clothing items that different big brands put out in stores and online in honor of Pride Month. Target has a cool family-friendly line, while Nike and Adidas are both launching Pride sneakers.
- Volunteer or donate to a LGBT-related organization
Pride is a great opportunity to teach your children about giving back to others. There are hundreds of LGBT-related organizations that can use your help, whether it be through volunteerism or donation. Gather your family together and figure out wonderful ways in which you can help the LGBT community. Will you volunteer at a LGBT youth homeless shelter? Gather your change and dollars to donate to your favorite LGBT charity? Get creative. When you put multiple heads together, great things happen.
Here’s a great list of LGBTQ nonprofits and charities to start with!
- Support LGBT art, films, museum exhibits, etc.
One of the greatest ways to support the LGBT community during Pride is to support LGBT artists, museums, websites, and it’s history. There’s Outfest, an LGBT film festival in Los Angeles that showcases films about LGBT persons. They’re also very supportive of helping LGBT filmmakers make a name for themselves in the film world. If you’re able to make it to one of the events — go! These filmmakers need your support.
Or take the family to a LGBT museum or a museum with a LGBT exhibit! Here’s a list of 10 LGBT museums across the wold. Though some of the exhibits aren’t entirely kid-friendly, many of them are! Besides, it might motivate you to look for great family-friendly LGBT exhibits in your own city.
At the very least, take to social media and the Internet and find LGBT artists, dancers, websites, vloggers, and others who could use your support. Leave them a nice message from your family to theirs — it’ll make their day.
- Attend a Pride or a Pride event
Though Pride parades may seem very adult-centered, it can be a very family-friendly event! Often LGBT families march together in the parade or stand on the edges and watch amazing floats and performers march past.
Usually, local LGBT centers will host family-friendly or kid-friendly Pride events during Pride Month. Check out your local city’s LGBT center’s website for more information on how your family can participate or experience Pride events.
Check out this list of Prides all around the world.
- Share your Family Pride photos with The Next Family!
There’s nothing that The Next Family loves more than to receive gorgeous photos of LGBT families from all across the world, which is why years ago, we started our featured family campaign. Monday through Friday we share photos of LGBT families on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter in the hopes of making LGBT persons and their families more visible to the world.
For Pride Month, we are asking you, our audience, to share with us your best Pride photos of you and your family. We not only want to see your Pride support, but we want to share these awesome photos with our national audiences. To submit your family pride photo, message us on any of our social media accounts (@thenextfamily) or e-mail them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org!