If you live in Toronto, Pride week is over, and Pride month will end in a few days.
But no matter where you live, if Pride is celebrated, here is some food for thought for after the parade is done.
What happens now?
Where do all the rainbows go? The stickers, the flags, the sentiment?
What happens to the support for LGBTQ2S identified people in schools, workplaces, places of business?
While acknowledging Pride is important for many reasons (raising awareness, acknowledging diversity, fostering inclusion and belonging) those reasons exist (and are necessary) all through the year. Just like highlighting any other identity (Black History Month, National Indigenous People’s Day) the danger of the celebration is that it may mean we forget about these identities, issues and people for the rest of the year.
So while the presence of rainbows may be much less, the realities of being LGBTQ2S identified lives on – at work, at home, in school, in communities.
What is your workplace, your school, what are you doing post-Pride to ensure that the LGBTQ2S-identified people around you feel and are safe, welcomed, and included?
What are you doing to continue to show your allyship?