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Parades, parties and marches in celebration of Pride month may be cancelled this June, but there are still several ways you can show support and celebrate LGBTI+ communities from home. From 24 hour live stream parties to virtual marches, here’s how you can celebrate Pride month at home.

Global Pride 2020

The outbreak of Coronavirus singlehandedly helped to wipe out social events, parades and group gatherings. But, just because we aren’t able to celebrate Pride month as we usually would with marches, parades and parties, we can still join forces virtually and celebrate from within our homes.

Wherever you are in the world, on Saturday 27th June we can all come together as Global Pride launches their 24 hours of live-streamed event celebrating the diversity of the LGBTI+ community around the world. Tune in for music and artist performances, speeches from activists and campaigners, and addresses by public figures.

When: Saturday 27th June
Website:  www.globalpride2020.org

Pride Inside

Marches and parades may be off the cards but that won’t stop Pride Inside from bringing a splash of colour to Pride 2020.

Pride Inside have found a new way to bring Pride month to life through a series of photographs being plastered all across the UK. 

The team has teamed up with queer photographers from all across the UK, challenging them to take photographs of over 100 queer individuals to show off how brilliantly diverse, wonderful and united the LGBTQ+ community is, especially since the pandemic broke out.

From Monday 15th until Sunday 28th, these photographs will be displayed on over 1,000 Clear Channel UK’s advertising screens. Pride Inside’s message is incredibly important, and gives “an opportunity to remain as proud and visible as ever and send a message to LGBTQ+ people everywhere – you’re not alone.”

When: Monday 15th – Sunday 28th June
Website: www.prideinside.co.uk

Pride In Lockdown

London’s annual LGBT+ pride parade and festival, Pride in London, are calling anyone who has taken part in the festivities to this month or would have joined in on the parade marches to “make an act of allyship” as part of 2020’s pride theme #YouMeUsWe.

There are three simple ways you can still get involved in the Pride in London campaign. One is simply donating, no matter how big or small, to your community to help address the LGBT+ communities needs, while also supporting the future of Pride in London’s work. Another is to share your story, perhaps about a time someone in the LGBT+ community was there for you and the team can then bring your story to life through sharing on social media and celebrate it. The third way is to pledge your allyship, allowing you to show your support as an ally for all LGBT+ people. The aim is to reach 30,000 acts, one for every individual who would have joined the parade if it was still going ahead this month.

BiFi Festival

While Bi Pride UK’s September event can no longer take place, the team behind the organisation have launched a virtual bi pride event, helping to celebrate and champion bi voices.

Running on Saturday 20th June, the festival will be streamed live on Twitch and will be made up of a series of thought-provoking panel discussions, entertainment from performers and to finish the night off, a grooving DJ after party will be held so you can celebrate in style while safe and inside.

When: Saturday 20th June
Website: www.biprideuk.org

Pride Inside Festival

UK Black Pride, Amnesty International, Stonewall and ParaPride have joined forces to transport the pride festivities into the virtual world. With all of the usual pride events being cancelled, the event is aptly named Pride Inside, with celebrations beginning on Sunday 28th June and will run for a week. Pride Inside will be made up of a series of gigs, comedy sketches, panel discussions and arts-based events, and hopes to bring the LGBTI+ community together during this challenging time.

When: Sunday 28th June – Sunday 5th July
Website: www.amnesty.org.uk

TEDxLondon: Conversations Beyond Borders – Pride 2020 Edition

Join TEDxLondon as they chat with Lady Phyll, executive director and co-founder of UK Black Pride and Jamie Windust, their guest curator for Pride 2020, in their Conversations Beyond Borders Pride 2020 edition.

These conversations aim to delve deep and past the usual headlines to raise awareness of issues that would otherwise be missed or forgotten. With now over 6,000 viewers from 54 countries, join this week’s conversation and learn more from the people, organisations and ideas that help champion the LGBTQIA community.

When: Friday 12th June, 12:30pm
Website: 
Register Here

Pride For All

Pride in London may not be taking place this June but PinkNews has launched a fun, quirky new way for the LGBT+ community to come together in a virtual march. Running throughout the month of June, individuals are invited to join the LGBT+ people and their allies to virtually march throughout the digital parade. So far, over 10,000 individuals have teamed up and created their own avatar to show support and to champion pride month in a fun and different way. 

Pride For All will also be raising money for the Kaleidoscope trust, a charity campaign that upholds the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in countries across the globe where they are discriminated or marginalised against.

When: Running throughout June
Website: www.pinknews.co.uk

Show Your Support By Donating

Show your support by donating to some of the charities that help the LGBTI+ community going and so Pride month next year can return even bigger and better.

Charities To Support:

Pride in London

UK Black Pride 

Mermaids

Bi Pride UK

Stonewall

Switchboard

Gendered Intelligence 

Diversity Role Models

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