How can I celebrate pride month?
30 ways to celebrate pride month with your friends, family and fellow LGBTQ+ comrades!
Every June, people from across the globe band together to commemorate a huge event in LGBTQ+ history – the Stonewall Riots. This uprising took place on June 28, 1969, when police raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular gathering place for marginalized people, including drag queens, transgender people, gay men and lesbians. Control was lost, and protests erupted among the LGBTQ+ community. The momentous riots that followed are considered to have played a huge role in the gay liberation movement, and the ongoing fight for LGBTQ+ rights. 30 years later, in the year 2000, Bill Clinton declared June “Pride Month” in America in honour of the riots – a tradition that continues today in many corners of the world.
As a tribute to this important tradition, we put together 30 ways you can celebrate pride month. One for each day of the month, if you’re feeling ambitious!
1. Attend a pride event
Who doesn’t love a giant city-wide party with rainbow-colored confetti and enough love to conquer all the hate in the world?!
2. Educate yourself on LGBTQ+ history
This might not sound like much of a “celebration”. But it really is! And it’s one of the best things you can do to ensure a brighter future for LGBTQ+ people.
3. Host your own pride party
If parades and crowds aren’t your thing, consider throwing a private shindig! Throw up some rainbow-colored decorations, and invite all your friends to eat, dance, and raise their glasses to how far the LGBTQ+ community has come in their pursuit of equal rights.
4. Support an LGBTQ+ business
You’ve probably heard by now that shopping locally is important, but are the businesses you support LGBTQ+ friendly? If you’re not sure, ask!
5. Go to a drag show
Drag queens are huge activists within the LGBTQ+ community. Go show them your support by attending a show!
6. Share your pride on social media
Post about your experiences or something you’re passionate about, share an article about pride month (like this one!) or just fill your Instagram feed and Facebook page with pictures of your celebrations!
7. Volunteer at your local LGBTQ+ center
If you have some time to spare, LGBTQ+ youth and community centers are a great place to pay it forward and help shape the future.
8. Invest in some LGBTQ+ art
The LGBTQ+ art community is a powerful force, and a great cause to support! Buy a painting, album or sculpture from a creator who uses their art to advocate for positive change.
9. Rep your community with ALL the rainbow gear
Buy some bright colored apparel from a business that values things like sustainability and slow fashion – then rep the heck out of it!
10. Organize a workshop or seminar
A lot of discrimination stems from ignorance. Help educate your community by hosting a fun workshop.
11. Donate to an LGBTQ+ charity
If you have the means to donate money to a non-profit that’s improving the world for LGBTQ+ individuals, do it! Do some research to find an organization you feel good about supporting, and then put your money where your mouth is!
12. Have a pride movie marathon
Grab your besties and a stack of your favorite films that star iconic queer characters! LGBTQ+ culture might not be widely representing in the media yet, but until it is, at least we can enjoy the movies and TV shows that are breaking the mould.
13. Get a pride tattoo
Opt for something classic like a rainbow, or get creative!
14. Advocate for change
This is important every day of the year, but if you haven’t gotten around to speaking out on behalf of an LGTBQ+ cause, pride month is a great time to start! Whether you decide to focus on a specific LGBTQ+ cause, such as marriage equality, youth homelessness, mental health, suicide, or a combination of all of them, be proud and raise your voice for your queer peers!
15. Assess the inclusiveness of your workplace
Are there support services available? Does discrimination go unpunished? Be the one to do something about it!
16. Make some friends in the LGBTQ+ community
Do it the old fashioned way by attending pride events and striking up conversations with strangers, or download an app to help you out.
17. Hang a rainbow flag
Tread lightly with this one, especially if you live in an area that hasn’t legalized same-sex relationships yet. If you feel safe hanging a pride flag, go for it!
18. Teach your kids (and your friends’ kids) how to spread love
Not sure how to go about this? Start by educating them to be accepting of all people from a young age, then open up discussions about identity and sexuality as they get older.
19. Check your language
Is it inclusive or discriminatory? Are you using the correct terminology in reference to certain groups and individuals within the LGBTQ+ community?
20. Plan an LGBTQ+ road trip
Head to a city or monument that’s celebrated for something LGBTQ+-related (P-Town, anyone?) and hit up some pride events along the way!
21. Go to a pride concert
Skip the chaos of the parade and go to a concert instead! Many pride events host solo artists and bands in the evening, so be sure to check out your city’s pride calendar.
22. Read some LGBTQ+ literature
There are some great fiction books featuring heroes and heroines that are members of the LGBTQ+ community. Head to your library and take a look!
23. Dye your hair all the colors of the rainbow
Make a semi-permanent statement by adding some bright hues to your do!
24. Write a blog or article
Want to talk about an LGBTQ+ issue that’s been on your mind? Eager to share your coming out story? No matter what you write about, people will want to read it! If you don’t have a platform to share it on, start your own blog or send it to a few different websites or magazines who have a message that’s in line with yours.
25. Design your own t-shirt
Many LGBTQ+ social media influencers and businesses have designed apparel in support of pride month. Who says you can’t do the same?
26. Sign up for a pride race
Many cities host fun runs in support of LGBTQ+ charities, and every entry makes a difference.
27. Get married!
This might seem a little over the top, but what better way to rejoice in the victories of the LGBTQ+ community than marrying your same-sex partner?
28. Call someone out for being homophobic
Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?
29. Go to a sports game that recognizes pride
In celebration of pride month, many sports teams and stadiums manufacture pride gear for fans, and pay testament to the LGBTQ+ community during games.
30. Design pride stickers and post them EVERYWHERE
Mildly illegal, but ultimately harmless. And such an easy way to spread love!
Remember, you don’t have to be a member of the LGBTQ+ community to celebrate pride month. No matter who you are or where you’re celebrating this June, be proud!
How are you celebrating this month? Let us know in the comments!