What is Pride?
Pride Month is celebrated each year in the month of June to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan. The riots were a significant moment and tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States.
CHALLENGES IN THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY
The LGBTQ Community experiences frequent prejudice (causing individual harm) and oppression (causing widespread institutional harm). Our systems, structures and institutions are built on a foundation of heterosexism and an assumption of only two genders. This can result in challenges in all life domains: Housing, Healthcare, Relationships, Family, Work, Religion, and many other areas.
Despite these challenges, LGBTQ people continue to persevere, break boundaries and live their authentic lives.
Who we are physically, emotionally, spiritually attracted to.
Some common sexual orientations:
Lesbian: women who are attracted to women
Gay: men who are attracted to men
Bisexual: a person attracted to two sexes or genders, not necessarily simultaneously or equally.
Heterosexual: (or Straight) attracted to those of a sex other than your own, commonly “the opposite sex”
Pansexual: attracted to people, regardless of sex, gender, or gender identity
Asexual: low or absent sexual attraction to anyone
Queer: used to more broadly indicate a sexual attraction other than heterosexual, preferred by many younger people in the LGBT community. Formerly derogatory, use by the LGBTQ person’s choice.
A person’s understanding, definition, or experience of their own gender. May be inconsistent with identified gender at birth. May be different from how we appear to others.
How we demonstrate our gender (based on traditional gender roles) through the ways we act, dress, behave and interact.
Biological sex is determined by the anatomy, chromosomes, and hormones which make up a person’s body. At birth, a child is declared an assigned gender based on physical characteristics:
Female: bearing “female” genitalia
Male: bearing “male” genitalia
Cisgender or Cis: When a person identifies as the gender they were assigned at birth, the person is Cisgender or Cis.
Transgender is an umbrella term for people whose gender identity and/or expression is different from those typically associated with their assigned sex at birth. Common identities related to transgender include but are not limited to: transsexual, third gender, drag king, drag queen, androgynous, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming. Transvestite and tranny are in almost all cases derogatory.
These are self-defined terms, and there is quite a bit of controversy, even within the trans community, over which terms are preferred. Do not assume, ask, or call someone any of these terms unless invited to do so. Transgender or the shorthand “trans*” are sensitive words for cisgender people to use when discussing trans topics. Always use these terms with respect.
Being transgender is separate from sexual orientation. Transgender people identify straight, queer, gay, lesbian, bisexual, asexual, etc.
People do not change their gender. We change our perceptions based on what the person has expressed to us.
Transgender Woman, trans woman, MtF—a person who was assigned male at birth and identifies as female.
Transgender Man, trans man, FtM—a person who was assigned female at birth and identifies as male.
Agender, Genderqueer or Pangender—beyond the gender binary
In all cases, we affirm the gender identity of the individual.
Someone who advocates for and supports members of a community beyond their own. Reaching across differences to achieve mutual goals.
LOCAL AND NATIONAL LGBTQA YOUTH AND FAMILY ORGANIZATIONS
PFLAG Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transgenders Resources and support
TransYouth Family Allies (TYFA) Resources and support for families and youth
Bisexual Resource Center resources and awareness building
Intersex Society of North America advocacy, resources and support
Family Equality Council advocacy to ensure all families are respected
Northwest Network Support for LGBT survivors of abuse
Teen Suicide Helpline for Gay & Questioning Teens Trevor Project’s toll free 24/7 helpline: 866-488-7386
Gender Diversity Education and Support Services Support groups for trans youth and families, consultation for all at Seattle Children’s Hospital
Lambert House LGBTQA Youth Services Drop In Center
Entre Hermanos Latino LGBT Resource Center
Gay City Health Project Resource and Referral Center, arts venue
GLBT Friendly Churches and Spiritual Groups listing by county
Camp Ten Trees Summer camp for LGBTQA youth and allies
Colage supports youth with LGBTQ parents with information and networking
Queer Youth Space A venue for 14-20 year old LGBT youth for arts, community, work and engagement.
ACLU American Civil Liberties Union
Gender Justice League
GLAD Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders
Transgender Law Center