Pride has a deep, important history in the LGBTQ+ community, and it’s much more than just an event. It is a reunion, a time of remembrance and the best party of the year.
But although June marks Pride, with parades and other events normally taking place all around the world, celebrating will look very different again this year. However, that has not stopped members of the community and organizations from coming together with virtual celebrations and activities taking place all month long. So here are a few ways you can celebrate virtually and show your support during Pride Month.
Learn About LGBTQ History
While you can’t visit the Stonewall National Monument in person this year, you can visit virtually via Stonewall Forever to learn more about LGBTQ ancestry and the history of their fight for equal rights.
Attend a Virtual Pride Parade or Event
Although there won't be live parades or marches this June, many cities are reimagining Pride with online programming to keep people connected. Many cities are hosting their own virtual parade so be on the lookout for one near you.
Host a Virtual Happy Hour
Hop on Zoom and host a happy hour with your friends, family, or even with your company and coworkers to spread Pride awareness. Decorate your virtual background or profile picture with rainbows.
Be a Better Ally
If you’re a friend or family member of an LGBTQ+ person, there are small actions you can do that make a big difference.
Show your support for transgender friends and family by adding pronouns to your email signature or Instagram bio. Reach out to LGBTQ+ youth centers and shelters and ask to be added to their list of volunteers. And you can always raise the rainbow flag. Fly it from your home, display a sticker on your reusable water bottle or add a bumper sticker to your car.
Donate to Local LGBTQ Organizations
Find LGBTQ+ owned local businesses or organizations in your area and donate to them to show your support for the community, especially during this challenging time of COVID-19.
However you choose to celebrate Pride this year, there are many ways you can show your support from the safety of your own home.