Pride Month is here and it’s the perfect time to celebrate the lives of people who identify as LGBTQ+ and to teach your kids about the meaning behind the month.

History of pride

The majority of Pride events are held in June to commemorate the anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion in New York City on June 28, 1969, which most historians consider to be the birth of the modern LGBT movement. At the time, police raids on bars catering to LGBT patrons were common, but that night, the patrons of the Stonewall Inn fought back. While historical accounts of the night vary, the violent response ignited a national firestorm of activism that brought new visibility to the struggle for LGBT equality.

June is unofficially recognized as Pride Month by the LGBT community, and many Pride events still occur on the last Sunday in June to commemorate the anniversary of Stonewall. In some places Pride events stretch out over a weekend or an entire week, while in other areas, Pride events occur at different times of the year altogether (particularly in parts of the country where June is especially hot).

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How to talk with your children

Plan to have larger and frequent conversations about diversity, difference, and discrimination rather than one “big talk.” It’s a great time to talk about the importance of diversity and your family values, as well as universal values that include lessons around how everyone—regardless of what they look like, the color of their skin, their gender identity, or who they love—deserve respect and kindness.

When it comes to gender, ideas about what it means to be a girl or a boy are everywhere, and these ideas have a big influence on your preschooler. Learn how to teach your kid that their gender doesn’t limit them, how to talk about different kinds of families, how to know if your kid is transgender, and more.

Learn more about talking to you preschooler about identity

Make your own pride flag

Talk to your children about the meaning of the colors of the pride flag:

Red: Life
Orange: Healing
Yellow: Sunlight
Green: Nature
Blue: Harmony
Purple: Spirit
Brown and Black: Diversity and Inclusion