PRIDE Reinvented: You Don’t Need a Public Event to Be Proud

Take part in these virtual celebrations instead.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused the world to reconsider in-person events of all sizes. If the PRIDE parade or party you planned to attend changed due to social distancing concerns, don’t fret. There are many ways to celebrate PRIDE from afar. All you need is an internet connection and a desire to meet with some of your favorite people from the LBGTQ community online.
How to Celebrate PRIDE Virtually
With social distancing measures impossible to enforce at large-scale events, it isn’t any wonder that many PRIDE events held across the United States experienced cancellations. That doesn’t mean that you can’t celebrate. It does, however, require some creativity on your behalf to pull off. Luckily, many cities have done the hard work for you.
Some virtual PRIDE events and activities you can get involved with include:
  • Global PRIDE 2020. Planned for Saturday, June 27th, 2020, the live-streamed event is the doing of Interpride, European Pride Organisers Association, and international LGBTQ groups. With a theme of “Exist. Persist. Resist,” there is no denying the power of the event and its attendees. If you want to participate, all you need is an internet connection. It’s the first time that an event of this magnitude is virtual, making it accessible to everyone wanting to attend it.
  • NYC PRIDE. With plans to participate in the aforementioned Global PRIDE 2020 event, New York City also decided to cancel its in-person event this year. Instead, the committee remains focused on its Pride Gives Back Initiative. It is one of the major cities in the United States that did not postpone its celebration. Instead, NYC decided to become part of the global event, which is open to all to attend.
Arizona already held its virtual pride celebration. It took place in April and gave participants access to the event via Zoom. It offered a range of entertainment and encouraged its participants to read the event description to determine if it was the appropriate celebration for them to partake in online.
If there isn’t an event that you feel interested in participating in, feel free to organize your own. Throw your fantastic party online and dress to the nines. Thanks to all the videoconferencing technologies that exist today, it’s easy to fill a room and remain contactless.
PRIDE is Not Just an Event Because It’s a Way of Life
Show your PRIDE, however you see fit. You’ve got many options to choose from this year despite cancellations of in-person events. You can opt to do one of the items on the list or all of them. It’s entirely up to you how you demonstrate PRIDE in 2020.
You may want to invite a close circle of family and friends to join you in the celebration. Setting up an event on Facebook or another platform that promotes videoconferencing is an easy way to gather with your favorite people and support the LBGTQ community. You can even come up with your own itinerary based on how involved you want to be in the planning process.
We’d love to hear your thoughts on how you’ll celebrate PRIDE this year. Drop us a line and tell us your plans.