Banjo Robinson Celebrates Pride Month | Download your free pride rainbow here!
Here at Banjo HQ, we think that any time is a good time to talk to kids about what it means to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and/or questioning (LGBTQ+), and June gives us an especially important opportunity to get the conversation started.
June is Pride month, which commemorates the anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion and aims to increase awareness of LGBTQ+ history, identity and community. With the rainbow Pride flags flying about, kids are going to start asking questions.
Here are some helpful ways to get the conversation going:
How did it start?
Before you can talk to kids about Pride, you’ll want to understand it yourself. Pride events are held in June on the anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion, which began 28th June in 1969. At the time, police raids on LGBTQ+ friendly bars and other spaces were common, but patrons at the Stonewall Inn fought back with a long protest. Read more about it here. Every year the Pride events are global and it’s absolutely amazing to see so many people come together!
Start the conversation
Rather than waiting for them to come to you, maybe use the things you see and experience out in the world to bring up the topic naturally? For example, if there are rainbow flags everywhere, ask kids if they know why those are there?
It’s important to go into these chats knowing the facts, but you could just talk about family or friends that they may know who are LGBTQ+ so they can see it in their life.
People in the LGBTQ+ community have faced discrimination for centuries, and unfortunately, this is still happening. As a parent, it can be hard to explain to kids why someone might discriminate against people just for being who they are. Let’s be positive with them and explain that they can help shape the future by showing love to all in the LGBTQ+ community!
Download your own Pride Rainbow
You can also download your very own Pride Rainbow here – why not get your little one to put it up in your window proudly, for the world to see!
From all of us at Banjo HQ, Happy Pride Month. Together, we can make the world a much more inclusive place! x