With their colorful attire and rainbow cow, The LGBT Center staff, members of the LGBT spectrum, family members and allies waved to the crowd at the annual Cortland Dairy Parade. This year’s theme for the Center was “Be Proud, Be Brave, Be UDDERly Fabulous!” For The LGBT Center, the parade helps kick off Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month (LGBT Pride Month), which is celebrated each year in the month of June. The purpose of LGBT Pride Month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.
Last week, President Obama issued a proclamation recognizing June as LGBT Pride Month. He wrote about expanded civil rights and equal protection that are part of our Constitution. “But we are also reminded that we are not truly equal until every person is afforded the same rights and opportunities — that when one of us experiences discrimination, it affects all of us — and that our journey is not complete until our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law,” he wrote. He called upon the people of the United States to eliminate prejudice everywhere it exists, and to celebrate the great diversity of the American people.
The LGBT Resource Center provides resources and advocacy to members of the LGBT spectrum, family members, and supportive allies, along with social activities and a welcoming space to relax or find answers to important questions with the help of the LGBT staff. The LGBT Resource Center is located at the Prevention offices. Click here for more information, or feel free to drop in at your own convenience.
• Be a listener.
• Be open-minded.
• Be willing to talk.
• Be inclusive and invite LGBT friends to hang out with your friends and family.
• Don’t assume that all your friends and co-workers are straight. Someone close to you could be looking for support in their coming-out process. Not making assumptions will give them the space they need.
• Homophobic comments and jokes are harmful. Let your friends, family and co-workers know that you find them offensive.
• Confront your own prejudices and homophobia, even if it is uncomfortable to do so.
• Defend your LGBT friends against discrimination.
• Believe that all people, regardless of gender identity and sexual orientation, should be treated with dignity and respect.
• If you see LGBT people being misrepresented in the media, contact glaad.org
Information copied from glaad.org.