It's Pride Month! This annual international event is a time when the LGBTQ+ community and its allies can come together in celebration and support. And while Covid-19 has caused cancelletations of pride parades and festivals this year, that in no way means you can't show your pride. In fact, we need to be able to connect with fellow LGBTQ+ people and allies now more than ever. Keep reading to learn how to support Pride Month and the LGBTQ+ community from your own home this month and all year long. And remember: Be your true self, spread the love, know that you are amazing and you are never alone.
1. Brush Up on LBGTQ+ History
Whether you identify as LGBTQ+ or not, there's never been a better time to learn more about the community's history and how far it has come. Check out the Library of Congress or GLSEN for a variety of resources, including artwork, audio recordings, novels, podcasts and more.
Another fantastic way to support Pride Month while learning about the history of the LGBTQ+ community is by visiting the Stonewall National Monument. We know that's a little tricky right now, so consider a virtual visit through Stonewall Forever. The interactive online exhibit is "a living monument to 50 years of pride" and displays New York City's Christopher Park in incredible augmented reality. The impressive virtual monument is dedicated to the birthplace of the modern lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights movement and includes chilling soundbites, historic photos and iconic videos.
2. Attend Virtual Pride Events and Celebrations
While most Pride Month events have been cancelleded globally in 2020, a lot of them have shifted to online celebrations. Many cities have already announced plans for virtual pride parades and epic online events. What's so exciting about this is people who weren't ever able to attend major celebrations in cities like New York and Los Angeles will now get to participate in the famous events. It also provides an outlet for people who aren't out yet or those living in socially conservative countries. Activities will include conferences, concerts, drag shows, workshops and more! And, don't forget to wear your favourite pride apparel in full support.
The European Pride Organizers Association is partnering with InterPride and other LGBTQ+ organizations internationally to host one of the largest online Global Pride events on June 27th. The celebration will include musical and artistic performances, speeches from activists, addresses from public figures and a constant 24-hour stream of content that will reflect and celebrate the incredible diversity of LGBTQ+ people around the globe.
3. Host a Virtual Happy Hour
We know. You're probably very tired of "virtual happy hours" at this point and want to get your tush into a bar. But since that isn't really an option everywhere right now, put a fresh twist on the tired idea of online happy hours. Support your local gay bars or delivery services by ordering takeout and to-go cocktails — oh ya, this is a thing in some areas and we are ALL for it. You can even get your friends involved and make a donation or purchase a gift card to use at a later date.
Once you have your food and drink, host a Pride Month virtual happy hour with all of your closest friends. If you want some of that gay pride parade spirit, have everyone slip into some colourful wigs and their best gay pride lingerie. You can even use digital backgrounds created for Pride Month to really get things going. Want to add a little realism to happy hour? Have invited guests each create their own lineup of rainbow shots and take them together throughout the night.
4. Support Local Gay Businesses
As areas begin to reopen and restrictions are lifted, you can support Pride Month by shopping or eating at your favourite LGBTQ-owned businesses in your community or local gay neighborhoods. Keep in mind that there may be outdoor seating and limited capacity at select restaurants and bars. Just be sure to follow the government's recommended guidelines in terms of face coverings and social distancing. If you're not quite down to go out and shop yet, check to see if your favourite local businesses have online stores or carryout options and support them from the comfort of your own couch.
5. Volunteer and Support Good Causes
Whether you're a part of the LGBTQ+ community, a family member or friend of someone who is, or just a person who wants to be a better ally, take the time to show your support — this month and every other month of the year. You'd be surprised at how the smallest action can make a massive difference.
- Sign petitions and donate money to LGBTQ+ charities or rights organizations.
- Look into local LGBTQ+ youth centers and shelters and ask if you can be added to their list of volunteers. While you may not be able to volunteer right now, they'll at least have your info when things start to open back up and return to normal.
- Fly a rainbow flag to support Pride Month or add a bumper sticker to your car. The smallest sign of support and love can do so much more than you know.
6. Take Part in Pride Month Activities
While there are scheduled Pride Month events online, it doesn't mean they're the only online avenues to celebrate and support Pride Month. There are a slew of things to participate in online this month to show your #PrideInside. In fact, the Human Rights Campaign has put together a convenient list of activities, including recipes, playlists, comedy shows, campaigns and more!
7. Celebrate Hard (But Not Too Hard) with LGBTQ-Friendly Sex Toys
Lastly, take this most sacred of months to explore new LGBTQ+ toys in the bedroom. From finger vibrators and double dongs to butt plugs and strap-on dildos, there are incredibly fun and innovative sex toys made for couples of every gender identity and sexual orientation. We're particularly fond of the selection of rainbow unicorn tail butt plugs. Goin' at it solo right now? Don't worry, we have plenty of vibrators to get you wet and riled up for Pride Month, too!
However you show your pride during this unique year, there's no wrong way to celebrate and convey your support. Consider Pride Month 2020 one for the ages that will bring people together like never before. And know that Pride Month will return bigger, better and flashier than ever in 2021!
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