June is Pride Month! This month is a time to celebrate and support the LGBTQ community in any way that you can. Whether or not you identify as part of the LGBTQ community, everybody can join in this celebration of love.

LGBTQ is an acronym used to describe the gay community:

L: Lesbian

G: Gay

B: Bisexual

T: Transgender

Q: Queer or Questioning

Here at IQBar, we promote diversity, equality, and inclusivity. Therefore, this week’s blog will be highlighting 3 simple ways in which you can celebrate Pride Month and support the LGBTQ community right from the comfort of your own home!

1. Learn the history of Pride Month

To be able to support the LGBTQ community, it is important to understand the history. Pride Month is much more than colourful rainbow flags, it is also about recognising the struggles that LGBTQ people have faced throughout history.

In the United States, the 1950s and 1960s were an extremely repressive period for LGBT people. Therefore, LGBT organisations coordinated some of the earliest demonstrations of modern LGBT rights movements by carrying out ‘annual reminders’ to inform Americans that LGBT people did not receive basic civil rights protections. These reminders began in 1965 and took place each 4th July.

Moreover, in New York City, June 1969, the Stonewall riots began. The Stonewall riots were a series of spontaneous and violent demonstrations by members of the LGBT community in response to a police raid. It was a launch for the Gay Pride Movement, triggering protests and demands for equal rights. One year later, the first Gay Pride parade took place.

Despite these advancements, it is still imperative to be an active ally to the LGBTQ community.

2. Donate towards LGBTQ charities

There are lots of organisations that support LGBTQ people in different forms. Whether it’s a charity that advocates for LGBTQ rights, such as ALL OUT, or one which empowers young people, such as the Born This Way Foundation, it is important to support them ourselves. These organisations support LGBTQ communities through various initiatives and need your donations. So, support them if you can! You can find out about the organisations previously mentioned, and much more through the links below:

https://bornthisway.foundation/

https://allout.org/en

https://www.britishlgbtawards.com/top-10-lgbt-charities-or-community-initiatives-2018/

3. Attend a Virtual Pride Parade

It is unlikely that we will be able to attend a Pride parade or public gathering this year due to COVID-19, it is unlikely that we will be able to attend a parade or public gathering to celebrate Pride Month. More than 400 Pride events have been cancelled this year. However, did you know that you can attend a virtual Pride parade or festival? Many cities are hosting online events in order to keep people connecting and celebrating Pride as usual. You can check some out here:

https://tcpride.org/general-information/

http://www.interpride.org/

Here at IQBar, we are passionate about inclusivity, and treat all of our Breadies and Buddies equally. Therefore, make sure to keep celebrating Pride Month even after it ends. Continue to be an ally and advocate for LGBTQ rights.

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