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What, if anything, did you do for Pride Month this year?

Normally June is a time for celebration and demonstration for LGBT people in the USA (thanks for the correction, @Algernon_Asimov!), but on account of COVID and our need to protest widespread racial injustice, this past month felt like an unusually somber and isolated Pride Month.

I'm wondering if anyone here did anything for Pride Month, whether it was a celebration, protest, reflection, creation, or something else entirely. If you didn't do anything, feel free to share why not as well. I think a lot of us are likely in similar boats.

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  1. ShilohMizook
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    Personally, I didn't do anything. I'm not exactly sure why, I just never thought of anything specific to do.

    Personally, I didn't do anything. I'm not exactly sure why, I just never thought of anything specific to do.

    5 votes
  2. [8]
    Algernon_Asimov
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    ... in the USA. Pride month isn't a thing here in Australia. Sydney's Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras is in February/March. Melbourne's Midsumma Festival is in January/February. Brisbane's Pride Festival...

    Normally June is a time for celebration and demonstration for LGBT people

    ... in the USA.

    Pride month isn't a thing here in Australia. Sydney's Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras is in February/March. Melbourne's Midsumma Festival is in January/February. Brisbane's Pride Festival is in September. Adelaide's Pride Festival is in November. Hobart's TasPride is in February. Perth's Pride Festival is in November. Darwin's Pride is in September.

    This is the wrong end of the year for us - our Pride celebrations are in or around Summer, not Winter.

    So, I did nothing.

    2 votes
    1. [7]
      kfwyre
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      Ah, I didn't realize this! Thanks for informing me. Sorry for my notably American arrogance in assuming this was applicable worldwide. :)

      Ah, I didn't realize this! Thanks for informing me.

      Sorry for my notably American arrogance in assuming this was applicable worldwide. :)

      4 votes
      1. [6]
        Algernon_Asimov
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        Isn't "Pride Month" something the U.S. President announces? I know the concept is spreading worldwide, because of this here world-wide web, but I'm pretty sure the concept started in the USA, and...

        Isn't "Pride Month" something the U.S. President announces?

        I know the concept is spreading worldwide, because of this here world-wide web, but I'm pretty sure the concept started in the USA, and is only official in the USA.

        Regardless, the weather's wrong for us down here in the southern hemisphere. Baby, it's cold outside. Our biggest LGBT celebration, the Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, started as a protest to mark the anniversary of Stonewall, and happened in June 1978. But, the very next year, it was moved to February because it's too fuckin' cold in June to be prancing down the street in glittered nipple tassels and a g-string!

        2 votes
        1. [3]
          ohyran
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          OK I was just going to say "wait why is it in February" (not in the US either but our pride parades etc happens during the same month as in the US (usually, not this year obviously)). Now I feel...

          OK I was just going to say "wait why is it in February" (not in the US either but our pride parades etc happens during the same month as in the US (usually, not this year obviously)). Now I feel kinda thick for forgetting about the entire Southern Hemisphere. :D

          Winterpride seems sort of ... well it would be interesting.

          2 votes
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            Algernon_Asimov
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            I imagine it would involve lots of sashaying in fancy (fake-)fur coats and leather thigh-high boots.

            Winterpride seems sort of ... well it would be interesting.

            I imagine it would involve lots of sashaying in fancy (fake-)fur coats and leather thigh-high boots.

            1 vote
            1. ohyran
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              I'm there already in my heart. :)

              I'm there already in my heart. :)

              1 vote
        2. [2]
          kfwyre
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          I genuinely don't know. I do think it's safe to say that there are probably very few LGBT people in the US who have ever taken their cues for any sort of Pride from any of our Presidents, and...

          Isn't "Pride Month" something the U.S. President announces?

          I genuinely don't know. I do think it's safe to say that there are probably very few LGBT people in the US who have ever taken their cues for any sort of Pride from any of our Presidents, and especially not our current one. The culture over here is very much that it's something we do for ourselves.

          Also, good points about the weather! LGBT celebrations very much need summer to support them.

          1. Algernon_Asimov
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            It definitely has at least some connection to U.S. Presidents. I remember there was a fuss when President Trump did not announce Pride Months. Bill Clinton was the first US President to officially...
            1 vote
  3. [5]
    FishFingus
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    Nothing except sit at home in quarantine and look at the occasional Pride-related tweet. I also regrettably missed the, ah...<cough>...bargains becaust I wasn't paying attention. If any related...

    Nothing except sit at home in quarantine and look at the occasional Pride-related tweet. I also regrettably missed the, ah...<cough>...bargains becaust I wasn't paying attention. If any related events were actually on in this area, I wouldn't have been able to attend.

    2 votes
    1. [4]
      Algernon_Asimov
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      Huh? I don't get it.

      I also regrettably missed the, ah...<cough>...bargains

      Huh? I don't get it.

      2 votes
      1. [3]
        FishFingus
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        Items of an adult nature were on sale. And I don't mean Office 365 subscriptions.

        Items of an adult nature were on sale.

        And I don't mean Office 365 subscriptions.

        1 vote
        1. [2]
          Algernon_Asimov
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          So you couldn't buy dildoes or slings or fleshlights or whatever? Pity. But I'm sure your local sex shop will have another sale. Everyone in retail is suffering, and they need to get cash in the...

          So you couldn't buy dildoes or slings or fleshlights or whatever? Pity. But I'm sure your local sex shop will have another sale. Everyone in retail is suffering, and they need to get cash in the door somehow.

          1 vote
          1. FishFingus
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            Man, you Australians with your culture and civilization! I'm limited to what I can hide under my bed, and local for me means Edinburgh. Or technically Dundee, but I try not to go there too often....

            Man, you Australians with your culture and civilization! I'm limited to what I can hide under my bed, and local for me means Edinburgh. Or technically Dundee, but I try not to go there too often. The non-essential shops might be opening up around here next week, but if you want variety and better quality then the internet's always been the go-to.

            1 vote
  4. rogue_cricket
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    Well, events were cancelled mostly but I bought a pride flag for my porch and I flew it for a few days (it didn't arrive until towards the end of the month). :) It's since been replaced by a...

    Well, events were cancelled mostly but I bought a pride flag for my porch and I flew it for a few days (it didn't arrive until towards the end of the month). :)

    It's since been replaced by a Canadian flag but I got a nice one so I'll probably put it up in my office or something.

    2 votes
  5. vegai
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    I... didn't know it was Pride Month. So not much out of the ordinary, I guess.

    I... didn't know it was Pride Month. So not much out of the ordinary, I guess.

    2 votes