- Honoring Pride Month and Our LGBTQ+ Creators! — Millennials in Motion Magazine
- Amber Giroux
- Emily Sims
- Lucy Slattery
- #GetinMotion for Pride Month
- Honoring Coming Out Day
- Mental Health and Well-Being Resources
- Supporting LGBTQ+ Business Owners
- Celebrating With New Pride Features
- Amplifying LGBTQ+ Voices
- 6 tips for talking about Pride month and LGBTQ+ rights with kids
- 1. Know the facts
- 3. Keep it simple
- 4. Be positive and affirming
Honoring Pride Month and Our LGBTQ+ Creators! — Millennials in Motion Magazine
Made by Emily Sims!
Hello everyone, this is Catherine, the founder of MiM Mag!
For Pride Month, I wanted to do something special and shine a light on a couple of members of my team who are part of the LGBTQ+ community. In honoring our contributors, I hope to honor their community and the history and struggles of that community.
This month, they celebrate their community’s pride in their collective overcoming of adversity as they fight for equal treatment and equal rights.
And I wish to celebrate with the community as we (me and this organization) continue to fight alongside them to help amplify their voices to create meaningful change.
So, I asked a couple of our amazing contributors if they would to share how they describe their sexuality and/or what Pride means to them personally and what they work on through the magazine, and what they hope to accomplish in their work.
These people are awesome with what they do and are doing some amazing things to make the world a better place! Here are their stories!
“Pride for me represents freedom. Freedom to be who I am and to be open to new experiences.
When someone asks me which “box” I fit into, I generally will answer with something vague “I’m here, and I’m queer!” Having serious trust and abandonment issues limits how much I put myself out in the dating scene, whether I’m queer or not.
Pride for me represents the power of the journey to self-discovery and respects the process and never says hurry up and choose!”
“I share my most difficult life experiences in my writings with the hope that it will help others in their personal journey through life.”
Amber is a writer on our team who is currently working on a series where she shares and discusses her experience being a domestic violence survivor, trying to shed a light on the issue through her firsthand accounts and opening up the conversation for others.
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“Pride always holds a special place in my heart as I’ve only just recently come to terms with my sexuality. Finally having a term and a community to explain what I feel inside makes me more confident in who I am.
Being Asexual (#spaceace) has really changed my life for the better. For those of you who don’t know what asexuality is, “Asexuality is defined as a lack of sexual attraction; an asexual is someone who is not sexually attracted to anyone.
I found out that I was Ace when I was in highschool, though I think I’ve always known. I just never felt the same way about sex all my friends who were loosing their virginity.
They tried, though with good heart, to find someone for me but my heart just wasn’t in it. There was no one I connected with because there was no physical attraction. Which is something that I thought was necessary in a relationship.
I thought there was something wrong with me. I was too different from everyone else.
Turns out, thanks to Tumblr actually, I discovered what asexuality was. I had known about LGBT but never in my life had I heard about asexuality. Ever since then everything just clicked.
I didn’t have to feel there was something wrong with me because I didn’t want to have sex all my peers. I didn’t have to hide and lie saying the reason I haven’t done anything was because I was ‘looking for the right one’. And I didn’t have to pretend to be something I’m not.
I’m Ace and I’m proud of who I am. Be proud of who you are and know you are not alone.”
On top of creating written content, Emily also contributes her amazing art skills to the team – from creating the art pieces her and I made in February 2020 from the Trash Dash, to making some of our previous social media posts.
Emily is a criminal justice major hoping to both bring awareness to and share her passion for her areas of interest through her content, including: criminal justice policy reform, education (particularly at the college level), writing (poetry and long-form fiction), music, film, and video games!
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“My name is Lucy and I identify as Lucy. While I believe that gender identity and sexual orientation labels can help individuals find grounding, understanding and community with their individual identities – I have personally always found labels to be restricting and confusing.
I am very fluid in my life in general, I can never make up my mind as my ideas and views change and develop on what seems a daily basis. In regards to sexual preference I have always struggled with placing myself into a particular category. I am attracted to ALL types of people and I’m happily married to a man.
In regards to gender I always have a hard time deciding. I never feel a man but I don’t identifying as female and I cringe every time I have to check that box on a form.
At the end of the day I am most comfortable identifying as just Lucy, but as I can pass as a straight female I want to express that I do struggle with watching my fellow queer humans endure so much hate and social injustice just the same.
Through the MiM platform I look to connect with and inspire minded individuals who want to have an ongoing conversation about all types of topics so that we may learn and grow together.”
Lucy is a writer on our team that focuses on the topics of mental health, self-improvement, self-love, and environmental issues! She also works on some of our social media posts, as of May 2021.
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#GetinMotion for Pride Month
We hope you enjoyed learning a little about some of our amazing contributors for Pride Month and hearing their perspectives on what pride means to them and how they describe themselves!
If you want to see the content they’ve made, please click their headings above or visit the following links:
As Pride Month comes to a close, we must remember to continue to support and fight for the LGBTQ+ community all year long, not just for a month the year. This is important now more than ever.
This means uplifting and amplifying the voices of those that are oppressed and who fight for the right to be treated equally, with dignity and respect in this world.
And it means standing up for those who are marginalized or treated as second-class citizens while standing against those who wish to marginalize or harm them.
Call out hate. Call out bigotry. And call out mistreatment.
Silence is violence.
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Please check out some of these amazing organizations working to help the LGBTQ+ community!
The Center LV
PFLAG – Las Vegas Chapter
The Trevor Project
It Gets Better Project
Transgender Law Center
National Center for Transgender Quality
Honoring Coming Out Day
June is Pride month in the US and many parts of the world. Visibility for our community is really important and this month is always a great opportunity to amplify LGBTQ+ communities, a celebrated part of across our platforms. It’s the people within these communities and our allies who make Pride what it is.
Historically when I’ve posted about LGBTQ+ issues, and as a member of the community myself, I’ve personally faced homophobic abuse on our and other platforms, but year by year that has declined as our hate moderation tools have become more advanced and effective. But blocking hateful comments doesn’t fix what’s in people’s hearts. We believe what does that is giving people the power to build community and make their voices heard to change hearts and minds.
I’m excited to share the work we’re releasing for Pride Month across the family of products. Some of these efforts celebrate this month specifically but many will be live year-round, continuing to make our platforms a place where LGBTQ+ people can share their voices, build community and bring the world closer together.
Mental Health and Well-Being Resources
To support LGBTQ+ well-being on our platforms, in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, we’re partnering with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and experts to discuss mental health, share resources and showcase inclusive communities.
In Poland, people can follow these conversations on the Campaign Against Homophobia (KPH) NGO page and in LGBTQ+ groups. And in Germany, we’re partnering with Pride Berlin to launch a Messenger chatbot with information about LGBTQ+ communities and inspiring creators, as well as NGOs that offer counseling.
Throughout the month, local policy organizations and NGOs will share resources supporting LGBTQ+ communities. Check out accounts @pflag, @empoweringpi, @mpjinstitute, @Utopia PDX, Utopia WA and more, and visit the Instagram Guides tab for new guides.
Supporting LGBTQ+ Business Owners
On and Instagram you’ll find curated #Pride collections from businesses founded by and supported by LGBTQ+ communities.
For example, you can discover limited-edition face decals by Euphoria makeup artist Donni Davy in collaboration with Face Lace, with a portion of proceeds going to Trans Lifeline and an exclusive Dragun Beauty ‘Pride Pack’ by Nikita Dragun — both available with in-app checkout.
You can also participate in Live Shopping Fridays on , with Pride-themed events from brands Sephora (June 11) featuring products from LGBTQ+ founder brands and Zox (June 18), showcasing wristbands that benefit the Trevor Project.
In the US, you can tune into an event on June 23 offering live networking and training resources for LGBTQ+-owned small businesses, in partnership with the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC). Similar training programs, partnerships and educational resources will be available in Brazil, Mexico, the UK and France as well.
Celebrating With New Pride Features
Starting today, we’re offering Pride-themed avatars, post backgrounds on the app, as well as stickers for feed and Stories.
We’ve partnered with Berlin-based artist Jasmina El Bouamraoui (EL BOUM) to create this year’s Pride logo for the app. Their perspective and dedication to depicting non-binary and diverse communities is shown through vibrant colors, block shapes, and distinct textures that are meant to highlight the authenticity and confidence of each character.
We’re also launching a custom hashtag feed for #Pride that will elevate content from groups, publishers and public figures. And we’ve added new Pride backgrounds and chat themes on Messenger and Messenger Kids.
Additionally, in partnership with three global LGBTQ+ illustrators, we’re adding new Pride stickers on Instagram, including stickers for gender non-conforming, asexual, trans and gender-fluid identities.
And rainbow-colored hashtags are back on Instagram for Pride Month! We’ve also partnered with GLAAD again this year to update our list of popular hashtags — such as #genderfluid, #pridefamily and #gayvisibility — used throughout the LGBTQ+ community.
When you use one of these hashtags in a Story, your Story ring will turn rainbow while the photo or video is live for 24 hours.
Amplifying LGBTQ+ Voices
Throughout the month, we’ll also take people on a Pride tour around the world, showcasing creators, artists and trailblazers.
In Latin America we’ve partnered with top LGBTQ+ outlets (@divadepressão and @escandala) to co-produce “Share with Pride,” a talk show series on Instagram featuring six inspiring stories of LGBTQ+ creators.
And on June 5, we’ll host an interactive art installation in São Paulo.
You can go to the Brazil app page and generate cues in real time that will trigger the painting of an entire building wall with the Pride flag.
And across Asia, we’ll host Live sessions with LGBTQ+ creators in Australia, Taiwan, Thailand and the Philippines to discuss issues facing their communities.
In the US, tune into Watch on June 4 for “Pride On! Kehlani & Larray’s Excellent Pride Ride” to see Grammy-nominated R&B superstar Kehlani and digital creator Larray travel around Los Angeles to capture how people are celebrating Pride Month this year. Watch with friends on Watch or through Messenger’s Watch Together feature.
And on Instagram in the US, we’re spotlighting LGBTQ+ youth creators and allies from around the world and featuring discussions with inspiring members of LGBTQ+ communities, including Lady Shug and more!
We’ll also debut a ‘More Together’ TV spot featuring Emmy award-winning actress and transgender advocate, Laverne Cox. The ad showcases the full spectrum of LGBTQ+ communities and spotlights LGBTQ+ Groups. Globally, more than 25 million people on are part of at least one of the 34,000 public groups that support LGBTQ+ people.
Moreover, we’re partnering with PFLAG and SAGE to share resources for coming out conversations via Portal, and highlighting Pride-focused content from RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 5 winner, Shea Couleé, and diversity advocates, Team 2 Moms.
Also on Portal, you’ll find a new video that celebrates how technology has redefined the ways we connect. The video, “Coming Out,” airing on TV and digital channels later this month, shows an adult son reacting to the revelation of his dad’s sexuality.
Check out our social channels for resources, partner content and uplifting stories of intersectionality, allyship, advocacy and community. @app, @, Watch, LGBTQ@, @instagram, @instagramforbusiness, @creators, @shop, @design and @messenger.
6 tips for talking about Pride month and LGBTQ+ rights with kids
Any time is a good time to talk to kids about what it means to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and/or questioning (LGBTQ), but June is an especially important opportunity to get the conversation started. June is Pride month, which commemorates the anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion and aims to increase awareness of LGBTQ+ history, identity and community.
With rainbow Pride flags flying and virtual events taking place all over the country, it’s ly kids will be curious about the history and significance of this important time. As a parent, you might not know how to answer all of their questions or how to break the information down in a kid-friendly way, but it’s important to talk openly about LGBTQ+ experiences and identity.
We asked two experts for their best tips on how to open these conversations, what to share and how to help kids understand the important role they can play in supporting equal rights for all.
1. Know the facts
Before you can talk to kids about Pride, you’ll want to understand it yourself. Pride events are held in June to commemorate the anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion, which began June 28, 1969. At the time, police raids on LGBTQ+-friendly bars and other spaces were common, but patrons at the Stonewall Inn fought back with a multi-day protest that lasted until July 3, 1969.
Prominent figures in the rebellion included Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, two transgender activists whose enormous contributions to LGBTQ+ activism will be commemorated with an upcoming monument in New York City. During Pride month, parades and marches take place all over the country to celebrate and elevate the history of the LGBTQ+ social movement.
For a kid-friendly history of the uprising at Stonewall, it might be helpful to read a book together, Rob Sanders’ “Stonewall: A Building. An Uprising. A Revolution.”
Image via Penguin Random House
Parents may think kids don’t have questions about Pride or the LGBTQ+ community simply because they haven’t asked, but that isn’t necessarily true.
“Kids might not bring things up themselves, but they might notice and be curious about what they see out in the world,” says J.
Parker Morris, a therapist who specializes in youth, family and couples counseling and LGBTQ+ health at the Institute for Human Identity in New York City.
Rather than waiting for them to come to you, Morris says to use the things you see and experience out in the world to bring up the topic naturally. For example, if there are rainbow flags everywhere, ask kids if they know why those are there. That gives you an easy “in” to talk about what Pride is and why it exists and to normalize these types of conversations for the future.
3. Keep it simple
It’s important to go into these conversations knowing the facts, but you don’t have to give your kids every single detail of LGBTQ+ history and the Stonewall Rebellion in order for them to understand the significance of Pride.
Lindsay Amer, an LGBTQ+ activist and the creator of Queer Kid Stuff, a popular channel that offers informative videos about LGBTQ+ identity and history specially tailored to young kids, tells Care.com parents should strip away their own experiences and baggage and share information in a way kids can identify and empathize with.
“The way that I tell the story around Stonewall is , ‘Marsha and Sylvia went out one night wanting to go dancing with their friends,’” Amer says. “And then, someone a police officer knocked on the door and told them they couldn’t dance. How would you feel if someone came in and told you, you couldn’t dance with your friend just because of who you are?’”
“The way that I tell the story around Stonewall is , ‘Marsha and Sylvia went out one night wanting to go dancing with their friends. And then, someone a police officer knocked on the door and told them they couldn’t dance. How would you feel if someone came in and told you, you couldn’t dance with your friend just because of who you are?’”
— Lindsay Amer, LGBTQ+ activist and creator of Queer Kid Stuff
This approach works because it makes the story more personal. “So, it’s not just a historical moment. It becomes a moment that feels very real to them in their day-to-day lives,” Amer adds.
“And then, talk about how it was a riot, it was something that they fought for and had to be proactive about. You don’t necessarily need to go into the violence around it, but really instilling the kind of emotions behind what was happening is what’s important.
It’s not about scaring kids or showing them negativity. It’s about empowering them to make change.”
4. Be positive and affirming
Some parts of LGBTQ+ history are painful and difficult. People have faced discrimination and outright hatred, and unfortunately, those problems still persist. As a parent, it can be hard to explain to kids why someone might discriminate against people just for being who they are. Both Amer and Morris recommend educating kids from a place of positivity and acceptance.
“I frame things in a positive light by talking about the LGBTQ+ community in the framework of resilience,” says Morris. “Despite constant setbacks, LGBTQ+ people have always worked hard to fight discrimination, be brave and be true to ourselves.”
“I frame things in a positive light by talking about the LGBTQ+ community in the framework of resilience. Despite constant setbacks, LGBTQ+ people have always worked hard to fight discrimination, be brave and be true to ourselves.”
— J. Parker Morris, therapist
It’s also important to make activism and solutions a part of the conversation. “When you’re talking about the hard parts, you want to be transparent , ‘OK, [LGBTQ+] is an awesome thing to be, but just so you know, people who identify in this way haven’t always been treated fairly,’” Amer says.
“Kids really understand the idea of fairness. It’s something that’s very intrinsic to how they go about their lives day to day. And that also makes it a more active discussion.
If something is unfair, we want to make it fair, right? So, you’re not concentrating on the act that is unfair but concentrating on how we can fix it.”
There are so many excellent resources online to help parents talk about Pride and LGBTQ+ identity with kids.
Amer’s channel, Queer Kid Stuff, has four seasons of episodes on topics ranging from race and gender identity to how to be a good ally.
Amer also books performances and workshops around identity and activism and recently launched Queer Kid Community for parents, educators, and progressive grown-ups.
Additional resources recommended by Amer and Morris include:
Talking about Pride or about LGBTQ+ issues and identity isn’t a one-time conversation. Morris tells Care.com these conversations should be ongoing, and they should be a part of the usual way you inform and educate your kids.
“The thing that I suggest is generally making LGBTQ+-friendly topics part of the family value structure,” Morris says.
“Make an environment that normalizes the existence of queer people, whether that’s watching TV shows that have LGBTQ+ characters or having books that also show LGBTQ+ family structures.
That way it’s not a conversation that has to be brought up so much as it is a series of conversations that don’t emphasize or avoid the existence of LGBTQ+ people.”