It means a lot as a closeted person to see pride in the community, it makes me feel included and accepted.
Having the Pride Flag up at our school makes me feel good knowing everyone is welcome, and included, to let them be proud of who they are. I think the importance of Pride Month is that everyone can be themselves instead of being ashamed, or trying to hide it. It is important that everyone gets to be their true selves. :)
I think that Pride Month is incredibly important because we need to acknowledge the importance of all of the members of the world no matter what. When I see the Pride Flag flying at OCDSB schools it just fills me with hope for the future because that means that no one's getting bullied just because of their sexuality.
Pride Month is really important to me, I know a lot amazing of people in the 2SLGBTQ+ community who have faced wrongful discrimination, but with Pride Month we are all accepted. With the pride flag up and flying at OCDSB, it means so much more than just representing the 2SLGBTQ+ community. It means accepting people of all backgrounds, sexualities, and gender identity and expression, it means making those people feel seen and heard, it makes me feel seen and heard, it means we fight to support the 2SLGBTQ+ community, and it means we stand against homophobia and transphobia. Having Pride Month, and waving the pride flag high, means the 2SLBGTQ+ community is acknowledged and accepted. It means I am acknowledged and accepted.
I am a part of the community, currently unlabeled but leaning towards omnisexual (the attraction to all genders with a preference, under the bisexual umbrella) or to pansexual (the attraction to all genders without a preference, also under the bisexual umbrella). I find the importance of Pride Month is acknowledging our presence. It was first commemorated by the Stonewall riots in the United States and since then has grown into more of a celebration of our sexual/gender identities. June is meant to lower the oppression and stigma of talking about LGBTQIA+ rights and their presence in society. Currently, my close friends and some family know about my sexuality, and I am feeling more prepared to completely come out to the world this month. I have had my fair share of homophobia from others, but knowing I am welcome at school seeing the OCDSB pride flags is very welcoming and important.
The importance of Pride Month is to make sure everyone in the LGBTQ+ community is treated equally and it also is a reminder that we need to use the preferred pronoun.
When I see the pride flag flying at my school it shows that everyone is accepted and included.