As Pride Month ends, advocates say community support still needed

 

DELMARVA,-  June 30th marks the last day of pride month, but going through the rest of the year people can still be an ally. “They’re there everyday. They’re the ones who step forward when they see someone in needed. They’re the ones who defend those people who are being bullied or discriminated against. That’s what an ally is,” said Founder of TRANSliance’s Tina Jones.

To be a good ally, I’m told you must know the true meaning of what pride is. “To understand where that came from and why we need this. Not Just in June but why we need this throughout the year. So we need our allies to push, we need our allies to understand, and we need our allies to be on our side,” said Executive Director of Salisbury PFLAG Mark DeLancey.

June 28 1969, known as the Stonewall Riots, became a turning point in the fight for equality.

Fast forwarding more than 50 years later, the world has seen much progress but advocates say there’s still much more that needs to be done and ally support is needed. “Not only what brought us to this point but where we plan on going and your part in that future of who we are and what we want to represent,” said DeLancey.

With that push, means being active.

Midshore TRANSliance meets every third Tuesday of the month supporting individuals who identify as transgender or non-binary, creating a safe space to discuss topics impacting them. “There are groups that you can get involved with. These are not just for transgender and non-binary people. We also accept allies in our groups and want their participation. Because we know we can’t do this alone,” said Jones.

They also encourage community members to push for legislation, as that brings change. “Talk to your local elected leaders in your towns, in your cities, at your county level and state elected officials. Let them know how you feel about embracing this community.”

Moving forward, Salisbury P-FLAG says that community members can look forward to their events coming up in October for National Coming Out Month.

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