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June is Pride Month: this year is different. 2021 LGBTQ events and more



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Celebrate Pride Month from your home or at an event.

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June marks the 51st celebration of Pride Month – a time when millions of people come together to support the LGBTQ community. This year many celebrations around the world will resume as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted and more people are vaccinated.

So why does Pride Month take place in June? It goes back to June 28, 1969, when police raided a gay club called the Stonewall Inn in New York. Though police claimed the bar was operating under an inappropriate liquor license, the raid was about nothing more than violently harassing and arresting LGBTQ people in one of the few places they felt safe. Similar raids on gay-friendly businesses have been going on for decades, but Stonewall was one of the first times the customers fought back. A diverse mob of lesbians, gay men and transgender women, many of them people of color, clashed with police, throwing bottles and refusing to be intimidated. The six-day period of protests and demonstrations is now known as the Stonewall riots. A rally in New York held the following year to commemorate the first anniversary of the riots kicked off the now regular tradition of Pride Month.

Below we have suggested ways for you to participate, what you can watch and reading, and other ways to celebrate the LGBTQ community.

Attend a Pride parade or festival

This year, some Pride Month festivities will resume in person depending on where you live. However, many have been postponed until later this year or next year due to the coronavirus. If you can’t find a parade in your area (for example, search for “Chicago Pride Parade”), see if there are other events you can attend.

For example, San Francisco does not have a parade, but a Pride movie night with face masks and social distancing required. Los Angeles will have two outdoor Pride events. Check out this calendar for more Pride events happening around the world in June.

Atlanta Pride Run will also take place in person this year. The run is to generate LGBTQ awareness in the community. You can also participate virtually in this event — see below.

You can also find Pride events for different sections of the LGBTQ community, including women, transgender people, and people of color.

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Netflix has many shows and movies for Pride Month.

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Support Pride organizations by donating

Can’t come to an event, but still want to support the LGBTQ community? You can do this by donating to Pride organizations. The International LGBTQ Travel Association organization helps provide marketing support to LGBTQ businesses.

What to look out for during Pride Month – and where?

Netflix has a genre page for Pride Month, including movies, TV shows, documentaries, GLAAD award nominees, and more. New seasons of Feel Good and Elite will also be available in June, Netflix told CNET.

Hulu also has a special page for Pride Month. A popular option is the documentary Pride.

CNET editors also have: recommendations for LGBTQ movies and shows to watch in June — or any other time. Some of these include The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson, Portrait of a Lady on Fire and Moonlight.

What to read during Pride Month

Here’s what CNET editors recommend adding to your reading list this summer.

Get in touch with your company’s diversity and inclusion groups

To get involved in Pride Month at work, contact your company’s diversity and inclusion groups to see how you can help. You could help coordinate a virtual event where you play trivia games and your Zoom background with a Pride flag. If your company doesn’t have any Pride events planned, consider hosting your own.

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Host a Pride event on Zoom for your business.

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How to show your support from home

There are many ways to show your support from home. We have listed a few to help you on your way.

  • Hang a Pride flag outside your home.
  • Put a Pride sticker on your car.
  • Host your own Pride themed movie night.
  • Wear some Pride clothes.
  • Participate in virtual events.
  • Be an ally to your LGBTQ colleagues, friends and family members.
  • Support LGBTQ organizations in schools.
  • Support businesses that support the LGBTQ community.

Celebrate virtually

If there isn’t a Pride event near you, don’t worry. There are plenty of ways to celebrate virtually and even watch Pride parades and events around the world. You can also participate in events virtually – the Atlanta Pride Run, for example, has a virtual option that you can sign up for and wherever you want (plus, it comes with a shirt).

Look up events you want to watch or be a part of, even if it’s in a different country, as there will likely be a link to watch. Here’s a calendar of Pride events happening around the world.


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