5 things to do for Pride besides partying

Parties and parades aren’t the only way to celebrate

Want to celebrate Pride but not really a party person? Here are five ways to show your support for the LGBTQ+ community that don’t involve going to the club or dealing with huge crowds.

1. Support smaller events

There is more to do during Pride besides go to big, colorful parades and parties in crowded clubs. If you want a Pride experience that’s a little more artsy, cozy, or educational, consider attending events hosted by local LGBTQ+ artists or smaller LGBTQ+ organizations. These events can include:

  • Art shows
  • Dance classes
  • Open mic nights
  • Craft festivals
  • Film screenings
  • Pop-up thrift shops
  • Workshops

Smaller events also tend to focus on the intersectional experiences of LGBTQ+ folks, exploring themes around race, nationality, disability, religion, and more.

2. Read books written by LGBTQ+ authors

Don’t feel like leaving the house? Stay inside and snuggle up with a good book! From memoir to fantasy to romance, LGBTQ+ books span all genres. Not sure what to look for? Here’s where you can start. Bonus points if you pick up a book from a LGBTQ+ or feminist bookstore! If you are part of a book club, suggest that your next book be by a LGBTQ+ author.

3. Volunteer at a local charity

Another great way to celebrate Pride is to give back to your local community. This can include working at food pantries, helping run fundraising events, or making care packages. Volunteering is a great opportunity to get involved and to meet new people. (And remember: you can volunteer year-round, not just in the month of June!)

4. Tell your legislators to protect LGBTQ+ rights

There have been over 500 anti-LGBTQ+ bills introduced over the past few years. These bills include bans on drag shows, books, and gender-affirming care. One way to advocate for LGBTQ+ rights this month would be to learn about these bills and contact your state legislators.You can visit the ACLU website to track legislation in your state, and you can find your state and federal legislators on Plural’s website.

5. Give the LGBTQ+ folks in your life extra love!

With the increase in anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric in the news and politics, now is a great time to show love and affirm your LGBTQ+ friends and family. Here are some ways to do that:

  • Telling them that you love them for who they are
  • Holding space for them to share their feelings and experiences
  • Make time for your LGBTQ+ friends by running errands together or grabbing a meal
  • Speaking out against bigotry, not just when LGBTQ+ people are around

Be safe, have fun, and happy Pride!

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