These past couple months have been packed with history in the making, with events such as ongoing protests nationwide and during a pandemic, it’s still very important for us as a company and as a community to honor pride month.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the traditional parades and festivities that celebrate pride and the 51st anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York that kicked off a larger conversation about LGBTQ+ rights.
Since then June has been recognized as LGBTQ+ / Pride month and Daily High Club wants to honor it by providing a little bit of history, information, allyship, and resources for the community.
What does pride encompass?
Pride is a month-long celebration of parades, gatherings, festivities, and endorsements of strides towards inclusivity and equality. Typically it’s most well known for colorful parades that stretch across city halls, downtown promenades, and small town hot spots, with attendees made up of not only people who identify as lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) but also supporters, allies, and anyone else who might identify as part of this diverse community.
Historically the month is meant to not only honor the progress, but also recognize the course of action that still needs to be taken in the community. Even to this day people in the community still put up with a lot of backlash and judgement, not just socially but also legally. Less than two weeks ago, the Trump Administration eliminated the Obama-era policy that protected LGBTQ from discrimination in the work place.
In response, less than a week later the Supreme Court made a historical ruling that LGBTQ+ were protected against discrimination in the workplace through the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects against sex discrimination, and now will also protect against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
What can we do to support pride?
The most direct way to support the community starts at home, attend a local pride celebration or march in your area. If you can’t bring yourself out to a parade physically, another way to show support could be to look into attending a virtual event that celebrates pride. There are also countless national and local organizations you can donate to or volunteer with!
In your day to day you can advocate and show up for your friends and for the community. Be willing to listen. Listen without judgement and try not to invalidate feelings, lifestyle, or the way they identify.
Follow social media, keep up with current news, be inclusive and socially aware, invest in LGBTQ+ owned companies, read books or watch movies, and listen to podcasts and music by people who identify as part of the LGBT community.
History of Pride:
The pride we know today began in the bars of New York in 1969 where some of the first hotspots and trans bars originated. Being homosexual at the time was widely frowned upon and even just associating with the LGBTQ community was not condoned. As word spread and the bars became more well known to the public, police began performing routine raids on them. On June 28, 1969 at The Stonewall Inn in New York City’s Greenwich Village, citizens began to retaliate against the police as they were detaining some of the bar attendees during one of the aforementioned raids. This immediately led up to a series of protests supporting the LGBTQ community. Beginning the following year, parades and festivals have been organized in cities across the country annually since to celebrate pride in the LGBTQ+ community.
Today one of the most well known symbols for the community is the rainbow colored flag. With a rich history, the flag continues to evolve, even to this day to be more inclusive, with two of its most recent additions being a black and brown stripe to be more inclusive of the two communities.
Oftentimes some of the most historical changes for the community are born in pride month, with one of the most major wins (in addition to the Supreme Court ruling) was just five years in 2015 when same-sex marriage bans were finally banned nationwide.
How the industry honors pride:
In this industry it’s important that we stand by the LGBTQ+ community because both communities have worked hard to obtain legal rights. Although the LGBTQ+ had to fight for equality, we all have something we are passionate about in these communities and that’s not something anybody should have to be ashamed of or have to hide.
Although our box this year wasn’t directly related to pride month, we have honored it in the past and try to honor it year round with this DHC Pride Box. In addition, we also carry just the glass piece on it’s own for only $39.99.
While we’ve worked with a number of collaborators and even some who are part of the community, we are open to more suggestions! Leave a comment on this blog on any LGBTQ+ influencers that you would look forward to seeing work with DHC in the future. Or apply to be a DHC affiliate yourself on our website!
Being an ally and resources:
To be an ally can be simply being there for someone while they’re going through something. Being an ally can also look like getting educated, sharing the information, and getting involved in local activism.
Resources for the LGBTQ+ community:
The Trevor Project: (866) 488-7386
A 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention hotline for people up to age 24.
LGBT National Hotline: (888) 843-4564
A help center that offers support, acceptance, and affirmation as well as local, national, and international resources.
Trans Lifeline: (877) 565-8860
An organization that connects the community with support and resources.