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The KindVoice LGBTQ+ Pride Event

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Hello everyone and thanks for taking an interest in KindVoice and Confidist. This is a web platform for one on one private communication with an impassioned focus on cultural understanding and authenticity. We throw virtual events with rewards to encourage users to step out of their comfort zone a little bit for the opportunity to have a fulfilling, meaningful interaction. Participation in this event will earn you a unique Confidist Badge that will serve as a commemoration for Pride 2019.

Who is welcome to participate?

Anyone age 13 is over is welcome to participate in this event. No matter how you choose to identify or your level of experience in and around this community, you are wholeheartedly welcome to join. Some members are encouraged to offer their wisdom and experience as a guide to the less experienced. Others are encouraged to be open-minded, learn just how much we all share in common, and understand how to better support each other.

What is Pride?

The origin of Pride is attributed to a group of activists in the United States following the June 28th, 1969 police raid on the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay club located in Greenwich Village in New York City. At the time, same-sex relations were illegal in New York City and a law prohibited people from wearing no less than three gender-appropriate articles of clothing. In a similar fashion to Prohibition (which banned the use and commercialization of alcohol in the 1920s), gay bars and clubs were popularized as a refuge from the intolerances of the day. Despite not being allowed a liquor license, the Stonewall Inn permitted patrons to bring their own while charging an entry fee.

On the morning of June 28th, police officers forced entry into the establishment while scuffling with patrons, arresting thirteen individuals, citing a warrant for bootlegged alcohol and violations under the state law prohibiting gender “inappropriate” clothing.

Fellow bar patrons and neighborhood onlookers witnessing the injustices gave rise to a continuous riot, eventually leading to thousands of people protesting. The Stonewall Riots lasted five days and caught the attention of many.

Among the keen onlookers of the event were Craig Rodwell, Fred Sargeant, Ellen Broidy, and Linda Rhodes who collectively proposed the first march to be held in NYC as an annual reminder to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall Inn demonstrations. One of the event’s early coordinators, Brenda Howard, also known as the “Mother of Pride”, expanded the march to include celebrations of the community, which are now primarily recognized as the LGBT Pride festivities we are familiar with today.

How do I become an ally or supporter of the LGBTQ+ community?

It’s important to know everyone is different and needs support in different ways. If you are in a position of leadership in an organization, it’s important to be visible with your support. A Pride sticker, an inclusive policy, or standing up against discriminatory language can make a big difference. However, when you are a peer or a friend to someone in the LGBTQ+ community, just get to know them for who they are and try not to assume what might be best for them. In a lot of ways, just having an honest and understanding conversation is the best way to grow your support and build trust.

Below are some suggestions for topics of conversation. It’s important to remember that everyone is welcome to participate in the Confidist KindVoice Pride event, from veteran LGBTQ+ members to the less experienced and least identifying, to both liberal and conservative. We encourage everyone to stay open-minded, listen to other perspectives, and try to understand others’ underlying values, whether or not you agree with everything. If at any point during a conversation you feel uncomfortable or the topic changes in a way you do not appreciate, you can call in a moderator by selecting the report option located in the menu at the top left of your conversation.


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Community Event Topic Suggestions

What is it like to be a member of the LGBTQ+ community where you live?

How can I better support my LGBTQ+ coworkers?

How can I better support my LGBTQ+ classmates?

How can I better support my LGBTQ+ friends?

How can I better support my LGBTQ+ family members?

How can I better support my LGBTQ+ neighbors?

What hardships have you endured because of your identity that you believe are unfair?

Tell me about a time when you felt particularly singled out for who you are. What could have helped you in that situation?

What are your thoughts on "coming out"? Why should/would someone do this? How can someone give support without being presumptuous?

How can I be a better friend and member of society as someone who does not identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community?

When have you felt the most included in a community setting? What enabled you to feel that way?

How can I both honor and respect the rules and guidelines of my religion and also the progressive values of my peers?

I fear the repercussions of acting on what is viewed as impure thoughts. How can someone overcome this feeling of self-doubt and fear?

I believe sexuality and identity is a choice and not something of which you are born. How did you come to realize your true orientation and identity? Do you believe it was a choice?

How can we better support the needs of the LGBTQ+ community in technology?

How can we better support the needs of the LGBTQ+ community in the local and federal government?

How should our community handle the commercialization of Pride and its use as a marketing ploy?

I feel as if the LGBTQ+ Pride events shine too much of a spotlight on just a small part of my identity. How can we teach the community that Pride doesn’t have to be the stereotypical extravagance that is highlighted in the event, but that we are normal contributing members of society?

Who is your favorite public figure or historical figure who was in the LGBTQ+ community?

What tips do you have for a young person who is struggling or confused about their identity?

What advice do you have for someone with a very conservative family in communicating progressive values?

Looking to give support to another member of the LGBTQ+ community. You are not alone.

Here to give advice to anyone trying to be an ally to the LGBTQ+ community.

Have you ever felt uneasy around someone who is LGBTQ+? Why do you think you felt that way?

Available to give advice to young members of the LGBTQ+ community.

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