Over the years I’ve celebrated LGBT Pride month many times – and in lots of different ways. For me it morphed from a giant coming out party, to a beer and sun people-watching event, to an opportunity to be an activist and learn about political issues and non-profit organizations that support our community.
The last few years our celebration of Pride has taken on a whole new incarnation. We’ve had a newborn/baby/toddler (and next year we will have two kids!) in tow – which makes Pride a whole new experience. Rather than perusing the hot evening parties and concerts we focus on the daytime activities. Glitter has been replaced with sunscreen; sleeping in after a long night has been replaced with naptime after an early morning; and beer has been replaced by plenty of water to stay hydrated.
Still, most things translate well. Who doesn’t love rainbows, sunshine, and parades? An outdoor festival with live music appeals to any age group. Even though we have a different set of considerations, we still really enjoy the celebration.
It might be a bit more challenging to navigate the festivities with little kids in tow, but I think it is an important event for our family. It’s an opportunity to witness diversity in action as well as interact with other families like ours. Our son, at two years old, is just starting to be able to ask questions and vocalize his curiosity. I imagine that as he gets older Pride will be a great way to spark conversation and a safe place to ask questions. Most importantly it will be an occasion to celebrate who we are; from each of us as individuals, to our family as a whole, to our larger LGBT community and allies. I believe it will be worth the extra effort for our kids to witness an entire community coming together in Pride.
If you plan to tackle a Pride festival with young kids here are a few tips to keep the day running smoothly:
However you celebrate – I hope everyone is having a great Pride season!