5 Tips for Teaching Kids About Pride Month

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5 Tips for Teaching Kids About Pride Month

June 11, 2021
posted by Lisa Cockrell

 

June is Pride Month! Any time is a good time to talk to little ones about what it means to be LGBTQ+, but June provides a perfect opportunity to start the conversation with kids about what Pride Month means and how they can play a role in supporting equal rights. Here are 5 tips on how to kick off this conversation with your little ones.

 

1. Educate Yourself

Before you can educate your children or grandchildren, make sure you have thorough and correct knowledge on the history of Pride Month and can answer questions along the way. Pride Month is held in June to commemorate the anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion in 1969.

The Stonewall Rebellion is significant because although police raids on LGBTQ+ spaces were common at this time, the patrons at the Stonewall Inn in New York fought back with a multi-day protest. Now, Pride Month is celebrated with parades and marches worldwide to celebrate and elevate the history of the LGBTQ+ social movement.

 

2. Keep it Simple

Use simple and straightforward language. A great way to initiate this conversation is by asking what little ones already know about Pride Month and LGBTQ+ issues and identities. This allows you to correct misinformation. And, you can’t talk about Pride Month without first talking about what it means to be LGBTQ+.

According to the ASU Center for Child Wellbeing, a great, simple explanation of what it means to be gay that satisfies most kids is something like, “when a man loves a man or when a woman loves a woman.” You can supplement this conversation by watching this brief video explaining the history of Pride Month from Pop’N’Olly (PS: check out this website for more LGBTQ+ educational resources for kids).

 

3. Utilize Resources

To continue this conversation and support for Pride year-round, here are a few educational and entertaining resources for kids. We encourage parents to incorporate these resources and others they discover on their own to make sure children see LGBTQ+ representation in their everyday life, including in the books they read and the content they consume.

  • Queer Kid Stuff: This YouTube page has LGBTQ+ educational content made for kids ranging from allyship to education on race and gender identity. 
  • Woke Kindergarten: This is an online platform educating kids on social and racial justice with interactive resources like read-aloud and 60-second text subscriptions. 
  • Check out this list of LGBTQ+ books for kids to read during Pride Month compiled by Time Out New York in collaboration with Global Pride. Pick these up at your local library to read together at bedtime or listen to an audiobook together during playtime.

 

4. Be Positive and Affirming

Overall, be positive and affirming when educating your children about Pride Month. It is important to note how some parts of LGBTQ+ history are painful and difficult and how people continue to face discrimination and hatred. Because these problems still persist, it is important to make activism not only part of this conversation but also a part of your family's everyday life.

An expert tells Care.com, “Kids understand the idea of fairness. It's very intrinsic to how they go about their lives day today. And that also makes it a more active discussion. If something is unfair, we want to make it fair, right? So, you’re not concentrating on the act that is unfair but concentrating on how we can fix it.”

 

5. Keep the Conversation Going Year-Round

Talking about Pride and LGBTQ+ issues and identities should not be a one-time conversation. As children get older, they may have more questions about what Pride Month means and how they play a role in it. Be sure to be open and to be honest while answering their questions and proactively initiating conversation.

 

Happy Pride Month to you and your family! Support starts with education, and we hope you and your families found these tips helpful to educate kids about Pride Month.