This article was published on June 6th, 2015
June is Pride month and there will be events, parades and festivals in cities all over the world, as hundreds of thousands of people gather to celebrate and advocate for LGBT rights and equality. This ultimate guide to gay pride will help you prepare and be ready to take part in the festivities.
- Wear lots of sunscreen. Most events are outdoors and you don’t want to end up with a nasty sunburn.
- Keep off the parade route. Stay on the sidewalks. It’s totally cool to bring a colourful blanket to sit on.
- Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water. Make sure you bring a couple of bottles of cold water with you. You’ll need it.
- Pack your sunglasses. Don’t bring your most expensive pair, but make sure the ones you do bring will protect your eyes from harmful UV rays.
- Take lots of photos. Share your photos on social media. Be respectful of people that do not want to have their photo taken.
- Don’t arrive drunk, especially if you’re going to a parade. Pride events are about advocating and celebrating rights and freedoms, not for being intoxicated in public. Plus, it’s illegal to drink in public in most jurisdictions.
- Cheeer for your favourite community leaders. It’s totally cool to give a shout-out to drag queens, go-go dances, leather daddies, DJ’s, activists, social influencers, and other members of the community marching in the parade or at festival.
- Share your pride. Pride beads are tossed and given out at many events. If you see someone you like, show them by giving them a set of your beads.
- Think safety. Don’t bring pets, furniture, large signs, drugs, weapons or objects that could be used as weapons to any events or festivals.
- If you have an emergency or need medial assistance, please find a volunteer, security guard, or the police.
- Be respectful of others. Hugs, kisses and high-five’s are totally cool. Respect other people, their choices, and ways they express themselves. Always be supportive. Leave your negativity at home.
- Wave your pride flags. Everyone loves a colourful gay pride flag. It’s a great way to celebrate.
- Get the kids involved. Kids are more than welcome to attend pride parades. They are family events. Yes, some people marching in the parade might show some extra skin, just be mindful, but be open. This is a learning opportunity. Kids want to see and learn. Pride events are a great way to teach them about diversity and to love everyone, regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, or creed.
Most importantly, show up wearing bring, colourful costumes and be ready to show your support for the LGBT community. Give big hugs and kisses, sign those petitions, and be proud!