10 Ways to Celebrate Pride All Year Long
For our LGBTQ community, Pride month has always been a time where we celebrate ourselves and our community’s resilience through loving who we are and loving who we love. Pride commemorates the Stonewall riots in New York City in 1969, and is also a reminder that the fight for inclusion, acceptance and equal rights for our LGBTQ+ community is far from over.
We may be in a global Pandemic and unable to attend Pride festivities in person this year, but the spirit of Pride is never cancelled. Pride should be felt year long and there are always opportunities to stay connected to our LGBTQ community.
Celebrating at home? Here are 10 ways for you to celebrate Pride—not just this month, but ALL YEAR LONG.
Attend local virtual Pride events/festivals
Check in with your city/town’s Pride page and see what virtual Pride events they might be having. Some cities are streaming past parades and hosting online events that makes it possible to connect with your local community even if you can’t see each other in person!
Donate to local LGBTQ+ organizations and charities
One of the most important ways to celebrate Pride is to uplift our community through donating to local and national organizations and charities year round who are serving the LGBTQ community. Bonus points if you make it a recurring donation— even a donation of $5 or $10 a month makes an impact.
Dash of Pride has partnered with It Gets Better Project and The Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund. We will be donating 1% of our sales to both charities. Join us in making a pledge to one of the charities.
Watch LGBTQ+ movies/films and tv shows
Many online streaming services like Netflix or Hulu have entire Pride sections and an LGBTQ category for movies/tv shows. We recommend: “Pose”, “The L Word Q Generation”, “Paris is Burning”, “Queer Eye” and “We’re Here”.
Learn about LGBTQ+ history and the history of Pride
Learning LGBTQ history through books or online articles/research is a great way to remind ourselves how far we have come and a great tool for learning ways to be a better community member and ally.
Tune into Global Pride 2020
Global Pride is a 24-hour live stream that will cast segments from around the world, similar to a New Year’s Eve broadcast. It will feature appearances from drag artists from around the world, queer icons like Olivia Newton-John and Deborah Cox, world leaders and a highly anticipated musical performance by the Dixie Chicks. Global Pride is happening June 27 for a 24 hour livestream. You can find it at globalpride2020.org
Have a “night out” while staying in at Club Quarantine
Club Quarantine, a queer online dance party, hosts virtual dance parties every night, featuring DJs, drag performers, and other special guests.
Support LGBTQ-owned bars, restaurants and small businesses
Supporting LGBTQ owned businesses year round makes a huge impact and each time you buy from a LGBTQ-owned bar, restaurant or small business you are actively supporting the livelihood of one of our community members.
Learn about policies impacting the LGBTQ+ community and commit to being involved in the fight for LGBTQ+ rights and equality
From Transgender healthcare to housing discrimination, there are still very big ways our LGBTQ community is actively discriminated against. We need more folks involved, whether nationally or locally. Pride is a great time to recommit to this fight and to finding ways to stay involved.
Get yourself something to commemorate this Pride
It’s indisputable: this is a historical Pride year. What better way to commemorate it than buying yourself a tee shirt, bag or pin to remember this year’s Pride during a Pandemic!
Pssst: we’ve got some really cute “Pride 2020” and “Quarantine Pride” tee-shirts in Stock!
Make your voice heard in the name of Pride
Our community is made up of a diverse, beautiful group of people and each voice matters. Don’t forget to celebrate yourself and the Pride of our community all year long.
Jamie Thrower (Pronouns: she/her)
Jamie is owner of Studio XIII Photography in Portland, OR.
She is an extremely talented artist and storyteller with a
deep commitment to the LGBTQ+ community.