The first Pride Parade was held in 1970 to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. Since then, Pride has become about so much more than Stonewall. It celebrates and honors all the members of the LGBTQ+ community.

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Activism

Over the past 51 years since the first Pride march, many parades have been used as mediums for political activism. In the years after Stonewall, Pride parades were used to have fun and create spaces for activism. In the 80s, Pride parades were often used to call attention to the…

Arguments over abstinence-only and comprehensive sex education have dominated the U.S. for a long time. However different or similar these types of sex ed may be, they definitely have one thing in common: they’re failing us.

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Abstinence-only and comprehensive education doesn’t teach sex-positivity

Despite the federal government putting millions of dollars of faith into abstinence-only education, it has been proven time and time again to be ineffective and actually quite dangerous. Over the past 20 years, studies have proven that abstinence-only education is not effective when it comes to pregnancy and STIs. This…

Starting around May, many corporations and businesses start donning their pride merch and break their rainbow flags out of the closet. But what are they actually doing to support the community besides changing their trademark logos to rainbow?

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While some companies actively advocate for and support the community, many do it for the clout of pride month. It can be a bit hard to navigate, so here is a guide to help navigate the “corporate pride” scene that emerges for pride month.

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H&M is launching a high-tech…

Pride month is almost here! What better way to anticipate and celebrate than to expand your library with some great queer reads? Here is a list of 17 books to check out for Pride Month.

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1- Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman

Call Me By Your Name is a great summer read for those who love love. The book follows Elio, a 17 year old at his parents’ summer house in Italy, and Oliver, their 24 year old house guest, over the course…

Celebrating pride may look different this year depending on the city or state you live in, but don’t let that affect how involved you feel. Through the various virtual and in-person events offered around the country, take advantage of Pride 2021, just don’t forget to stay safe, healthy, and conscious of others.

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Virtual and in-person events

While some major cities may not be hosting their famous pride parades for the second year in a row, don’t let that rain on your parade. Smaller companies and businesses may be hosting more low-key events in your area. Try researching events going on in your…

Not only is inter-community support important to LGBTQ+ people, but support from non-queer friends and family is too. Being a good ally to your LGBTQ+ loved ones is crucial, and can sometimes be a bit tricky to navigate. So to try and help out, here are some tips on how to be a good ally.

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You can sympathize, but not empathize

A lot of the time, LGBTQ+ people have unique experiences and feelings about their queer identities that you won’t understand or encounter yourself, so don’t pretend to. Some of these struggles include internalized homophobia and coming out to family and friends. …

Schitt’s Creek has redefined the meaning of positive representation of queer characters and life

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We’ve spoken before about the evolution and powers of queer representation in media, but a certain Canadian comedy has seriously changed the game. Schitt’s Creek has redefined the meaning of positive representation of queer characters and life. The fresh perspective of queer people, relationships, and success have left a lasting…

If you haven’t seen the movie Pride, you may be unfamiliar with the civil rights group Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM). The story of LGSM is an inspiring tale of solidarity, acceptance, and empathy. While it may seem like an unlikely duo, the striking miners and a group of LGBTQ+ individuals united and supported each other during trying times for both groups under the Thatcher government in the U.K.

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In 1984, a plan was announced by the National Coal Board to cut the nation’s output by 4 million tons, resulting in the planned closure of 20 pits and the loss of 20,000 jobs. Workers at one site walked out on the job, the president of the National Union of…

In the past 60 years, there have been many landmark casings and rulings in favor of the LGBTQ+ community. While there are still a ways to go with universal discrimination laws in this country, it’s important to look back on the past to appreciate how far we have come.

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Gay and Disorderly

Many see Stonewall as the beginning to the gay rights movement, but not everyone knows that the whole ordeal started over something as silly as liquor licenses. After the prohibition ended, new legislation was written that curbed the selling of liquor. The rewording of this legislature was…

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