Boston: June is Pride Month

~ June marks the celebration of Pride Month, a time to recognize and honor the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Nonbinary (LGBTQ+) community. The EAP works to support individuals openly living their best lives and truest selves with the people they love, and advocates for their mental health and well-being.

Boston has a long and complicated history with its LGBTQ+ citizens. In 2004, Massachusetts became the first state to legalize gay marriage due to the advocacy of its LGBTQ+ community. Despite this progress, transgender individuals are facing intense scrutiny and persecution across the country. Numerous laws are being pursued to outlaw gender affirming care for transgender minors, so-called "bathroom bills", and bans on participation in sports consistent with their gender identity. In addition, there is a renewed push in many states to censor education and access to literature on sexual orientation and gender identity.

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In spite of these backward steps, Pride Month is an opportunity to celebrate acceptance and freedom of LGTBQ+ people in Boston as well as highlight support services for those who may be struggling. Organizations such as Boston Pride, The Trevor Project, The Greater Boston Suicide Prevention Coalition, The Boston Alliance of Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer Youth (GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders), Q chat space, City of Boston's Pride 2023 page (run by the Mayor's office for LGTBQ+ advancement), Fenway Health offer resources such as donation opportunities; online peer spaces; counselors; information & education pages; housing; health care; political advocacy groups; events; community resources; blog etc.

The EAP encourages everyone to take part in this month-long celebration by participating in events or donating/volunteering for organizations that support LGBTQ+ rights. Let us all come together this June to create a safe environment where everyone can live their best lives without fear or judgement.

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