Celebrate PRIDE All Month Long in New York City
June is LGBTQ+ Pride month! This month, we honor the history of the gay liberation movement. Pride has evolved immensely over the last few decades, entering the mainstream in waves unheard of just 20 years ago. However, though much has changed in the eyes of the public, the driving forces of LGBTQ+ advocacy remain steadfast. The ability to publicly connect with the rich history of June helps queer people look confidently into the future, which includes starting a family.
Many pinpoint the beginnings of the political movement back to June 28, 1969, outside the Stonewall Inn in New York City. A routine police raid of the bar ignited into a five-day clash-turned-protest – gay men, drag queens, and transgender patrons united in resistance against law enforcement’s repeated targeted harassment. Stonewall quickly became a turning point and accelerant of the fight for gay and trans rights.
Following the events at Stonewall, organizers Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera founded STAR (Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries) in 1970, the first LGBTQ+ youth shelter in North America. This organization provided much-needed support as well as housing to area youth and set an example of community building that many have since replicated.
This month, there will be celebrations popping up all throughout New York City. The Pride March will commence on June 26th and the NYC Pride Rally is back in person for the first time in two years! Folks can gather safely and enjoy live entertainment, food, and other activities.
During this joyous time, centering yourself around those you love and what’s most important to you may lead you down the path of the future, which can include having children. The LGBTQ+ community has made tremendous progress in the world of family planning and adoption rights, and more couples are exploring third-party reproduction. Both egg donation and surrogacy are popular options amongst gay couples or single parents looking to expand their families.
Egg donation and surrogacy are both beautiful choices to make when thinking of starting a family. Many organizations accept intended LGBTQ+ parents both as coupled and single parents, and there are support groups and other resources available to intended parents of all backgrounds. For more information, contact Chelsea Fertility NYC today!