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LGBTQIA+ Pride Online 2020

June is LGBT+ pride month but with COVID-19, how will event organisers continue to spread awareness? Will they create a digital equivalent of the pride parades?

This year the official Pride events have been cancelled around the world due to the spread of COVID-19. The community has found a way around that, they have created their own online prides.

The History

Most LGBT+ movements were formed because of the hostile treatment towards people within the community. Pride was first started by the stonewall riots of 1969. In the following year there was the inaugural pride parade which was held America. In most countries pride month is held in June but there are also large events held through the summer.


Online

So many people of different backgrounds have come together to bring pride online, to continue to spread awareness of the community and inspire those in the community.

There have been many online prides organised around the world, one of the best known is on TikTok. It was organised by 17-year-old Kiara, she believes that even though they cannot hold it in person, the message should still be spread.

Happy Valley Pride, based in Hebden Bridge (about halfway between Manchester and Leeds) are running and promoting an online pride so that it can still be attended and celebrated, whilst following the regulations of quarantine. Take a look at this 80s singalong event as an example.

There are many different ways in which the online celebrations will be held, they are mostly through live videos on the platforms: YouTube, MTPrideOnline via Instagram, and VirtualPride2020 on TikTok. Whereas other platforms are also being used such as Zoom so that conversations and discussions can be held. This use of technology shows how a community can come together and create something amazing in these unusual lockdown times.

Have you found a great Online Pride event that you’d like to share? How do you feel about the message of Pride being online in 2020? What impact do you think that this will have on future Pride events? Let us know your thoughts below.

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