Pride is about creating a community of inclusivity, and in June we recognize this with joyous, exuberant, and vibrant celebrations!
With 1 in 3 LGBTQIA+ people having a disability, event organizers and attendees can be aware and mindful of some items to make Pride Accessible for All.
These 4 tips will help make attending Pride events that much better for everyone!
- Be mindful of wheelchair and ADA Access Areas and Rest Areas. This means ramps, gates, viewing platforms, rest areas, shaded areas, bathrooms, and more. There are people using assistive devices such as wheelchairs, scooters, crutches, and service animals that are also navigating through often crowded spaces. Be mindful not to block ramps or viewing points that are designed to aid the ones that need them. If you’re able, offer your shade or seat to someone that may need it more than you.
Medical Fact: Disabilities such as paralysis affect the body’s ability to regulate body temperature.
2. The ADA Bathroom is Reserved for People with Disabilities. Yes, this is what many call ‘the big stall’ – or ‘the single stall’. There are so few of them in the first place, and it is the only option for many with disabilities. With this, it is really important that those stalls remain clean. Sometimes people with disabilities have to do medical routines in the bathroom. Keep it clean.
3. Pride is about being a Safe Space. Do what it takes to foster that environment. This means so many things. Oftentimes, people with disabilities feel marginalized and excluded, and Pride can even amplify the feeling. If event spaces are not designed with an Accessibility First approach, it shows and can unintentionally fully exclude a group of people from participating. Make everyone feel like they belong. Be courteous and welcoming of any accommodations that someone may need.
4. If You See Something, Say Something. For safety, and for fun! Of course we all must be vigilant to maintain a safe community. If someone needs medical attention, seek help! (and water, too). If you see something suspicious, alert others. If you see the most amazing makeup, compliment it!
People with disabilities are here to be a vibrant part of the community! Don’t be shy to reach out and make new friends! Be safe and have fun this Pride Month!