How to celebrate Pride Month virtually

Thursday 4th June 2020

Our Student Guild and staff walking the Pride in London parade last year

Pride Month has officially begun, and like many of you, we never could have imagined how current events have changed the way we’d be celebrating Pride and the LGBT+ community.

Pride is looking a lot different this year, and although the UK Government are starting to relax lockdown rules, in-person celebrations and parties are just not possible.

Though this means many of us will be missing the Pride parades, festivals and events usually taking place, it also allows us the opportunity to reinvent the way we celebrate, support and represent the LGBT+ community.

It’s vital that we continue to raise awareness of the issues LGBT+ people are facing and fight for a fair and equal society.

Coronavirus has isolated and trapped many LGBT+ people in homes that may not accept them. It’s halted the legal fight for rights around the world. And now it has the potential to stop people participating in LGBT+ events like Pride.

Pride is such much more than a festival – it’s a moment for the community to come together and celebrate who they are.

This month we’ll be taking a look at how you can celebrate and mark Pride in our ever-changing world, this week exploring how you can get involved online through free events, festivals and initiatives.

We’d love to hear from you – if there’s anything we’ve missed out or if you know of any other ways people can celebrate Pride virtually, let us know.

Pride in London

Date: Continuous | Website: https://prideinlondon.org/

Pride in London – the annual LGBT+ festival held each summer in the capital – unfortunately had to post-pone their parade until next next year.

Although this is sad news for many of us, Pride in London have been working hard to bring the Pride spirit online and to support the LGBT+ community throughout the pandemic. This month they launched the Unity Fund to raise money for grassroots LGBT+ groups across the country who are feeling the economical effects of coronavirus.

If you’d like to help Pride in London and their mission to provide a platform for every part of London’s LGBT+ community, they have a number of voluntary roles available. From Community Engagement Managers to Talent Administrator, you could really make a difference to raising awareness of LGBT+ issues.

They’ve also compiled all the best LGBT+ events taking place digitally across the UK so you don’t have to miss out, including theatre performances, dance classes and bingo. Take a look at their dedicated page here.

And if you can, you can also donate as little as £5 to the official Pride in London to help keep future Pride parade’s free for all: Donate now.

Pride for All festival

Date: 4 – 7 June | Website: https://www.pinknews.co.uk/pride-for-all/

In response to Pride events being cancelled or postponed this year, PinkNews – the LGBT+ news website – are running a four-day online festival.

Pride for All will see a host of celebrities, influencers and politicians streaming LGBT+ people positive content to enjoy during a time when many of us are likely to feel alone and scared. The festival will bring together all those in the LGBT+ community who may be feeling isolated and trapped by coronavirus, and are unsure what the future may hold for them.

The festival will also raise awareness and money for the Kaleidoscope Trust – a non-profit organisation that fights against the criminalisation, discrimination and persecution of LGBT+ people around the world.

Expect a Zoom DJ set from Raven Mandella, panel talks, singalongs and The Great Pride for All Bake Off with GBBO winner David Atherton.

And if you’re going to miss walking in a Pride parade this year, Pride for All will also be holding a Virtual Pride March. The march will see a procession of pixel-generated floats and animated people. And how exactly will this work? The idea is that anyone can create their own avatar, and virtually join the parade.

Global Pride Day event

Date: 27 June | Website: https://www.globalpride2020.org/

Although coronavirus has taken so much from us, it has also brought people together from all around the world.

It’s estimated that there are over 1,500 Prides across the globe, and this year they are all invited to join forces to celebrate Global Pride 2020.

The 24-hour, live streamed event will bring together musical and artistic performances, speeches from activists and campaigners and addresses by public figures. The event will celebrate the beautiful diversity of LGBT+ people everywhere.

InterPride and the European Pride Organisers Association – the world’s biggest international Pride networks – are working with organisations in the UK, Canada, Germany, Sweden and the US and regional networks in southern Africa, Asia, Oceania, and Latin America, to bring communities and Pride organisations together for this Global Pride event.

Global Pride will be live-streamed on their website – you can also head here to see the line-up announced throughout this month.

Feel Pride Inside festival

Date: 28 June – 5 July | Website: https://www.amnesty.org.uk/

Amnesty International is joining forces with UK Black Pride, Stonewall and ParaPride to bring this year’s Pride celebrations online.

The online festival, called Feel Pride Inside, will see artists, musicians, comedians, DJs and activists come together for a series of performances, talks and workshops.

The festival aims to raise awareness of the disproportionate effect coronavirus is having on LGBT+ people and provide people the opportunity to take action and make change.

The lineup for Pride Inside will be announced soon – keep an eye on their website for more details.