Pride and the Push for a Safe Night Out
June is a month of celebration and recognition of the progress made by the LGBTQ community in the United States – Pride Month. Pride is so much more than a festival or parade. Pride is history, community, and a more inclusive future.
Since Stonewall and well before, gay clubs have been safe spaces for members of the LGBTQ community to come together to connect, celebrate, and be themselves. This is why a post-Stonewall gay disco in Manhattan was named Sanctuary; why one of the longest-running queer dancefloors of London is called Heaven; and why a beloved LGBTQ club in San Francisco is known as Oasis. For many who’ve never known a safe and happy home or school or workplace bars and nightclubs have been places where LGBTQ people come together with their families of choice.
In some communities, the push for safe nightlife programming has been led by members of the LGBTQ community and their favorite bars and nightclubs. We honor the work of these communities by partnering with local organizations in our efforts to connect a network of bars and other alcohol-serving venues across the country creating workplace cultures focused on increasing safety. In everything we do, we are guided by our values: trust, respect, accountability, connection, and support.
Whether you’re headed to your local Pride festival, gathering in your backyard with friends, or enjoying a drink at your favorite bar there are ways you can participate in Pride. Here are just a few.
Check out these book recommendations for beautiful, celebratory, dynamic stories from the LGBTQ community.
Rock some cool Pride gear from a company that is giving back, check them out.
Encourage your favorite bar, restaurant, or nightclub to join the SAFE Bar Network. To learn more about joining the SAFE Bar Network contact us at email@example.com
The SAFE Bar Network is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) you can join the team by donating your time, talent, and money to the mission of giving everyone a SAFE Night Out, just click here.
There are everyday active bystanders practicing the skills to keep people safe every day. Watch their stories here, Everyday Active Bystanders.
To learn more about active bystander skills check out our blog post, Obstacles. What obstacles? 3 Full Proof Everyday Active Bystander Skills.
Interested in learning more about bystander intervention? Visit our friends at With Us Center for Bystander Intervention.