How to celebrate Pride Month at home
The very first New York City Pride parade march in New York City was held in June 1970. Fliers from that event said the march would celebrate the Stonewall uprising from the year prior, when "thousands of homosexuals went to the streets to demonstrate against centuries of abuse." In the 50 years since, Pride celebrations have morphed into bigger and more elaborate events. Still, the intention behind them has stayed the same: to come together as a community in honor of those who worked tirelessly for LGBTQ+ equality and in observance of the work still left to be done.
The coronavirus pandemic means 2020's Pride Month looks wildly different than it has in years past. Even while many states have begun to open up, large gatherings are still forbidden across the country. As a result, members of the LGBTQ+ community and their allies won’t be gathering for parades or marches, won’t get to attend concerts, performances, or readings, and can’t buy each other rounds in bars or dance in crowded clubs. But just because those usual events can’t happen, that doesn’t mean that Pride itself is canceled.
Stacker has rounded up 25 ways you can celebrate Pride Month at home. Using news articles, event and organization websites, and a variety of other sources, we’ve gathered together some notable books to read, movies to watch, activists to follow, foundations to donate to, and events to virtually attend. This year, we can celebrate Pride by learning more about the history of the LGBTQ+ equality movement, offering support to organizations that focus on queer youth, or virtually partying with some of the nation’s best-known drag queens. Keep reading to discover 25 ways to celebrate Pride Month while at home.
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Attend: NYC Pride Virtual Rally
The New York City Pride parade is typically the largest pride parade in North America. This year, for the first time in its half-century history, the rally has been moved online. Hosted by Heritage of Pride, Inc., the event will take place on Friday, June 26, from 5-8 p.m. EST with speeches from public figures like Ceyenne Doroshow, Annie Segarra, Edafe Okporo, and Leandro E. Rodriguez Ramos. Everything stream simultaneously on Facebook and YouTube.
Watch: 'The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson'
For too long, the contributions of activist and drag queen Marsha P. Johnson to the LGBTQ+ movement have been overlooked. “The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson,” which can be streamed on Netflix, has set out to change that. The documentary includes interviews with Johnson, who was a central figure in the Stonewall riots, as well as those who knew her and takes a deeper look at the influence she had on queer liberation.
Donate: The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services for LGBTQ+ youth under the age of 25. Since its founding in 1998, the organizationhas provided services for hundreds of thousands of youth via its Trevor Lifeline, TrevorChat, TrevorSpace, and Trevor Education Workshops programs. Donations of any monetary value are accepted, and The Trevor Project is always seeking out new volunteers who can donate their time to further the organization’s mission.
Read: 'Stonewall: A Building. An Uprising. A Revolution.'
The first picture book to tell the story of Stonewall and its importance in the LGBTQ+ movement, “Stonewall: A Building. An Uprising. A Revolution.” was written by Rob Sanders. The dynamic and inclusive illustrations are sure to delight children and adults alike.
Join: Your local LGBTQ+ center
Since the first LGBTQ+ community centers opened in 1971, they have been places of refuge for queer folks. These centers provide support, resources, and services for LGBTQ+ individuals, and simply provide spaces where they can be seen, heard, and valued. CenterLink, the community of LGBT centers, has developed a tool that allows people all over the country to identify the center nearest to them and provides them with the contact information they need in order to reach out and join.
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Donate: For the Gworls
One in five trans individuals will experience homelessness at some point in their lives, according to the National Center for Transgender Equality. The For the Gworls fund works to fight this high rate of homelessness by assisting Black trans people with rent money. They also use a portion of their funds to help trans individuals receive gender-affirming surgeries they seek, ensuring that they receive quality medical care that will lower the risk of these complicated procedures.
Attend: Drag Queen Story Hour World Pride Party 2020
Drag Queen Story Hour is an organization that reads stories to children in libraries, schools, and bookstores around the country. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many of their regular events have been canceled, but from 1-2 p.m. EST Saturday, June 27, a group of drag queen performers from around the world will read stories and lip-sync children’s songs online. Tickets for the event, which celebrates the “legacies of diverse LGBTQ activism, marked by events like the 1969 Stonewall uprising, led by queer and transgender people of color” can be found on Eventbrite.
Based on true events, the 2014 movie “Pride” is about the unlikely alliance that arose between LGBTQ+ activists and the mining families participating in the British Miner’s Strike of 1984. The “Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners” campaign ended up being majorly impactful for both groups. “Pride” won the Queer Palm award at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014.
Donate: Prism Foundation
The Prism Foundation is a grassroots organization working to support the Asian and Pacific Islander LGBTQ+ community by offering scholarships to students and offering funding and practical support to local community organizations and projects. As the foundation is entirely volunteer-run, you can feel confident that the entirety of your donation is going toward the causes themselves.
Share: Your story with It Gets Better
In 2010 Dan Savage and his partner Terry Miller started the It Gets Better campaign to uplift and empower LGBTQ+ youth around the globe. Queer people of all genders, races, creeds, and orientations can share their own stories on the platform to remind today’s youth that “hope is out there.” You can also sign a pledge to ensure that the world is a brighter spot for the next generations, donate to the project, and skim through their wide array of resources including their YouTube channel.
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