Let’s face it, there is nothing that feels normal about 2020, and that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. From navigating a public health crisis to fighting to dismantle the systemic racism and violence that the Black community is subjected to by law enforcement, this uncomfortable place will ultimately make us a better people, however painful that may be. So, now that it’s Pride month, you may be rethinking how you are going to celebrate during a time where so much more needs to be done.
This year, here are the three new ways to honor and celebrate Pride Month that is very 2020.
Pride has always and will always be a protest.
Black rights are LGBT rights and LGBT rights are black rights, and we owe what we now celebrate to trans women of color who stood up to police brutality at Stonewall. No matter your race, gender, or sexual identity, if black members of our community are being persecuted for the color of their skin and their sexual or gender identity, STAND THE F**K UP. Use that glitter you thought you’d wear to the Pride parade and put it on like battle paint. Make a sign that speaks from your perspective and protest.
Support Black and LGBT owned businesses.
Put your money where your mouth is and give back to the people who make up your community. Do your research and eat at Black owned restaurants, shop at LGBT owned business, and invest in the community that supports you. Fun fact, Pure for Men is a Black and LGBT owned business, so you are already off to a good start!
Meditate on What Pride Means to You.
Turn that rainbow beam inward and rediscover what Pride means to you. Hold an intimate Pride Brunch and discuss the intersectionality of movements like Pride, Black Lives Matter, and the Women’s Movement. Challenge yourself and your friends to push past any previous notions of what Pride has been and discuss what your Pride should evolve to be. After all, the corporate rainbow Pride as we know it is a relatively new phenomenon, and a discussion on whether it truly serves all of us is absolutely necessary.
Pride isn’t just a parade or a giant party. It isn’t just a glitter-filled blowout or when the latest rainbow merchandise hits the market. Pride is a political revolution, and it is one that has evolved from the fringes of a Black Trans woman throwing the first brick to what it is today. It is now up to us to make sure the people who gave us Pride would feel comfortable celebrating it today.