Throughout June, we continue to celebrate Pride month and the LGBTQ+ community, and share resources on how we can help the community as allies throughout the rest of the year. We also provide some history on LGBTQ+ rights around the world and offer resources to support LGBTQ+ students looking to study abroad.
Each year during June, we celebrate Pride month and the history of the LGBTQ+ community, but we should also work to support those who identify as LGBTQ+ throughout the rest of the year.
Caption: Street art from Pride celebrations in Dublin.
Ideas for Supporting the LGBTQ+ Community Year-Round
Whether you identify as LGBTQ+ or instead consider yourself an ally, there are many ways to show your support for the community at any time. Here are some ways to do just that:
If comfortable, share your pronouns: sharing your personal pronouns in a visible place like your email signature allows others to address you as you would like to be addressed and can help them avoid assuming your gender identity. The Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) provides a useful guide on pronouns.
Donate and/or volunteer: donating money, especially on a recurring monthly basis, is a great way to help organizations that directly work to support members of the LGBTQ+ community. You can also donate your time by volunteering with them! Although by no means an inclusive list, below are a few ideas for charities and nonprofits to support (make sure to also check out groups local to you!):
Learn more! There is so much to learn about the history and current state of the LGBTQ+ community, and thanks to the internet, this information is easier to access than ever. Here are some resources if you're not sure where to get started:
Caption: Marchers in the Dublin Pride parade.
Learn About the Global LGBTQ+ Community and Support LGBTQ+ Students Studying Abroad
There are also many ways to learn about the LGBTQ+ community outside of the US. Here are a few places to get started:
Gay Rights and LGBTQI movements in Europe from the Digital Encyclopedia of European History
The State of LGBTQ+ Rights in Latin America from the Wilson Center
African sexuality and the legacy of imported homphobia from Stonewall
Caption: The Sydney light rail decorated for Pride month.
CAPA also created a playlist of videos that explore the history of Pride in our global cities!
Finally, there are many ways to support LGBTQ+ students who plan to study abroad, such as donating to the Fund for Education Abroad Rainbow Scholarship. The FEA Rainbow Scholarship “awards deserving lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) students who aim to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs.” Learn more about the scholarship and donate here.
If you are a student who identifies as LGBTQ+, you can also check out our full list of resources and LGBTQ+ study abroad alumni experiences here.
Please join us in advocating for and celebrating the LGBTQ+ community year-round!