Pride Month: The Importance Of Identity In Children

June 15, 2022

Pride month

June is Pride month in the UK and across the globe. It’s a time when the LGBTQ+ community celebrate their identities and accomplishments, as well as continue to push for equality. Pride marches are held up and down the country – they will be joyful full-day events with rainbow flag-covered floats and live music.

Alongside the colourful parades, Pride month should also serve as a time to reflect that many young people can still face a range of issues as they explore or question their sexual or gender identity. These issues can include bullying, discrimination and isolation, which will have a negative impact on their emotional well-being and mental health.

The things that make me different are the things that make me, ME.

– Winnie The Pooh

Importance of identity in children

A child’s sense of identity begins when they realise we’re all born as individuals – all different in our bodies, gender, size and skills. Gender and sexuality are just a few ways in which a young person may identify themselves. Other important factors include social position, culture or ethnicity, interests, achievements, or beliefs. Research has shown that a stable and strong sense of identity is associated with better mental health, and resilience in later life.

This is me

One’s sense of identity is completely personal, and a child or young person will always be the best person to know how they identify. Our latest scenario on the One App, This Is Me, released last year, explores the topic of identity (including pronouns and sexual orientation) and allows young people to clearly let you know, in their own words, how they identify and what is important to them. This is an invaluable tool in helping to treat each young person as the individual they are, and with respect to what is important to them.

Pride month is a reminder to be proud of who you are, no matter who you love!

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