-Supporting the LGBTQ Community-
Celebrated each June, Pride Month is a time for honoring the positive impact of LGBTQ people. It is also a time for supporting the worldwide LGBTQ community as a whole.
LGBTQ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer. The LGBTQ community has inspired diverse people of all sexualities and origins to join them in parades and festivals recognizing Pride Month since the 1970s. The observance was established to commemorate the June 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City, and it is notable that this year marks 50 years since that pivotal day in history. Pride Month has grown to a global, month-long celebration of gay rights and civil liberties for all.
Pride Month Celebrations
Proudly, men and women will be waving the rainbow flag at events and displaying the flag at their homes and businesses throughout Pride Month. Others may be marching in Pride Parades, such as Florida’s largest pride celebrations held annually in St. Petersburg. This year’s St. Pete Pride events are set for June 21-23, with an epic party and parade through downtown on June 22.
Support for Coming Out
For some individuals, it can be difficult to show your whole self to certain members of your family, friends, coworkers, neighbors, or even strangers. Coming out can be a major milestone in your life, and it is important to know there are caring people ready to provide support. Supportive therapists can help you and take the journey with you.
“The therapists at Tampa Bay Center for Psychological Health will guide you and provide helpful resources for working through the emotions and meaningful dynamics of coming out,” says Dr. Aisha Abbasi, Founder and Center Director of TBCPH. “Experienced clinicians can help profoundly in opening up the way for you to have positive relationships and greater happiness as your whole and true self.”