If you have been online or walked outside anytime during the past couple of weeks, you have probably noticed that it is Pride month!

Everyone from sports teams to popular food brands have been using rainbow logos to show support for the LGBTQIA+ community, and people have been attending Pride celebrations, both virtually and in person, since the start of June.

While today, Pride celebrations are seen as joyous occasions marked by parades, parties, and rainbows galore, Pride marches didn’t start out this way.

The first Pride march was held in 1970 to commemorate the Stonewall Uprising, which helped ignite the gay rights movement in the United States, and there was not a host of rainbow flags and merchandise or an influx of public support from businesses and celebrities.

Things have come a long way since the Stonewall Uprising—today marks the five year anniversary of the Obergefell vs. Hodges decision where the Supreme Court ruled that gay marriage was legal on the federal level, and just last week, the Supreme Court extended Title VII nondiscrimination protections to LGBTQ+ workers—but, there is still a long way to go.

Because of the pandemic, Pride events will certainly look different this year; however, it is more important now than ever for both those in the LGBTQIA+ community and allies to continue to uphold the spirit of Pride in any way possible.

Celebrating Pride Month During A Pandemic

Just because the world may seem like it’s “on fire” doesn’t mean you can’t get fired up about Pride month.

Here are a few ways you can celebrate safely while social distancing or even staying at home:

Global Pride

Tomorrow morning, everyone from pop stars to politicians to drag queens will help celebrate Pride during a 24-hour live stream called Global Pride. While thousands of Pride celebrations across the world have been canceled due to COVID-19, Global Pride provides the opportunity for people from all over the world to celebrate together.

The event is hosted by Todrick Hall and features performances, entertainment, and speeches from big names like Laverne Cox and Olivia Newton-John. This is one event you do not want to miss!

Los Angeles Virtual Pride Month Parade

Los Angeles will host its first-ever virtual Pride parade, and it will air as a prime time special on ABC7 tomorrow (6/27). Attendees will hear from dozens of special guests and entertainers like singers Alex Newell, Hayley Kiyoko, and Lance Bass, as well as special guests Raven-Symoné and Karl Schmid!

Local parades and events

While there are a host of virtual Pride events being held across the world, many cities are also celebrating with traditional, in-person parades. You can find those Pride events here.

Make sure if you attend any Pride parades in your area that you wear a mask and stay at least 6 feet away from others when possible. Remember: we are still in a pandemic!

Whether you choose to celebrate in-person or virtually this year, we wish you a happy and safe Pride month! 🌈

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