June is here, and despite the chaos that 2020 has brung, it’s still something that needs to be celebrated. In fact, it’s an even bigger motivation to celebrate! So even though we’re still adhering to social distancing and, for some, quarantine, there are still a plethora of resources that we can all join in on in order to celebrate Pride this month!
The History of Pride
June has officially been the month in which we celebrate Pride all over the world since 1969. It came about due to the Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan, which was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the U.S.
Today, this celebration encompasses parades, parties, workshops, concerts, and more to bring about positive awareness and a feeling of togetherness for members of the LGBTQI+ community and those who support them. It’s also an opportunity to remember those who have fallen victim to hate crimes and discrimination as well those living with or who have been lost to HIV/AIDS.
1. Pride 2020
This year, we celebrate 50 years of annual LGBTQI+ traditions in a somewhat different fashion. That is, online. Luckily, there are tons of organizations that have transformed the event so that anyone can join in via their chosen online platform. So, if you’re looking for different ways to enjoy Pride this month, here are 9 digital parties happening throughout the rest of June!
2. It Gets Better: June 24 - 26
Hosted by former RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant, Peppermint, this digital event will consist of drag queens, musicians, YouTube stars, and other past RuPaul contestants. It takes place from 2pm to 7pm PST, and you can join in on the fun on their YouTube channel. For more information, check out their website.
3. Global Pride: June 27
The organizers of this event are hoping to span the event across the globe, and will be celebrating Pride with the Black Lives Matter movement as their focal point. It’ll be jam-packed with celebs such as Olivia Newton-John and the Dixie Chicks, and will also host some influential speakers such as the Luxembourg prime minister, Xavier Bettel. The event is at 01:00 in the morning, EDT, and will be streamed for 24 hours. You can catch it directly on the Global Pride website.
4. Can’t Cancel Pride: June 25
Join some of your faves, such as Sia and Adam Lambert, on iHeartRadio on June 25 where they’ll be live streaming their Can’t Cancel Pride event. This one is all about unifying communities, sharing bold performances, and messages of spirit and strength. This event is partnered with six different organizations that have proven to bring about positive change within the community, and together, their aim is to raise $5 million dollars to help an array of people in the LGBTQI+ community that are in need.
5. New York City Pride: June 26 - 28
Take part in a virtual rally on June 26 from 5 to 8pm EDT, hosted by big names such as Ashlee Marie Preston and Michael Smith. You can also enjoy a TV special from 12 to 2pm EDT on both days, featuring Billy Porter, Deborah Cox, Margaret Cho, and more. To buy tickets, head on over to Eventbrite.
6. Virtual Art Tour: The Art of Gilbert Baker, Protest & Politics
Immerse yourself in the work of Gilbert Baker, an artist, activist, protestor, and performer, virtually via the GLBT Historical Society website. This exhibition has been on display since November 2019, and thus can be enjoyed anytime throughout June (and beyond). It shows some of the most powerful works and information about Baker, such as how he manages to blur the lines between art and activism, and how art can serve as a powerful tool to address political and social issues.
7. Club Quarantine
If you’ve been missing out on your Saturday night parties, Club Quarantine is one of the hottest queer online dance club events that take place over Zoom every night at 9pm EST. Their Instagram page has nearly 70k followers, and you can connect with them over there to get the password to their next dance party.
8. Digital Drag Brunch: June 27
Brunch fans rejoice! Digital Drag Brunch is an event that happens on June 27th from 12 noon to 1pm EDT, and is hosted by Lady Lola LaRu. This event is an at-home cooking class where you’ll be taught how to make mushroom and leek frittata as well as an arugula salad. It’s a free event, and a “delicious way to celebrate Pride”.
9. Lambda Literary Does Pride
In hopes of celebrating and promoting LGBTQI+ authors, Lambda Literally Does Pride is an online event that happens every Tuesday and Thursday at 8pm throughout the month of June. During this time, authors will share their work through readings and discussions. This is a live event, aside from June 30th, which is pre-recorded. This event also has the option to donate to the cause, which will help bring LGBTQI+ books into schools, help emerging writers, and create more awareness for LGBTQI+ literature.
We hope that the month of June has been an inspirational one thus far, and perhaps next year we can all gather together for one of many infamous Pride gatherings somewhere in the world!