Talking to Young Children about Pride Month

Celebrate Pride Month with Wonderful Picture Books

June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month. This started as Gay Pride Day to honour the 1969 Stonewall riots in America. Over time, it evolved into a month of events recognising the impact of the LGBT community throughout history. Parades and events promote equal rights and an end to LGBT discrimination. Groups also organise memorials to remember those who lost their lives to HIV and AIDS.
 
Children can surprise us with deep, but difficult questions. As challenging as it may be it is important to answer LGBT questions with understanding and empathy, no matter your beliefs. Planned Parenthood says “the knowledge and respect that you foster when you have these conversations helps create a safer, more inclusive community for everyone.”
 
Here are a few ways to approach children’s LGBT questions, particularly during Pride Month. You will also find links and resources for further information.

Promote Acceptance, Not Discrimination

Every day we meet people different from ourselves. Promoting an attitude of acceptance supports a positive environment for everyone to be who they are. As we know this isn’t always the case. Many in the LGBT community are discriminated against from homophobic slurs to violence. Encourage children to treat everyone with respect, fairness and compassion.

Listen Without Judgement

If a child wants to discuss LGBT identity, listen with an open mind. Listening without judgement provides them with a safe space to express themselves. As adults, it is our responsibility to use a positive attitude rather than discriminatory stereotypes.

Slate’s series Outwards aims to expand the LGBTQ conservation, including the article The Straight Parents’ Guide to How Not to Raise a Homophobe—and How to Be a Better Ally

Keep it Simple and Honest

An open and honest attitude will let your child ask further questions knowing there will be no judgement on your part. This is important as children get older and their questions may become more complex. Planned Parenthood has information on how to discuss child queries and resources for parents and educators.

Additional Resources

Great Books to Celebrate Pride Month

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Taking about Pride and related topics can be a struggle for some adults. What tools or activities do you use to teach or discuss LGBTQ+ topics with children? 

Do you have any favourite picture books? Let me know in the comments below. I am always on the lookout for great LGBTQ+ and Pride books. I will try and include them in this list so let me know below

You can also check out other related posts on Children’s Library Lady below. Finally, you will find some more Pride related books and items from Amazon.

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