Pride Month, celebrated every June, is a time set aside to celebrate self-acceptance, equality, and love, particularly among those in the LGBTQ+ community. It’s an occasion where LGBTQ+ people can reflect on how far they’ve come and how much ground they’ve achieved for equality, while also realizing that there is so much more work to be done.

What if I identify as LGBTQ+ but I’m struggling?

If you’re having a hard time celebrating this month, you are not alone. Mental health conditions among the LGBTQ+ community are rising, and are twice as likely to happen compared to heterosexual adults. However, there are mental health resources specifically tailored to LGBTQ+ people that can provide safe spaces and affirming mental health care. Click here for a list of those resources.

How can I be an ally during Pride Month?

  • Educate yourself. Learn about the history of LGBTQ+ people and the issues that are important to them. Talk with your LGBTQ+ friends or coworkers and learn how to address or describe them. Become familiar with appropriate and inappropriate language and why it matters.
  • Share resources. Use your social media platforms or personal relationships to share mental health resources with LGBTQ+ people in your life.
  • Demonstrate your support. Share news of Pride celebrations in your area. Write letters to your local legislators requesting that they support LGBTQ+-affirming policies. Highlight LGBTQ+ voices and successes through your networks. Support a local LGBTQ+ charity or small business financially. There are many ways to make your support visible and helpful to those around you.

Find LGBTQ+ Mental Health Resources