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Pride Month: Fostering Inclusivity and Support for LGBTQIA+ Youth

As June approaches, the world gears up to celebrate Pride Month, a time dedicated to honoring the LGBTQIA+ community, their history, struggles, and triumphs. At Western Youth Services, we recognize the importance of Pride Month in fostering diversity, inclusion, and support for LGBTQIA+ youth. In this blog post, we dive into what Pride Month signifies, share some compelling Pride Month facts, highlight poignant quotes from influencers in the LGBTQIA+ community, and reaffirm Western Youth Services’ unwavering commitment to providing a safe haven for all youth, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

What is Pride Month?

Pride Month is an annual celebration held in June to commemorate the Stonewall riots of 1969, a pivotal moment in LGBTQIA+ history that sparked the modern LGBTQIA+ rights movement. It serves as a time to honor the contributions of LGBTQIA+ individuals, raise awareness about LGBTQIA+ rights and issues, and promote acceptance and equality.

Pride Month Facts:

  1. The first Pride parade took place in New York City on June 28, 1970, to mark the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall riots.
  2. Pride Month is celebrated in June to commemorate the Stonewall riots, but celebrations occur worldwide throughout the month.
  3. The rainbow flag, a symbol of LGBTQIA+ pride and diversity, was created by artist Gilbert Baker in 1978.

Pride Month Quotes:

“The world needs joy and we need to find joy in our own lives. It’s the joy that will keep us going.” – Billy Porter 

“It is revolutionary for any trans person to choose to be seen and visible in a world that tells us we should not exist.” – Laverne Cox

“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

Western Youth Services’ Commitment:

At Western Youth Services, we stand firm in our commitment to fostering diversity and inclusivity. We believe that every young person deserves a safe and supportive environment where they can thrive, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Our programs and services are designed to provide LGBTQIA+ youth with the resources, support, and acceptance they need to navigate life’s challenges and embrace their authentic selves. We are proud to be a beacon of hope and acceptance for LGBTQIA+ youth in our community and beyond.

As we celebrate Pride Month 2024, let us reaffirm our commitment to building a world where everyone is free to love and live authentically. Let us honor the struggles and triumphs of the LGBTQIA+ community, amplify their voices, and work tirelessly towards a future of equality and acceptance for all. At Western Youth Services, we will continue to stand alongside LGBTQIA+ youth, offering unwavering support and acceptance every step of the way. Learn more about our mission, vision, and values at

If your child or a young loved one is struggling with a mental health concern, we encourage you to reach out to a mental health professional or to contact an Access Coordinator at Western Youth Services by sending an email to [email protected] or by calling us toll-free at 888-312-0406.

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