Pride Month

Bravery comes in many forms. For many of our athletes it means leaving it all on the playing field, but it also means being true to yourself. Pride Month marks an opportunity to come together and work towards a more inclusive world for all. Special Olympics Maryland stands with the entire LGBTQIA+ community during Pride Month and always.

The Facts

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, (Questioning), Intersex, Asexual, and (Agender) (LGBTQIA+) Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. The Stonewall Uprising was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. In the United States the last Sunday in June was initially celebrated as “Gay Pride Day,” but the actual day was flexible. In major cities across the nation the “day” soon grew to encompass a month-long series of events.

Today, celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia and concerts, and LGBTQ Pride Month events attract millions of participants around the world. Memorials are held during this month for those members of the community who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.

Additional Resources


Zoom Backgrounds
Virtual backgrounds are one of the easiest Zoom pride ideas. During June, you can replace your normal backdrop with a colorful tribute to the LGBTQ+ community.

Right-click the image then save as to your computer. Open your Zoom application and update your background to the file you saved from this page.

Social Media Prompts
Share your story! Below you will find two prompts that can help guide you in creating a short video (30 seconds to a minute), a write-up (a few paragraphs), your own artwork, or more. Tell your story the way you want to.

  1. As an individual with IDD who identifies as LGBTQ:
    • What has been your overall experience engaging in both communities?
    • What has it been like receiving support from either community?
    • What have been some of the biggest challenges?
    • What do you want people to know about having an intellectual disability AND identifying as LGBTQ?
    • How can friends, family, allies be more inclusive?
  2. As an ally:
    • What have you observed about the intersection of both communities?
    • How have you supported individuals with IDD who identify as LGBTQ?
    • Why are you an ally?
    • How can allies pledge to include people with intellectual disabilities who identify as LGBTQ?

If you do not have social media or do not feel comfortable posting on your social media complete the activity and share with a close friend or family member.

Instagram & Facebook Story Templates
Use these Spread the Word >> Inclusion Instagram and Facebook Story templates to show how you are making Pride more inclusive.

Right-click the image then save as to your computer. Open your Zoom application and update your background to the file you saved from this page.