The LGBTQ + rights movement has made great strides over the past few decades. Much of the advances in LGBTQ + visibility can be attributed in part to gay pride parades and the many marches that have taken place in cities across the United States. Canada, and the world; Celebrating social acceptance and achievements, and sometimes also serving as a place for legal rights.
Even if our nation begins to open up again, from Portland, OR to New York, NY, And everywhere in between, Pride events will still look a little different than in previous years. Due to concerns and restrictions due to COVID-19, many in-person Pride festivals and parades will be offered in a hybrid format or entirely virtual in 2021. But just because a lot of personal celebrations are canceled doesn’t mean that Pride Month is that way. We’re celebrating a little differently this June. So, if you’re looking for ways to show off your pride, you can celebrate the true meaning of Pride Month right from your home.
1) Decorate your home with LGTBQ + art and decor
A great way to show off your Pride from home is to freshen up the interior design of your home while also helping LGBTQ + interior designers. With some influential designers like Elsie de Wolfe, Eileen Gray, and Nate Berkus, it’s no surprise that the LGBTQ + community is an important part of the modern day Interior design and has undoubtedly influenced the way you decorate your home. Browse their work for inspiration and decorating ideas to bring into your home.
You can also support LGBTQ + artists by enhancing your decor with new art and decorations. Consider hanging a unique piece of art from a local LGBTQ + artist, or take this opportunity to show off your own proud cross stitch on this blank wall. Other great ways to add pops of color to your space are eye-catching pillows, chairs, blankets, and rugs made by LGBTQ + artisans. Statement pieces like this are sure to create an inclusive space and stimulate conversation even after Pride Month is over.
Consider adding a customizable Pride flag for your porch or balcony and incorporate all of the colors of the rainbow with a new tablecloth, party streamers, and fun plates.
2) Create an outdoor theater to celebrate Pride Month at home
If you can’t get together with your friends and family, plan a movie night with a group streaming service so you can still have great time with loved ones and celebrate Pride Month at home. You can go one step further and add your living room with one Outdoor cinema to see incredible LGBTQ + documentaries, intense dramas, or feel-good comedies. Some highly rated movies that you can add to your movie night list are Moonlight, Green book, Paris is on fire, Dear Simon, and A fantastic woman.
You can build a collapsible DIY outdoor movie screen with a few PVC pipes and a simple white sheet. From there, you can attach the makeshift screen to any frame, fence, or wall. Connect your laptop to a portable movie projector with speakers by using an extension cord plugged into a surge protected power strip.
Next, create a cozy sitting area with blankets, floor pillows and hang up fairy lights for the right ambience. Plant pots and buckets can be used as drink coolers and snack stowers to pass around during the movie.
3) Create a reading nook and read LGBTQ + authors
For many of us, there is nothing better than getting lost in a good book. Books can be a great educational resource about the LGBTQ + movement and a great way to celebrate Pride Month at home. Or, if you’re more into fiction stories than a temporary escape from reality, there are plenty of LGBTQ + writers from every genre to support you. Some popular books are Giovanni’s room by James Baldwin, Rubyfruit Jungle: A Novel A. by Rita Mae Brown, Maurice: A novel by EM Forster, In the deep end by Kate Davies, Fewer by Andrew Sean Greer and The Color Purple by Alice Walker.
You can also join or host a Pride book club. Whether you are an ally or a member of the community, gather your friends together and choose an LGBTQ + novel to educate yourself and start a conversation.
If you enjoy relaxing with a book, consider setting up a reading nook in a quiet place in your home. Find a private corner surrounded by bookshelves or a room that can only be reached by a ladder. No matter how much space you have, your options are endless. Personalize your new reading corner with plants, candles and wall hangings. Add pillows and blankets for the finishing touches of warmth and comfort.
4) Use your kitchen to make festive creations
Channel your inner baker and conjure up some pride-themed treats right in your kitchen. Turn any dessert or brunch dish – like cookies, cake, pancakes, or grilled cheese – into a rainbow-colored masterpiece with food coloring and rainbow sprinkles. Or, if you’re not a great cook, support local LGBTQ + owned restaurants and bars and order dinner.
5) Participate in virtual Pride Month events
While you may not be able to attend in-person events for Pride this year, you can still celebrate Pride Month virtually through live streaming. Visit a Online Pride Parade or Festival, a virtual drag show, or even visit Stonewall National Monument. Depending on your city’s COVID-19 guidelines, even if you can’t meet up with friends at the bar, you can still have a virtual happy hour and video chat a Pride celebration. Regardless of the circumstances, you can make June Pride Month an educational and fun experience at home while showing your support for the LGBTQ + community.