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5 Ways to Celebrate Pride

Although businesses are opening again, tons of events have been cancelled for the year. But we will still find a way to be PROUD and celebrate PRIDE this year!

While it is sad we can’t gather for large events, this year also gives an opportunity to those who have never been a part of Pride to join in and witness what this month is about first hand. You could be anywhere in the world and all you need is internet to come to the party this year!

Here are 5 ways you can still celebrate Pride from your own home. 

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1. Visit Stonewall

…there was no out, there was just in.

Stonewall was a milestone for LGBTQ civil rights that provided momentum for a movement. On June 28, 1969, a police raid on the Stonewall Inn provoked a spontaneous act of resistance that earned a place alongside landmarks in American self-determination such as Seneca Falls Convention for women’s rights (1848) and the Selma to Montgomery March for African American voting rights (1965). Demonstrations continued over the next several nights at Christopher Park across from the Stonewall Inn. When asked to describe the difference that Stonewall had made, journalist Eric Marcus observed that before Stonewall, “For most people, there was no out, there was just in.” When Stonewall happened there were fifty to sixty gay groups in the country. A year later there were at least fifteen hundred. By two years later, to the extent that counts could be made, it was twenty-five hundred. And that was the impact of Stonewall. Visit the stunning Stonewall monument here. 

  

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2. Throw a Virtual Pride Party

Make an Evite and invite all your friends to a Pride Party via zoom! Accessorize the party with a signature rainbow cocktail and a Pride Zoom background. Not sure how to change the Zoom background? We have you covered. 

  • You just have to click on desired image(s) to open at full resolution.
  • On a browser, right click to download image(s) to your computer.
  • On mobile, click and hold to add to your photos.
  • Then, open Zoom and enter Settings.
  • In the Virtual Background tab, upload your Pride image. 

The perfect day for this party would be June 27th starting at 10:30am during Global Pride. World leaders, royalty, pop stars and drag queens will anchor this year’s 24-hour Global Pride livestream, the first worldwide L.G.B.T.Q. event, which is putting the Black Lives Matter movement at its center. Todrick Hall will host the stream of music, performances, speeches and messages of support. It is expected to attract up to 300 million viewers.

 

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3. Watch a Pride Parade

On Saturday June 27 at 11 p.m. Los Angeles’s first virtual Pride parade will air as a 90-minute prime-time special on ABC7, which will also broadcast the event online. Through historical vignettes and in-depth interviews, the special will highlight local unsung heroes, queer culture and community activists. Guests include Alex Newell, Amara La Negra, Bob the Drag Queen, Carson Kressley, Erika Jayne, Hayley Kiyoko, Jake Borelli, Lance Bass, Lee Daniels, Leslie Jordan, Megan Hilty, Mj Rodriguez, Neve Campbell, Sandra Bernhard, Shea Diamond, the Pussycat Dolls, Trixie Mattel and more. Ellen Leyva and Brandi Hitt, of ABC7 Eyewitness News, will host alongside special guests Raven-Symoné and Karl Schmid.

Tune in Sunday June 28th at noon. This year is the 50th anniversary of the first Pride march in 1970. The grand marshals for the Special Pride Broadcast Event are Dan Levy (“Schitt’s Creek”); the Ali Forney Center, dedicated to homeless L.G.B.T.Q. youth; Yanzi Peng, the executive director of LGBT Rights Advocacy China; and Victoria Cruz, an American activist and retired domestic violence counselor. Janelle Monáe, Deborah Cox, Billy Porter, Luísa Sonza and more will perform. And Wilson Cruz, Miss Richfield 1981, Margaret Cho and others will make appearances.

On June 27th at 4PM you can catch the AnnApolis Pride Festival. After an amazing inaugural Annapolis Pride Parade and Festival in 2019, the Pride Festival will go virtual this year. You can support, celebrate, engage, and unite to support the LGBTQ+ community on June 27.  Keep an eye out for more details on the Annapolis Pride Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Annapolispride

 

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4. Make a Rainbow Treat 

Pinterest is full of rainbow treat recipes (there’s even a cute quirk when you type Pride on Pintrest.) There are so many options to choose from but we favored these cute rainbow cookies. Find the recipe here.

 

 

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5. Work It Out 

Gyms are gearing up to open but until then, YouTube is the place to go. Head over to, It Gets Better channel for its “It Gets Better Live Workout” series. The organization’s mission is to “uplift, empower, and connect LGBTQ+ youth around the globe.” And its new live-stream series features LGBTQ+ fitness pros leading workouts from their own homes.

Growing up isn’t easy, especially when you are trying to affirm and assert your sexual orientation and/or gender identity. It can be a challenging and isolating process – but, the good news is, no one has to do it alone. The It Gets Better Channel hope stories from people around the world, including RuPaul, Jane Lynch, and Laverne Cox, help inspire you today!

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