How to Celebrate Pride from Home
June is Pride Month, a time to celebrate LGBTQIA people and the freedom to be ourselves. Honoring the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots on June 28, 1969, June is a time used to honor the queer trailblazers and celebrate what it means to be a member of the LGBTQIA community. Even though we are confined to our homes, you can still celebrate either as a queer person or an ally. Here’s how:
March in a Parade… Virtually
NYC Pride, and other pride organizations across the country are each finding unique ways to broadcast pride events from the comfort of your living room. In NYC, on June 28th at noon, a special broadcast with performances by Janelle Monáe, Deborah Cox, and Billy Porter will air on ABC 7. For more information, visit: https://www.nycpride.org/events/nyc-pride-march
Get Out and Run
Pride Month is always full of races to raise money for local LGBT charities. This year many organizations are opening up their registration to the entire country! All you need to do is register online and run in your own neighborhood. For $25, you can register for the San Diego Virtual Pride 5K Run + Walk. For more information on how to sign up, visit: https://sdpride.org/5k/
Donate, Donate, Donate!
LGBTQIA Organizations across the country need your support now more than ever. You can donate to local organizations in your community or to some organizations I love below. Always remember to do your research before donating.
Start a Book Club
A fun way to celebrate Pride Month, while educating yourself, is to commit to reading queer literature for the month of June. Considering learning about the history of the Stonewall Riots or supporting queer fiction authors. Here are a few to start: How we Fight for Our Lives by Saeed Jonesm, Less by Andrew Sean Greer, and Untamed by Glennon Doyle.
Watch a Queer Movie or TV Show
Since you’re going to sit on your couch and stare at your television anyway, you might as well support queer filmmakers and screenwriters while you do it. Consider HBO’s six-part documentary series We’re Here or learn about the gay icon Marsha P. Johnson in The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson on Netflix.
There’s no right way to celebrate Pride Month, so enjoy all the queer art and literature you can and find out how you can support LGBTQIA people of all races.