How to celebrate Pride at home

Miriam Jones
Miriam Jones
June 16, 2020
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June is usually marked with hundreds of events and festivals to celebrate Pride across the UK, but this year things will be a little different. Social distancing rules may prevent us from meeting in groups of larger than six, but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate. Below, we’ve rounded up some ideas for celebrating Pride at home:

  1. Attend a virtual Pride event

There are loads of Pride events online this month, here’s just three we’re excited for: 

  • Pride Inside, organised by Amnesty International, UK Black Pride, Stonewall and ParaPride starts on the 28th June and, for a whole week, will host gigs, comedy, panel discussions and more. undefined
  • Bi Pride, which is usually celebrated in September, will be held during Pride month this year. Tune in to Twitch on Saturday 20th June to attend Bi-Fi Festival from 5pm and listen to panel discussions and entertainment as well as a DJ’ed after party.
  • Global Pride 2020, a worldwide Pride event, will be streaming a 24-hour live broadcast with segments from around the world. Drag artists, queer icons and world leaders will be making appearances during the stream. Catch the action on June 27th.

  1. Donate to local and national LGBTQIA+ organisations 

If you have the means to do so, you can show your support and celebrate the community by donating to an LGBTQIA+ organisation. For example: 

  • Southwark LGBT Network is a volunteer-run organisation that aims to support LGBTQ+ culture and communities in the borough through advocacy, social engagement, and developing links with wider support networks to deliver at a local level.
  • Just Like Us (JLU) is the LGBT+ charity for young people working for a world where LGBT+ young people live awesome lives. Their mission is to empower all young people to be the champions of LGBT+ equality at school and work.
  • LGBT Foundation exists to support the needs of the diverse range of people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans. They believe in a fair and equal society where all LGBT people can achieve their full potential.

  1. Join the Pride in London YouMeUsWe campaign 

The campaign calls on us to reach out and understand one another, demanding us to be better allies within the LGBTQIA+ community. See more here.

  1. Support LGBTQIA+ businesses

From artists to shop owners, supporting the community is essential. Why not look up some LGBTQIA+ businesses in your local area to show your support?

  1. Enjoy a club night virtually 

Get all your friends involved and host a virtual party! Or if creating playlists isn’t your thing, try Club Quarantine, a queer online dance party that hosts virtual dance parties every night. Follow @clubquarantine.

  1. Listen to a podcast

Podcasts can transport us to another world, and whether it’s education or comedy you’re searching for, here’s three recommendations: 

  • Anthems: PRIDE is releasing 30 episodes over the 30 days of Pride, written and voiced by contributors exclusively from the LGBTQIA+ community. 
  • Like-Minded Friends is a comedy podcast hosted by comedians Tom Allen and Suzi Ruffel who talk about life, love and culture...sometimes.
  • Homo Sapiens, hosted by Alan Cumming and Chris Sweeney, brings intelligent, informative and fun conversations that represent the interests of LGBTQ+ people around the world.
  1. Educate yourself

Take this time to learn more about the LGBTQIA+ community. Read, watch or even visit from the comfort of your home. For example, tour the historic Stonewall Inn in Manhattan, site of the 1969 riots that launched the gay rights movement, here.

  1. Show your colours 

Promote the diversity of the community by displaying the Pride colours in any way you can: fly a flag, bake a rainbow cake or challenge yourself to a rainbow manicure. Tips here.

closeup photo of multicolored stripe flag

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