LGBT Pride Month
LGBT PRIDE Month provides a great opportunity to shine a spotlight on contributions and milestones of the LGBT community.
Whether you are embarking on your school’s first celebration of LGBT PRIDE Month or implementing the Dignity for All Students Act by enhancing your existing LGBTQ-related lessons and activities here are some great resources for PRIDE:
EDUCATOR’S GUIDE TO PRIDE
GLSEN has compiled some easy steps to incorporating PRIDE into your school.
GLSEN, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and StoryCorps have collaborated to create Unheard Voices, an oral history and curriculum project that will help educators integrate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) history, people and issues into their instructional programs.
At the core of the program are brief audio interviews with individuals who bore witness to or helped shape LGBT history in some way. Each interview is accompanied by a backgrounder with discussion questions and activities for educators, and a student reading with biographical information about the interview subject and historical background on the era. Several lesson plans are included for middle and high school students that explore topics related to the interviews.
Access the Unheard Voices curriculum here.
HUDSON VALLEY PRIDE MARCH & FESTIVAL
The Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center will be hosting the Annual Hudson Valley PRIDE March & Festival in New Paltz, NY on Sunday, June 1st.
GLSEN Hudson Valley will be marching on Sunday in New Paltz! All students and Allies are welcome to join us in the march. Meet at New Paltz Middles School on Main Street, New Paltz, NY at noon.
Then stop by the GLSEN Hudson Valley tent at the festival.
Visit the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center’s PRIDE March and Festival Page for more details.
CATCH THE PRIDE SPIRIT
GLSEN Hudson Valley and The Loft LGBT Center of Westchester invite you to a worship celebration and reception to kick-off Pride Season at The First Congregational Church of Chappaqua at 2:00pm on Sunday, June 1st.
Download the event flyer for more details
QUEEN CITY PRIDE, POUGHKEEPSIE
Stop by the GLSEN Hudson Valley's table at the Hudson Valley Gay Life Expo from 11am-4pm onSaturday, June 7th at the Cuneen Hackett Performing Arts Center in Poughkeepsie.
Visit the Queen City Pride website for a listing of events happening all weekend long.
PRIDE AROUND THE REGION
Visit these other sites for additional PRIDE events in the Hudson Valley area:
Gay PRIDE Rockland : http://www.gayPRIDErockland.org/
Hudson NY PRIDE: http://www.hudsonPRIDE.com/
NY Capital Region PRIDE: http://www.capitalPRIDEcenter.org/capital-PRIDE/
NYC PRIDE: http://www.nycPRIDE.org/
Orange County NY PRIDE: https://www.facebook.com/OCNYPride
Show your Pride and your support for safe schools for ALL by using #GLSENProud on social media throughout Pride Month
The riots in June 1969 at the Stonewall Bar in New York City are credited as the beginning of the current LGBT civil rights movement--and are the reason June is LGBT PRIDE Month.
A number of books and documentaries chronicle these events. Take some time to learn about these important events that took place not very far from the Hudson Valley.
Here is a link to a documentary from 2010:
PBS: Stonewall Uprising
THE RAINBOW FLAG
Artist Gilbert Baker designed to the first modern PRIDE flag utilizing colors of the rainbow to represent aspects of the LGBT community. A number of pieces have been written about the history and evolution of the PRIDE flag. Slate online magazine published this article in 2012:
LGBT PRIDE Month can be celebrated in big ways and small. No matter how you celebrate the most important part is that you TAKE PRIDE!