June is undeniably one of the best months of the year: Summer finally gets into its groove, and cities come alive for Pride, decked out in their best rainbows with street parties and events galore. That thing you might of heard of called Coronavirus has sadly forced everything to move online this year, but that's doesn't mean you can't get involved. Rainbows at the ready: here's how to celebrate Pride at home.
Global Pride 27 June
Clear your diaries for Global Pride Day on 27 June, when there'll be 24 hours of live music, speeches, and messages from human rights activists. The virtual event was set up in response to the cancellation of Pride events around the world due to, well, y'know – and we can't wait to join in. Among the performances will be Olivia Newton John, and there'll be audio and visual content focusing on the work of George Michael. All together now: “Wake me up, before you GO GO… “
Take part in Pride Inside
Amnesty International, UK Black Pride, ParaPride, Gendered Intelligence and Stonewall are working together for a week of online events 28 June-5 July. UK Black Pride was sadly cancelled this year, but iconic co-founder Lady Phyll will be making a speech over the course of Pride Inside, alongside live music, comedy performances and more.
Host a virtual Pride party
Celebrate with friends scattered far and wide by hosting a virtual Pride party. If this ever were a time to go all out, this is it – get dressed up, get the tunes on. For extra oomph, you could turn it into a gin-tasting session with our home kit.
Host a Pride picnic
Get down the park with plenty of booze and settle in for a day of dancing. Can't be bothered to pack anything? We've got just the ticket: our Italian picnics, which are crammed with everything you could possibly need, even a tiny kite to make the most of the lazy days.
Donate donate donate! London's march isn't happening this year, but donations will make sure next years is extra special. Donate to Pride in London, or there are many other smaller charities working to raise awareness.
Watch a virtual drag show
Fact: Pride just wouldn't be the same without a drag show. There are loads to choose from throughout Pride Month, but our favourite is Mariah & Friendz Virtual Pride. Hosted by Crystal of RuPaul's Drag Race UK fame and with some of the proceeds going to Colours Youth Network, the event will be a live stream of a show recorded by the iconic troupe at Bethnal Green's Working Men's Club. Now all you need is a feather boa.
FURTHER READING: Need a new place to host your picnic? We've handpicked London's best picnic spots – and some of them you won't even have heard of, promise.
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