Although there are many days throughout the year that commemorate LGBTQIA people and events, many Pride celebrations, parades, and marches take place in June. This marks the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. According to Britannica Kids, these riots involved a series of confrontations between gay rights activists and police officers near the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, New York City in June and July 1969. These riots evolved to an international movement.
- Don’t assume what your kids know and what they don’t know
- Be blunt, your kids can handle it
- Be on the Lookout for Reinforcing Stereotypes (and fix them!)
- Start Reading
- Get involved in your LGBTQ community
Why is it important to discuss LgbtiA with your children?
Issues surrounding gender and gender equity have received great attention in the media and in our society. Children may be curious or concerned about what they hear. It is important for kids to be able to talk with you about anything that they need to in a way that they can make sense of their world. Moreover, Russel Hobby writer for the Guardian assures us that “teaching children about LGBT issues is not brainwashing – it equips them for life.”
How to celebrate pride with your kids
Bryanne Salazar describes 20 Ways to Celebrate Pride Month for Mom.com. Some of these include: 1) be an activist and an ally, 2) learn about LGBTQ history, 3) attend a virtual or in person pride event, 4) donate, 5) volunteer, 6) fly a rainbow flag, 8) support LGBTQ businesses, 9) use inclusive language, 10) learn about the issues.
Huffpost shares 13 Craft Ideas to Help Kids Celebrate Pride.
Videos & resources
Blues Clues Pride Parade (PreK-Kindergarten Age Level)
LGBT+ Pride song for kids | Hopster (PreK-Kindergarten Age Level)
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Credit: ConnectionSpot.org on 05/26/2021