#WearYourPride In June: Blog To Support LGBT Pride!

On June 2, President Obama released an official proclamation declaring June “Pride Month.” This entire month is dedicated to raising awareness of discrimination and violence against the LGBT community.

Much of the discussion surrounding LGBT issues revolves around politics. But we at Social Work License Map want to make the conversation a bit more personal. Social workers can be allies to the LGBT community through individual, community, family, and school counseling, and are devoted to honoring the inherent human dignity and worth of each individual. But while it is important to have others honor your identity, it is just as, if not more important, to honor your own. This is the true essence, and importance, of pride.

To celebrate Pride Month, we at Social Work License Map are hosting the #WearYourPride blog carnival and campaign, and we are rallying all of you out there in the blogosphere to help us take a positive stance against LGBT discrimination. While instances of discrimination and violence can challenge your pride in your own identity, we call upon you to celebrate the strength and resilience of your pride, whether you identify as LGBT, ally, family member, friend, etc. We hope that our campaign will provide a central platform for you to have your voice heard, to connect with others over shared experiences, and to encourage those who may be struggling with their pride.

How Can You Get Involved in #WearYourPride?

We call upon you, our community of passionate, inspired social advocates, for the message of #WearYourPride to spread as far as possible. Together, we can raise awareness, fight discrimination, and support our loved ones, our friends, ourselves, and our community at large. Here's how you can #WearYourPride:

  • Record your personal story of pride in a blog post. Tell us about a time when you experienced or witnessed an instance of LGBT discrimination, or a time when you or a loved one was made to feel “other” because of your identity as a member or supporter of the LGBT community. Here are some topics you can address as jumping-off points to frame your post:
    • How were you able to keep your pride in these situations?
    • Why is it important to stay proud in the face of challenges to yourself, and how has your pride helped you build a stronger identity and sense of self?
    • How can pride help individuals face difficulty with strength and confidence?
    • How can we show others that they are not alone?
  • Include a link back to this page, so your readers and fellow bloggers can follow our Call to Action and learn how to wear their pride as well!
  • Include one of our special #WearYourPride badges on your blog, using the embed codes below, to show your support for pride as a member of the LGBT community, as an ally, or simply to support the resiliency of pride.
  • Share your blog post on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #WearYourPride.

Whether you identify as part of the community, as an ally, a friend, parent or just a person who cares, we want to hear your story. We look forward to reading--and sharing--your submissions!

Don't have a blog but still want to share your story? No worries! Reach out to us at social@socialworklicensemap.com. We welcome guest posts!

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