Resources to Help Celebrate Pride Month

By United Way of King County Posted on June 16, 2020 In News

The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that LGBTQIA+ individuals have had on history locally, nationally and internationally. This year, we’re shining a light on LGBTQIA+ resources in our community and beyond that share their unique insights, advice and great articles on a variety of topics including activism, news and entertainment, travel and more.

This June has been very different for the LGBTQIA+ community. While most in-person events have been canceled, people are still taking to the streets marching in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, including here in Seattle. Other events are going fully virtual, enabling people to take part in Pride wherever they are.

So, while parades, large gatherings and travel plans might be placed on hold for now, here are some virtual Pride resources so you can celebrate, educate and show your support with others this summer and beyond.

Seattle Pride

Celebration of the LGBTQIA+ community shouldn’t stop once June concludes. Check out the Seattle Pride website for future events celebrating the unique communities in the Seattle area. There are many opportunities to educate, support and volunteer.

Coming Out

When someone comes out to you, what do you do? Sometimes it is hard to come out, but it can be equally as difficult to know how to respond. This might be a very important question for many parents and guardians. This article is also helpful for anyone who might have a friend or colleague who has come out to them.

As we know, everyone’s coming out story is unique to them. This is a coming-out article for queer and trans people of color.

Safety

Coming out can be difficult and, unfortunately, it isn’t always accepted or safe. The national Safe Space has partnered with locations all around the country to provide safe and accepting spaces. Look out for their placard. This means this location has taken a stance to protect and speak up about homophobia, transphobia, and any discrimination. Check out their website for additional info.

Especially during quarantine, if you or someone you know is in an unsafe home due to their sexual identity, please have them reach out to get help

Entertainment

While we have been spending more time at home and most likely watching more TV, the following are meant to share the history, movement and narrative of the LGBTQIA+ community:

  • Out (Disney+) (PG) 
  • The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson (Netflix) (TV-MA)  
  • Queer Eye: (Netflix) (Tv-14) 

Additionally, the following titles are movies and show that have LGBTQIA+ identified characters in their story plot. 

  • Schitt’s Creek: (Netflix & Hulu) (TV-14) 
  • The Half of It: (Netflix) (PG-13) 
  • Love, Victor (Released June 17th) (Hulu Original) (Tv-14)  

Travel

Looking to travel? Safety is important for everyone, but being out and safe sometimes limits the choices of destinations for the LGBTQIA+ community.

Check out this guide for tips and advice when it comes to traveling.

Social Media

While there are plenty of social media options out there, here are a few that might be of interest.

Flags

You’re probably familiar with the standard rainbow flag. But did you know there are actually many more? Each flag has a history, design and color scheme that represents the many identities that make up the LGBTQIA+ community. Check out this interactive article by the University of Northern Colorado.

We here at United Way of King County celebrate those in the LGBTQIA+ community and recognize there’s still a fight for critical civil rights in this country and around the world. 


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