5 Ways To Celebrate Pride Month With Your Child
June is Pride Month, a time to celebrate the rights and equality of the LGBQT community. With more resources available than ever, it’s a great opportunity to explore the LGBQT community through books, crafts, movies, events and other creative family activities.
June is Pride Month, a time to celebrate the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGTBTQ) people and an ideal opportunity to teach your kids about what it means.
Why do we call it “Pride”?
Pride has a double meaning when it comes to Pride Month. This word actually began as an acronym for Personal Rights in Defense and Education, an organization created in 1966 in California. These days it’s more commonly associated with the word’s definition – being proud, self-respecting, conscious of one’s own dignity. Together, these two meanings perfectly capture what Pride Month is all about – honoring the rights and equality of the LGBTQ community.
Colors of the rainbow
More than any other visual symbol, the rainbow flag has become synonymous with LGBTQ Pride. The original flag, designed in 1978 by a man named Gilbert Baker, crafted it with eight colors, each one symbolic: pink for sexuality, red for life, orange for healing, yellow for the sun, green for nature, turquoise for art, indigo for harmony and violet for the soul. The current flag includes pink and blue for transgender people as well as black and brown to represent Black and LatinX individuals.
Five fun ways to celebrate
You don’t have to be LGBTQ to participate in Pride Month. Allies are welcome and everyone is welcome to celebrate — especially in the spirit of equal rights. Nowadays, there are more ways than ever to take part in Pride Month activities with your child.
1. Check out local events
While public parades have been replaced by virtual ones over the past year, small, local celebrations are cropping up as we slowly return to getting together in public spaces. Check out what’s going on in your area, or tune into virtual family-friendly events from other cities or countries.
2. Create wearable, edible or decorative rainbows
Kids love to make rainbows, and Pride Month is the ideal time to get crafty with colorful projects. From homemade wands and friendship bracelets to decorated cookies and colorful cupcakes, there are endless ways to create rainbow-themed decorations that bring Pride Month front and center.
3. Read books together
Stories are an ideal way to introduce children to diverse families and gender identities while teaching them about embracing differences and overcoming diversity. You’ll find a range of children’s book recommendations online. Children’s Books Daily also offers a list of 50 books celebrating pride month for readers of all ages.
4. Gather for movie night
Take time to watch shorts, movies or television shows that normalize and support gender differences. From Pixar’s shorts Out and In a Heartbeat to the films Love, Simon and The Kids Are Alright, movies help normalize LGBQT lifestyles and demonstrate what it means to support, accept and celebrate differences.
5. Show your support
If your children are old enough, you can create an afternoon bake sale or lemonade stand, and donate part or all of the proceeds — even if it’s just a few dollars — to an LGBQT charity, perhaps one that supports youth and teens. In this way, you’ll empower your children not only to celebrate Pride Month, but also to actively show support through their own efforts.
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