GUEST BLOG POST WRITTEN BY: CAMERON HADLEY
Celebrating Pride this year is going to be different, and that’s O.K.!
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic people are taking their rainbow flags from their favorite city streets to the comfort of their own webcam. While navigating your online celebrations and advocacy it’s important to recognize without Black Trans Womxn advocating for the LGBTQIA+ community, we wouldn’t be able to openly celebrate our Queerness. In our current world, it’s important to recognize how each and every single one of us has the power to make a difference.
PRIDE 2020: NOW STREAMING!
A nationwide pride celebration will still go on, virtually.
Global Pride 2020 is going to be a 24-hour Livestream broadcasted on YouTube.
According to the Global Pride Facebook page, featured performances include Pabllo Vittar, Kesha, Adam Lambert, Pussy Riot, Big Freedia, Village People, Courtney Act, Natasha Bedingfield, Betty Who, Melanie C, Max, and Calum Scott.
These performers will also be joined by activists, community leaders, and public figures by sharing their stories
and raising money for Black Lives Matter and COVID-19 relief.
HBO will also be launching their first-ever digital pride on the Human By Orientation website.
Providing a safe space for the LGBTQIA+ community and allies to be together while being our most authentic selves. Daily virtual events will begin Thursday, June 18, 2020, through Sunday, June 28, 2020. Programming includes musical headliners, drag brunch, underground DJ sets, queer comedy and more. Launching the final weekend is a Friday evening celebrating Queer and Trans People of Color with art and music by Papi Juice. Then on Saturday, June 27th get into Kim Petras’ hour-long performance where she will be performing her summer smash “Malibu”. Lastly, on Sunday, June 28th HBO’s virtual pride will conclude with an intimate performance by the headliner, Ms. Janelle Monae.
Let us celebrate Pride this month and every month by furthering our knowledge and supporting Black Trans Womxn.
Our words are not enough as we must follow up with direct action.
Even though we are unable to gather physically, we are still able to be together virtually.
May you celebrate Pride safe, educated, loud, and proud.
Supporting Black Lives in the LGBTQIA+ Community
In order to show our pride, we must show our gratitude. Educating yourself on Black history provides white/non-black people an understanding of how to further respect Black people and culture. Signing petitions, donating to GoFundMe pages, supporting Black owned businesses, and individually funding Black Queer people are all ways you can get involved right now. Pride wouldn’t exist without Black Queer leadership.
GoFundMe Pages: https://twitter.com/nostalgicuItra/status/1276261157918199809
Black Owned Businesses: https://officialblackwallstreet.com/directory/
Individual Black Trans/NB/GNC Fund List:
Queer Representation in Media
When consuming any type of content it’s important to be cognizant of what’re you’re watching. When we stream music, movies, t.v. shows, YouTube videos, and other online content we are not only possibly funding dangerous people, but we are setting a standard in society in which we allow acceptable. The portrayal of LGBTQIA+ people in our media has always been selective. More often than not, white gay men are more likely to get more mainstream opportunities compared to anyone else in the LGBTQIA+ community. It’s important to recognize the range of Queer identities and to advocate for equal opportunities for everyone.
Try celebrating Pride at home digitally by consuming and boosting the content of
Black Queer people across all mediums and platforms.
Crisis Intervention/Suicide Prevention:
The Trevor Project: (866) 488-7386
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-8255 (online chat available)
Crisis Text Line: Text START to 741-741
The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender National Hotline: (888) 843-4564
The GLBT National Youth Talkline (youth serving youth through age 25): (800) 246-7743
Trans Lifeline: (877) 565-8860
The National Runaway Safeline: 800-RUNAWAY (800-786-2929)
The True Colors United: (212) 461-4401
Self Abuse Finally Ends (S.A.F.E)
AIDS in Prison Project Hotline: (718) 378-7022 (English and Spanish)
National AIDS Hotline: (800) 342-AIDS / (800) 344-7432 (Spanish) / (800) 243-7889 (TDD)
U.S. National Domestic Violence Hotline: (800) 799-7233 (English and Spanish) (800)
Pride Institute: (800) 547-7433 24/7
Rape Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN): (800) 656-HOPE / (800) 810-7440 (TTY)
*Support Hotlines List provided by, https://pflag.org/hotlines
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