- Malorie Leonetti, Marketing Coordinator at NMI
Celebrating Pride During COVID-19
June in our community is usually bright with the colours of the rainbow – flags and lights, glitter and confetti, parades and marches filled with floats, signs and folks from all over the world coming together to celebrate love in all forms. We’ve come up with a list of ways you can take part in Pride while still practicing safe measures.
Host a Backyard Party
With restrictions around socialization becoming looser, consider having a few of your close pals over for an outdoor celebration. Make a fun playlist, whip up some rainbow cocktails and snacks, and take a few hours to enjoy the company of friends you haven’t seen in a while. Also, a great justification to dust off those super soakers right?
Join an Online Event
In the age of coronavirus, everyone is getting much more comfortable and fluent with life online and Pride is no exception. While we can’t be together taking part in our local parades and marches, we take part in a wide range of events online – digital drag shows, Zoom dance parties, educational talks and panels, communities, forums, performances, and lectures there are lots of ways to connect with the LGBTQ+ community and take part in Pride month.
Sign a Petition or Donate
There is something so freeing about taking part in the Pride parades – standing up for love of any kind, accepting those who may not have supportive arms around them, and remembering the folks that fought for years before you but you can still stand up for human rights, love, and inclusivity by finding and signing important petitions or donate to a worthy cause if you’re able.
Decorate Your House and Yard
Pride is bright, colourful, and full of life – why not bring some of that to your own home or better yet, your neighbourhood? Paint a sign, hang some balloons and streamers, decorate your sidewalk with chalk. Remind people how big and beautiful the movement is by spreading a little rainbow glitter all around.
Our personal favourite – while most of us are inclusive and respectful, we may not totally understand how the movement began or how it became what we know it as today. This is a great opportunity to do more research, more reading, more watching. Take this time to educate yourself on the history of Pride and the important work that many have done to push society towards equality.
With politics and the current world state, we believe that it is as important, if not more important this year than ever to come together and celebrate our diversity – whether or not that is out in public.
How are you celebrating Pride this year?