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Finding Pride in Identity

Written by: Damali Reales 


Amongst the excitement of summer, June marks the beginning of Pride Month, a time where we celebrate the diversity and resilience of the LGBTQ+ community. For many, sexual orientation and gender is a facet of identity as a whole. For members of the LGBTQ+ community, the journey to understanding and accepting identity can be both liberating and daunting. While there is freedom in acceptance and understanding, there can also be fear of judgment and discrimination that come with accepting an identity that differs from the norm.


Despite significant progress in advancing LGBTQ+ rights and visibility, many individuals within the community still face discrimination, stigma, and systemic barriers. From legal challenges to lack of acceptance, the struggle for equality and acceptance continues. However, the LGBTQ+ community is resilient, and its members have historically fought tirelessly for their rights and recognition.

Every victory, whether it be a legal milestone, a cultural shift, or a personal triumph, is a testament to the strength and resilience of the LGBTQ+ community. 


As we as a community look to become more inclusive and accepting, here are some ways we can celebrate Pride Month both as individuals who identify as LGBTQ+ and those who are allies of the community. 


  1. Educate Yourself:

    • Take the time to learn about LGBTQ+ history, important figures, and current issues affecting the community. Read books, watch documentaries, or attend lectures and workshops to deepen your understanding.
  2. Advocate for LGBTQ+ Rights:

    • Get involved in advocacy efforts to support LGBTQ+ rights and equality. This may include participating in marches, signing petitions, contacting elected officials, or volunteering with advocacy organizations.
  3. Support LGBTQ+ Organizations:

    • Donate to LGBTQ+ organizations and nonprofits that advocate for equality, provide support services, and promote acceptance and inclusion.
  4. Support LGBTQ+-Owned Businesses:

    • Patronize LGBTQ+-owned businesses, restaurants, cafes, and shops in your community to show your support and contribute to the economic empowerment of LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs.
  5. Start the Conversation:

    • Take the time to have a conversation with someone who identifies as LGBTQ+, learn about their experiences, and build empathy and understanding towards those whose life experiences may differ from yours.


As we celebrate Pride Month, let us remember that pride in our community is more than just a celebration—it’s a testament to our resilience, our love, and our unwavering commitment to being our true selves. Mental health is an integral part of this journey, reminding us that we must embrace our identities. Together, we can create a world where every individual feels seen, heard, and valued, not just in June, but every day of the year.

At Family Therapy Group of Weston, we are dedicated to supporting and affirming all individuals, regardless of who they love. We invite you to schedule a session with us and take a step towards prioritizing your mental health. Our doors are always open to provide a safe, inclusive space where you can explore your emotions, challenges, and triumphs. Let’s march forward with pride, with compassion for ourselves and others, and with the unshakeable belief that our diverse voices and stories are the threads that weave the beautiful tapestry of our community.

Written by Damali Reales

Damali Reales is Registered Social Work Intern

From Damali's bio...

“Damali has extensive experience in child welfare case management where she saw firsthand how mental health and functioning are not only attributed to a person’s mind but also are influenced largely by social, political, and economic circumstances. Her goal is to develop a relationship/environment where her clients feel safe and comfortable exploring who they are and who they would like to be. She is not a therapist that wishes to erase external experiences but rather work within those experiences to help her clients build the life they want.”

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