Celebrating Pride Online
For over 50 years, June has been a celebration of Pride; an honor to the Stonewall riots and a recognition to the LGBT+ community. Drag shows, parades, street festivals are among the usual celebrations of Pride. These events build connection and camaraderie among the LGBT+ community and continue to fulfill the mission of Pride: to build safe spaces for queer people and open the minds of those opposed to their movement.
With COVID-19 still around the corner, it’s still best to stay indoors and celebrate Pride online instead. It might not be traditional but with the risks and dangers COVID-19 brings, it may be the best option for everyone right now.
Luckily, in this age of technology, there are a lot of ways to celebrate indoors with your family and friends. Here are top 3 ways to feel the essence of Pride safely in the comfort of your home:
Netflix and Chill
Netflix has probably taken over our lives for the past year. It’s one of the most popular streaming services worldwide. For Pride, Netflix has a section of LGBT+ movies that are greatly influential such as Moonlight and Brokeback Mountain. If you prefer documentaries about the Pride movement, Netflix also has The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson (a prominent figure in the Stonewall uprising in 1969).
Netflix doesn’t only house great movies but also a variety of TV shows that centers on the LGBT+ community. From binge-worthy reality shows like Rupaul’s Drag Race and Queer Eye to lighthearted TV series like GLEE.
If you want to watch these movies and shows with your friends without stepping out of the house, don’t worry! There are platforms like Rave and Scener where you can stream Netflix in real time with your friends!
Read a Book
If you opt for a quiet and peaceful time to celebrate Pride, you can read books that reflects and centers on the LGBT+ community. Whether it’s a YA coming of age story, a heart-wrenching memoir or an influential biography, the options are endless! Take your picks from the moving memoir of Garrard Conley, Boy Erased to the Printz Honor book awardee, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz. Grab the book of your choice, make a cup of tea, and you have a cozy way of celebrating Pride!
Zoom has become one of the most important application that we use for work, school, or even just for communication. It’s easily accessible on your computer and even on your mobile devices. Basically, zoom is a video conferencing service to virtually meet with your loved ones.
In a Zoom party, you and your friends can dress up (to what you should’ve worn in the actual Pride parade) and engage in fun activities together. You can quiz each other about the history of Pride, reminisce previous Pride memories by sharing your screens, and you can also take a screenshot of your zoom call and share how you’re celebrating through social media!
Regardless of how you choose to celebrate Pride, what’s important is we continue to spread the love and positivity that Pride brings in the month of June. Let’s celebrate with the LGBT+ community and support them to express themselves in whatever way they choose. The essence of Pride is not in the parades or the marches, but in the way we accept and love everyone in the community. Let’s be an ally and raise their flag together! Happy Pride Month!
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