How to Celebrate Pride While Staying at Home
Happy Pride month! COVID-19 may be keeping us at home, but there are still so many ways to show your Pride and celebrate. The opportunities are endless, but here are a few ideas for ways to celebrate Pride while staying at home.
Join in on Virtual Pride Events
This year, many organizations are moving their Pride events online, so that we can celebrate Pride virtually together. While it may be a change from seeing each other in person, participating in these virtual events is an enjoyable way to stay connected to the community, to support others, and to show your pride.
Pride Toronto will be hosting Virtual Pride as a way to bring the LGBTQ+ community in Toronto together while we are staying apart. Events will include weekly live programs, online special events, and even the main event—the parade! For more information, check out the Pride Toronto website.
Sunshine Centres also hosted our own virtual Pride celebration last weekend, and we had a great time with entertainment, activities, music, and more! Even virtually, celebrating Pride with others helped us stay connected!
Express Yourself Creatively
A creative way to celebrate Pride month while staying at home is creating an art or writing project that expresses what Pride means to you. Try making a painting, collage, poem, or piece of music—your imagination is the limit!
If you are in need of inspiration, you can also take a tour of LGBTQ+ art galleries and collections from your own computer. Google Arts and Culture is a great way to search art online for free, and it hosts many LGBTQ+-themed collections.
Not only is art a great way to express yourself, but it is proven to have many great mental health benefits, including reducing stress levels and helping create a sense of calm. In other words, it’s a win-win!
Learn More about Being an Ally
No matter how you identify, there is always something to learn about being an ally to others. There are many great resources on this topic online, or you could ask your friends and other people in your life about what allyship means to them! Learning to be more inclusive and supportive of others is truly one of the best ways to celebrate Pride.
Join our Rainbow Programs
If you are an LGBTQ+ older adult, we welcome you to join our virtual Rainbow Circle program every Wednesday and our Rainbow Tea and Talk program every Tuesday! Our Rainbow programs are a great place to connect with other LGBTQ+ seniors and enjoy fun activities. You can easily join on your computer or mobile device or by dialling in over the phone. Check our virtual programs page for more information!