Chippewa Valley Equality Initiative
Just for Kids: Pride Month
Have you ever seen flags with the colors of the rainbow, or filled with other happy colors? Chances are, you have seen a Pride flag.
There a lot of different flags that represent different groups of individuals and what they identify as.
Check out all the ones below. Which ones are your favorites?
Have you ever heard the term LGBTQIA+? That stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender, Queen, Intersex and Asexual. The + sign represents all the other types of sexual/gender identities.
You can watch this video to understand more about what those words mean.
So why do we have Pride Month? Pride Month is an entire month dedicated to the uplifting of LGBTQ voices, celebration of LGBTQ culture and the support of LGBTQ rights. There are a lot of celebrations in the month of June to celebrate. Parades, events, drag shows and more!
Want to learn about why we celebrate Pride in June? Check out the video below.
There are lots of different types of families. Some families have a mom and a dad. Some families have 2 dads or 2 moms. Some families live with one parent, or live with a grandparent or another amazing adult. It's important that we are accepting of all types of families. We are all different, but that's what makes our world so awesome.
What does your family look like, and what other families do you know or see around you?
There are different pronouns for each individual. You're definitely heard she/her and he/him, but did you know that there are other ones too? The ones you will hear the most are she/her, he/him and they/them. But there are a lot more too!
It is so important that we use the correct pronouns for people. If we don't, then it is disrespectful and makes them feel sad and unimportant. If you aren't sure what someone's pronouns are, you can always ask! People want to feel included and that you care about talking to and about them in the right way.
The video below shows kids explaining pronouns. Take a look at it and see what other kids have to say about them.
There are a lot more things to learn about LGBTQIA+ individuals, so keep learning. One of the most important things is to stand up for them and respect everyone. There are some people who say really mean things to others, and it is our job to stop that and show them that that is not okay and how much we need to show kindness to everyone.
Pride Coloring Pages
Learn about LGBTQIA+ Leaders
There are a lot of amazing people who helped fight for equal rights for LGBTQIA+ communities! Check out some of the suggestions below, and have a grown-up help you learn more about one, or all of them!
These are a just a few, of many individuals who have helped make this world a better place!
A picture book that introduces the concept of gender identity to the youngest reader from writer Theresa Thorn and illustrator Noah Grigni.
Some people are boys. Some people are girls. Some people are both, neither, or somewhere in between.
This sweet, straightforward exploration of gender identity will give children a fuller understanding of themselves and others. With child-friendly language and vibrant art, It Feels Good to Be Yourself provides young readers and parents alike with the vocabulary to discuss this important topic with sensitivity.
Whenever Ari's Uncle Lior comes to visit, they ask Ari one question: "What are your words?" Some days Ari uses she/her. Other days Ari uses he/him. But on the day of the neighborhood's big summer bash, Ari doesn't know what words to use. On the way to the party, Ari and Lior meet lots of neighbors and learn the words each of them use to describe themselves, including pronouns like she/her, he/him, they/them, ey/em, and ze/zir. As Ari tries on different pronouns, they discover that it's okay to not know your words right away—sometimes you have to wait for your words to find you.
Errol and his teddy, Thomas, are best friends who do everything together. Whether it's riding a bike, playing in the tree house, having a tea party, or all of the above, every day holds something fun to do.
One sunny day, Errol finds that Thomas is sad, even when they are playing in their favorite ways. Errol can't figure out why, until Thomas finally tells Errol what the teddy has been afraid to say: "In my heart, I've always known that I'm a girl teddy, not a boy teddy. I wish my name was Tilly, not Thomas." And Errol says, "I don't care if you're a girl teddy or a boy teddy! What matters is that you are my friend."
At the penguin house at the Central Park Zoo, two penguins named Roy and Silo were a little bit different from the others. But their desire for a family was the same. And with the help of a kindly zookeeper, Roy and Silo got the chance to welcome a baby penguin of their very own.