Each June, rainbows begin popping up around town and on social media. Pride Month, a celebration of the LGBTQ community, takes place in June to coincide with the anniversary of the Stonewell Uprising, which began in the early hours of June 28, 1969. When police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club in Greenwich Village, it sparked a movement within the gay community. Six days of protests and clashes with law enforcement became the catalyst for the gay rights movement, both in America and around the world.
Why Pride Month still matters
Even if you're lucky enough to be in a community that embraces its LGBTQ members fully, with love, equality, and support, Pride Month still matters. It allows allies and members of the community to show support in tangible ways. Mental health concerns, like anxiety and depression, are higher in LGBTQ youth than in their straight peers. Unlike other minority populations, members of the LGBTQ community are often born to and raised in straight households, which can be isolating, even with supportive family members. You can imagine how isolating it can be without supportive family and friends!
More than 50 years after the Stonewall Uprising, Pride Month still matters to the LGBTQ community. Pride Month puts LGBTQ identity proudly on display, providing the community a chance to celebrate how far it has come and to work together to envision the ways it can move forward to even greater inclusivity and equality.
Jewelry that shows your support
We designed two pieces in honor of Pride Month, the Pride Love bracelet and the Pride Love necklace highlighting the iconic rainbow. In addition to celebrating and supporting LGBTQ people, the gemstones bring together a powerful collection of positivity. Over time, jade has come to be considered a lucky stone. Carnelian energizes and anchors wearers to the present. Lapis protects and amplifies voice and truth. Onyx grounds and gives strength, while malachite amplifies energies.
Resources for allies
If you're unsure about ways to support the LGBTQ community where you live, start with these resources: