A lot of events and traditions have been cancelled and postponed since the beginning of the pandemic. And it does not exclude the colorful and full of love celebration of LGBTQ’s Pride Month this year. But it does not mean that celebration is over. Here are events and ways on how to celebrate the Pride Month in a pandemic way.
People still experience pandemic restrictions since last year. Because of this, Pride Month celebration last year was staying home and hiding behind masks. Instead of waving flags and parading in the streets, it looks different now and will be this year. People are still restricted to going out and attending mass gatherings to avoid the spread of virus. Good thing, Wired listed down several events and activities to celebrate LGBTQ while staying in the comfort of your own homes.
You can start the celebration with the world-renowned New York Gay Men’s Chorus and Youth Pride Chorus premier of their newest video “Outside Voice”. This talks about the experiences of a queer youth with talkback session together with composer Julian Hornik and artistic director Gavin Thrasher.
Another event to anticipate is the 3-day Human Rights Conference presented by NYC Pride. This would be the fourth consecutive year that NYC Pride holds an annual symposium featuring changemakers in the queer community. The event will focus on new ideas to activism and community. This three-day event will allow guests to experience a virtual gathering of creators, changemakers, historians, influencers, artists, and storytellers. This will help them explore LGBTQIIA+ community’s fight for equity and justice.
NYC Youth Pride will still be continued but in a virtual gathering. No one can stop the celebration of and for LGBTQ. They are working hand in hand with youth-focused centers, organizations, and programs to present this year’s Youth Pride virtual event.
Aside from that, the 40th Annual Pride Run will also happen this day. How will this be possible? This event is made possible with the collaboration of Front Runners New York and New York Road Runners. It is a hybrid event as there will be an actual 6K run with limited capacity, while a virtual 5K run happens. This virtual run will allow participants to join from anywhere in the world and run from there.
Quite fun and at the same time, you also get to help a non-profit organization that focuses on helping the homeless youth. Portion of the proceeds of the event will be donated to New Alternatives to help youth transition from shelter homes to a more stable life.
The best way to commence this celebration is the NYC Pride March. However, as mentioned, restrictions are still implemented making it difficult to achieve the annual celebration people are used to. This year, the pride march will be broadcast live from 12pm to 3pm ET. You get to watch live performances, on-air interviews, and other activities who you usually watch during an actual parade.
The whole Pride Month celebration is a way for LGBTQ people to showcase and share their experience with the world. It is also a way for people to recognize the history and where did this all start and the progress they’ve made. Happy Pride Month 2021!