WHAT IS PRIDE ALL ABOUT?
Pride month honors the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan, a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the U.S. It commemorates and recognizes the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally and globally.
BE AN ALLY FOR THOSE THAT IDENTIFY AS LGBTQ+
- Terminology: understanding the specific language we use and its implications are important first steps in being an LGBTQ Ally. Be thoughtful and intentional with language when talking with and about individuals who identify as LGBTQ.
- Pronouns: the decision to share one's self-identify is a personal choice. Practice using preferred gender pronouns and respect individuals' self-identification.
- Learn more here
Two Powerful Words 'FOR ALL"
How does the Y honor the last two words of its mission statement, “for all?” The Y’s strength is manifested in how it brings together a diverse group of people — no matter their ability, age, cultural background, ethnicity, faith, gender expression, gender identity, ideology, income, national origin, race or sexual orientation.
Bringing people together is what makes the Y a special movement — one that calls us to open our arms widely to welcome all. In doing so, we become more exposed to and educated on the dimensions of diverse experiences, and we begin to celebrate and participate in the sharing of those experiences. Strengthening the community includes breaking down barriers and discovering common ground. A healthy, vibrant Y is an inclusive Y.