Like almost everything in the unpredictable 2020, Pride looks a lot different this year. While usually members of the LGBTQ+ community, friends and supporters would be gathering for joyous parades and celebrations, this year we’re staying home and socially distancing to control the spread of coronavirus. However while London’s Pride parade won’t be going ahead today, the ‘new normal’ doesn’t stop us from celebrating at home.
1. Get crafty and throw your own parade
A great activity for the young and young at heart alike; raid the cardboard recycling for old egg cartons, cereal boxes and delivery packaging and craft your own parade floats. Use coloured paper, felt tip pens, stickers, and plenty of glitter to create a dazzling float and then throw your own parade by touring round the garden or living room as the music plays. To complete the celebratory atmosphere, scent the occasion with a zesty uplifting scent like Pink Grapefruit or Mandarin & Bergamot.
2. Look the part by trying your hand at some rainbow makeup
A quick browse through the #pridemakeup hashtag will turn up some seriously stunning looks that makeup artists have created throughout Pride Month. You may not have picked up a makeup brush since the start of lockdown, but why not crack open those eyeshadow palettes and have a go at your own colourful look. For those without a bright selection of makeup colours, you could use face paints instead.
3. Explore LGBTQ+ movies, books and more
While cinemas are shut, cinephiles can still throw their own movie night. Just light a candle, get cosy on the sofa and enjoy the wealth of LGBTQ+ films available on streaming services. Whether you want critical successes (Pride, Amazon Prime; Call Me By Your Name, Carol, and A Fantastic Woman, all on All4), teen flicks (Dating Amber, Amazon Prime; The Half of It, Netflix) or documentaries (The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson and A Secret Love, both on Netflix) there’s something out there for you to watch.
For readers, why not pick up a classic like E. M. Forster’s Maurice, Virginia Woolf’s Orlando or James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room. Or if you’d like something more contemporary, GoodReads Pride coverage has you set with lists of recent releases, romance novels and young adult books.
Art fans can even take virtual tours of The National Portrait Gallery’s Cecil Beaton exhibition, Tate’s major Andy Warhol retrospective and the GLBT Historical Society’s exhibition on Gilbert Baker, designer of the Pride flag.
4. Enjoy some virtual pride events
While outdoor events are cancelled, Pride organisers have been busily putting together Pride Inside events instead. Pride In London have teamed up with Amnesty International, UK Black Pride, Stonewall and ParaPride to bring together an online festival of events on 27th June. Global Pride have also got an all-day celebration planned for 27th June featuring performances and speeches from around the world, which can be streamed on their website here.