By Peggy Wooten

In June, we celebrate the valuable contributions of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer – or LGBTQ+ – community and their allies across America. Pride Month is both a community and a personal celebration of self-worth and dignity.

It is also a time to stand in solidarity to recognize the resilience and determination of trailblazing individuals and all others who have led, and continue to fight against, discrimination and injustice in order to live freely and authentically. 

Do you know someone who is gay, transgender or identifies as non-binary, which means that they do not identify as either a man or a woman? Get to know someone who identifies differently from you and see what you can learn from the experience. 

The best way to get comfortable with something that may seem uncomfortable is to face it with courage and an open mind. For those who are not already allies of this community, a personal experience is what often changes a mind. Remember, we are all human.

​As an LGBTQ+ member or ally, whether you’re headed to your local Pride festival, gathering in your backyard with friends or spending some quiet time at home, happy Pride Month.

Note: The author is an equal employment specialist.

Last modified on September 12th, 2023