June marks the beginning of summer and time to celebrate Pride––an entire month dedicated to uplifting the LGBTQ+ community and celebrating diversity, equality, and visibility. There are many ways to celebrate Pride, from learning the movement’s history to supporting the diverse array of LGBTQ+ voices, to supporting local LGBTQ+ businesses and charities, and more.
Since vaccines are being rolled out across the country this spring, Pride 2021 holds renewed promise for parades and outdoor celebrations. To help get you in the spirit, we’ve put together a few ideas to help you capture Pride this June––no matter how you choose to observe it.
Learn the history of Pride
Pride Month began to honor the LGTBQ+ community every June in a month-long celebration of LGBTQ+ rights and to remember fearless trailblazers. They paved the way for the modern LGBTQ+ rights movement in America in June of 1969 during the Stonewall Riots in Greenwich Village, New York. Not only is Pride Month historically significant, but it also allows us to celebrate all kinds of love and personal expression and encourage our LGBTQ+ friends and family by showing them (and the world) our support.
In addition to recognizing the decades-long—and still ongoing—fight for equal rights in the LGBTQ+ community, Pride is meant to be an affirming celebration of all that the community has accomplished over the years. Regardless of how you celebrate Pride, knowing its history can give you a broader perspective of the month and its origins. Spend some time picking up a book, watching a documentary, or visiting a museum––there are so many resources out there to help you learn something new about Pride Month and LGBTQ+ history overall.
Discover LGBTQ+ films, TV shows, and literature
Another way to celebrate Pride Month is by developing a greater understanding of the LGBTQ+ experience through films, TV shows, and literature. Whether you choose to stay in for an LGBTQ+ movie marathon or put together a special queer book club for Pride, immerse yourself in incredible works of art by LGBTQ+ creators that you and your loved ones can watch, read, and discuss. So, assemble your personal favorites or make a point to consume something you’ve never seen or read before and celebrate Pride Month by diving into the world of LGBTQ+ media.
Donate to LGBTQ+ organizations
Since Pride is all about celebrating the strength, resiliency, and beauty of the LGBTQ+ community, consider giving back. Activism is the epitome of celebrating the LGBTQ+ community as it not only allows you to get involved with an organization that you care about or are interested in, but it’s also an easy way to support and celebrate all year round. Choose an organization that works with the issues close to your heart. Remember, you can donate money, time, food, and even knowledge. Whether you’re shopping for a good cause or volunteering with LGBTQ+ organizations, there are many ways to support the work of people fighting for the advancement of LGBTQ+ rights. Opportunities abound!
No matter how you celebrate Pride, in a public parade, or in the comfort of your own home, it is a time to get together and stand together with the LGBTQ+ community in its fight for equality and justice. It’s a time to celebrate all the unique and simple truths that make each of us one-of-a-kind and remarkable.