CBM’s Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Council celebrates the history, activism, and resilience of LGBTQ+ communities in the month of June. Pride Month offers us the opportunity to celebrate progress, push back against injustices, and amplify the voices of LGBTQ+ people. 

Pride Month is celebrated during the month of June to commemorate the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots that occurred in June of 1969. The uprising was a direct response to police harassment of queer and trans people in Greenwich Village. The riots have long been considered a pivotal moment for the LGBTQ+ liberation movement. In the past 50 years since Stonewall, Pride has been celebrated in many different ways – from festivals and parades to protests. Historically, the term “Pride” has been used during this month as a way to encourage self-affirmation and the rejection of social stigma. From a Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) perspective, celebrating our identities by self-validating can be a powerful way to practice the skill of opposite action to shame and can allow us to engage in values-based action. It is our hope that you are able to celebrate this month in ways that feel the most affirming for you. 

Recently, there has been an increase in discriminatory and harmful legislation targeting LGBTQ+ people, particularly those who are people of color, disabled, working-class, and their families. CBM opposes the stigmatization of  LGBTQ+ communities and stands in solidarity with those who are most impacted by these harmful policies and laws. As clinicians and community members, we are committed to combating heterosexism and ensuring that clients feel safe and welcomed in our clinic all year long, not just during the month of June. 

In clinical practice, DBT has been adapted to meet the needs of LGBTQ+ clients. CBM offers a skills training group specifically for LGBTQ+ adults that addresses minority stress and how to manage stigma related to sexual orientation and gender identities. For more information about this group, please contact Dr. Kim Skerven (kimberly.skerven@cbm-dbt.com). 

Finally, if you are looking for ways to celebrate Pride Month, there are many opportunities in Milwaukee to do so!

PrideFest on June 2-4th – Henry W. Maier Festival Park https://www.pridefest.com/ 

Milwaukee Pride Parade on June 5th at 2 pm – S 2nd Street in Walker’s Point, Milwaukee WI – https://www.prideparademke.org/ 

Milwaukee Film Pride Month Screenings during the month of June – Oriental Theater – https://mkefilm.org/pride