Celebrating Pride in 2020 - Virtually

Pride marches on.  Virtually. The effects of Coronavirus are far reaching. In the United States alone, over 100,000 people have died and more have experienced the effects of this debilitating virus.

Because it is so contagious, our country effectively shut down.  Stay at home orders became commonplace, schools and businesses moved to online operations and celebrations seemed to come to an abrupt halt.

As the country slowly reopens and we are all adjusting to our new way of life, we are adopting innovative ways of doing just about everything. The status-quo is no longer appropriate. While many events, including athletic competitions, conferences and meetings have simply been cancelled, others (like Pride celebrations) have been “re-worked”.  

It’s Pride Month

June is well-known as Pride month, the timing established to commemorate the Stonewall Inn riots which occurred in New York City on June 28, 1969. Typically, this month’s calendar is filled with dates for parades and gatherings remembering that event and celebrating the LGBTQ community across the country and around the world.

These events have been incredibly popular.  In fact, in 2019, according to The New York Times, “An estimated 5 million people visited New York City for its Pride weekend, contributing to the around 20 million people who attended U.S. events overall.” The LGBTQ community and its allies are outspoken and visible.

Pride in 2020

Clearly, this year is going to be different from those past. But, rest assured, Pride will still be celebrated, virtually, all around the world. For example, New York City, the site of one of the oldest and largest Gay Pride parades, will hold their celebration this year, virtually, on June 28th. Aired live, on ABC, this event will be accessible to many.

Similarly, cities and towns across the country are holding a broad range of virtual Pride events throughout the month of June. Recently, Good Morning America shared a listing of programs of which they are aware.  This list, which is being updated regularly, includes panel discussions, festivals and even proms!

We Celebrate with You

While LGBT Pride month celebrations may be different this year, they will be no less meaningful. Our community continues to rally in support of  pride. At Rainbow Depot, we encourage you to make lemonade from lemons. 

While you may not be able to attend a specific event in person, you can take advantage of the many events and programs being live streamed. There is truly something happening every week!  And, the variety of offerings means there is something for everyone.

As always, we will be celebrating (virtually) with our family, friends, neighbors and LGBT community all month long. We are proud to offer a broad range of rainbow flags, masks, pins and buttons, clothing and more, all perfect for your celebration. On behalf of all of us at Rainbow Depot, celebrate, stay safe and be well.