Celebrate Pride While Social Distancing
LGBTQ+ Pride takes place every June in commemoration of the 1969 Stonewall Riots that occurred at the Stonewall Inn and surrounding area in Greenwich Village (NYC). The Stonewall Riots marked a turning point in American culture and brought awareness to the need for equal rights for the LGBTQ+ community, as well as many others. As we enter another month under the restrictions of social distancing, many are struggling with feelings of frustration and isolation, but the power of human connection has proven to be an indomitable force reaching far beyond the distance of six feet. People around the world are creating unique ways to safely express their love and engage in celebration to honor important milestones. In recognition of the events that occurred at Stonewall and that continue today, we must not forget these defining moments in history. Please take some time this month to reflect on the lessons of our past and use your personal awareness to motivate positive change.
This year, public health concerns due to COVID-19 has caused the LGBTQ+ community to cancel longstanding Pride events, such as the Pride parades that typically take place in many major cities. Now more than ever, there is a need for solidarity and a desire to confront social inequity with compassion and acceptance. Here are some ways to share your pride and show your support for the LGBTQ+ community while social distancing:
- Attend a virtual Pride parade or online event, such as the one being hosted by San Francisco Pride on June 27-28, 2020;
- Create messages of Pride at home using sidewalk chalk or window paint;
- Plan a virtual party with friends and family using free social platforms, such as Zoom, FaceTime, Facebook, and YouTube;
- Create your own Pride hashtag or send messages of love on social media using popular hashtags such as #pride, #LGBTQ, #LoveIsLove;
- Fly a rainbow flag at your home in honor of Pride month; or
- Take part in the virtual celebrations being held across the globe by checking out Google's Virtual Pride Events Map!
No matter what you decide to do, we are wishing everyone a happy and healthy Pride month this June!