Although Pride Month is coming to a close, there are plenty of ways to continue to celebrate the LGBTQ community. “Pride Month is both a joyful celebration and a serious political reminder that LGBTQ people are here and deserve the same rights as everyone else. It’s a great experience that people of all ages should check out. LGBTQ Pride isn’t limited to just one day or one month, though. You can be proud to be LGBTQ or to support someone who is all year round,” says Allison Hope, writer at Parents Magazine.
Here are some LGBTQ resources for kids, parents, and families to engage with now, and in the year ahead:
- 6 Ways to Respectfully Be a Better LGBTQ Ally. While there is no cookie-cutter way of being an ally, doing so requires education, advocacy, action, and a desire to learn from your mistakes. Here are six helpful tips outlined by experts about how to be an LGBTQ ally.
- 8 Books That Teach Kids About the Fluidity of Gender and the Importance of Acceptance. Transgender and gender-nonconforming people (are gaining more visibility as they find the courage to come out and live publicly as the most authentic versions of themselves. Here are 8 books for your child to help them better understand their gender identity and the gender identity of those around them.
- 10 LGBTQ+ Parent Influencers to Follow. Whether you’re a part of the community yourself and looking for a little inspiration on what to do with your kids, or simply want to smile looking at photos of other loving families, check out this list of 10 LBGTQ+ influencers you should be following.
- 24 Great LGBTQIA+ Books for Kids and Teens. There was a time when LGBTQIA+ parents and children had a hard time finding their family’s faces and feelings in the pages of children’s and young adult books. No more. Ever since Heather Has Two Mommies appeared on shelves in 1989, more books, geared to everyone from the youngest tots to questioning tweens and teens (not to mention to their parents), are filling the gap and helping families grow in understanding. And of course, these books aren’t just for families with a direct connection to LGBTQIA+ issues; everyone can use these books’ messages of unconditional love and acceptance.
- Here’s the Entertainment You Need to Celebrate Pride Month as a Family. Watching LGBTQ+ movies, shows, and songs is an easy (and fun!) way to set the stage for educational moments with your family.
- How to Support Your LGBTQ Child. “As a parent, the most critical role you play in your child’s life is one of unconditional love and support,” writes Esta Pratt-Kielley on today.com. “Parents have a unique opportunity to support their LGBTQ youth, whether or not their children identify as part of the community.
- Second-Generation Queer: What It’s Like To Come Out to LGBTQ+ Parents. As more adults living their authentic lives in queer relationships have children, kids are navigating the unique experience of coming out to a parent who can relate to their journey.
- Tips for Parents of LGBTQ Youth. Johns Hopkins pediatricians and adolescent medicine specialists Renata Arrington Sanders and Errol Fields share steps you can take to keep your kid happy and healthy.
- The Trevor Project Resources Page. The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25. They have a wealth of information and resources for LGBTQ youth, families, and allies.
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