By Afsaneh Moradian, author of Jamie Is Jamie: A Book About Being Yourself and Playing Your Way
For the first time in 51 years, Pride parades and gatherings will be limited, with many people staying home for health reasons. While we’re all grappling with our “new normal” of social separation, we can’t let June pass us by without acknowledging Pride month and celebrating the right for everyone to express themselves.
The Pride parades that were founded in the wake of the Stonewall rebellion of 1969 have been a way for the LGBTQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, intersex, and asexual or allied) community and supporters to come together and celebrate not only the beauty and diversity of this community, but also the right to exist, to love freely, and to have equal rights under the law. While we may be spending more time at home these days, the month of June is a fantastic opportunity to delve into the history and meaning of Pride as a family and have fun showing LGBTQIA loved ones, and the LGBTQIA community at large, that they are loved and supported.
Here are 10 ideas to help you and your children celebrate Pride month:
- Watch movies and shows with LGBTQIA characters and themes, such as Billy Elliot, Gravity Falls, and Steven Universe.
- Make your own rainbow and trans Pride flags and to hang in your window.
- Make signs that are LGBTQIA inclusive and supportive to hang in windows or post on your lawn, trash can, or mailbox.
- Read books together that are related to the history of Pride and supportive of LGBTQIA kids, such as Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag, Rainbow: A First Book of Pride, Jamie Is Jamie: A Book About Being Yourself and Playing Your Way, and LGBTQ: The Survival Guide for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Teens.
- Organize a car parade throughout the neighborhood with rainbow and trans flags and signs.
- Plan a Zoom party to celebrate Pride with friends and family.
- Record videos with personal messages that express the joy and celebration of Pride, that explain why Pride is important, or that explain what Pride means to your family and share them as you feel comfortable.
- Participate in online kid-friendly Pride events, such as Drag Queen Story Hour.
- Help your child plan a Pride parade at home with homemade rainbow and trans flags and stuffed animal parade-goers.
- If you have the means, make a donation to a LGBTQIA organization that is helping the community during this time. Read about different organizations with your child and include your child in choosing the organization for your donation.
Through reading, watching, artistic expression, and virtual socializing, we can make sure that our LGBTQIA loved ones are seen and celebrated this Pride month.
Afsaneh Moradian has loved writing stories, poetry, and plays since childhood. After receiving her master’s in education, she took her love of writing into the classroom where she began teaching children how to channel their creativity. Her passion for teaching has lasted for over fifteen years. Afsaneh now guides students and teachers (and her young daughter) in the art of writing. She lives in New York City.
Afsaneh is the author of Jamie Is Jamie: A Book About Being Yourself and Playing Your Way
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