Taking Action: Supporting the LGBTQIA+ Community


As we conclude our celebration of Pride Month, let’s turn our commitment into meaningful action. Throughout June, we’ve celebrated the vibrant diversity and resilience of the LGBTQIA+ community. Now, it’s time to transform that celebration into ongoing support and advocacy. Here are some specific steps we can all take to support and uplift the LGBTQIA+ community:


Educate Ourselves:

Knowledge is power. Take the time to read books, attend workshops, and engage in conversations to deepen your understanding of LGBTQIA+ history, challenges, and triumphs. Ignorance perpetuates discrimination, while education breaks down barriers. Consider exploring resources such as memoirs, documentaries, and academic studies to gain a comprehensive perspective.


Use Inclusive Language:

Words matter. Familiarize yourself with LGBTQIA+ terminology, pronouns, and respectful ways to address individuals. When we use affirming language, we create a more welcoming environment. Practice using inclusive language in your daily interactions, and correct others when necessary to foster a culture of respect.


Amplify Voices:

Share LGBTQIA+ stories, achievements, and advocacy efforts on social media. Use your platform to amplify voices that need to be heard. Tag organizations, activists, and allies to spread awareness. By sharing diverse perspectives and experiences, we can help educate others and promote a more inclusive society.


Support LGBTQIA+ Businesses:

Seek out LGBTQIA± owned businesses and support them. Whether it’s a local café, bookstore, or clothing store, your patronage makes a difference. Supporting these businesses not only helps the economy but also sends a message of solidarity and recognition to the community. For a list of local LGBTQIA owned businesses to support visit Queer Pittsburgh.


Advocate for Policies:

Write to your representatives, attend town hall meetings, and advocate for LGBTQIA+ rights. Support legislation that promotes equality, anti-discrimination measures, and safe spaces. Stay informed about local and national issues affecting the LGBTQIA+ community and use your voice to push for change.

Be an Ally:

Show up. Attend Pride events, marches, and rallies. Be visible as an ally. Listen to LGBTQIA+ friends and colleagues, and stand up against prejudice when you witness it. Allyship involves continuous learning and active support, demonstrating solidarity through actions and words.

Donate and Volunteer:

Contribute to LGBTQIA+ organizations. Whether it’s a monetary donation or volunteering your time, every effort counts. From youth centers to mental health services, there are many ways to make an impact. Research local organizations and find out how you can best support their initiatives.


Promote Equality Careers:

Promoting inclusive work environments is crucial for the well-being and success of the LGBTQIA+ community. We are dedicated to matching individuals with employers who value diversity and inclusivity all year round. By supporting careers that prioritize equality, we help create spaces where everyone can thrive. As a proud ally, we are committed to fostering professional opportunities that embrace and celebrate every identity.


As Pride Month draws to a close, let’s carry the spirit of love, acceptance, and advocacy forward. Let’s build a world where everyone feels seen, respected, and celebrated. By taking these steps, we can contribute to a more inclusive and equitable society for all.