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How to Be Proud This Pride Month: Embracing Your Authentic Self

It’s Pride Month! Which means it’s time to reflect, celebrate, and embrace the vibrant diversity within our LGBTQ+ community. Whether you’re out and proud, still finding your way, or living in a situation where being out isn’t safe, Pride Month is for you. Here’s how you can stand tall and be proud this June, no matter your circumstances.

1. Celebrate Your Journey

Everyone’s path is unique. Some of us have been out for years, while others might just be starting to understand their true selves. Wherever you are on your journey, take a moment to appreciate how far you’ve come. Your story matters, and it’s a testament to your strength and courage. Celebrate those small victories and the steps you’ve taken, no matter how tiny they might seem.

"Being gay is like glitter; it never goes away." Lady Gaga

2. Connect with Your Community

Feeling connected can make a world of difference. Engage with local LGBTQ+ organizations, join online groups, or attend virtual events if in-person isn’t an option. Sharing experiences and hearing others’ stories can be incredibly uplifting. You’re never alone—there’s a whole community out here ready to support and uplift you.

Confidential helplines for those who don’t have anybody else to turn to are always ready to talk. There may be some local numbers you can call, but here are some national hotlines:


The Trevor Project (LGBTQ+ youth crisis intervention and suicide prevention)

Trans Lifeline (support for transgender people)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (support for anyone in crisis, including LGBTQ+ individuals)

LGBT National Help Center (peer support and local resources)

The GLBT National Youth Talkline (for teens and young adults up to age 25)

  • Phone: 1-800-246-7743
  • Website: The GLBT National Youth Talkline

SAGE LGBT Elder Hotline (support for older LGBTQ+ adults)

  • Phone: 1-877-360-LGBT (5428)
  • Website: SAGE


3. Educate and Advocate

Knowledge is power. Take this month to learn more about LGBTQ+ history and the ongoing struggles and achievements within our community. Share this knowledge with others. Being an advocate, even in small ways, contributes to a larger change. Whether it’s through social media posts, conversations with friends, or supporting LGBTQ+ businesses, your voice can make a difference.

4. Practice Self-Care

Being proud also means taking care of yourself. Self-care isn’t just bubble baths and face masks (though those are great!); it’s also about mental and emotional well-being. Find what soothes your soul, whether it’s a hobby, meditation, exercise, or simply spending time in nature. Make space for what makes you happy and helps you feel at peace.

"Don't let anyone define you. You define yourself." Billie Jean King

5. Express Yourself

Pride is also about visibility and self-expression. Wear that rainbow pin, don those bold colors, or create art that represents your identity. Even if you can’t be out publicly, find private ways to express yourself. Journaling, creating digital art, or even dressing up in your favorite outfit at home can be incredibly affirming.

6. Be Proud in the Closet

For those who can’t come out yet, know that your pride is just as valid. You are the only you you will ever be. Pride isn’t only about being out; it’s about knowing who you are and loving yourself. You can celebrate Pride Month privately—write letters to your future self, curate a playlist of empowering songs, or decorate a hidden corner of your room. Your safety and comfort are paramount, so honor your feelings and do what feels right for you.

"You have to be able to love yourself because that's when things fall into place." RuPaul

7. Seek Out Inspiring Stories

Read books, watch movies, or listen to podcasts that center around LGBTQ+ experiences (Heartstopper, anyone?!). Stories of love, resilience, and triumph can inspire and remind you that you’re part of a rich tapestry of human experiences. Representation matters and seeing yourself reflected in media can be incredibly powerful.

8. Support Each Other

Look out for your friends and loved ones. Reach out with a kind word, a listening ear, or a simple gesture of love. We’re stronger together and supporting each other reinforces the bonds that make our community so special.

"The most important thing you can do is be yourself, the best version of yourself. And if it isn't good enough for people, then that's their problem, not yours." Ellen DeGeneres

9. Reflect on the Meaning of Pride

Take some time to think about what Pride means to you personally. It’s a celebration, a protest, a reminder of the battles fought and the progress made. It’s a time to honor those who came before us and to inspire those who will come after. Understanding the deeper significance of Pride can deepen your connection to it.

10. Dream Big for the Future

Use this month to dream big about what you want for your future and for our community. Envision a world where acceptance, love, and equality are the norms. Your dreams and aspirations are the seeds of change.

"We should indeed keep calm in the face of difference, and live our lives in a state of inclusion and wonder at the diversity of humanity." George Takei

Pride Month is a celebration of you—your uniqueness, your journey, your strength. Whether you’re out and loud or quietly proud, your light is essential to the beautiful spectrum of our community. Stand tall, be proud, and know that you’re loved and valued just as you are.

Happy Pride Month! 🏳️‍🌈