#DrewsViews: How to Celebrate Pride Month in Quarantine
by Andrew Adams
June is Pride month, as I’m sure everyone is aware. This Pride month, however, there are a lot of other things going on in the world that have changed how we can celebrate Pride. The coronavirus quarantine has been going on for longer than anyone had hoped, and the result is a loss of our parades, clubs, and social gatherings for the time being. While our in-person events might be postponed, we don’t have to postpone our personal feelings of pride and connectedness with the community as a whole. Here are 5 ways you can still celebrate pride month while in quarantine!
Using social media is a great way to both spread awareness and connect with people. Using hashtags like #PrideMonth, #LGBTQPride, and others like that can make it really easy to find groups of people like you, even if you can’t leave your house. Instagram, Tumblr, Snapchat, Twitter, and TikTok can be great for all of these goals, but be sure to do it safely if you aren’t out to family, and don’t put gay things on an account that a relative can see if they are homophobic and it could be dangerous to you!
Writing and reading about LGBTQ+ issues:
Educating yourself, especially about a group you are not a part of, is the best way to be an ally to those groups. Even LGBTQ+ folks need to be active allies. For example, gay people need to be allies to trans people, white LGBTQ+ people need to be allies to people of color, and binary trans people need to be allies to non-binary trans people. Educating yourself and sharing that knowledge will lead to a more inclusive future for all of our intersecting identities.
Hanging signs outside, in your car, etc.:
Many of us would love to be marching in our city’s pride parade, with a flag tied around our necks or a sign in our hands. We can’t gather, but we can show our pride. We can put LGBTQ+ positive bumper stickers on our cars, wear LGBTQ+ positive shirts when we go to the store, hang our flags and signs in our windows and front lawns, and post pictures of our examples of showing our pride for all to see.
Host and attend digital pride events:
Tons of organizations, such as The Dru Project, Point of Pride, and OnePulse are planning digital events, either on Zoom or on Instagram live, or some other platform, for people from all over the world to connect and discuss their pride. A simple google search will yield dozens of options!
Donate to an LGBTQ+ positive cause:
The easiest way to benefit LGBTQ+ rights and pride is with your wallet. Give what you can, $5, $10, even $1, to a cause that helps LGBTQ+ people, like the Matthew Shepard Foundation, The Dru Project, The Trevor Project, and so many more.
We might be stuck inside, but we can still show our pride. I hope everyone has a safe and happy pride month, and have a great day!
About the Author:
Andrew Adams is a transgender college sophomore at the University of Central Florida who is committed to LGBTQ advocacy at the local and national levels. Nationally, Andrew serves as a youth ambassador and advocacy volunteer for The Trevor Project, a youth social media ambassador for the Matthew Shepard Foundation, and a Volunteer and Intern Coordinator for Point of Pride. On the legislative side, Andrew lobbies for the Equality Act by visiting with his Congressional representatives and their staff.
Additionally, Andrew has spent years fighting to change his school district’s bathroom policy to be trans-inclusive, and the fight is still ongoing. Andrew is an International Baccalaureate student and a volunteer at the Mayo Clinic, and he hopes to go to medical school and become an adolescent psychiatrist specializing in transgender health. For fun, he practices Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, creates sculpture art and plays the piano.