Valentine’s Day is a holiday celebrated on February 14th to express love and affection towards others, but it has traditionally been associated with romantic love between couples.
In recent years, the holiday has become more inclusive to recognize all forms of love, including love within the LGBTQ+ community.
Here are ways that you can support the LGBTQ+ community and help them feel comfortable being themselves this Valentines.
- Educate yourself: Learn about LGBTQ+ issues, history, and culture to gain a better understanding of the experiences and challenges faced by this community. You should have done this already.
- Be an ally: Speak out against discrimination and show support for the LGBTQ+ community, both publicly and privately. Stand up for the community
- Use inclusive language: Use language that is respectful and inclusive of all gender identities and sexual orientations. Embrace the differences you have .
- Respect people’s identities: Let people self-identify their gender and sexual orientation, and use their preferred pronouns. You can respect it, you do not have to agree with it.
- Challenge homophobia and transphobia: Speak out against derogatory comments, jokes, and actions that harm the LGBTQ+ community. Be there – just in case of anything.
- Create safe spaces: Create safe spaces. Make them feel comfortable.
The LGBTQ+ community celebrates Valentine’s Day in many different ways, including expressing love and appreciation for partners, friends, and family members, as well as participating in events and activities that celebrate diversity and inclusiveness. Embrace, respect the differences.