We join in celebrating the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) communities. We use the plus (+) sign to include all sexual orientations and gender identities. Originally called “Gay Pride Day,” it is now a month-long celebration every June that began in commemoration of the 1969 Stonewall uprising. Stonewall is often cited as a “tipping point” in activism supporting LGBTQ+ rights. A central figure in Stonewall history is Marsha P. Johnson. Reportedly, the “P” in her name stood for “pay it no mind,” which she would say when people asked her about her gender. There is a Marsha P. Johnson foundation that defends the human rights of black transgender people in her honor.
In DBT we talk a lot about “the invalidating environment,” an environment that communicates that central aspects about who we are as a person are not OK. Environments can invalidate our emotions, behaviors, and also identities. Invalidation can happen directly by other people and can also be embedded within social systems, which can make it difficult to deal with. Sometimes we can change our invalidating environment, and sometimes that is very hard to do. Either way, we can ALWAYS self-validate!
You may choose to celebrate Pride loudly, like attending parties or marching in parades. Or, you may choose to celebrate it softly, like standing up tall when you look at yourself in the mirror. However you choose to celebrate, we hope that you find meaning in the historical roots of Pride Month and a dialectical balance between changing the invalidating environment where it can be changed and “paying it no mind.”
For more information on the Marsha P. Johnson Institute, click here.
For more information on the history of Pride Month, click here.