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Celebrating Pride Month with WordPress.com

Happy Pride Month! At Automattic, we strive to be a platform that democratizes publishing so that anyone can share their stories. This month is a great reminder for why we work hard to expand the open web.

Happy Pride Month! My favorite parts about celebrating this month are the stories shared from LGBTQ+ folks, their loved ones, and organizations looking to show support. At WordPress.com, we strive to be a platform that democratizes publishing so that anyone can share their stories regardless of income, gender, politics, language, or where they live in the world. This month is a great reminder for why we work hard to expand the open web.

For me, democratizing publishing means more than just my ability to publish my own story. It’s about being able to share, but also being able to receive. As I celebrate Pride Month as a young, queer person, I think back to early online communities on which I found other LGBTQ+ people and how much I resonated with their stories. I feel lucky to be able to share my own story, but there are many LGBTQ+ folks who can’t.

To this end, we wanted to provide resources, inspire, and highlight organizations to support as you celebrate Pride Month in your own way, whether that’s seeking out stories or writing your own.

Resources

The LGBTQ+ community is vast — I’m part of it, but I’m still learning new things daily. Whether you identify as LGBTQ+ or not, make sure you properly represent the community at large when you share your story with the help of these resources:  

We know how important it is to find an image that perfectly fits your writing and, since stock-image libraries have historically struggled to represent all experiences, we wanted to share some free image options to ease your search this month:

Have any resources to recommend? Please share them in the comments below! Part of our company creed is to never stop learning, and I’d love to learn what resources you all have found useful.

Tip: Use the #celebratingpride tag to connect with other folks sharing their stories. Here’s more information about using tags.

Inspiration from WordPress.com Bloggers

If you want to write but are feeling stuck trying to find the words, take some inspiration this month from these writers with strong voices and varied perspectives:

Tip: Make sure to follow these sites so you don’t miss any future posts.

Organizations to Support from Around the World

In partnership with Out in Tech, volunteers, including some of my awesome colleagues, have worked together over the last few years to create websites for LGBTQ+ organizations around the world. As you look to find organizations to support, remember to think globally, especially considering there are still 73 nations with laws against being LGBTQ+. We hope this list gives you a great place to start:

Happy WordPress-ing. Happy Pride.

For those of you sharing your own stories of being LGBTQ+ in this world, thank you for your bravery and vulnerability.

For those of you who can’t share your story, please know that it gets better and that you aren’t alone this month.

For those of you seeking out other people’s stories, thank you for being supportive, being open, and seeking to expand your perspective.


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  1. Dane Morgan

    Honestly one of the things I love most about this community is that it values inclusiveness at a level that makes it feel like it is always pride month.

    Liked by 22 people

  2. Mia Winhertt

    We don’t choose who we love. But we can choose to love them with pride!
    https://miawinhertt.wordpress.com/2018/09/10/right-to-love-for-everyone/

    Liked by 29 people

  3. Mia Winhertt

    We don’t choose who we love. But we can choose to love them with pride!! On this thought,
    https://miawinhertt.wordpress.com/2018/09/10/right-to-love-for-everyone/

    Liked by 2 people

  4. Ishanee Sharma

    Thanks for sharing this.

    Liked by 7 people

  5. methinksmerocks

    This post makes me feel like someone appreciates that I’m Bi so I love it.

    Liked by 6 people

  6. Kerry Day

    My husband and I have aged along with the Dallas gay community. Like many men and women our age we are not active in social events as we used to be. when we drove to dinner last month our route took us down the Gay Main Street (Cedar Springs). The sidewalks were full to overflowing with men and women celebrating their lives. Simultaneously, Ed and I began reminiscing about events going back decades which gave us a sense of community in a hostile world. Never stop the celebrating. Never stop the joy. That’s how gains are made.

    Liked by 8 people

  7. Simon Nisha

    Love has no gender, Love with pride … ✨

    Liked by 7 people

  8. Ellen Hawley

    I’m so proud to see that international list, offering support in places where it’s needed.

    Liked by 11 people

  9. Nathan AM Smith

    Love this!!! Thanks so much for sharing! Happy Pride, everyone! Let’s get out there and share our stories and remind everyone how awesome we are! 🌈🌈🌈

    Liked by 10 people

  10. Jane Lurie

    Happy Pride! 🌈

    Liked by 6 people

  11. mcpersonalspace54

    Thanks for this post. It is always so good to read about people in similar situations. Happy Pride Month.

    Liked by 8 people

  12. Cailin Conroy

    Happy pride month everyone from your friendly average trans-woman blogger! 😉

    Liked by 8 people

  13. Andrea Frazer

    I’m at a new church which is open and inclusive. The communion table is set. “Who is invited?” the pastor asks. “All are invited.” That sounds about right for me.

    Liked by 12 people

  14. Roderick J "Jay" Friz

    I was thinking about doing a post for Pride Month. One of my favorite cartoons has done a lot for the LGBTQ community, and I wanted to write about it

    Liked by 9 people

  15. Makia Lee

    I love the LGBTQ community happy pride! Lots of love from a new blogger.

    Liked by 5 people

  16. carmenlehtimaki

    I love this!

    Liked by 6 people

  17. bhagyashree234

    Happy pride month

    Liked by 9 people

  18. mexesstores

    I love this.

    Liked by 7 people

  19. educatorforequity

    So excited it’s pride month. I finally feel able to share my stories as an openly gay teacher. Anyone interested in the colliding worlds of education and LGBTQ+ check out stories at oneducatorssearchforequity.com. To my follow LGBTQ+ students, teacher, and former students, I would love to hear your stories. Too often our pain is ignored and our voices are silenced. Let’s change that! Happy Pride! 🥰🥳

    Liked by 5 people

  20. Angie Gomez

    HaPpy PrIdE DaY

    Liked by 3 people

  21. jadae1489

    Love this !! Happy pride month 🌈

    Liked by 7 people

  22. fodumlaganengmailcom

    The post is wonderful to read

    Liked by 3 people

  23. Raahi

    I am so glad how the times are changing n’ we r finally being humane n ‘ accepting the core facet of humanity i.e. spreading love in irrespective of caste, gender , color ,creed . Still, long way to go ..but this truly makes me so much proud to see fellow humans accept each other the way they are.
    Love love ❤️

    Liked by 4 people

  24. Dilz yoga

    Happy Pride Month!!!

    Liked by 4 people

  25. Yahari Bento ( T vT)

    Awesome! Everyone should be proud in themselves every single days, not just June.

    Find out yourself and be that person.

    Happy Pride Month! 😀

    Liked by 4 people

  26. christopher munguti

    Happy pride

    Liked by 4 people

  27. jrantsyouread

    Happy Pride Month!

    Liked by 7 people

  28. Book My Words Assist

    Hello from Kentucky. My spouse is trans and we have written/published books about our journey. I know there are untold LGBTQ stories out there and believe the best way to foster inclusiveness is by sharing those stories and letting the world get to know us. I help with such sharing through my administrative assistant venture. For details please visit my website at http://www.bookmywordsassist.com. Also, if interested, you can find our stories on Amazon. Hers is “Hung in the Middle: A Journey of Gender Discovery” and mine is “My HUSBAND Looks Better in Lingerie Than I Do … DAMN IT” Thank you … and may your day be a blessed one.

    Liked by 6 people

  29. someodyfromnowhere

    You may find some of my real life stories in my blog….. Am new and not an expert but yeah I pen down my thoughts my feelings and Tessa mostly LGBTQ themed 😊

    Will be happy to receive your feedbacks especially on the writeups like -Love beneath the rainbow, A moment of jealousy and so on 😊

    Liked by 5 people

  30. Veer Photography

    Amazing

    Liked by 4 people

  31. phetlhoja

    I’m motivated to write my story book and post on this so that we can all share the experiences we witness in life in general thanks

    Liked by 9 people

  32. techyplur

    Happy Pride! Also great read!

    Liked by 6 people

  33. Obinna Victor Unanka

    Happy pride month…

    Liked by 7 people

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