As we roll into pride month this year, so much is different than previous years. In unprecedented numbers, Americans are taking to the streets to protest police violence and systemic racism that continues to result in the murders of Black people. As pride events across the country are adapting to the restrictions of COVID-19 and going online to connect and celebrate LGBTQ+ identities and communities, it is important that we remember the roots of pride month. What we celebrate in June are the Stonewall Inn Riots that erupted against the targeted and oftentimes violent policing of LGBTQ+ people. The Stonewall uprising is widely considered to be a crucial event that spurred the modern LGBT rights movement in the United States. Check out last year’s post to learn more.
While we celebrate pride this month, we must also understand that LGBTQ+ liberation is also rooted to direct action and must support all civil rights liberation efforts. This pride month, it is crucial that we lift up the voices and experiences of Black and other LGBTQ+ people of color, and remember that from the beginning of the Stonewall uprising, it was Black and other LGBTQ+ people of color leading the charge for liberation.
Multiple pride celebrations across the country, and here in Texas, are going virtual this year. We’ve compiled a short list to highlight some of the events taking place.
Dallas Pride will be moving online for a virtual celebration. While the COVID-19 pandemic has forced people apart, Dallas Pride sees “the opportunity to bring even more people together.” Check out their website for updates on the virtual schedule, performers, and online events.
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HOUSTON VIRTUAL: REEL PRIDE – PRIDE FILM FEST
Houston Pride is postponed but they are hosting a virtual film fest June 20th. Tickets are $10 and you can learn more at their website.
san francisco 50th anniversary virtual pride
San Francisco plans to host a virtual pride to celebrate their 50th year of Pride. Check out their website to learn more.
miami virtual pride
Miami Pride is also holding virtual events throughout June, learn more here.
Boston pride virtual events
Check out all of the Boston Pride events here.
west hollywood pride events
West Hollywood Pride has also gone virtual this year, check out their website to learn more.
san diego pride virtual events
You can learn more about all the San Diego Pride events here.
human rights campaign’s pride inside campaign
To help everyone celebrate pride safely this year, HRC has launched the Pride Inside Campaign. The campaign website provides resources to celebrate pride safely including this fantastic Pride Inside Activity and Coloring Book (fun for adults and kids)!
In addition to these online celebrations, The European Pride Organizers Association (EPOA) and InterPride, a consortium of local Pride organizations in the US and internationally, are organizing a huge, worldwide Pride event to be held entirely online. They plan to host a 24-hour online Global Pride event on June 27, the anniversary of Stonewall, which will feature musical performances, speeches, and other Pride-related content each hour. While organizers recognize that being online isn’t the same as attending an in-person event, they hope that the online format will reach people in countries that are unsupportive of LGBT people and allow them to participate in Pride.
Global Pride recently announced the first wave of speakers and artists appearing at the online event. World leaders and Grammy Award-winners are among the line-up, including Carlos Alvarado Quesada, President of Costa Rica – which this week legalized equal marriage.
How are you celebrating Pride this year?