Pride 2020 Kick-off

Pride Flag waving in the wind

Happy Pride Month!! I am so excited to be back on the blog, I’ve been reinspired to get back out here and talk about some important topics. I have so much planned for Pride Month and I cannot wait to share it with you all. To kick off Pride 2020 on the Blog I want to talk about how Pride is going to look a little different this year and give you a resource for navigating all the amazing Pride events going on this year!

Black Lives Matter fist

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Today, I want to talk about what has been on everyone in the LGBT+ community’s mind and that is “what to do for Pride this year.” Due to new social distancing policies in place thanks to the Coronavirus, the majority of Pride celebrations have been either canceled or postponed. As someone who is new to celebrating Pride (hello social anxiety!), I am particularly bummed about missing out on my second year of Pride! However, I have been brainstorming and researching and want to talk about our options! 

Option One: Virtual Pride

This is probably the best and most accessible option! There are dozens of cities, particularly those who are known for their outlandish Pride events, that will be hosting a plethora of Virtual Pride content. Some examples include virtual Drag performances, digital dance parties, even virtual parades! I’d like to take a second to highlight my favorites!

Several members of the LGBT community showing off their pride by holding pride flags and each other

Pride kick-off party on June 4th by New Alternatives, a live-streamed event by and for the performing arts community. 

The event will be hosted on the New Alternatives Facebook page- Linked here.

You can donate to the cause in the Link here.

Photo from the New Alternatives Facebook Page

Two gay dads push a stroller through a pride parade while wearing pride shirts and decorated with rainbows

Capital Pridemobile & Rainbow blast

This virtual event will showcase the best #Pride that DC has to offer! Storefronts and homes will be going all out in a contest to be the most Pridefully decorated. There will be performances from local Drag artists and the event is being marketed as an “interactive live stream.” I can’t wait to find out more!

Photography creds. (photo is from Pride in years past, please social distance)

Advertising Dan Levy as 2020's grand marshal for the NYC pride event
Photo from the NYCPride website

NYC Pride which is our country’s largest Pride event will be occurring the last Sunday in June and will be virtually broadcasted on June 28th on various channels including ABC News Live. And with Dan Levy, star of Schitts Creek, serving as a Grand Marshal you know I will be sure to be watching. (If you haven’t seen Schitt’s Creek yet you are missing out, but let this clip of Levy’s character, David, explaining his sexuality be the one to convince you to let SC be your next quarantine binge)

Pride parade from 2019 Pride In California. People are decorated in Pride outfits and rainbows. The California flag has been blended with the pride flag and is blowing in the wind

West Hollywood will be celebrating Pride virtually in what ABC7 describes as  “an exclusive primetime special that honors the journey through historical vignettes and celebrates the central role of the LGBTQ+ community in the culture and history of Los Angeles.”

Alex Newell, Amara La Negra, Asher Entertainment ft. The House of Ninja, Bob the Drag Queen, Carson Kressley, Erika Jayne, Greyson Chance, Hayley Kiyoko, Jake Borelli, Jordy, Justin Tranter, Lance Bass, Lee Daniels, Leslie Jordan, Megan Hilty & Brian Gallagher, Mj Rodriguez, Neve Campbell, Sandra Bernhard, Shea Diamond, The Pussycat Dolls, and others are expected to appear.

Photo credit: DAVID MCNEW/AFP via Getty Images)

A large pride flag is being carried through the streets of downtown Knoxville during a pride parade in 2019's Knox Pride Fest

KnoxPride is currently hosting a lawn decorating contest using the hashtag #ShowUsYourKnoxPride and will also be hosting virtual drag shows and performances all month long on Twitch!

They have also announced that Knoxpride Fest has been postponed to this Fall during the Fall Festival. I for one am here for any excuse to celebrate pride at any point in the year!

Be sure to give them a follow on their Facebook page here.

Photo credit: The Daily Beacon

Advertising Nashville Pride

Nashville Pride is also hosting their own virtual Pride events all month long with Pride at Home. Including a weekly variety hour, with cooking, entertainment, interviews and more!

Photo Credit: Nashville Pride website

Option two: At Home Pride

There are limitless ways you can continue to celebrate Pride at home. For example: learn more about WHY we celebrate, do some research into the history of Pride and LGBT acceptance in your own community.

Get decorating! We have been doing drive-by birthday parties, graduations and plenty of other celebrations so let’s keep that energy going into Pride month! If you live in an area where LGBT is accepted and celebrated see if you can get as many neighbors as you can to decorate and create your own parade down the block!

Even have a social distancing cookout among friends, dress up, make crazy rainbow drinks and food and celebrate six feet apart!

I will have more posts going up in the next month for more information on how you can #PrideAtHome

Row of pride flags line the entrances to apartments
If you want to know what is happening in your community just google search “Pride events 2020” and then your town name.

Photo credits tagged.

I want to conclude this kick off to Pride with a reminder; the first Pride was a riot. Our community has fought hard for the rights that you have today. The Stonewall riots occurred 50 years ago and gay marriage was just legalized in the States only 5 years ago; 45 years and 2 days apart.

You think it was hard to change a law? It will be even harder to change a society. The global community’s fight will be even harder, as gay marriage is still considered a crime in over 50 countries around the world and carry the death penalty in at least a dozen. We celebrate, as we should, be we also remember, and we continue to fight. 

I would also like to send a reminder that this year’s Pride is going to be even harder on our black members of the LGBT community. As they fight for their own rights and their own freedoms to be upheld; as they fight for their lives. 

Below are some links to various organizations you can donate to in the fight against discrimination of peoples based on sexual orientation around the world. 

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