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How to talk to your girls about Pride Month

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. The Stonewall Uprising was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States.

In major cities across the nation Pride Month is celebration through pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia and concerts. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize and honor the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.

As an volunteer, you play an important role in allowing for a welcoming and safe environment where girls can ask questions about Pride Month.

If you’re not sure where to start a conversation with your Girl Scout about LGBTQIA history in America, Pride Month is the perfect place to begin. Child psychology experts often recommend that it is important for caregivers to be proactive in conversations surrounding identity, and Girl Scouts are curious by nature -- they’re going to have questions! The important thing is to normalize these questions.

Here are some things to consider:

1. Have the conversation regardless of whether a child has come out as LGBTQ.

2. Be ready to speak and listen without judgment.

3. Talk about universal values.

4. Focus on simple concepts.

5. Address and denounce discrimination.

Last year, GSSoAz Girl Scout Sophia created her Gold Award project around understanding the LGBTQ+ Experience. Her project aimed to educate parents and allies about supporting the LGBTQ+ community, help LGBTQ+ youth feel more comfortable in their identities, and connect folks to community resources. As part of this project, a virtual conference was held in October 2020 with presentations by community organizations dedicated to helping those in the LGBTQ+ community.

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the most prestigious award that Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors can earn. A Gold Award project must make a sustainable and measurable impact revolving around a community issue you care about.

Congratulations again to Sophia on her achievements and thank you to all of those who rise up to the call to create a more fair, just and equal society.

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