It’s nearly June, and we all know what that means: Pride Month is coming up!
Keep reading to find about some of the exciting events that are happening in London and across the UK… and if you want to celebrate Pride but don’t yet feel comfortable venturing out and mingling with large crowds, don’t worry! There’s plenty of cool stuff happening on Zoom, so you can attend from your living room.
London Trans+ Pride 2021
First off, the biggie: dates have been confirmed for London Trans+ Pride 2021! It’s happening on Saturday 26th June from 2-6pm and kicks off at Wellington Arch in central London.
As usual it’ll be a peaceful protest that honours both the memories of trans lives lost and the courage of the next generation. They’re also accepting Gofundme donations. More info at @londontranspride on Instagram.
Sadly 2020 wasn’t as brilliant a year for Pride celebrations as it could have been, because of the lockdown. HOWEVER, one great thing that came out of the lockdown was Bi-Fi Festival.
It’s a digital celebration of bisexual culture, run by Bi Pride UK (check them out on Instagram at @biprideuk) and it was so successful last year that they’re bringing it back this year (woooo!)
It’s kicking off at 11am on Saturday 19th June. They haven’t released info about performers yet so keep an eye on the Bi-Fi Festival 2021 Facebook page for more deets.
Poetry LGBT’s Pride open mic
If you’re into creative writing and performance, Poetry LGBT run open mics that provide a warm and safe space for queer poets to perform and listen to one another. They’re having a special Pride-themed open mic event at 5pm on Sunday 6th June.
Although they encourage donations, the event itself is free and their policy is to never refuse entry to anyone who can’t pay. Check them out at @PoetryLGBT on Instagram.
Stonewall Pride workshop sessions
If you’re not trans but are a committed ally (go you!) Stonewall are running two brilliant workshop sessions specifically for Pride: Celebrating Pride in the Workplace on Tuesday 8th June and First Steps to Trans Inclusion on Tuesday 29th June.
Their main focus is to guide organisations on how to use this time to show their support for the LGBTQ+ community. They’re also focusing on how we can celebrate Pride in a meaningful way during the pandemic, despite the fact that lots of us are still working remotely.
Although expensive for professionals, these fab events only cost £12 for students. It’s a must for anyone interested in learning how to be a better ally. More info at @stonewalluk on Instagram.