Celebrating Pride Month helps LGBTQ youth and adults feel safe, affirmed and welcome within your home, school, Club or community.
Happy Pride Month! Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer+ (LGBTQ) Pride Month spotlights LGBTQ culture, rights and identity – looking to the struggles and achievements of the past while working toward a more inclusive future.
During June each year, there are lots of opportunities for all kids to celebrate Pride Month through activities that are fun, informative and – most of all – show the importance of inclusion and affirmation of who you are.
Pride Month honors the identity, rights and inclusion of LGBTQ people in our nation, celebrating their place in American history and future. As the month’s name implies, it’s a time of pride, affirmation and celebration for who you are, as well as political advocacy to further inclusivity.
Throughout the month of June, communities and organizations celebrate the voices and culture of LGBTQ people through marches, parades, political activism, performances and celebrations of life to those who lost their lives to HIV/AIDS.
Pride Month takes place in June every year, honoring June 1969 which served as a turning point in the fight for LGBTQ rights in the United States. That June, the Stonewall Uprising – where patrons of a popular New York City establishment stood up to police raids – spurred protests that would become the start of the modern LGBTQ movement.
The next year, the very first Pride march was held in June, and since then communities have gathered together to celebrate Pride through marches, advocacy and celebrations. In 2000, President Bill Clinton officially recognized June as Pride Month as an annual observance of the history, contribution and rights of LGBTQ people in America.
According to the Human Rights Campaign, LGBTQ youth say the most important problem they face right now is a lack of acceptance from their family. They’re also two times as likely to say they have been harassed and called names at school.
Unsurprisingly, this lack of acceptance and a support system has a negative impact on LGBTQ youth mental health, with LGBTQ youth suicide becoming an urgent priority – according to the Trevor Project’s 2022 survey, nearly half (45%) of LGBTQ youth seriously considered attempting suicide within the past year.
At Boys & Girls Clubs, one thing we’ve learned after more than 160 years of serving youth is that a sense of belonging is everything. With a foundation of safety and acceptance, kids are more likely to get involved, make new friends, and build skills to support their success.
LGBTQ youth who find their school to be affirming of their identity reported lower rates of attempting suicide. Boys & Girls Clubs provide LGBTQ youth space to be themselves, caring adults who listen and services to build healthy coping skills, self-esteem and more.
Celebrating Pride Month helps LGBTQ youth and adults feel safe, affirmed and welcome within your home, school, Club or community. Plus, creating a safe place where people can be themselves benefits all – when people see others included, they are more likely to feel included, too.
We can all work to be more informed and inclusive friends and allies of the LGBTQ kids and adults in our lives.
When talking about Pride Month with kids in your life, here are some ways to share the month on a kid-friendly level. Always adjust your conversations for your child’s age and development:
Now that you’ve set the tone for your Pride Month celebrations, here are fun ways to celebrate Pride Month, whether you’re going out or staying in:
We hope you join Boys & Girls Clubs nationwide in celebrating Pride Month. Clubs are committed to equity and inclusion for all – and that starts with giving millions of kids and teens a place to belong, know their value and reach their full potential.
If you or someone you know needs suicide prevention support, seek help immediately. You can call the free, confidential National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) at any time. You can also contact the Trevor Project, the leading national organization in providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention support for LGBTQ+ youth under the age of 25.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America provides safe places, caring mentors and life-enhancing programs to millions of kids and teens annually. Join us on our mission of helping all young people reach their full potential: