How Has COVID-19 Affected Pride Month 2020?
Gay Pride commemorates the Stonewall riots, which began in the early hours of June 28, 1969, after police raided the Stonewall Inn bar in New York City’s Greenwich Village.
Gay pride or LGBT pride is the promotion of the self-affirmation, dignity, equality, and increased visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people as a social group. Pride, as opposed to shame and social stigma, is the predominant outlook that bolsters most LGBT rights movements.
Common symbols of pride are the lowercase Greek letter lambda (λ), the pink triangle and the black triangle, these latter two were reclaimed from use as badges of shame in Nazi concentration camps, but by far the most widespread and popular is the rainbow or pride flag.
Ranging from solemn to carnivalesque, pride events are typically held during LGBT Pride Month or some other period that commemorates a turning point in a country’s LGBT history,
LGBT History Month is an annual month-long observance of LGBT history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements. LGBT History Month provides role models, builds community, and represents a civil rights statement about the contributions of the LGBT community. As of 2020, LGBT History Month is a month-long celebration that is specific to Hungary, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Greenland, and the city of Berlin.
As well as being a month-long celebration, Pride month is also an opportunity to peacefully protest and raise political awareness of current issues facing the community. Parades are a usually a prominent feature of Pride month, and there are usually many street parties, community events, poetry readings, public speaking, street festivals and educational sessions all of which are covered by mainstream media and attracting millions of participants.
Unfortunately, the Covid19 pandemic has meant many pride events are being cancelled or postponed until later this year. Things are changing daily so please check the pride events’ websites or Facebook pages before attending any event.
In a time of social distancing and uncertainty around when bars and public gathering will re-open, it’s hard to imagine crowding a dancefloor to celebrate Pride anytime soon. Is it time to make the switch to the online format?
Pride Inside will see artists, musicians, comedians, DJs and activists come together for a series of performances, talks and workshops. Pride Inside will take place from Sunday 28 June – Sunday 5 July, continuing the celebration after ‘Global Pride’ on Saturday 27th. It is a chance for those who would have been taking part in Pride events – had they not been postponed due to COVID-19 – to come together and celebrate on a brand-new online platform.
The line-up – which will include an exciting array of LGBTI+ comedians, artists, DJs, musicians and activists – will be announced in due course.