Pride month comes by its name honestly. June is the officially sanctioned month that LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) individuals find their cause, their struggle, and yes, their pride, center stage. And the fight that this particular group of people has to fight every day makes their successes and their increased acceptance something to be very proud of indeed.
During this month issues like bullying and HIV testing become hot topics, as well as the overarching struggle that teens and young adults face when they come out to friends and family. And for people who are not themselves LGBT to stand up for them is perhaps one of the most powerful steps that can be taken to making that obstacle easier to overcome. And the easiest, least obtrusive way to do that is by wearing pride flag lapel pins.
The thought behind the rainbow flag as a symbol for the LGBT community is to represent the inclusiveness of this culture. They are comprised of men and women, black and white, young and old, republicans and democrats, Christian and Muslim, but they all come together under the rainbow flag. All colors and creeds. Pride flag lapel pins are something that is instantly recognizable by anyone in this community, and has gained recognition in mainstream society as well.
Wearing pride flag lapel pins is a quiet way of offering support. Everyone is on their own journey, some are out, some are not, but to see advocates, allies, is extremely powerful and positive. Who knows, your pin could be the reason an LGBT individual feels comfortable being themselves in public, coming out to their friends and family, or will let them know that they are not alone.
Happy Pride Month, to LGBT and straight allies.