June is LGBTQIA Pride Month! It’s a time to celebrate our differences and learn how to support someone in the LGBTQIA community!
- As a sub-holiday during Pride Month, Pride Day is celebrated on June 28. The day marks the date in history when the first pride march was held in New York City in 1970. However, different communities celebrate Pride Day on different days throughout June.
- Brenda Howard, a bisexual woman and lifelong militant activist, was known as the “Mother of Pride” for her work in organizing the Christopher Street Liberation Day March. Howard was also credited with laying the foundation for the weeklong celebrations of Pride leading up the modern day Pride parades. She also cofounded the New York Bisexual Network in 1988.
- Activists such as Marsha P. Johnson — an African-American trans woman, sex worker, and founder of the Gay Liberation Front — were instrumental in the Stonewall uprising, and indeed were strong catalysts of the movement. With Johnson, Sylvia Rivera helped start some of the first programs to serve LGBTQIA+ people on the streets. The efforts of Johnson and Rivera, along with many others, paved the way for LGBTQIA+ rights today.
- June 25, 1978-The Rainbow Flag Flies High-Gilbert Baker’s original design of the rainbow gay pride flag is flown at the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade.
- June 26, 2015-The U.S. Supreme Court makes same-sex marriages legal in all 50 U.S. states.
- Pride Month is for everyone to embrace who they are and let the world know — in style! The rainbow aptly signifies the colorful activities and flavors of this month-long celebration. These include massive rallies, pride parades, parties, workshops, concerts, and countless more LGBTQ+ events to attract participants from all over.
- Commemorations and memorials are also held for members of the community who have lost their lives to hate crimes and HIV/AIDS. Campaigns and rallies aim to promote and preserve the history and well-being of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.
*Information from https://nationaltoday.com/pride-month/ and pride.com
What can you do to be an ally:
- Be open minded.
- Be a good listener.
- Be inclusive and invite your LGBTQIA friends to hang out with family and friends.
- Don’t assume all your friends and co-workers are straight. Someone close to you could be looking for support in their coming out process. Not making assumptions will give them the space they need.
- Confront your own prejudices and bias, even if it’s uncomfortable to do so.
- Defend your LGBTQIA friends against discrimination.
* from https://www.glaad.org/resources/ally/2
- LGBTQ+ Resource Center-Home – LGBTQ+ Resource Center University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (uwosh.edu)
- Email: email@example.com
- SAFE and TSAFE Trainings –SAFE Training – LGBTQ+ Resource Center University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (uwosh.edu)
- Counseling Center –Home – Counseling Center University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (uwosh.edu) Phone: 920-424-2061
- Offers Lavender Support Group
- Confidential Advocate-Victim/Survivor Advocacy – Health Promotion and Wellness University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (uwosh.edu) , Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Student Health Center –Student Health Center at UW Oshkosh University of Wisconsin Oshkosh , Email: email@example.com, Phone:(920) 424-2424
- Rainbow Alliance for HOPE –Rainbow Alliance for HOPE – LGBTQ+ Resource Center University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (uwosh.edu)
- Rainbow Alliance for HOPE (UW-Oshkosh) – Home | Facebook
- Fond du Lac Pride Alliance (UW Fond du lac campus)-Organization Details | Presence
Off Campus resources:
- LGBTQI | NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness
- The Trevor Project — Saving Young LGBTQ Lives
- National Center for Transgender Equality (transequality.org)
- Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce (wislgbtchamber.com)
- Counseling Center 920-424-2061
- Winnebago County Crisis line 920-233-7707
- Fond du lac County Crisis line 920-929-3535
- Outagamie County Crisis line 920-832-4646
- The Trevor Project 1-866-488-7386
- Trans Lifeline US (877) 565-8860