Here are a few ideas to help you celebrate our fabulously colourful and varied community in meaningful ways.
June is LGBTQIA+ Pride Month and you know what that means, weeks of rainbow drenched celebrations! The past two years of restrictions have limited events, but finally we can go all out and recognise the contributions of the LGBTQIA+ community, learn a little bit more about LGBTQIA+ history, celebrate diversity, and consider the ways that you can create a more inclusive society. With that in mind, we wanted to take the chance to help you get involved.
Learn the history
Spend some time learning about the history of Pride. Whether it’s picking up a book or watching a documentary, there are tons of resources you can use to learn something new about LGBTQIA+ history.
Do you know why we celebrate Pride in June? The Stonewall Riots which happened in June,1969, in New York are believed to be the starting point of the modern LGBTQIA+ movement. A year after the uprising, to mark the anniversary, the first pride marches were held in New York, LA and San Francisco.
Did you know? An American lady called Brenda Howard is known as 'The Mother of Pride' after organising the first ever gay pride march.
Pride month is about acceptance, equality, celebrating the work of LGBTQIA+ people, education in LGBTQIA+ history and raising awareness of issues affecting the LGBTQIA+ community. This is why many fly the rainbow flag and celebrate throughout the month.
Support your local LGBTQIA+ community
You can give back to your community by volunteering or donating, there are plenty of charities/support groups that would really appreciate help where it’s needed, now more than ever before. Pride is all about being proud of who you are no matter who you love. Younger members of the LGBTQIA+ community can really benefit from love and support, you can make a difference! Here are some suggested charities you can use to donate:
Get involved with LGBTQIA+ events
With covid restrictions lifted, you can take full advantage of the many Pride festivities, taking place across the UK and the world! And, they're not just in June, but all year round! This is a great opportunity to explore and learn LGBTQ+ diversity from all corners of the world. Check out this Pride calendar, and international event list here.
Support LGBTQIA+ art and culture
The LGBTQIA+ community is bursting with creativity, there is so much passion and pride within its art and culture. Take some time to watch a LGBTQIA+ movie or show, listen to some music by an LGBTQIA+ artist. Don’t be afraid to venture into all the different forms, there is so much to choose from.
Inject some colour into your campaigns
There are tonnes of ways you can support the Pride Movement in your marketing - but one of the best is to spice up your campaigns by using vibrant colours with your brand mark. Check out our huge range of items, all ready for your branding and in a wide variety of colours!