How to safely celebrate Pride Month in 2021:
Remember, not everyone is out.
Ensure access for disabled and immunocompromised individuals.
True pride happens when every single member of our community can access events and be involved. An event that does not take into consideration disabled access or financial access is no genuine pride. The community fights for equity and equality, and that should start at home, which is especially vital in the midst of a pandemic that has kept many LGBTQ folks away from their chosen families.
Mask up and remember not everyone is vaccinated.
Preserve and honor our Pride history.
To nurture our community and increase the safety of all of us in the future, we have to preserve our history. Progress is impossible without acknowledging the prejudice still bleeding into the present from our past. For people living in countries like the U.S. and the U.K., being LGBTQ is relatively safe. It is legal, and many of us have our rights protected by the law, however, this is not the case globally or even in some states.
Take precautions to protect yourself from potential violence.
Help people find their community.
Be an ally and use your privilege to protect the marginalized.
If you are heterosexual or cis-gendered, Pride is an opportunity to show up as an ally. “Allies are so important because LGBTQ people are the minority; we cannot do this work of building safe communities without allies,” says Pollock. “Allies can speak out when it might be unsafe for LGBTQ people to do so, they can challenge, but they can also celebrate because being LGBTQ is nothing to be ashamed of.”
Being an ally also means protecting the safety of LGBTQ people. So show up. Be a part of the fight for progress and use your privilege to help protect the safety of marginalized groups. If your LGBTQ friend is walking home alone, offer to go with them. Also, make sure to advocate for our rights and champion intersectionality, challenge prejudice when you see it, and never center yourself within those conversations. They are for LGBTQ people, not cis-gendered heterosexuals.
Things to do to celebrate pride month
Attend a Pride parade or Event
Be an Ally Educate Yourself to Become an Ally Pay attention to pronouns. From name tags to email signatures, you may have noticed preferred pronouns are getting a lot of attention lately.
Educate Yourself Learn about LGBTQ History
Watch a movie that will give you more information about the serious message behind Pride Month. It isn’t just about festivals, rainbows, and glitter. So take some time to learn about the people who helped bring this movement together. “Milk” starring Sean Penn is a great movie to kick off and charts the life of the first openly gay politician, Harvey Milk.
Organize a T-Shirt Design Contest
Volunteer or Donate To LGBTQ+ Organizations
Become an Advocate
Support LGBT art and culture
Diversify Your Home Library (books, movies, music)
Some movie suggestions:
Some of My Best Friends Are…(1971)
Female Trouble (1974)
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
Before Stonewall (1984)
Desert Hearts (1985)
My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)
Paris is Burning (1990)
Edward II (1991)
The Birdcage (1996)
The Watermelon Woman (1996)
All About My Mother (1999)
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)
Saving Face (2004)
Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton’s Cafeteria (2005)
Drunktown’s Finest (2014)
Out in the Night (2014)
Tab Hunter Confidential (2015)
The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson (2017)
120 Beats per Minute (2017)
Happiest Season (2020)
Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen (2020)
Wear Your Pride on Your Sleeve If you’d rather show your pride on your feet, pick up some ultra-cool Pride Socks.
Throw a Pride Month Party of Your Own Serve up a rainbow-themed array of delicious finger foods and treats—display rainbow-colored decor and queue up a playlist of LGBTQ+ artists.
Rep your flag! Each of the rainbow flag’s original eight colors has a meaning: pink for sex, red for life, orange for healing, yellow for sun, green for nature, turquoise for magic, blue for peace, and purple for spirit. Don’t have a flag? Then wear your colors on a T-shirt, a hairband, or on the laces in your shoes.
Decorate Your Home With Pride-Decor
Hang a rainbow flag in your front yard and windows, or design a custom yard sign supporting the LGBTQ+ community.