With many celebrations and parades this pride month being cancelled and postponed due to the current corona pandemic and lockdown guidelines, we have put a list of some ideas you can do whilst socially distancing to show love and support to the LGBTQ+ Community.
- Take time to learn about the LGBTQ+ community by reading articles online about the struggles they face as well as checking in with friends and family and listening to their stories.
- Participate in a virtual #prideinside event organised by Amnesty International, UK Black Pride, Stonewall and ParaPride. The online festival will take place between Sunday 28 June – Sunday 5 July and will include a series of gigs, comedy shows, panel discussions, and arts-based events.
- Start a fundraiser online to support charities and helplines that work with the communities as well as physically advocate for them. You could organise a Zoom party or a coffee morning with friends or a socially distanced dog walk (up to six households in England during lockdown if meeting). You could even add the pride colours to their leads or do a little doggie pride parade at your local park to show solidarity (as long as government corona guidelines are safely met).
- Show solidarity by decorating your homes and windows with the pride flag. The flag itself represents people across the LGBTQ+ spectrum and signifies life, healing, sunlight, nature, harmony and spirit. For the LGBTQ+ community it is a strong symbol of acceptance and inclusivity. It represents each of the individual communities such as bi, gay trans and queer as a greater family and unity. June is of great significance to the communities that make up LGBTQ+ as it commemorates the 1969 Stonewall riots where many LGBTQ+ activists and allies protested for acceptance and inclusivity.
- Watch films and tv shows with a positive LGBTQ+ representation such as Moonlight, Blue is the warmest colour, Alex Strangelove, Suicide Kale, Schitts Creek and many many more that are now on Netflix and prime and have the Ultimate Pride Movie Night.
- Whats a movie night without snacks?! Bake pride treats and cover cakes, cookies and ice cream in the pride colours, sprinkles and of course, edible glitter. Rainbow cakes and drinks are a must!
- Include the colours of Pride in your clothing and upcycle your wardrobe to show your support to the community.
- Demand change from your university and or workplace for greater inclusivity and support such as access to gender neutral toilets and inclusive signage.
- Support LGBTQ+ businesses
- Share love and support on your social media and stand with the LGBTQ+ community.
If you are dealing with pressures or uncertainty or perhaps you are nervous about university life as an LGBTQ+ person, there are many services and channels you can access for free both at CCCU, online and via phone helpline such as:
- Student support services
- Switchboard LGBTQ Helpline 0300 330 0630 (Open 10:00-22:00 every day)
- Stonewall charity helpline 0300 330 0630 (10am-10pm every day)