Whether you're out and proud or secretly celebrating, there's a way for everyone to partake in prideful festivities right now. I know that we are all in different stages of our journeys, so I wanted to keep this list inclusive. I hope there is a little something for everyone at every stage, and that you find joy in celebrating your own way!
1. Get creative
Creating something is arguably the best form of self-expression. The beauty creativity comes from both the freedom to bring something to life that flows through you and that you can share that with everyone or keep it to yourself.
This is a great option for anyone who hasn't come out or who are still figuring things out.
Try writing a poem or doing a drawing to express what your identity means to you. Other ideas include painting, playing or writing music, dancing, baking, and slaying a makeup or nail look; the options are really endless!
2. Get cookin'!
I mentioned baking as a form of celebration in my previous post, but cooking anything reflective of your feelings is a great option, too! You don't have to limit yourself to baking or even buying store-bought treats.
Throw together a sneaky rainbow fruit platter or make this veggie pizza to celebrate in a subtle and healthy way!
3. Get into the community
Pride festivals are all about supporting the community and spreading love, so why not keep that spirit up right where you are? If you can't make it to a big shindig, try volunteering with your local LGBTQ-friendly organizations.
They are likely sponsoring or holding their own events for you to participate in. It's a great way to get involved, but also to meet new people and show support as both a member of the LGBTQ+ community or an ally. What better way to celebrate than to make a difference?
4. Get on social media
Bear with me on this one. If you can push through the FOMO, try checking out all things "#pride" on social media. There are countless posts that aren't just about the fun everyone else is having at big gatherings.
Get educated with posts about LGBTQ+ history and heroes. Discover some new poetry, art, and photography. If you can't get out or don't feel comfortable celebrating aloud quite yet, there is always a seat open at the online community table.
5. Get together
Friends = fun. Surround yourself with those who love you and make your own Pride! See a movie, go dancing, craft, rep the rainbow together, or check some other things off of this list.
Now's a good time to appreciate the ones who support you (and be appreciated back!), so have fun celebrating the fact that you have each other! Private Pride photo shoot, anyone?
6. Get in touch
This one goes out to everybody, but especially anyone who is working towards self-acceptance and peace within. This Pride Month spend time getting in touch with who you are and who you want to be.
Remember that you are strong and that no one's opinions of you should change how you view yourself. Spend time alone digging deeper into what makes you who you are and why you have so much to offer the world.
I think it's easy to say that all LGBTQ+ people are loud and proud during this time, but that doesn't mean you have to as well if you aren't comfortable or if you prefer quiet celebration. Pride is personal, so spend time with the one who matters most, because you are celebrating you!
7. Get out
Now I don't mean to pressure anybody in any way, but consider coming out. I know that moment can be special and is very personal, so in no way am I telling you to rush.
But, if you've been feeling ready or going back and forth about the timing of the moment, why not let it out when everyone else is? You certainly won't feel alone and you might be surprised at how much support is really out there.
I came out to my mom on National Coming Out Day during LGBTQ History Month (October), and although I had no idea that it was a holiday at the time, it was reassuring to know that I let my truth be known during a time when it is celebrated.
So there are a few ways to not feel left out on the whole Pride mix right now. I wanted to provide some ideas that could work not just during this month, but the rest of the year, too. Why not act like every day is a celebration of who we are!