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Happy Pride Month! I was having a consultation recently and divulged that I am a late in life lesbian and they said, “you know what? It’s better late than never!” And I agree! So, as a late in lifer, I thought I would share a few reflections I have as a queer birthworker:

  1. I love working with nontraditional families. We serve families with all kinds of family structures and I feel privileged that they choose us. We have families that are different versions of polyamory, blended families, nontraditional families, and of course LGBTQ+ families. 
  2. Queer Birthworkers are incredible! There are so many queer birth workers in our community doing amazing work. Connecting with queer birthworkers is always such a joy. 
  3. Being visibly queer can be a risk and it has been so worth it for me. I get to show up exactly as I am and give families amazing support. Finding my way to authenticity gives folks permission to do the same. 
  4. I am out as queer and neurodivergent, which are marginalized identities– and I definitely feel that! But I am also white, currently able-bodied, and straight-sized, which gives me privilege in other realms. To me, this means that it is my responsibility to continually challenge my own privilege and support others with marginalized identities.

Support Queer-Owned Businesses

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During the month of June, a lot of folks will try to support queer- owned businesses.

Here’s a few ways you can do that: 

  1. Support SMALL queer owned businesses. Like if you are going to buy a t-shirt, get one from a small queer owned business instead of target. 
  2. Share queer-owned businesses with your friends! Most of our business comes from amazing community referrals. Do you know someone who is pregnant? Share our business with them! Or is a neighbor looking for good coffee? Share the awesome queer-owned business you know of. Personal referrals make such a huge difference to small businesses. 
  3. Give financially. Do you enjoy something from content that a queer person/business puts out? That could be podcasts, social media, etc. Send them a donation for their efforts! Or sign up for their patron. 
  4. Advocate for Equal Rights: Use your voice to advocate for policies and legislation that protect and support LGBTQ+ individuals. Contact your representatives, participate in rallies, and use social media to raise awareness about important issues.
  5. Create Inclusive Spaces: Whether at work, school, or in your community, strive to create environments where everyone feels safe and included. This can be as simple as using inclusive language, respecting people’s pronouns, and challenging discriminatory behavior when you see it.

Would you like to learn more about Pride? Keep reading! 

Pride Month traces its roots back to the Stonewall Riots of June 1969, a pivotal moment in the fight for LGBTQ+ rights. The riots began as a response to the police raid at the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City.

This act of resistance catalyzed a movement that would grow to demand equal rights, justice, and acceptance for all LGBTQ+ individuals.

The journey from those tumultuous nights to the vibrant celebrations we see today is a testament to the courage, resilience, and unwavering spirit of countless individuals.

It is a reminder that every right we enjoy today was hard-won, and each step forward came at a cost and for some, still does.

Pride Month is not only a celebration but also a commemoration of those who fought, and continue to fight, for equality.

Embracing Diversity and Inclusion During Pride Month

At its heart, Pride Month is a celebration of diversity and inclusion. It is a time to honor the myriad identities that make up the LGBTQ+ community and to embrace the beauty of our differences.

Each individual’s journey is unique, and every story adds a rich layer to the tapestry of our collective experience.

As a doula, I am privileged to support people through some of the most significant moments of their lives. In this role, I have learned the profound importance of acceptance and the healing power of love and support.

Every person deserves to feel seen, heard, and valued for who they are. Pride Month is a powerful reminder that love knows no boundaries and that our differences are to be celebrated, not merely tolerated.

The Power of Community

One of the most beautiful aspects of Pride Month is the sense of community it fosters. Parades, festivals, and gatherings bring people together in a joyous celebration of love and identity.

These events are not just about festivity; they are about solidarity, support, and visibility. They provide a space for LGBTQ+ individuals to express themselves freely and to connect with others who share similar experiences.

Community is at the heart of the LGBTQ+ movement. It offers a sanctuary where individuals can find understanding and acceptance.

For many, these connections are a lifeline, providing the strength and encouragement needed to navigate a world that can often be unwelcoming. Pride Month is a time to honor these connections and to build new ones, fostering a spirit of unity and collective empowerment.

 

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Supporting the LGBTQ+ Community

Celebrating Pride Month is not just about participating in parades and festivals; it’s about taking meaningful actions to support the LGBTQ+ community. Here are some ways you can make a difference:

A Future of Love and Acceptance

As we celebrate Pride Month, let us remember that this is more than a month-long event. It is a movement, a commitment to creating a world where everyone is free to be themselves. It is a time to honor the past, celebrate the present, and work toward a future of love, acceptance, and equality for all.

Pride Month is a beautiful reminder of the power of love and the importance of standing together. It is a celebration of the incredible diversity of the human experience and a call to action for a more inclusive and compassionate world. Let us embrace this spirit not only in June but every day of the year, as we continue to support and uplift the LGBTQ+ community.

To all my readers, I wish you a joyous and meaningful Pride Month. Let us celebrate with hearts full of love and minds open to the endless possibilities of a world where everyone is free to shine their brightest. Happy Pride!

 

XOXO, 

Emily

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