June is Pride Month. Pride month is celebrated to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan and commemorate the LGBTQ+ civil rights movement. You don’t have to be LGBTQ+ to celebrate Pride Month, as allies are always welcome and encouraged to celebrate as well. It is also a great time to talk to your children about diversity as well as advocacy and equal rights. Supporting LGBTQ+ people and civil rights is not only limited to the month of June and is something we should be proud to support all year long.

Tips and Ideas for talking with your child about Pride Month and having fun, having a meaningful conversation/celebration and having some quality time doing so.

  1. Talk about the history of Pride Month and research the answers together. What is the origin of the word PRIDE? When did we start celebrating Pride Month? How is Pride Month related to NYC? Why is celebrating Pride important? Read and learn about historic LGBTQ+ activists and how they changed the world!
  2. Attend a Pride Month event. Check out this list of Pride Month activities in NYC
  3. Talk to your child in age appropriate ways about sexuality and gender identity. Not sure how? Check out these tips from our Premier Pediatricians.
  4. Celebrate Pride at home. You can bake rainbow cupcakes, create rainbow flags, watch a virtual event, or really any creative way to celebrate that matches your family style.You can visit the stonewall inn virtual monument.
  5. Talk to your child about what it means to be an Ally. You can teach your child about relationships, families, respect and equality.
  6. Not sure where to start? Start by reading some of the suggested books below with your child.

Books to read during Pride Month:

  1. Heather has 2 Mommies-Leslea Newman
  2. My mixed up berry blue summer- Kids 10+-Jennifer Gennari
  3. The Family Book-Todd Parr
  4. A Tale of 2 Daddies-Vanita Oelschlager
  5. Worm Loves Worm- J.J. Austrian
  6. Julian is a Mermaid-Jessica Love
  7. I am Jazz-Jessica Herthel
  8. Introducing Teddy -Jessica Walton