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How to Celebrate Pride From Home

How to Celebrate Pride From Home

Virtual concerts, parades and more

 

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During the coronavirus pandemic, notable events like Coachella and the Olympics have been canceled. People across the country have postponed weddings, celebrated birthdays indoors and rescheduled their vacations. But there’s one event that can continue to march on, even from home. Here is how to celebrate Pride Month and the 51st anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising this June.  

Fly your LGBTQ+ flag

Fly your LGBTQ+ flag

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While you may not be able to march alongside friends and allies at various pride parades across the country, you can still wave your rainbow flag with pride from home. Hang it in your front yard, window or car to show your support for the LGBTQ+ community.

Virtually explore the Stonewall National Monument

Virtually explore the Stonewall National Monument

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There are many different historic landmarks you can virtually explore from home. For Pride Month, take a 3D tour of Stonewall National Monument, home to a notable uprising against police repression. The event is known as a turning point in the fight for rights of the LGBTQ+ community.

Video chat with LGBTQ+ loved ones

Video chat with LGBTQ+ loved ones

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Celebrating Pride Month is a great opportunity to catch up with your LGBTQ+ friends and family even more than usual. Share your support by scheduling a video call, which is one amazing way to stay connected with loved ones during the coronavirus pandemic.

Have a car parade

Have a car parade

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Car parades have been used to celebrate birthdays, graduations and more during the pandemic. So why not during Pride Month? Put on your favorite inclusive apparel, make signs, hang your rainbow flag and organize a socially distant Pride parade with the people in your community.

Bake a rainbow cake

Bake a rainbow cake

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One fun way to celebrate Pride Month is to make an impressive dessert. Try a rainbow layer cake recipe that consists of six layers, each a different color of the rainbow, that gets coated in buttercream frosting. Bake the delicious dessert and share it with loved ones during Pride.

Join Pride 2020 Dragfest: A Weekend to Support Our Queens

Join “Pride 2020 Dragfest: A Weekend to Support Our Queens”

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Dancing is a great way to deal with everyday stress. So virtually dancing alongside your favorite drag queens during Pride Month must really do the trick. Although you may not be able to venture out to a drag show right now, you can join more than 100 performers during Pride 2020 Dragfest, a three-day virtual festival from June 19 to June 21.

Write inspirational messages with sidewalk chalk

Write inspirational messages with sidewalk chalk

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An important part of Pride Month is making sure the LGBTQ+ people in your life feel loved and supported. A great way to do so is by writing inspirational, fun and kind messages around your community. It may seem like an activity for kids, but spreading positivity through rainbow chalk art in front of your house is an easy way for all ages to celebrate Pride Month at home.

Check local Pride programming

Check local Pride programming

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Some states are continuing to march on from home with virtual Pride events. Heritage of Pride announced that NYC Pride would be offering a virtual event that can be streamed on abc7ny.com, the station’s free news site, and on the ABC News Live Channel. San Francisco Pride will stream a two-day online celebration including live performances, speeches and more. Check and see what events are being streamed locally as well. You can watch with a loved one to stay connected while social distancing.

Donate to foundations that support the LGBTQ+ community

Donate to foundations that support the LGBTQ+ community

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To celebrate Pride Month, consider donating to one of the many nonprofits that support and advocate for the LGBTQ+ community. In fact, donating to charity is just one of many small acts of kindness you can do from your couch.

Partake in Global Pride

Partake in “Global Pride”

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While it may not be the same as marching hand in hand, you can still partake in the virtual Global Pride event on June 27. Pride organizations around the world will participate in the event with musical performances, activist speeches and more.

Use inclusive language

Use inclusive language

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Support LGBTQ+ people in your daily life by committing yourself to using inclusive language, which recognizes and honors diversity. According to The Linguistic Society of America, people should avoid the use of gender specific language. When making generalizations, the LSA recommends using plural nouns like “people” or “individuals.”

Watch the kick-off party 'Beyond the Shelter'

Watch the kick-off party “Beyond the Shelter”

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Another incredible way to support the LGBTQ+ community from home is by tuning in to the Pride kick-off party “Beyond the Shelter.” The event will take place on June 4 and will feature Broadway, television and film stars as they perform to raise money for LGBTQ+ homeless youth.

Learn more about the LGBTQ+ community through these documentaries

Learn more about the LGBTQ+ community through these documentaries

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While there are many different shows and documentaries to stream right now, continuing to educate yourself on the LGBTQ+ community's detailed history is a great way to celebrate Pride Month at home. GLAAD recommends watching “Before Stonewall,” “The Celluloid Closet,” “How to Survive a Plague” and many more documentaries.

Host a virtual movie night

Host a virtual movie night

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While you may not be able to have friends over to your house to celebrate Pride Month, you can still connect with loved ones virtually. This year, host a virtual movie night and watch films centered around the LGBQ+ community. GLAAD recommends watching “And the Band Played On,” “Freeheld” and “The Imitation Game.”

Check out an interactive map of historic LGBTQ sites

Check out an interactive map of historic LGBTQ sites

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Another way to celebrate Pride Month from home is by visiting the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project, which documents significant sites connected to New York’s LGBTQ+ community. The virtual map outlines bars, restaurants, colleges, residences and more where you can learn about historic moments, places and people.

Support an LGBTQ+ owned business

Support an LGBTQ+ owned business

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Many chains have still been able to offer delivery or stay open during the coronavirus pandemic, but local small businesses have really felt the economic impact. Support LGBTQ-owned business during and after Pride Month by checking to see what businesses in your area are LGBT-inclusive or an NGLCC-certified business. Then, buy e-gift cards, see if restaurants are offering takeout or check to see if there are other ways you can support them.

Join the LGBT Community Center for weekly virtual meditation

Join the LGBT Community Center for weekly virtual meditation

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It’s perfectly normal to be experiencing anxiety during the coronavirus pandemic, but New York City’s LGBT Community Center is here to help. Connect with fellow members of the LGBTQ+ community by joining in on the Center’s weekly virtual meditation sessions on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m EST.

Tune into NYC Pride’s Human Rights Conference

Tune into NYC Pride’s Human Rights Conference

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This year, NYC Pride’s Human Rights Conference will go virtual. The conference is a gathering of activists, artists, journalists and more that are involved in LGBTQ+ rights. The virtual event will consist of panel discussions and workshops, sparking a dialogue on topics from mental health to voting rights.

Watch LGBTQ+ plays on Playbill

Watch LGBTQ+ plays on Playbill

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The entertainment industry is one of the most impacted industries during the coronavirus. But, that hasn’t stopped it from trying to celebrate Pride Month from home. Every Friday in June, Playbill and Pride Plays will perform four live-streamed readings of plays by and about the LGBTQ+ community.

Check out LGBTQ+ archives

Check out LGBTQ+ archives

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While you may not be able to visit your favorite library right now, digital archives are available during Pride Month. Learn more about the LGBTQ+ community through the GLBT Historical Society. It is currently hosting an online exhibit that explores the past 50 years of Pride. Also, take a look at the Digital Culture of Metropolitan New York. It has an extensive archive containing items like the first volume of “New York City’s Gay Scene Guide” from 1968 and a list of old events hosted by the Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center.

Watch Smithsonian’s 'Project Pride' concert

Watch Smithsonian’s Project Pride concert

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If you’re an ally or member of the LGBTQ+ community, it may feel a bit lonely to celebrate Pride Month from home. But there are organizations trying to ease that sense of aloneness. The Smithsonian’s “Project Pride: Virtual Concert and Time Capsule” aired on May 31, but it can still be streamed on its website. The event was hosted by Ari Shapiro and featured LGBTQ+ artists and allies from all over the world.

Make rainbow-themed crafts

Make rainbow-themed crafts

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Another fun way to celebrate Pride Month from home is by making various rainbow-themed crafts. Tie dye your clothes, create rainbow streamers and even start a scrapbook — it’s one of many fun new skills you can learn during quarantine.

Join the 'The Electric Pride Party: Virtual Edition'

Join the “The Electric Pride Party: Virtual Edition”

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On the Quays, a New York City-based production company, is celebrating its fifth-annual Pride concert with a virtual party. The event will take place on Saturday, June 20, and will feature various Broadway performers. So mix up your favorite quarantine cocktail, put on your most colorful clothes and get ready for a good time.

Read LGBTQ+ literature

Read LGBTQ+ literature

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Another great way to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community during Pride Month is by reading some books. Penguin Random House curated a Pride book list consisting of dozens of recommendations including: “We Are Everywhere” by Matthew Riemer and Leighton Brown, “On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous” by Ocean Vuong and “The Stonewall Reader” edited by The New York Public Library.

Check out the Lesbian Herstory Archives

Check out the Lesbian Herstory Archives

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Celebrate Pride Month this year by connecting to history. The Lesbian Herstory Archives has one of the world’s largest collections of audio and visual materials by and about lesbians and their communities. The website has audio recordings of speeches, interviews and more.

Consider volunteering for organizations that support the LGBTQ+ community

Consider volunteering for organizations that support the LGBTQ+ community

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This June, consider volunteering for organizations that support the LGBTQ+ community such as GLAAD, a media organization founded in response to the defamatory writing during the AIDS epidemic. You can also volunteer for The Trevor Project, a national organization dedicated to providing crisis and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ+ youth. Add some joy and kindness into the world by volunteering for one of the many organizations that advocate for the LGBTQ+ community.

Learn about policies impacting the LGBTQ+ community

Learn about policies impacting the LGBTQ+ community

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Continuing to educate yourself is one of the most important things you can do as you get older. One way to celebrate Pride Month is to grow your knowledge on the policies impacting the LGBTQ+ community, from transgender healthcare to marriage equality and other relationship recognition.

Wear inclusive clothing

Wear inclusive clothing

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Although you may not be able to attend your favorite Pride parties this year, you can still wear your favorite rainbow-colored clothing. Show that you’re an ally of the LGBTQ+ community this Pride Month by wearing inclusive clothing.

Watch 'HomeWERK: A Drag and Comedy Show'

Watch HomeWERK: A Drag and Comedy Show

 

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From the comfort of your couch you can tune into “HomeWERK: A Drag and Comedy Show” available on Zoom Thursdays at 7 p.m. PST. Get out your favorite snacks and beverages and enjoy the show to kick off your Pride Month celebration. Tickets are $5 each and help to pay the performers impacted by the coronavirus.

Become a supporter and ally

Become a supporter and ally

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One of the most notable ways to celebrate Pride Month this year is by committing yourself to becoming a supporter and ally for the community. The Human Rights Campaign has an extensive guide to “Coming Out as a Supporter,” which is intended to help people support someone in their lives coming out to them as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer. Being an ally is one of the best ways to support LGBTQ+ people in your life.

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