Being an Ally for LGBTQIA+


June is Pride Month, a time to celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community and their fight for equality. At Nativity Lutheran Church, we believe that everyone is created in the image of God and deserves to be treated with dignity and respect, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

We are called to be a reconciling church, and that includes being allies to the LGBTQIA+ community. There are many ways to be an ally, both during Pride Month and throughout the year. Here are a few ideas (Click the photos to go to the websites for more information):

  • Educate yourself. The more you know about LGBTQIA+ issues, the better equipped you will be to support the community. There are many resources available online and in your community.
    Educate yourself about LGBTQIA+ issues
  • Speak up against discrimination. If you see or hear someone making homophobic or transphobic remarks, don’t be afraid to speak up. Let them know that their words are hurtful and unacceptable.
    Speak up against discrimination
  • Support LGBTQIA+ businesses and organizations. When you spend your money at LGBTQIA+ businesses, you are helping to support the community. You can also support LGBTQIA+ organizations by donating your time or money.
    Support LGBTQIA+ businesses and organizations
  • Attend Pride events. Pride events are a great way to show your support for the LGBTQIA+ community and to learn more about their history and culture.
    Attend Pride events

Here are some specific Pride events happening in Minneapolis in June:

  • Minneapolis Pride Festival. The Minneapolis Pride Festival is the largest LGBTQIA+ event in the state. It will be held on June 24-25 at Loring Park.
    Minneapolis Pride Festival in Minneapolis
  • Minneapolis Pride Parade. The Minneapolis Pride Parade is a colorful and festive celebration of the LGBTQIA+ community. It will be held on June 25 at Nicollet Mall.
    Minneapolis Pride Parade in Minneapolis
  • Trans March. The Trans March is a march and rally to celebrate and empower the transgender community. It will be held on June 17 at Powderhorn Park.
    Trans March in Minneapolis

We hope you will join us in supporting the LGBTQIA+ community during Pride Month and beyond. By being an ally, you can help to create a more inclusive and welcoming world for everyone.

As a reconciled church, we believe that God’s love is for everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. We are committed to creating a welcoming and affirming environment for all people, and we believe that Pride Month is a time to celebrate the diversity of our community.

We invite you to join us in celebrating Pride Month and in showing your support for the LGBTQIA+ community.

For more questions on attending these events or how you can learn more about Pride Month or Nativity as a Reconciling congregation, contact our Director of Public Ministry:

Dr. Kelly Sherman-Conroy –