Is there someone in your life who is a part of the LGBTQA+ community? Probably. The best way to support someone in the LGBTQA+ community is to be a friend or an ally. A few years ago, Taylor Swift released a music video for her song “You Need to Calm Down” featuring rainbow colored cakes, gay tea parties, and other stereotypical queer images. The LGTBQA+ community was furious because she did not mention people’s actual lives but instead used the images for her own profit.
This behavior is more objectifying than comforting for the LGBTQA+ community. Pride month is about celebrating “radical queer liberation” and being yourself. It challenges old social prejudices against sexual orientation and embraces individuality.
Just like everyone knows someone who is left-handed, everyone knows someone who is a part of the LGBTQA+ community. It is important to be a friend and support the community by treating them equally. LGTBQA+ deserve to have equal opportunities and should not feel judged for their sexual preferences. Whether it is in the workplace, in social outings, or even on social media.