June is the month of pride for LGBTQIA+ people all around the world. And though it’s a time for us to celebrate, you don’t have to be queer to join the party. Being a queer ally can feel like a complicated concept, but it just takes a little bit of work.
To be a queer ally, this year and every year, means coming in service to queer people, especially queer people of color. It’s listening and reflecting. It’s understanding how systems of oppression work and your role in dismantling those systems. It’s learning, but more importantly, it’s unlearning.
Here are some first steps toward being a supportive ally.
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To help commemorate the fabulous occasion in history as well as essence, here’s a Pride Month Medley of our top Pride-themed blogs and podcasts.
Because, while June gloom may be in full swing, not even that can rain on our parade—our Pride parade, to be exact!
It’s the annual time of year specially dedicated to celebrating the LGBTQIA+ community and their monumental quest for equality.
While the parades, parties, and campaigns have come to be a large part of the celebration as we know it today, there’s a whole lot more to it than just that.
Via Pinterest, Artist Unknown.
Whenever you think about sexual orientation, things like gay, straight, bi and queer often come to mind.
However, there’s another slice of the sexual spectrum that doesn’t always get quite the same degree of recognition: a lack of sexual desire.
Better known as asexuality.
Seeing someone you care about in pain is never easy, and while you want to help them, you might not always feel sure how to be a good support person.
Even the most well-meaning people can make some accidental blunders as allies, which can be very painful for everyone.
Learn how to navigate these waters with grace and compassion.
The world of sex is so vast and diverse, it can be hard to keep up.
Most people are pretty familiar with the heterosexual, cisgender, monogamous model of sex and sexual expression, but there is so much more out there. In honor of getting back to basics, because let’s be honest, we could all use a refresher now and then, we’re bringing you the “ABC’s of Sex” series.