Monday, January 24

14 Pride Month Hacks to Make June a Place of LGBTQ+ Respite

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Happy Pride Month! However you exist in your gender and sexual orientation journey, I’m so grateful for you and proud you’re here.

Here are some Pride Month hacks to have June be a place of respite and not a place of stress this month.

  1. LGBTQ+ people probably have all the rainbow gear they need. Thank you.
  2. If you only wear rainbow items in June, talk about LGBTQ+ things in June to show you’re an ally, check your stuff. Your capitalism and privilege is showing.
  3. Your LGBTQ+ friends may have a lot of bookings/appearances and visibility can be anxiety producing and exhausting. We show up for lots of reasons, so respect the response time if you are reaching out asking for an appearance or anything really. Check why you are reaching out THIS month specifically.
  4. Please don’t out anyone or tell anyone’s story for them. Don’t assume anything about intersections or identity unless someone tells you. Share your pronouns first and ask for pronouns…and respect and remember the answer folx give you.
  5. Tokenism is when we get our ‘one gay friend’ to do something. Aht, Aht…don’t do that.
  6. It’s a lot about relationships. If you have a reciprocal relationship your Queer friends will be more likely to answer questions/engage in discussion. Before you ask though, why this month has your LGBTQ+ interest peaked all of a sudden?
  7. If someone shares something vulnerable about their gender or sexual orientation, thank them. Ask if there is any other way you can support in this moment. And stop talking.
  8. Buy from Queer/LGBTQ+ owned and Black owned business…this month and all year round. Make sure your turn around time is reasonable, cause it’s busy…cause June capitalism…so don’t be that person.
  9. Don’t individually call folks Queer unless they specifically identify as such. It hits different for different folks.
  10. Center Black and Brown trans, non-binary, non-gender conforming folx. Their experiences will help you care about the right things in terms of safety and general inclusion. We want everyone to win. The right way. Trust me on that.
  11. Don’t ask people about their surgeries or their parts unless they offer up the conversation…it’s weird…unless you trying to holla, then it’s only kinda weird if they’re interested back…nuance. Why do you care about that…no seriously…WHY DO YOU CARE ABOUT THAT?!
  12. Trans women are women; Trans men are men; Gender diverse people exist Non-Binary and Non Gender Conforming people exist and we know when it is clear that we are not recognized and affirmed.
  13. You can say them instead of she/he and him/her. Use words like siblings, family, folx, people, y’all…when referring to a group of people or individuals who you don’t know their pronouns yet.
  14. Celebrate LGBTQ+ people all year round.
LGBTQ+ folx, feel free to put your June hacks below in the comments as well. It could only help if you have the capacity.

About Author

Karen Marie is committed to doing the work of building connection, belonging, and community. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Karen is currently a resident of Columbus, Ohio. Ze is a non-negotiable stand for the most marginalized and the dignity and value of every human life. Her professional reach is vast and includes competency and expertise in Human Resources, Executive Leadership Coaching, Anti-Racism Facilitation, Poetry, Writing, Music, Comedy, and overall performance. Karen is seen as a necessary contribution at various community tables and conversations and is both celebrated and respected for her ability to be strategic in navigating difficult and nuanced conversations and barriers in a brave and productive way. Karen is also a published author, creative, and musician. Ze is a 2020 recipient of the Create Columbus Visionary Award, a 2021 Cohort Poet in Scott Woods’ Rhapsody and Refrain, and an ensemble member in Counterfeit Madison’s Aretha Franklin Tribute; which performed in front of a sold out Lincoln Theatre in February 2020. In 2019, Karen self- published hir first book of poetry, "Grounded"; and is excited to release "Fire: Poetic Memoirs of a Movement" in Autumn 2021. Currently, Karen is the Associate Director for Leadership Columbus and also a facilitator and curator with K Hewitt Consulting. Karen is also the co-founder of The Ohio REST Collective. The Ohio REST Collective (Restorative Equity through Sustainable Transformation) was founded to create space for individual and collective restoration.

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