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  • Writer's pictureJanene Oleaga, Esq.

Pride Month 2023: How Allies Can Get Involved

As a firm dedicated to assisting individuals and families in their family-building journeys, we recognize the importance of celebrating and supporting LGBTQ+ individuals and fighting for equality and reproductive rights for all. We would like to dedicate this blog post to our clients who have allowed us the privilege of guiding and protecting them as they grow their families. We'd like to invite other allies to come together this Pride Month to promote equality, acceptance, and inclusivity, and advocate for legislation that is supportive and protective of LGBTQ+ community.


Understanding Pride Month

Pride Month is an annual month-long celebration and commemoration that honors the LGBTQ+ community and their remarkable contributions to society. Originating from the historic Stonewall Riots of 1969, when members of the LGBTQ+ community in New York City courageously stood up against discrimination and fought for their rights, this month-long commemoration serves as a reminder of the ongoing fight for LGBTQ+ rights and recognition. Today, Pride Month serves as a time for reflection, remembrance, and celebration of the progress made, while acknowledging the ongoing challenges that persist.


Pride Parade for Pride Month 2023

Pride Month is not just a time of celebration but also an opportunity to promote inclusivity and advocate for legislative and systemic change.




Why Allies Should Get Involved in Pride Month 2023

As allies, we have a unique opportunity to advocate for LGBTQ+ rights and influence positive change through our actions. By getting involved in Pride Month activities, we can demonstrate our commitment to fostering a society that embraces diversity and ensures equal rights for all individuals. In addition to partaking in the Pride Month festivities, we can actively engage in advocacy efforts to promote inclusive legislation in our state. Advocating for legislation protecting and supporting the LGBTQ+ community and the rights of LGBTQ+ individuals can help create a more equitable society for all. Together, we can create an environment where everyone feels valued, respected, and empowered to live authentically.


Ways to Get Involved (Work and Play):

  1. Attend Local Pride Events: Check your local community calendar for Pride events happening near you. Attend parades, festivals, and other Pride-related activities. These events offer opportunities to connect with the LGBTQ+ community and show solidarity.

  2. Engage in Legislative Advocacy: Stay informed about LGBTQ+ legislation and policies in your state and country. Support organizations that work towards LGBTQ+ equality and reproductive justice regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

  3. Contact Elected Officials: Reach out to your local representatives, including state senators and assembly members, to express your support for legislation supportive and protective of the LGBTQ+ community. Write letters, make phone calls, or attend town hall meetings to share your perspective and urge government leaders to champion inclusive policies.

  4. Join LGBTQ+ Advocacy Organizations: Get involved with local LGBTQ+ advocacy organizations in your state that actively work towards passing legislation that is protective of LGBTQ+ individuals and their families. Collaborate with these organizations through volunteering, fundraising, or joining their advocacy campaigns. By lending your voice and support, you can help drive meaningful change.

  5. Utilize Social Media: Harness the power of social media platforms to raise awareness about legislation and advocate for change. Share informative posts, use relevant hashtags, and amplify the voices of LGBTQ+ activists, organizations, and elected officials who champion LGBTQ+ rights in your state and nationwide.

  6. Be an Ally: Actively support and advocate for LGBTQ+ rights beyond Pride Month.

Pride flag for pride month with pronouns.

Conclusion

As we celebrate Pride Month, let us reflect on the progress that has been made while acknowledging the ongoing fight for LGBTQ+ rights and equality. By getting involved, supporting LGBTQ+ organizations, and advocating for inclusive legislation, we can make a difference.

As a firm dedicated to reproductive rights, we are committed to standing with the LGBTQ+ community and promoting equal access to reproductive services for all. Together, let us celebrate diversity, foster inclusivity, and work towards a future where every individual is free to love and live authentically, without fear or discrimination.

 
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