With most Pride parades and celebrations having been cancelled or postponed during due to the coronavirus pandemic and Britain’s ongoing lockdown, we’ve pulled together ways you can still celebrate Pride at home!
From socially distanced parties to online workshops, here are just a few ways you can support the LGBTQ+ community and celebrate Pride at home this month:
Take time to learn about the LGBTQ+ community
Take some time to educate yourself and your loved ones on LGBTQ+ history by reading articles online and listening to stories from the LGBTQ+ community.
Look for online courses to garner a better understanding of the community and the struggles they face. The Open University has a range of free online courses and educational webinars.
Recommended: The Open University Free Online Course: “Sexual orientation and gender identity studies”
Read, watch and listen to positive LGBTQ+ representation
Read literature, listen to podcasts and watch TV shows and films with a positive LGBTQ+ representation. Why not host a Pride movie night with family or friends at home? Here are just a few options available on Netflix:
- POSE (2018 – present)
- Hollywood (2020)
- Moonlight (2016)
- The Politician (2019)
- Queer Eye (2018 – present)
- Sex Education (2018 – present)
- Elite (2018 – present)
- Orange Is the New Black (2013 – 2019)
- RuPaul’s Drag Race (2009 – present)
Donate to supporting charities
As most Pride events have been cancelled, LGBTQ+ charities will miss out on vital donations made from ticket sales. Support the community during Pride month by donating to one of the many charities in the UK, as listed below:
Host a socially distanced Pride party
As Pride is a celebration of everything LGBTQ+, what better way to celebrate than by throwing a socially distanced party in your home garden or local park? We may not be able to dance in the streets, but it doesn’t mean you can’t host your very own Pride party!
Decorate your garden with colours of the rainbow, hoist the Pride flag high and have your best playlist at the ready! Head to HRC to find out about their #PrideInside initiative with ideas on how to celebrate at home this year.
Tune into virtual celebrations online
Amnesty International has partnered with UK Black Pride, Stonewall and ParaPride to host an array of Pride celebrations online. From Sunday 28 June to Sunday 5 July, tune in to theatre performances, painting parties, panel discussions and pub quizzes to celebrate Pride month at home.