Equality means more than passing laws. The struggle is really won in the hearts and minds of the community, where it really counts.
Happy Pride Month! Each June, we celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and others in the LGBTQ+ community!
Many LGBTQ+ farmers call the Upper Midwest home. The latest census reported that over 2,000 LGBTQ+ farmers live and work in the region; however, this is likely a big underestimate since the census only recognizes married partnerships and collects limited data about gender identity.
To celebrate the LGBTQ+ farmers this Pride Month, listen and read about the experiences of some LGBTQ+ farmers in our region:
LISTEN: LGBTQ+ Youth in Agriculture
Listen to Episode 62 of the University of Minnesota Extension Youth Development Podcast to hear from Kyle, a 4-H alumnus, about his experiences growing up as an LGBTQ+ youth in agriculture. This episode identifies how agricultural communities can work to create more inclusive environments for LGBTQ+ youth.
READ: LGBTQ+ Farmers Grow Food & Community
Wisconsin Watch. Queering the family farm: Despite obstacles, LGBTQ farmers find fertile ground in Midwest
In this article, LGBTQ+ farmers share their experiences reshaping what it means to be a farmer in the Midwest, economic challenges and daily joys of being an LGBTQ+ farmer.
This month, we recognize the invaluable contributions that LGBTQ+ farmers have made to agriculture, especially in creating more inclusive communities and food systems worldwide. One group, the Queer Farmer’s Network, is working to build community among Queer farmers throughout the United States.
Supporting healthy and safe people in ALL agricultural communities…
Unfortunately, LGBTQ+ people continue to face discrimination and isolation in their workplaces and communities.
This has led to more depression, suicide attempts, and other health and safety concerns for some LGBTQ+ people. At UMASH, we envision a future where people in all agricultural communities are healthy and safe.
We recognize that those reading this come with a wide variety of knowledge and experiences about what it means to support and affirm LGBTQ+ people. We welcome these differences and encourage ongoing learning and conversation within communities. If you are someone who is new to learning about the LGBTQ+ community, we would encourage you to read Being an LGBTQ+ Ally from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. This article is a great starting point to learn about the basics of being someone who supports LGBTQ+ people.
In addition to celebrating the LGBTQ+ community this Pride Month, consider these action steps to celebrate, affirm, and support LGBTQ+ people in your communities.
It is important to health and safety to support LGBTQ+ farmers every month of the year, not just during Pride. We hope you’ll join us in cultivating communities and workplaces that honor and celebrate each and every farmer.