June is Pride Month
June is when we celebrate our pride in the diverse ways people connect to one another. You may be seeing a lot of rainbow flags and images wherever you look. The rainbow has been a symbol for quite some time now for those who are part of the LGBTQIA2+ community and is often referred to as the Rainbow Community. And those who are showing a rainbow symbol are letting others know that they either identify as LGBTQIA+ or they are an ally, a support, and a safe person to be with for those who belong to this community.
However, it is a lot of letters and many people are not even sure what the letters stand for, let alone what it means to be an ally or a safe person to be around. This is a great opportunity for us all to learn how knowing just a little bit can have a significant impact on others.
First, what are the letters?
- L = Lesbian
- G = Gay
- B = Bisexual
- T = Transgender
- Q = Queer or Questioning
- I = Intersex
- A = Asexual
- 2 = Two-spirit
- + = To represent other variations
When we say, "We Are GP! We all belong!" We really need to mean that. Being different from each other is normal and healthy--isn't each one of us a unique person? Accepting others for who they are is critical to building a strong and thriving community. Our diversity as human beings is what makes us resilient. This month, let's show our Pride for our LGBTQIA+ community members and create all spaces on our GP campuses as safe spaces.
Below are just some of the many educational resources that may be helpful to you:
- LGBT Youth Resources (CDC)
- The Trevor Project
- Family Resources for LGBTQIA+ Youth (Child Welfare)
- LGBTQIA+ Youth and Schools Resource Library (American Civil Liberties Union)
- How to Support LGBTQ+ Youth (Oregon Department of Education)
- NEA LGBTQ+ Resources
We Are GP! We All Belong! This month, let's take one step closer to ensuring that ALL of our staff and students are accepted and in a safe space.