June is recognized as Pride Month, marking the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York City which led to days of protest and ignited the gay-rights movement. In addition to recognizing the fight for equal rights in the LGBTQ community it also is an affirming celebration of its accomplishments. Normally there are parades, rallies and marches to celebrate Pride this weekend. It looks a little different this year, but there are still plenty of ways to celebrate with the kids right at home.
You can Attend a VIRTUAL PRIDE PARADE:
New York Pride celebrates the 50th anniversary of its first march with a star-studded celebration headlined by Janelle Monáe, Deborah Cox, Billy Porter (who I went to middle school with! —name drop name drop…) and Luísa Sonza on Sunday, June 28, 12-2pm EST, 6-8pm Berlin Time https://www.nycpride.org/events/nyc-pride-march
The Inaugural Global Pride Festival
Streaming for 24 hours from Friday, June 26- Saturday, June 27, with organizers from Pride movements worldwide coming together for a one-night-only celebration. Highlights include speeches, performances, film, and more from Prides in Africa, Europe, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas. https://www.globalpride2020.org
Brooklyn Public Library is hosting virtual readings for Pride Month, featuring Drag Queen Story Hour and Story Time with Miss Melissa, sharing stories stories inclusion, acceptance and love.: Upcoming events are Friday June 26-17-17:30, Sat June 27 17-18:00, Sun Jun 28 20-20:30, Sat Jul 11 17-18:00, Sat Jul 25 17-18:00 Berlin Times.
KidLit Pride is a global online gathering of LGBTQ+ creators of children’s books.
This festival is designed to reach out to queer teens stuck at home away from the support of the queer community, to parents home with their kids and not sure how to reach out, and to teachers teaching from afar. Videos will be available on YouTube, with Twitter events as well.
Can’t Cancel Pride Benefit Concert
This benefit concert on Thursday night was for the LGBTQ community who have been affected by Covid-19. You can view the highlights here: https://prideradio.iheart.com
Smithsonian Museum of American History
Visit the online exhibition Illegal to be You: Gay History Beyond Stonewall
The Trevor Project, an advocacy program for LGBTQ youth has published a FREE, downloadable Guide to Being an Ally to Transgender and Non-Binary Youth that’s a great jumping-off point.
Listen to a “Pride Playlist” on Spotify
Exploratorium Science Center has this video about Rainbows and their symbolic meaning in the Pride Flag, as well as the natural science behind a real rainbow here (It’s meant for ages 13+) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTVk55Md7Lk&feature=youtu.be
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Feature Image: 2019 Pride Parade NYC Photo by Christopher Gagliardi