Things We want You to Know During Pride Month & Every Month

Things We want You to Know During Pride Month & Every Month

By: Lindsay Lam

As you may know, it’s Pride Month! As we celebrate the LGBTQ+ community, it's important to recognize the diverse experiences and challenges faced by those navigating their identities. This can be especially daunting if you’re a teen! There are so many societal pressures and misconceptions online, so I hope to provide some insight while emphasizing the importance of self-acceptance, community, and resilience. Whether you're questioning your identity, seeking affirmation, or supporting loved ones, let’s navigate this journey together.

Navigating Puberty

Going through puberty can be tough, and you might feel out of sync with who you are as your body changes. It can be a confusing time, but understanding these natural changes can totally help you build confidence. That’s why we’re here to support you– feel free to drop questions in the comments or send a DM anytime!

Finding Safe Spaces

Finding safe spaces online and connecting with others in the LGBTQ+ community can really help if you’re feeling isolated in your sexuality. There are always people out there who empathize with your struggles and are prepared to offer support in this journey!

Valuing Yourself and Setting Boundaries 

Social media often prioritizes romantic and sexual relationships, but don’t forget that you are worth so much more than your relationship status. Being surrounded by people who respect your boundaries is key to building self-respect and confidence! Never settle for less than what you deserve 🩷

Celebrating You

If you’re questioning your gender identity, remember that your identity is valid no matter what. Take the time to learn more about yourself and celebrate who you are! Not everyone fits into society's boxes that define gender and that's totally okay. Check out our blog on tips for coming out here!

Navigating Reactions and Seeking Support 

If you’re thinking of coming out or already have, I’m proud of you! It’s a big deal and takes a lot of courage. Sometimes people don’t react in the way you expect or hope for, and it's ok to feel disappointed. Perspectives can change over time, keep being patient and find a community that loves you for who you are.

While we celebrate Pride Month and beyond, let's remember that acceptance, understanding, and support are not limited to a single month but should be part of our daily lives. Whether you're exploring your identity or advocating for equality, your journey is valid. Let's continue to foster inclusive spaces and uplift each other, so that everyone is free to be their authentic selves unapologetically.

About the Author:
Lindsay is a Health Science and Business student at Western University who loves cooking and enjoying the outdoors. She hopes that more girls can feel confident growing up, and totally wishes she had Apricotton bras as a teen!


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