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June is Pride Month

June is Pride Month, a month dedicated to not only embracing love in all its forms, but also recognizing the ongoing struggle towards equality for, and acceptance of, the LGBTQ+ community.

JFCS does not stop at standing in solidarity with members of the LGBTQ+ community. We also celebrate their courage, their resilience, and the vital contributions they make to Louisville, and we are deeply committed to supporting the community through various initiatives and events.

You will see JFCS at the Kentuckiana Pride Parade this month celebrating the spirit of the LGBTQ+ community. This is always a favorite event for our staff and volunteers. Our march together serves as a powerful reminder of the strength found in unity, and of the importance of standing together against discrimination.

We are excited to once again be part of the Pride Festival later this year, as it provides a wonderful opportunity for us to connect with people, share information about our services, and celebrate the rich tapestry that makes up the LGBTQ+ community. We hope you’ll stop by our booth and say hello as we offer resources and support, while showcasing JFCS as a welcoming space for all.

One significant event we held last year was the JFCS Community Chat entitled “Supporting Transgender Youth in Our Community.” This discussion brought together experts, advocates, and community members to address the unique challenges faced by transgender youth. It provided a platform for education, awareness, and the sharing of the best practices for creating a supportive and affirming environment for all young people. You can watch a replay of that event here: (For more information on our JFCS Community Chat series, please click here).

JFCS is committed to providing ongoing support for the LGBTQ+ community. In addition to the events listed above, last year JFCS initiated the “Parents/Caregivers of Transgender Youth” support group, a safe and nurturing environment where parents can share experiences, seek advice, and find solidarity. This group is an invaluable resource for families navigating the complexities of supporting their transgender children, offering guidance and understanding from those who have walked the same path.

This year at JFCS’ Annual Meeting on June 18th, the support group will be recognized and honored with the Mary Gunther Memorial Award, which is presented annually to a JFCS program that is innovative or new. We are looking forward to celebrating this vital support group and the service it provides to the Community.

As we begin June, we ask that you join us as we reaffirm our collective support for the LGBTQ+ community. Let’s celebrate with compassion, pride, and a shared commitment to fostering a more inclusive and supportive Louisville for everyone.

JFCS believes in the power of love, acceptance, and community, and we are committed to fostering an inclusive environment where “All in Greater Louisville live with dignity and purpose.” Pride Month gives us the opportunity to honor our LGBTQ+ friends and neighbors, the progress we’ve made as a community, and the work we have to do as we continue working toward a future where all individuals are valued and respected for who they are.