Millions Unite for Pride Month

June is Pride Month where communities come together to celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people in honor of the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan. The Stonewall riots are widely considered the single most important event leading to the modern fight for LGBTQ rights in the United States.

The LGBTQ community and allies have come a long way to gain equal rights, especially with the Supreme Court ruling passed just last year of the historic victory for gay rights that require same-sex couples be allowed to marry no matter where they live.

During a month where events are scheduled to celebrate such strides in the gay community it was clouded by an act of tragedy that occurred in Orlando, FL. That horrific night generated fear, stress and anxiety throughout the U.S. as we try to understand the senseless act inflicted upon the LGBTQ community. While we continue to process and heal, it is important to remember that mental health services are available to support you through this difficult time.

Even in the wake of heartbreak, the LGBTQ community and allies once again rise up to have their voices heard and come together to show everyone that love is love. Each Mind Matters is a proud ally of the LGBTQ community and marched in San Francisco Pride on Sunday, June 26 as well as exhibited at Civic Center Plaza over Pride weekend. Visit the Each Mind Matters shop today to purchase the rainbow green ribbon limited edition T-shirt.

For additional resources and support, check out the links below.

Trevor Project

The Trevor Project offers accredited life-saving, life-affirming programs and services to LGBTQ youth that create safe, accepting and inclusive environments over the phone, online and through text. For a list of community resources click HERE.

“Be True and Be You”: A Booklet for LGBTQ TeensEMM booklet 2

Written with the help of LGBTQ teens across California, this booklet includes descriptions of common mental health challenges, myths and facts, ways to handle stressful or difficult situations, real stories of others who have been through tough times, and where to get help or help someone in need. You can download the digital version HERE or purchase it from the Each Mind Matters store.

It Gets Better Project

The It Gets Better Project’s mission is to communicate to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth around the world that it gets better, and to create and inspire the changes needed to make it better for them. You can view the It Gets Better online vignettes and resources found HERE.

The Family Acceptance Project™

The Family Acceptance Project™ is a research, intervention, education and policy initiative that is working to prevent health and mental health risks for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) children and youth, including suicide, homelessness and HIV – in the context of their families, cultures and faith communities. Visit them by clicking HERE and HERE.