Celebrating Pride Month

Pride Month
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Pride Month

Celebrating Pride Month

At WMPS, we’re dedicated to serving everyone in our Lakeshore communities without exception by providing mental health resources and support. This June, we proudly sponsor the Lakeshore Pride Festival in Holland. This partnership reflects our commitment to providing equal mental health opportunities for all, ensuring everyone feels respected and supported in their wellness journey. In honor of Pride month, let’s explore the history of Pride and ways we can support the LGBTQ+ community!

History of Pride

Pride Month traces its origins to the early 1900s activists within the gay rights movement. However, it wasn’t until a pivotal evening in June of 1969 that this movement made monumental progress as riots broke out across New York. Following a police raid on a bar known to be a haven for people who identified as Lesbian and Gay, tensions erupted as individuals stood their ground.

The first Gay Pride Parade took place a year later. It drew nearly 5,000 individuals who marched proudly over 50 blocks, proclaiming their identity and rights. This historic event ignited a wave of solidarity, inspiring other major cities to follow suit that same summer. Over the years, as more cities and individuals joined in, June was officially designated as Pride Month in 2000 and later expanded in 2009 to be more inclusive of the whole LGBTQ+ community.

Pride Parades have since spread across the globe, serving as an assertion of rights and a beacon for hope. While these events unite communities in celebration, they also attract hostility from homophobic individuals and oppressive governments. At WMPS, we recognize that while June is a time of celebration for the LGBTQ+ community, it can also be fraught with the weight of prejudice and discrimination.

Supporting The LGBTQ+ Community

Through education, we can support the LGBTQ+ community. By learning about the community’s diverse identities, experiences, and challenges, we can become better allies for equality and acceptance. This education can be reading literature by LGBTQ+ authors, watching documentaries or films that explore LGBTQ+ themes, and engaging in conversations with community members. Through education, we can break down stereotypes, challenge prejudices, and foster a more inclusive and supportive society. Our providers at WMPS are educated on the LGBTQ+ community and offer specialized therapy tailored to their unique needs. Through education and specialized services, we aim to provide comprehensive support and advocacy.

Creating safe and supportive spaces is crucial for the well-being of the LGBTQ+ community. These spaces provide community, mental health support, and resources, thereby meeting unique needs and fostering a sense of belonging. Cultivating such environments uplifts the LGBTQ+ community and promotes inclusivity. By prioritizing inclusivity and specialized care, WMPS creates a safe and supportive community for LGBTQ+ individuals where they can feel welcomed and cared for. 

Access to mental health resources is essential to support queer individuals through their unique experiences. The LGBTQ+ community faces unique challenges, from grappling with identity acceptance and navigating discrimination to undergoing the complex process of transitioning

At WMPS, we are committed to supporting the mental health of all individuals in our Lakeshore communities. We want to ensure inclusivity for individuals of all gender identities, sexual orientations, and personal beliefs. We welcome everyone because we firmly believe in providing equal opportunities for mental health investment. Contact us today to find resources and support that work with you!