The LGBTQ+ rights movement has made tremendous strides in recent decades. Much of the progress in LGBTQ+ visibility is due in part to gay pride parades and the many marches that have taken place in cities across the US, Canada, and the world; celebrating social acceptance, achievement and sometimes also serving as a venue for legal rights.
Even as our nation begins to reopen, from Portland, Oregon to New York, New York, and everywhere in between Pride events will still look slightly different from previous years. With concerns and limitations due to COVID-19, many in-person Pride festivals and parades in 2021 will be offered in a hybrid format or fully virtual. But just because many in-person celebrations are canceled doesn’t mean Pride Month is too. In June we just celebrate it a little differently. So if you’re looking for ways to show your pride, here’s how to celebrate the true meaning of Pride Month from the comfort of your home.
1) Decorate your home with LGTBQ+ art and decor
A great way to showcase your Pride from home is to refresh your home’s interior design while supporting LGBTQ+ interior designers. With some influential designers such as Elsie de Wolfe, Eileen Gray and Nate Berkus, it’s no surprise that the LGBTQ+ community has been 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 interior ideas to bring into your home.
You can also support LGBTQ+ artists by taking your decor up a notch with some new art and decor. Consider hanging a unique piece of art by a local LGBTQ+ artist, or take this opportunity to display your own pride-inspired cross stitch on that blank wall. Other great ways to add bursts of color to your space are with bold pillows, chairs, blankets and rugs from LGBTQ+ artisans. Statement pieces like these are sure to create an inclusive space and spark conversation even after Pride Month is over.
Consider adding a customizable Pride flag for your porch or balcony and use all the colors of the rainbow with a new tablecloth, party streamers and fun signs.
2) Create an outdoor cinema to celebrate Pride Month at home
If you don’t have the opportunity to get together with your friends and family, consider hosting a movie night using a group streaming service so you can still spend quality time with loved ones and celebrate Pride Month at home. You can take it one step further and bring your living room outside with a outdoor cinema to binge-watch incredible LGBTQ+ documentaries, intense dramas, or feel-good comedies. Some highly rated movies to add to your movie night list are: Moonlight, Green Book, Paris is on fire, Love Simon, and A fantastic woman.
You can build a folding DIY outdoor movie screen with some PVC pipes and a plain 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 using an extension cord plugged into a surge protector.
Then create a cozy seating area with blankets, floor cushions and hang string lights for the right atmosphere. Plant pots and buckets can be used as drink coolers and snack stashers to pass around during the movie.
3) Create a reading corner and read LGBTQ+ authors
For many of us, there’s nothing like 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 interested in fictional stories as a temporary escape from reality, there are plenty of LGBTQ+ authors from every genre to support. Some popular books are: Giovanni’s room by James Baldwin, Rubyfruit Jungle: A Novel by Rita Mae Brown, Maurice: a novel by E.M. Forster, in the deep by Kate Davis, Less by Andrew Sean Greer and The Color Purple by Alice Walker.
You can also join or organize a book club for Pride. Whether you’re an ally or a member of the community, gather your friends and pick an LGBTQ+ novel to educate yourself and start a conversation.
If you enjoy reading a book comfortably, consider creating a reading corner in a quiet area of your home. Find a private corner surrounded by bookshelves or an area that you can only reach 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 final touches of warmth and comfort.
4) Use your kitchen to make festive creations
Channel your inner baker and whip up some Pride themed treats in your kitchen. Transform 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 much of a cook, support local LGBTQ+ owned restaurants and bars and order dinner.
5) Attend virtual Pride Month events
While you may not be able to attend Pride in-person events this year, you can still celebrate Pride Month virtually at home via live streaming. Attend a Bee online Pride parade of festival, a virtual drag show or even visit the Stonewall National Monument. Depending on your city’s COVID-19 guidelines, even if you can’t meet friends at the bar, you can still host a virtual happy hour and have a Pride celebration via video chat. Regardless of the circumstances, you can make celebrating Pride Month in June at home an educational and fun experience while showing your support for the LGBTQ+ community.