What Is LGBTQ Pride Month?
Pride Month is an annual event that celebrates people in the LGBTQ+ community and promotes LGBTQ+ rights. This observance dates back to June 1970 when the first Pride March was conducted, one year after the 1969 Stonewall Uprising.
The Stonewall Uprising was conducted by supporters of the Stonewall Inn and was in resistance to the police persecution and harassment of LGBTQ individuals. These riots began a movement that ultimately outlawed discrimination against members of this community and was a turning point for LGBTQ+ rights in the United States.
The Goal Of LGBTQ Pride Month
The goal of Pride Month is to not only remember these riots and the struggles of the LGBTQ community as a whole but also to educate people on the key issues that currently face LGBTQ+ individuals.
In addition, Pride Month includes a variety of celebrations of LGBTQ culture including parties, concerts, parades, and more. Millions of people participate in these celebrations each year.
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Celebrating LGBTQ Pride Month
Whether you’re a member of the LGBTQ community or an ally, Pride Month gives you the perfect opportunity to show your support for the LGBTQ+ community.
During this annual celebration, you can participate in several ways. Get involved by volunteering or simply attend local events in your area. You can also use your influence on social media to celebrate LGBTQ+ pride and spread awareness of important issues that plague members of this community.
Mental Health in The LGBTQ Community
Although the primary purpose of Pride Month is to celebrate LGBTQ culture, it’s also a good time to talk about mental health in this community.
Because of the struggles and stressors that are unique to members of this community, mental health problems like anxiety and depression in the LGBTQ+ community are common. In fact, one third of people in the LGBTQ+ community have a mental health condition, and young people in this community are four times as likely to attempt suicide as their heterosexual peers.1
When people in this community are unable to find safe LGBTQ+ treatment providers, these mental health conditions can get worse and lead to a variety of secondary issues such as relationship problems, financial troubles, and substance abuse. Substance use disorders are nearly twice as common among LGBTQ+ individuals than the general population not in this community.1
At Vertava Health, we not only celebrate Pride Month but are also inclusive and affirming treatment providers for members of the LGBTQIA+ community. If you are struggling with your mental health, do not be afraid to reach out for help. You can speak with our care team confidentially and take the first step to live out your best future today.