Family Pride Kit: How to Prepare Your Kids for a Pride Event
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It’s Pride month and in case your family would like to plan ahead before going out to support LGBTQ families, we’ve pulled together some resources to help — whether you are celebrating at home or are making a special trip to an event.
Get Your Kids Ready for Pride Events
- Show Your Enthusiasm! Buy Pride beads, flags and gear in advance. You’ll get to pick colors and styles that match your kids’ personalities and you’ll save some money buying ahead of time instead of at the event itself. Rainbows are always cool — and even retailers such as J. Crew and Disney have Pride-themed gear for kids!
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- Plan in Advance: Look at the Pride calendar for family events in your area. In New York City, there are some great family-friendly events, including a movie on the pier, but events can be found across the country. While some events are specifically geared to families, many of the daytime events will be family-friendly in nature.
- Be Prepared: Wear comfortable shoes and clothes if you’re attending a parade. You may be on your feet and moving a lot so pick comfort over style on this occasion.
- Stay Healthy: Hydrate and apply sunscreen often.
- If Your Kid Gets Lost: Give the kids an emergency plan to follow in case they get separated (memorize your parents’ mobile numbers and names, put an emergency contact card in their pocket, etc.)
- Make Some Signs: Let the kids make a sign with their own message on it. Apply some sparkly glitter for good measure.
- March With Others: Check to see if a local adoption/surrogacy agency, Family Equality or other agencies with which you have a relationship in your community are marching. You may be able to join them.
- Stop and Take Breaks: Pack some fun Pride-themed snacks for the kids like the colorful candy options available from Dylan’s Candy Bar. The company will donate 10% of its sales from the Pride collection to the Ali Forney Center, an organization dedicated to protecting homeless LGBTQ youth.
Books That Highlight LGBTQ Families
Getting your kids ready for a Pride event starts way before the actual occasion. As your children grow, stock your home library with books that reinforce positive messages about family, love, inclusivity and diversity whether you are a LGBTQ family or simply a family that supports families of all backgrounds. At home, we have a wide selection of LGBTQ books that I put front and center on the coffee table so they won’t go neglected.
A few of our favorites include:
- “Stella Brings the Family” by Miriam Shiffer
In the story, Stella brings her family to the class Mother’s Day party after the teacher sensitively allows students to bring a special guest rather than isolate those without a mom.
- “Families, Families, Families!” by Suzanne Lang and Max Lang
Captures the differences that all families can have in size, shape and more.
- “Love Makes a Family” by Sophie Beer
A beautiful board book that has many illustrations and images of diverse families with one simple message about love.
- “Uncle Bobby’s Wedding” by Sarah Brannen
Tells the story of a niece and her favorite uncle. The niece fears she will lose her uncle’s affection when he gets married but realizes that having two uncles is better than one.
- “Why I’m So Special” by Carla Lewis-Long
A wonderful story told by a daughter conceived via surrogacy about how she was the dream of her two dads that a special lady helped them to realize.
- “My Two Dads and Me” by Michael Joosten
One of the many board books for kids with two dads or two moms that is easy to read at bedtime and also, say, to pack on a trip.
- “ABC, A Family Alphabet Book” by Bobbie Combs
An easy-to-pack ABC book illustrated with alternative family compositions that can make any kid feel included.
- “The Adventures of Honey & Leon” by Alan Cumming
The first in a series of children’s books by Alan Cumming illustrated by his husband, Grant. The two dogs go on an international adventure protecting their two dads.
- “A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo” by Marlon Bundo with Jill Twiss
The celebrated counter to the rejection evangelized by “stink bug” that two male bunnies can’t get married. Spearheaded by John Oliver, Marlon Bundo is a story of celebrating differences and finding love. An all-star cast led by Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory”) brings Marlon Bundo to live in the Audible version. “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” will be donating 100% of its proceeds from this book to The Trevor Project and AIDS United.
Traveling With Your Kids to a Pride Event
And, if you plan to travel to a Pride event or you’re new to traveling with kids, you’ll want to brush up on the travel documents you need to carry whenever you’re on the go. If you’re traveling for a Pride event, be sure to gather all the documents you need and keep them in your carry-on bag. Here’s some advice in that regard:
- 7 Documents LGBTQ Families Should Never Travel Without
- How to Get a Passport Before an Adoption is Finalized
- How to Get a Passport Photo of an Infant
- 4 Things to Know About US Passports for Children
- Flying With a Baby Checklist
- Using Award Travel to Adopt My Newborn Daughter
If you are making the trip to NYC for Pride, here are some points-friendly hotel choices in the Big Apple.
I feel fortunate to have children attending a school where the teachers wear Pride T-shirts and my 5-year-old twins’ teachers are letting me come in to celebrate Pride with the kindergarten classes. I found a great syllabus on the Human Rights Campaign website and we will read Todd Parr’s “Be Who You Are,” something I wish I had been granted permission to do earlier rather than later.
We are ready to celebrate Pride month and are honored to have you join us.
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Nathan Richardson, @nathanr, is a seasoned traveler who has lived in eight countries, four continents, traveled to 30, reached 2-million-mile status on American Airlines and prefers the aisle seat. He is a serial entrepreneur and sometimes humanitarian. He is the father of twins who have visited two continents, eight new cities and are already applying for their second passports.
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