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Supporting the LGBTQIA+ Community Throughout the Year

June 17, 2023
by Maria Castello

Each year during June, we celebrate Pride month and the history of the LGBTQIA+ community, but we should also work to support those who identify as LGBTQIA+ throughout the rest of the year.


Caption: Street art from Pride celebrations in Dublin.

Ideas for Supporting the LGBTQIA+ Community Year-Round

Whether you identify as LGBTQIA+ or instead consider yourself an ally, there are many ways to show your support for the community at any time. Here are some ways to do just that:

  • If comfortable, share your pronouns: sharing your personal pronouns in a visible place like your email signature allows others to address you as you would like to be addressed and can help them avoid assuming your gender identity. The Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) provides a useful guide on pronouns.

Dublin Pride 2016

Caption: Marchers in the Dublin Pride parade.

Learn About the Global LGBTQIA+ Community and Support LGBTQIA+ Students Studying Abroad

There are also many ways to learn about the LGBTQ+ community outside of the US. Here are a few places to get started:

Finally, there are many ways to support LGBTQIA+ students who plan to study abroad, such as donating to the Fund for Education Abroad Rainbow Scholarship. The FEA Rainbow Scholarship "awards deserving lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) students who aim to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs." Learn more about the scholarship and donate here.

Please join us in advocating for and celebrating the LGBTQIA+ community year-round!

Maria Castello is the Communications Specialist.
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