June is Pride month, it is a month dedicated to celebrating the LGBTQ+ communities all around the world.
It is about everyone coming together in love and friendship to celebrate how far human rights have come.
Pride month is about teaching acceptance and continuing to move forward in equality.
It is all about being proud of who you are no matter your identity or who you love.
As an Academy teaching acceptance and being proud of who you are are already part of the curriculum we teach. We explore all of the faiths and beliefs in our community and share with children any festivals and special events that are important to the children and families here at Cross Farm. This year we have extended this to include Pride and to show our support of the LGBTQ+ community on our Facebook page and continue to teach acceptance.
Why do we have Pride Month?
June was chosen to celebrate Pride as it was the month of the Stonewall Riots. In the 1960s in America being gay was classified as a mental illness. Gay people were often threatened and beaten by police. The Stonewall Riots in 1969 were a landmark event in history, which helped to fight homophobia, biphobia and transphobia and campaign for liberation.
Since then we have seen changes in the UK and USA which enables the LGBTQ+ community to feel more equal and has offered more equal rights. This is not the case across the whole world and this is why Pride month is important to hold each year.
How do I speak to my child about Pride month?
At the core of Pride is equality and acceptance. There does not need to be a specific conversation regarding LGBTQ+, but a conversation about treating people equally and accepting people for who they are is a great starting point.
We don't have to look too far back in our history to find examples of equality and acceptance - women's rights for example in the Early 1900s. There are many different scenarios to talk about that cover equality and acceptance.
We have come a long way but there is still further to go. Let's help support the change by teaching the children of Cross Farm about equality and acceptance.
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