June is Pride Month, a vibrant, rainbow-filled recognition of the LGBTQ community. While it is traditionally marked by parades, jam-packed rallies, and marches, Pride is looking different due to the pandemic.
Sadly, the High Desert Pride 2021 festival has been postponed. However, Out Central Oregon will promote several smaller events including Cult of Tuck Drag Show on June 26, screening of an LGBTQ+ Film in Tin Pan Alley with BendFilm, and Drag Brunch @ 10 Barrel.
Here are some other ways to celebrate Pride Month:
- Watch a virtual Pride Parade. The New York City Pride organizers will hold virtual events such as family movie night, a human rights conference and a rally
- Learn about LGBTQ history including the Now a National Monument where you can visit the Stonewall Inn online at the colorful Stonewall Forever. Visitors can manipulate a crystalized rainbow to discover nuggets of history and add their own voices to the conversation. You can also stream the Stonewall Forever documentary.
- Read up on a dozen leaders in LGBTQ history.
- Educate yourself on being an alley. Check out The Trevor Project, an advocacy program for LGBTQ youth, which has published a FREE, downloadable Guide to Being an Ally to Transgender and Non-Binary Youth.
- Pay attention to pronouns. From name tags to email signatures, you may have noticed preferred pronouns are getting a lot of attention lately. Here’s why.
- Movies that Celebrate the LBGTQ experience.
Out, which is part of Disney+‘s SparkShorts series, features Pixar’s first gay main character.
Milk (2008): Sean Penn plays Harvey Milk in this biographical telling of the gay rights activist who became California’s first openly gay elected official. Best for older teens and up.
Love, Simon (2018): Simon’s got a secret: He’s gay. He fights to protect it and his identity in this endearing, relatable film.
- Show your pride on your feet, with these ultra-cool Pride Socks.
- Throw a Pride Party and try your hand at this impressive, multi-leveled rainbow layer cake, or go simple with rainbow fruit skewers. Another easy recipe we like: Sub Fruity Pebbles for Rice Krispies in your favorite rice crispy treat recipe. Teen Vogue has a great round-up of Pride-themed recipes.
BendBroadband and TDS Telecommunications received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index (CEI) for being a 2021 “Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality.” TDS is the parent company of BendBroadband and joins the ranks of 767 major U.S. businesses which also earned top marks this year.
CEI is a national benchmarking tool on corporate policies, practices, and benefits pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) employees. The survey is administered by the HRC Foundation.
Why is June Pride Month?
June is recognized as Pride Month to mark the anniversary of the Stonewall riots at New York City’s Stonewall Inn on June 28, 1969. A police raid of the Stonewall Inn, a known gay bar in New York City’s Greenwich Village, led to days-long protests that ignited a national firestorm of activism and elevated the fight for LGBTQ equality. Pride events celebrate the uprising annually, with many celebrations scheduled around the last weekend in June.
What Is Pride Month?
In addition to recognizing the decades-long—and still ongoing—fight for equal rights in the LGBTQ community, Pride is meant to be an affirming celebration of all that the community has accomplished.