As I am sure you are aware, June is Pride Month – a time for the LGBTQ community and their supporters to join together in a stance against discrimination and violence and a time to promote and celebrate equality and diversity. The month of June was chosen to honour and remember the 1969 Stonewall Riots that took place in Manhattan. These riots were a turning point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States.
Our family is from a very small Canadian community and up until very recently, my children did not know any members of the LGBTQ community. I always taught them to be respectful, loving and show acceptance towards anyone regardless of their gender, race or who those people love. Love has no boundaries afterall. We are now proud to say that we have a cousin who is openly gay and one of my daughter’s best friends is transgender.
Our school recently celebrated Diversity Day. Each student was encouraged to wear rainbow colours and share how their family was unique and/or diverse. Of course, being the crafty mama that I am, I had to make at least 2 of the children new shirts (my third is in high school and isn’t always a fan of shirts made by mom). If you are interested in the SVG for these shirts, let me know in the comments and I will get them added to my freebies page. I attended the assembly at the elementary school and the video one student made was truly touching. It was wonderful to see so many teachers and students supporting Pride.
I’d love to see your rainbow and Pride crafts – feel free to tag me on social media!