Every June, communities across the world celebrate Pride. For many, it’s a time to celebrate identity, to reflect on what it means to be inclusive, and to continue the fight for equality and acceptance for all. As part of our celebration of Pride Month at TpT, we asked some LGBTQ+ Teacher-Authors to share their definition of Pride. Here’s what they head to say.

Pride means standing with and amplifying LGBTQ+ voices.

Pride means showing up each day as my whole self, both in my personal and professional life. Pride means allowing others to see me as a member of the LGBTQ community. Pride means standing with my LGBTQ siblings and amplifying their voices.” — A Teacher’s Plan

“Pride is a chance to recognize the beauty in our community but also recognize the work that people put in historically to allow us to express ourselves the way we do today. It’s recognizing the groundbreaking work of Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera that paved the way for future laws and policies. Pride also means community and a chance to see my fellow LGBTQ+ people.” — The Engaging Station

Pride means celebrating the past and working for a better future.

Pride is a celebration of what the LGBTQ+ community has fought for and a rallying cry for what we have yet to achieve. It is a time to mourn our lost community members while welcoming in a new generation. Pride is a reminder that, while we aren’t yet safe citizens of this country, we have a lot to celebrate.” — Nouvelle ELA

My feelings toward Pride have definitely changed over the years as I have grown into the woman I am today. When I was first out, it was the most exciting and welcoming thing in the world. I was so proud of who I was and that I was living so openly.  As I grew, I had moments when I didn’t want to celebrate that same Pride because my rights weren’t the same as others. Today, I am happily married to my wife, and I live in a place where I feel safe and secure. Our marriage is valid and protected and Pride has taken on a new meaning. Pride means community, strength, courage, history, and culture. It’s more than a month. It’s more than a parade. It’s celebrating how far we’ve come and fighting for how far we still have to go.” — Just Add Glitter

“Pride means being comfortable with who I am as a person, partner, teacher, parent. Pride is the event we have every year to celebrate successes and to remind us to work for a better world for all of us. It is a reminder to look for the diversity within the LGBTQ community and make sure we are taking care of all of us. Pride is rainbows. Pride is history. Pride is having the Pride Fairy bring our 4-year old some books and rainbow socks this year, and trans Pride socks to our trans nephew. Pride is Drag Story time for our daughter. Most years, it’s going to one of the parades, but not this year. Pride is also about Trans Day of Remembrance when we take note of all the trans people who have been killed in the past year.” — Jane Gillette

Pride means being unapologetically yourself.

To me, Pride means accepting who you are, living life as you were meant to, loving who you are, celebrating who you are, and not being sorry for being YOU! — The Teaching Texan

To me, Pride is having the confidence and courage to safely love my wife. Pride is not allowing ignorant individuals to dictate who I can and cannot love. Pride is freedom to be unapologetically myself.” — The SuperHERO Teacher

“I am proud to be the person I am. That includes being a dad, a husband, a son, a teacher, a friend. Pride is about embracing who you are and loving who you are.” — Kindergarten Smorgasboard

Pride means spreading queer joy.

“[Pride means] spreading queer joy through community celebration of the origins of the LGBTQ+ movement started by trans women of color.” — Queer Kid Stuff