June is traditionally GAY PRIDE Month. Today, Bryce Thompson, M.A., LMFT, author of the forthcoming book, Are You Man Enough? A Call to Action Guide for Straight Fathers of a Gay Son, is writing a guest blog post on Gay Pride: Why We Celebrate!
PRIDE counters the pain, marginalization, and attempted “eraser” of nature’s diversity! PRIDE is the validation and visibility, in the light of day of the LGBTQ mosaic. It validates and includes how the LGBTQ community has contributed to the cultural landscape and wealth of knowledge for which we ALL benefit. It helps to inform and affirm self-worth and value.
Attending PRIDE events is an opportunity for parents of all stripes and caregivers of youth, especially self-identified or perceived “gay” youth, to be exposed to and celebrate our existence and place in the rainbow of humanity. Just as beneficial is the exhilaration and fun that can be experienced throughout the world.
That said, I would be remiss if I didn’t make note of the “elephant in the room” of what too many people perceive through the “heterosexual” lens as “inappropriate” regarding the PRIDE parade and its outward expression of “sexuality!” At the end of the day, it’s not so much about what a person is exposed to, it’s that discussions are happening, i.e. teaching moments that are open and not on its face negatively judged.
Most education takes place outside the classroom and home! To this end there are many activities/events to attend and to participate in that offer insights, history, and a variety of entertainment for all tastes and interests. These leave the participants more enlightened and gives them memories for years to come.
See the link below to locate a PRIDE Festival near you and to hear voices of what PRIDE means and its significance towards a better world for all.
When Your Child Is Gay: What You Need To Know
For more detailed advice, see book, co-authored with a mother of a gay son and a psychiatrist, Jonathan L. Tobkes, M.D.