How to Celebrate Pride Month

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June is LGBTQ+ pride month in the United States. To people of the LGBTQ+ community, it’s a time to celebrate what makes you unique. Since the Stonewall uprising in 1969, the gay rights movement has been stronger together. Creating a community full of beautiful queer people from around the world. Allies and members are still advocating for gay rights through protests or marches. Now that many events are opening up, there are many fun in-person events to support pride month. Lee Journals lists some activities for celebrating pride.

Attending a Pride Parade

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One of the funniest ways to support Pride month is by going to a pride parade. These parades are held everywhere in cities across the country. Since 1970, protests are in memory of the Stonewall Riot. Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York City are popular parade locations. In 2019, the country celebrated the largest pride parade in honor of the 50th anniversary of Stonewall with 5 million attending in Manhattan alone. Find the location and time a Pride Parade is held in your city. Bring a close friend and party together.

Advocacy

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Advocate for LGBTQ+ rights this month. This is the perfect time to ensure LGBTQ+ visibility and advance inclusion for transgender and non-conforming people. Many people use their social media platforms to share messages with government offices. Some LBTQ+ nonprofits you can look into are the Youth Pride Association, Black Trans Lives Thrive, and LGBTQ+ Latinx Giving Circle. These organizations support young people of color in the LGBTQ+ community. Be a part of the cause by donating to those organizations.

Support LGBTQ+ small businesses

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It’s a good time to support small businesses now that they have reopened since the pandemic. There are great LGBTQ+-owned businesses that need great support. You may even get a few discounts in the middle of Pride Month. Look at your Yelp app to find restaurants, shops, and delis that are LGBTQ+ owned and visit them. Give a good review and refer to the place on social media. That would have them get more customers and a greater reputation. Have fun and conversate at these places.

Watch Pride Films

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Thanks to streaming there are thousands of films to choose from. Netflix, HBO Max, and Hulu have some of our favorite films at the click of a button. So, there’s an excuse to not find most of the films you want. Watch popular gay films in the comfort of your home. Invite your friends for a movie night and have them choose their favorite films. You may find pride festivals that host films on a specific night. Some popular gay films are Call Me By Your Name and Brokeback Mountain. Have fun watching them with your friends.

Party Playlist

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If you love music, create a playlist of your favorite gay artists. There are also streaming services that offer Gay Pride playlists. Look up your favorite genre and make the playlist off of that. For example, if it’s pop music. Add a couple of gay anthems like “I Feel Love” and “It’s Raining Men” to the list. Call your friends up to help make the playlist together. Then, play the music at a pride party. You can even hold a karaoke session during the party too. Let the best singer win!

Final Thoughts

Remember to have fun with your friends. Pride Month is a time for love and laughter. Be bold and be your colorful self.

How do you celebrate Pride Month? Comment below.

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