It is not a Pride Month, PRIDE ALWAYS!

Be an ally

In commemoration of the Stonewall riots of 1969, Pride month is celebrated every June to recognize the struggles and achievements of the LGBTQ community throughout history around the world. Parades, parties, rallies and other demonstrations are held globally in which LGBTQ people and allies not only dress in rainbow colors and celebrate, but also perform, give speeches and more to continue to push for cultural and political change.

If you are someone who is not a member of the LGBTQ community, Pride Month presents a chance for you to express your support for your friends, family, coworkers, neighbors or other LGBTQ people in your life. Navigating how to appropriately be an ally can be tricky, but your support can help LGBTQ people feel heard and safe as well as be used to amplify LGBTQ voices as they advocate for equal rights.

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June is Pride Month, which is especially meaningful on the heels of the horrific attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida—the worst mass shooting and the deadliest incident of violence against LGBTQ+ people in U.S. history. In the aftermath of such an unthinkable tragedy, how can yogis come together to advocate peace, love, and pride? Justin Michael Williams, yoga teacher and co-founder of The Business of Yoga presented by Yoga Journal, developed this 7-pose flow to help foster both self-love and compassion for others.

“In the photos for this sequence, you’ll see I am in street clothes, which is an ode to the true practice of yoga. For me, the yoga practice is about getting more and more clear and confident in your own self and being able to celebrate that clearly in front of everyone at all times, no matter where you are, whether you are gay, straight, or whatever,” Williams says, adding that yoga helped him accept himself as a gay man when he started practicing at 17.

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