The marches might be cancelled, but Pride 2020 is still a go.
This month marks the 51st anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, when brave members of the LGBTQIA+ community fought back against police who raided The Stonewall Inn in New York City’s West Village on June 28, 1969. Led in part by Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, two trans women of color, the riots birthed the Gay Liberation Front and, subsequently, the first Pride march one year later.
With much of the country still quarantined and protests calling for racial justice continuing to take over cities throughout the country, Pride certainly has a different feel this year: There will be no marches, no parades and no packed parties full of rainbow-hued clothing.
The absence of our typical celebrations, however, leaves open the opportunity to not only celebrate Pride differently this year, but also channel that extra, unused energy into creating more of what Pride strove to achieve in the first place, which is change, progress and equality both within and outside of the LGBTQIA+ community.
Some of the ways you can do so is by donating time or money to the countless organizations that help support queer people around the country, raise awareness around racial inequality within the LGBTQIA+ community and/or support queer-owned businesses and brands, among many other options.
Ahead of Pride month, In The Know also asked some of our colleagues how they planned on commemorating Pride this year, and the responses ranged from “over the internet” and “watching digital events” to “connecting with those close in our community” and “staying in and staying safe, so that we can all get to a point where we are all out in the streets again, outside celebrating Pride together.”
However you decide to celebrate Pride, we at In The Know hope that you do so safely, positively and, perhaps most importantly, with a purpose.
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