5 Ways to Celebrate LGBT Pride Month

Let your rainbow flag fly!

Gay rights entered the national spotlight in the late 1960s and continues to be a cause to champion today. Every June, people around the world come together to celebrate LGBT Pride Month with parades, festivals, and events to spread a message of self-worth and dignity. Take a look at a few of the things you can do this month to show unity with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, make positive contributions toward equal rights, and represent the spirit of love for all. 

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Go to pride festivals and parades

New York Holds Annual Gay Pride March
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From Boston to New York City to San Francisco, some US cities really know how to celebrate Gay Pride Month in lavish style. But this travel guide to worldwide pride festivals and parades lets you see how to get in on action all over the globe.

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Keep up with the news

Ireland Holds Referendum On Same Sex Marriage Law
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In case you missed the huge news out of Ireland earlier this week, let us recap it for you. Irish voters came out in droves to say "yes!" It makes Ireland the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage by a popular vote. And have you heard? According to Gay Life Expert, Ramon Johnson, Britain is gayer than ever, too. Read and watch the news so you can stay abreast of the issues facing the LGBT community.

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Learn the history

Marchers in the annual Gay rights parade in 1975
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The launch of the gay rights movement can be traced to the event known as the Stonewall Riots, which took place in New York City in 1969. Since that time, there have been setbacks and successes of all kinds. That's why it's important to see how far the progress has come and how far it still needs to go.

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Become an active advocate

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From speaking out against bullying, to signing petitions, to joining a gay/straight alliance, there are so many things we can all do to support gay rights this month, and all year long.

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Support a loved one

Gay couple kiss
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While it's always best to be a supportive friend, this month in particular is a great time to practice acceptance and show love for your LGBT family and friends. 

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