June is Pride month, and although we won’t be enjoying any festivals or marches for Pride 2020 that doesn’t mean we should let it go unappreciated!
So buckle up for some virtual fun or just keep yourself entertained with these great Pride activities that can be done at home or in socially-distanced groups.
As so many Pride celebrations have been cancelled this year, it seems only right that some of that energy has gone online instead.
- Dublin Pride is creating a fully interactive Pride Parade and Concert, with lit-up buildings and flags flying across the city
- Pink News are hosting PrideForAll with workouts, discussions and parties
- NYC Pride is streaming their event with Janelle Monae and Billy Porter and hosting a 3-day digital drag festival among other events
- Global Pride 2020 will bring world leaders, celebrities, artists and activists to your screens
The Human Rights Campaign have made these Pride-themed Zoom backgrounds free on their site to use for all your online parties!
Learn Something New
Lockdown has been used by many as an excellent opportunity to learn and grow, and the LGBT community has been no different, with celebrities offering home courses and classes for free.
- Antoni Porowski of Queer Eye fame, has been posting free quarantine cooking lessons over on his Instagram page which make the most of what’s available and deal with how to handle the supermarkets
- Dolly Trolley is hosting free drag aerobics sessions every Wednesday evening
- Pantomime Dame Mama G does regular Facebook live stories, songs and crafts for kids
- Historian Eric Cervini hosts Quarantini, a book and film club centered around LGBTQ+ culture and history
You could also learn about the history of Pride by watching an inspiring documentary like Paris is Burning, or a great series like Pose or Angels in America.
Many of us have taken up baking during lockdown, and now that experience is going to come in handy!
Assert Your Identity
Not everyone has the freedom to be ourselves at home, especially right now. Support groups suggest keeping a token of your identity nearby – a photo of your loved one, a flag in your room, even just a rubber bracelet.
There are many organisations that offer online and over-the-phone support to LGBTQ+ individuals, including Trevor Space which provides support for LGBTQ youth.
Next year we’ll make the most of the month with our friends and family. For now we’ll enjoy a more casual kind of Pride!
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