Pride Month is just around the corner, and it's time to prepare yourself - you don’t want to miss out on it. Whether you identify in the LGBTQIA+ community or not, Pride Month is a time when we welcome acceptance and celebrate our differences (while acknowledging what we need to work on as a community). What can I say? It’s a beautiful way to celebrate who we are as individuals.
If this is your first time celebrating Pride Month and you’re not sure what to do, we've got your back. You don’t need to worry. In this list, you’re going to learn the best 7 ways to celebrate Pride Month this year.
Head to a Pride parade
Um…if you haven’t heard of the famous Pride parades, where have you been all this time? It’s time to jump on board and enjoy the party!
Pride Parades are a seriously loved tradition within the LGBTQIA+ community that started in cities like San Francisco and New York. But now cities around the world are joining in, where celebrities, politicians, and artists take part. It’s basically a big party where you can just be you, as Pride’s slogan says, “love is love.”
So, check out when your community’s Pride parade is going to be or check out our list of amazing pride parades around the world.
Explore Movies, TV shows, and Literature
When was the last time you watched an LGBTQIA+ movie or tv show? If the answer is never, then it’s time to jump in. You can learn about the experiences through films, literature, and tv shows.
Recommended TV shows:
- ‘The Color Purple’ by Alice Walker
- ‘¡Hola Papi!’ by John Paul Brammer
- ‘100 Boyfriends’ by Brontez Purnell
- ‘Detransition, Baby’ by Torrey Peters
- ‘We Do What We Do in the Dark’ by Michelle Hart
While there are tons of other amazing LGBTQIA+ movies, TV shows, and literature out there, this is a good place to start.
Donate to LGBTQIA+ organizations
While Pride month is about having fun and expressing yourself, there’s also a serious message behind it.
The LGBTQIA+ community needs our support in continuing to encourage a safe space for everyone. Donating to an organization will directly help the cause and those in need. You can also volunteer - these organizations will welcome you with open arms.
Host a Pride party
Who doesn’t like a good party? Whether you’re in the LGBTQIA+ community or an ally, why not host a Pride party? You can get your friends or family involved in helping you plan it. To get your Pride-theme party on the right track, here are some Pride-focused ideas to try:
- Go all out on decorations and make your home one giant rainbow! Hang the Pride flag up, have rainbow-themed finger foods, and play music from LGBTQIA+ artists.
- Have a DIY table where guests can make their own Pride flags and accessories (everyone loves a good rainbow accessory).
- Host an open discussion about Pride with your guests - as this holiday is an emotional and passionate one for many people in the community.
Show off your Pride decor
There’s no need to be shy. Have a rainbow flag you want to hang outside of your house? Hang it! Want to spray paint a rainbow onto your grass, go ahead! There are no boundaries when it comes to showing off your Pride decor.
Support an LGBTQIA+ small business
Your local community is full of small businesses, and they need your support more than ever. You didn’t forget what the world has just gone through these past couple of years, right?
Now it’s time to help your community out! During Pride Month, go the extra mile and find the LGBTQIA+ businesses in your community. If there aren’t any, you can support businesses online.
Pride month is a great time to connect with the LGBTQIA+ community and explore your own self-expression and identity. Take part in Pride by using these suggestions - you’ll have a blast!
Natasha Ivanovic is an intimacy, dating, and relationship writer best known for her writings on Kiiroo, LovePanky, Post Pravda, and more. She's the creator and author of her short stories on TheLonelySerb. She completed her first degree in Criminology and continued and finished her Masters in Investigative Psychology, but then decided to follow her true passion of writing.
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