June is officially recognized as ‘Pride Month’ globally. It celebrates sexual diversity and equal rights for the LGBT+ community. In 2020, as the coronavirus pandemic wreaked havoc, no one was able to venture out and celebrate pride. Amidst the health crisis, the world went virtual, and so did the Pride Month celebrations. Here’re some highlights from Pride Month 2020.
Pride Circle, India’s Premier Diversity and Inclusion Organization Organized #21DaysAllyChallenge
Pride Circle initiated a global challenge to neutralize gender biases and set aside stereotypes about the LGBT+ community.
It set micro-challenges and organized activities that motivated people to understand gender identities, sexual characteristics, gender expression, etc. Held over a duration of 21 days, participants were inspired to read the ‘coming out stories.
Pride Networks Across the Globe Celebrated Global Pride 2020
It was an initiative by several pride networks across the globe, which came together for a 24-hour live stream show. Along with music and art, the live stream included speeches from pride activists globally. Prominent public figures addressed the audience. Prime Ministers and Presidents of a few nations graced the event with their virtual presence too.
Big Tech Companies Launched Pride-Themed Accessories
Apple launched two new bands for the Apple Watch. It launched a rainbow band and a Nike Pride Edition Sport Band. Apple has been releasing Pride-themed accessories since 2016.
Microsoft launched its Pride collection, which included items such as t-shirts, hoodies, etc. It dedicated a page for LGBT+ employees of Microsoft where they could discuss topics related to pride.
New York City Virtual Pride Parade marked its 50th anniversary.
A virtual pride rally was organized in New York City in 2020. NYC Pride marked its 50th-anniversary last year. The parade was a remembrance of history and a celebration of queer love and humans.
Now, in 2021, we await ‘Pride Month’ festivities. Acceptance is charming, and so is our faith in love. Indeed, love is love, and no one should dare to silence it. Queer relationships, love, and pride must be treasured. Each love is special, and so is each life.
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