As many know, June is Pride Month. A time when Canadians (and countless others around the world) come together in recognition of the LGBTQ2S+ community. It's a chance to commemorate the June 1969 Stonewall uprising, celebrate LGBTQ2S+ culture and activism, uplift LGBTQ2S+ voices, support LGBTQ2S+ rights and express yourself.
Connection is how people overcome adversity, which is something the Queer community knows through and through. And as another Pride Month approaches with social distancing and other health directives in force, it's more important than ever to stay connected. That's why this year, Fido is connecting all Canadians to a more diverse representation of Pride by providing a platform where a rainbow of identities can be expressed and celebrated.
Starting in June, Fido — a longtime loud and proud supporter of LGBTQ2S+ Canadians — has created spaces and tools to discuss, educate and celebrate this diversity. And they're all things that you can take part in no matter where you live.
There'll be social posts that spotlight the individuals in the campaign who have shared their stories in order to help educate people about some of the different genders and sexual orientations that exist within the LGBTQ2S+ community. There'll also be social media filters with 14 different Pride flags, and a dedicated microsite where Canadians can connect with each other about their LGBTQ2S+ experiences.
So while the usual Pride Month festivities like parades won't happen, that's no reason to leave your rainbow flag in storage. It's time to show off, wear all of the colours of the Pride flag and beyond, and embrace this month dedicated to history, joy, justice and visibility for the entire LGBTQ2S+ community. These eight colourful and creative ways to kick off Pride Month at home are a great place to start.
Share Your Pride On Social Media
Staying connected on social media has been a key way for people to keep in touch with friends and family while adhering to physical-distancing protocol and stay-at-home orders. Since the in-person Pride celebrations will be limited, using social media to share and celebrate is a wonderful option.
You can post selfies decked in the rainbow from head to toe, or join the conversation with Fido's social filter. This filter will be available on Fido's social channels in June and users will have access to 14 flags representing different sexual and gender identities. And for every photo posted with the hashtag #ConnectToAccept, Fido will make a donation to Pflag Canada, a national charitable organization.
Support LGBTQ2S+ Artists & Add Some Colour To Your Home
Canadians have been spending a lot of time staring at the walls of their living rooms this last year, so why not bring a little art into your space and support local LGBTQ2S+ artists at the same time?
You can look on Etsy or find local artists on Instagram and see if they have something you like. There are so many incredible LGBTQ2S+ artists in Canada that you'll certainly be able to find the perfect piece (or two) for your home.
Host Your Own Virtual Pride Event
If you were one of the many folks to master hosting virtual parties this year, don't let those skills go to waste! Gather your friends together on a video call and organize your own Pride event.
Ask everyone, whether they are part of the LGBTQ2S+ community or are an ally, to dress for the occasion in their most fabulous outfits and let their creativity flow.
You can host a lip-sync battle, run Pride Month trivia, have a talent show or take the opportunity to have candid discussions about important issues facing LGBTQ2S+ people. The only limit is your imagination.
Celebrate Yourself & Your Uniqueness
What better way to honour Pride month than to celebrate yourself? If you're part of the LGBTQ2S+ community or if you're an ally, this is the perfect time to embrace exactly who you are.
Fido has created a microsite for all LGBTQ2S+ Canadians and supporters to embrace themselves and others for who they are. From June 11, visitors to the site will get to place their chosen Pride flag onto their home province, which will evolve into a coast-to-coast visual representation of the community across the country. Not only that, but it's also a place for people to connect with each other in the area they live.
Educate Yourself On What Pride Month Really Is
While Pride month is certainly a colourful and exciting time, it's important to remember that it started as, and continues to be, a fight for LGBTQ2S+ rights. The commemoration of the Stonewall, which is considered a critical moment in Queer history, is why Pride is held in June.
This month is an opportunity to learn more about Pride month, why it exists and how it became what it is today. Documentaries like Disclosure, about the history and experiences of transgender people, or Elliot Page's docuseries Gaycation, about LGBTQ2S+ rights around the world, are enlightening places to start.
These history lessons are unfortunately not taught in school, so looking into Queer history is the first step in paying tribute to the activists and community members who helped make Pride what it is today.
Buy & Read Books By LGBTQ2S+ People
Reading is one of the best things to do for the mind and soul. What's even better is having a diversity of identities represented in books, either as characters or with the author themself. There are some incredible LGBTQ2S+ authors out there — both Canadian and international — who write inclusive, impactful and interesting novels and non-fiction that everyone should get their hands on.
Samra Habib's memoir We Have Always Been Here, The Subtweet by Vivek Shraya and Ness Lee, and Angry Queer Somali Boy by Mohamed Abdulkarim Ali are just some of the many books by Canadian LGBTQ2S+ authors.
Make An Effort To Connect With People Outside Your Social Circle
Take time this month to virtually reach out to folks in the LGBTQ2S+ community — people from different backgrounds, mutual friends, Canadians on the other side of the country, social media influencers you admire — and start a conversation.
Get to know them, ask questions and accept them for who they are. Who knows? You might make a lifelong friend.
Celebrate Yourself Every Single Day
With everything going on in the world right now, it's important to take time to look after yourself. If you're someone who is in the LGBTQ2S+ community or an ally, use the entire month to celebrate yourself with some self-care.
This includes anything that brings you joy and celebrates your uniqueness. You can do an at-home facial, journal, paint your nails, go for a run, cook your favourite meal or enjoy some ice cream. Whatever it may be, dedicate a moment every day this month to appreciate your unique self.
Whether you're celebrating on social media, supporting LGBTQ2S+ artists and authors, connecting with others on Fido's Flown with Pride microsite, or throwing a virtual Pride party, there are plenty of ways to show your colours this June for Pride Month and celebrate to the fullest.
Pride comes in every colour, so whatever flag you fly, fly it with Pride.
To learn more about celebrating Pride Month from home, visit Fido's website, YouTube or check out their Twitter, Instagram and Facebook pages.
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