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    Pride Month Goes Digital 

    How has Pride changed during COVID?

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    Last week was the anniversary of one of the worst mass shootings in US history claimed 49 lives at a Florida gay bar, the Pulse Shooting. During that time, the community was going through a hard time and on the national LGBTQ+ Pride month. For them, it felt wrong to celebrate, because so many members of the community were grieving or have passed away due to the shooting. However, the celebration went on with parades happening all around the United States. 

    With the virus canceling almost everything, the Pride celebrations continue. The event will happen differently to ensure everyone stays safe, they will continue virtually through applications like Skype and zoom. 

    Why are celebrations important during this time? 

    With the virus and the Black Lives Matter movement, some would say that the celebrations are not important at this time. However, it is more important because it shows that the LGBTQ+ community is strong to overcome obstacles (e.g. a pandemic). 

    Here are what members of the community have to say about the situation:

    “The internet has been crucial for numerous LGBTQ individuals, especially those who identify as transgender or nonbinary, people of color, young individuals, and those living in rural areas,” stated Renna, who is assisting in organizing this year’s Pride events.

    “It’s nearly impossible not to access information, if not find a sense of community online.”

    “At this challenging time, our aim is to discover a means of celebrating our community and embracing our identity,” expressed Julian Sanjivan.”

    Julian Sanjivan expressed, “During this challenging time, our objective is to discover a way to celebrate our community and embrace our collective identity.”

    What are some events you can attend? 

    Virtual Pride is happening on June 28

    Global Pride is happening on June 27

    Out Now Live is happening on June 22

    Club Quarantine happens every night at 9 pm EST follow their Instagram for zoom pass codes

    What do you think of PRIDE going virtual?

    Let us know in the comments.

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