Explaining the importance of LGBTQIA+ Prides versus “Straight Pride”.

Many straight people often question why LGBTQIA+ Pride is necessary and why there isn’t a straight Pride. To address this, it’s crucial to understand the deep-rooted issues that the LGBTQIA+ community faces, especially our youth. Did you know that LGBTQIA+ children are significantly more likely to experience bullying, discrimination, and mental health issues compared to their straight peers? This isn’t just about identity; it’s about survival.

Straight children don’t live in fear of being rejected by their families or society simply because of who they are. Unfortunately, this is a harsh reality for many LGBTQIA+ kids. Studies have shown that LGBTQIA+ youth are at a much higher risk of suicidal thoughts and actions. In fact, they are more than four times as likely to attempt suicide compared to their straight counterparts.

Pride is not just a celebration; it is a lifeline. It provides a sense of belonging, validation, and hope for those who often feel marginalized. It is a beacon of support, showing LGBTQIA+ youth that they are not alone and that they are valued. By coming together, we send a powerful message of acceptance and love, which can be life-saving for those struggling to find their place in the world.

So, when you see a Pride parade, remember it’s not just a celebration. It’s a crucial reminder that everyone deserves to be proud of who they are and that every child, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, deserves to feel safe, supported, and loved. Let’s stand together to make sure every child knows their worth and can look forward to a future without fear.