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Why is Pride Month important to us?

At Butterfly Valley Rescue & Sanctuary, Pride Month is a profound celebration of diversity, a core principle that drives our daily mission. This year, our motto, "Be You. Be Proud," encapsulates our unwavering commitment to celebrate and uplift the individuality of every living being, human and animal alike. During June, and throughout the year, we strive to create an environment where everyone can proudly be themselves, supported by a community that values respect and love over everything else.

Pride Month holds a special significance at our sanctuary, as it hits very close to home. Our family extends beyond traditional boundaries, including not only LGBTQIA+ staff members and volunteers but also our beloved intersex resident, Peanut. Peanut's presence at the sanctuary serves as a living reminder of the natural diversity that exists within all species, reinforcing our message that every individual is unique and should be celebrated for who they are. This reality inspires our ongoing efforts to advocate for understanding and acceptance for all, regardless of how they present or identify.

Our 2024 motto, "Be You. Be Proud," is a call to action for everyone who steps through our gates—whether they are two-legged or four-legged. It is a celebration of differences, an invitation to stand boldly and brightly as oneself. This Pride Month, as we deck our sanctuary with rainbow colors and engage in festivities, we are reminded of the struggles the LGBTQIA+ community has faced and the strides they have made. We align ourselves with their courage and resilience, striving to mirror these qualities in everything we do.

We invite our broader community to join us in this vibrant celebration, to learn from each other, and to help foster a more inclusive world. At Butterfly Valley, we believe in the power of community and the strength that comes from embracing all identities. Our activities throughout the month aim to educate, inspire, and acknowledge the contributions of the LGBTQIA+ community, ensuring that their voices are heard and their lives celebrated.

In embracing our motto "Be You. Be Proud," and through the daily presence of members like Peanut, Butterfly Valley is more than just a sanctuary for animals; it is a beacon of hope for everyone seeking a safe space to simply be themselves. This Pride Month, let us come together to celebrate life in all its beautiful variations, reinforcing our promise to provide a sanctuary where every individual, human and animal, is respected and cherished.

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