June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month, which celebrates and recognizes the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. This riot was a pivotal moment in LGBTQ+ movement, and eventually spurred large-scale public marches and the parades that continue to this day.
While Pride is often a celebration, it’s also a reminder of the individuals who stood up against stigmatization and discrimination to demand equity and the right to live authentically. In fact, many people who identify as LGBTQ+ may also be navigating the intersections of race and socioeconomics in their daily lives.
As we stand in support of our friends, co-workers, neighbors and community members, we’re reminded of our commitment to serve vulnerable and underserved populations, and to provide care to those in need.
Whether you join the Seattle Pride parade virtually this year, or are looking for other ways to show your support, June is a great time to reflect on the importance of inclusivity and the celebrate the diversity of our experiences.
If you’re interested in learning more, you can access a comprehensive list of LGBTQ+ mental health resources from NAMI.