LGBTQ+ Pride Month

LGBTQ+ Pride Month

June is PRIDE Month

Pride Month was initially inspired by the 1969 Stonewall Uprising, and works to achieve equal justice and opportunity for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning) Americans. The purpose of the month is to recognize the impact that LGBTQ individuals have had on society locally, nationally, and internationally. Although Pride Month has been celebrated for more than 50 years, President Bill Clinton officially declared June as Gay and Lesbian Pride Month in 2000. President Barack Obama expanded the observance in 2011 to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month.

While we celebrate Pride Month in June, October is LGBT History Month. It was established in 1994 by Rodney Wilson, a high school history teacher in Missouri. In 1995, a resolution passed by the General Assembly of the National Education Association included LGBT History Month within a list of commemorative months. October was celebrated to coincide with the anniversary of the first march on Washington for gay and lesbian rights in 1979 and National Coming Out Day, which is October 11th. 

 

Interesting Facts


1. The first documented U.S. gay rights organization, The Society for Human Rights (SHR) was founded in 1924 by Henry Gerber, a German immigrant. America's first lesbian rights organization, The Daughters of Bilitis, was formed in San Francisco on September 21, 1955. 
2. Approximately 5-10% of the general population is lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.
3. The three major metropolitan cities with the highest LGBT concentration are San Francisco (15.4%), Seattle (12.9%), and Atlanta (12.8%).
4. In June 2011, California became the first state to pass a bill requiring public  schools to teach the historical accomplishments of gay men and lesbians.
5. On February 12, 2004, the first same-sex marriage in the United States happened in San Francisco, California. Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon became the first gay couple to marry and receive official recognition after being together for 50 years. It is important to recognize that prior to European colonization, same sex unions occurred.
6. Sao Paulo, Brazil holds the Guinness World Record for the number of attendees at a pride event, with three to five million people attending the event every year. 
7. Every  color in the LGBTQIA+ flag has a meaning:
               - Red: Life
               - Orange: Healing
               - Yellow: Sunlight
               - Green: Nature
               - Blue: Harmony
               - Violet: Spirit


Tough Truths

(Results of the Trevor Project National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health 2019 Report)

1. 39% of LGBTQ youth seriously considered attempting suicide in the past 12 months, with more than 50% of transgender and non-binary youth having seriously considered.
2. 71% of LGBTQ youth reported feeling sad or hopeless for at least two weeks in the past year. 
3. Less than half of LGBTQ respondents were out to an adult at school, with youth less likely to disclose their gender identity than sexual orientation.
4. 2 in 3 LGBTQ youth reported that someone tried to convince them to change their sexual orientation or gender identity. Youth who have undergone conversion therapy are more than twice as likely to attempt suicide as those who did not. 
5. 71% of LGBTQ youth in the study reported discrimination due to either their sexual orientation or gender identity.
6. 58% of transgender and non-binary youth reported being discouraged from using a bathroom that corresponds to their gender identity.
7. 76% of LGBTQ youth felt that the recent political climate impacted their mental health or sense of self.
8. 87% of LGBTQ youth said that it was important to them to reach out to a crisis intervention organization that focuses on LGBTQ youth. 98% said a safe space social networking site for LGBTQ youth would be valuable to them.

General Information

Resources for Educators

Books- Preschool to Young Adult/Adult

Books- Elementary

Books- Middle School

Books- High School

Local Organizations

 

Kulpsville/Montgomery County PFLAG

PFLAG is the nation's largest family and ally organization supporting people who are LGBTQ. Email [email protected] for more information on meeting times and location.

The Montgomery County (PA) LGBTQ+ School Safety Consortium (Facebook group)

Montco LGBTQ+ School Safety Consortium is a gathering space for published articles on LGBTQ youth and school safety. It encourages thoughtful discussions on how to create and improve policies that will keep our kids safe.

Abington Library Rainbow Connections

For youth ages K-5, check out their event calendar for more information! Offered both in-person and on Zoom.

Bucks County PFLAG

Meets the 4th Wednesday of the month at the Salem Church in Doylestown, PA. Email [email protected] for more information.

Roy G. Biv

Roy G. Biv is a LGBTQ+ youth program based out of Doylestown, PA. For kids ages 10-14, meets every Thursday from 6-7:30 PM. Follow on Instagram @Roy.G.Biv.Doylestown_