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June is officially the Pride month. This is the time where the LGBTQ community takes to the streets to promote self-affirmation, dignity, equality, and increased visibility of the community. However, due to the recent pandemic that has seemed to halt the world, a lot of people are discouraging individuals to head down to the streets to prevent the rapid spread of COVID-19. However the community’s passion and drive for their cause just refused to back down and be defeated by the pandemic… so they took their pride online.
Physically gathering is definitely not an option this year but the LGBTQ community has once again proven that if “there is a will, there’s a way”. It is also an important time for voices to be heard due to recent significant events with George Floyd’s death and the police brutality happening, this year’s pride march is considered to be very significant.
Thanks to modern technology of smartphones, the internet, and social medias, people were able to gather, seek comfort and strength, and speak up. Personally I believe this is amazing, to see the world being divided by COVID-19 but being brought together again to support each other’s cause, and to just support each other.
Let’s take New York for example. The held a virtual rally on June 26, 2020 from 5 in the afternoon until 8 in the evening. It was a simultaneous stream on Facebook and Youtube (two famous social media platforms).
For Brian Michael Smith, he said believes that “Visibility is also a form of activism. For so many people just living in your truth and stepping outside takes courage, that is a protest and of itself. … I hope to provide a space of comfort at a time when we need to be there for one another.” He was one of the co-hosts for the said event.
On June 27, 2020, San Francisco also gather one of the America’s largest gatherings online. It was a 13 hour suite of live and pre-recorded musical performances, reflections on the past 50 years of Pride, and chosen greetings from elected officials.
On the same day, Los Angeles also held their first virtual parade. It wasn’t as long as San Francisco’s, for it only went on for 90 minutes but there were a lot of guests namely Mj Rodriguez, Erika Jayne, Leslie Jordan, the Pussycat Dolls, among others.
However, it doesn’t just stop there! Other countries such as Ireland held their own Dublin Pride online as well on June 28, 2020. There was an interactive virtual parade at 9 in the morning and a concert around 2 in the afternoon.
Despite having high cases of COVID-19, it didn’t stop United Kingdom from celebrating as well. It’s heartwarming to see so many people united for a common cause, and to promote equal treatment of all. It’s inspiring to see people burning with passion for their beliefs despite all that is currently happening to our world.
It really just goes to show that when humanity unites, it’s unstoppable.
Have a great day! And don’t stop fighting for what you believe in!