How To Virtually Celebrate Pride During COVID-19
June is Pride Month and it is a time for members of the LGBTQ+ community to celebrate their authentic selves. Usually this would consist of in-person Pride festivals and drag shows in major cities across the nation, but due to COVID-19, most of these events have turned digital. That's the beauty of the internet, right? Even though we physically have to be apart during this uncertain time, the internet has the power to bring us together in ways that we can continue to celebrate Pride. If you're looking for some fun ways to virtually celebrate Pride this year, keep reading to see how you can get involved.
Celebrate Pride Virtually During COVID-19
1. Virtual NYC Pride Rally
One of the best parts about living in New York City is being able to celebrate the diversity that makes the city so special. Last year was my first Pride and was one that I will never forget. On June 26, trans journalist Ashlee Marie Preston and trans actor Brian Michael Smith are hosting a virtual rally via social media. Join them in rallying against police brutality and discrimination while also enjoying special performances by Michael Blume and many more!
2. It Gets Better: A Digital Pride Experience
If you're looking to see some of your favorite contestants from RuPaul's Drag Race or queer YouTube stars, you're definitely going to want to tune-into the It Gets Better: A Digital Pride Experience taking place from June 24-26. This three day extravaganza will feature musicians, artists, beauty and fitness experts, actors, gamers, drag queens (Crystal Methyd, Peppermint, Jujubee) and more.
3. Order A Rainbow Cake From Carlos Bakery
In-between all of your virtual Pride festivities, you are going to need a snack to keep you going and what's better than cake? Well, rainbow cake. If you've seen Cake Boss, then you know that Buddy Valastro is known for his over-the-top cakes and he has created a six-layer rainbow cake that is perfect for Pride. This rainbow-colored vanilla cake filled with vanilla icing and covered with rainbow sprinkles is the perfect way to top off any Pride celebration!
4. Digital Drag Brunch
If you miss going out with your friends to brunch every weekend, there's no need to fret. On June 27, join Lady Lola LaRu as she hosts a digital drag brunch where she will teach participants how to make a mushroom and leek frittata and an arugula salad. Not only will you enjoy some high class drag entertainment, but you will have a recipe ready to go for your next brunch!
5. Club Quarantine
Have your drinks ready and get your dance on at Club Quarantine. This virtual queer dance club is a great way to meet other members of the LGBTQ+ community while also showing off your latest dance moves. In order to receive access to the nightly parties, make sure to follow Club Quarantine on Instagram for Zoom passcodes.