June 1st marks the start of glitter, rainbows and cute boys and girls making out with cute boys and girls, right? Well yes, and no. Pride Month is a time for LGBTQ (that’s Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans and Queer or Questioning) to celebrate their history and the social and political gains that have been made locally, nationally and internationally. It’s also a time to recognize that the hate crimes against LGBTQ members of the community are on the rise and that there is still a long way to go for equality and acceptance.
The cheerleading industry has, mostly, been a welcoming space for people who identify as LGBTQ, providing a space where they are celebrated and accepted in a sport they love. There are industry leaders including event producers, media, gym owners, coaches and governing body board members who are able to live their lives openly and with love, and be strong role models for young men and women, whatever their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Over this month, we’ll be posting about LGBTQ history and stories, including from our own community! If you have something you want to share, let us know!