5 ways to celebrate Pride month during a pandemic

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Yen Feng

Yen Feng

Yen is the editor of asia.gay. You can reach him at editor@asia.gay.

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We are just one day away from Pride month but for most of Asia, the evolving COVID-19 situation continues to disrupt plans for this annual celebration of all things LGBTQ+. What are some ways you can show your support for our community during this pandemic? We have some ideas.

Talk to someone about being an ally

It may not be possible to march in a parade or join in any in-person festivities, but we can still spread the message of love and inclusivity by continuing to speak up about what it means to support the cause.

Some people might want to be supportive, but don’t know how. Take this opportunity to share what are some of the things they can do to be an ally, including supporting legislative changes to fight discrimination where you live. You could also let them know that if anyone in their lives comes out to them as LGBT+, that their response should be honest but kind, as it can have a big impact on their coming out journey.

Volunteer your time or donate to a meaningful cause

There’s no better time than Pride month to think about how you can give back to the community. If you’re financially able, look for an organisation whose mission resonates with you and consider donating some money to their programmes. Volunteering is also a great way to get to know your local community, and be an active participant in changing people’s lives.

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Read up about LGBTQ+ history in your country

People say knowledge is power and we couldn’t agree more. If you find yourself being quarantined at home without much to do, start empowering yourself by learning about the various hardships and challenges endured by your community in the past, and what they have done to fight against and overcome them.

In many parts of Asia, the road towards equality continues to be difficult. See what others have done before you and perhaps you too could do something to make the journey a little easier for the people after you.

Support LGBT arts and culture

The arts allows us to create a shared experience, and this is especially true in our community, where it’s easy to feel alone given we are in the minority. While the movies and live concerts may not be available to you during a pandemic, we can still discover and support LGBTQ+ culture through music and other streaming content at home.

Here’s our pick of LGBTQ+ artistes, and a selection of queer East Asian films you might enjoy. You can also check out our Culture page for more recommendations on books and films.

Tell your story

If you have a platform on social media, consider sharing your coming out story or what it has been like for you as an LGBTQ+ person. Stories help to connect us as human beings, and enrich our lives when we are able to empathise with another person’s experiences.

If you’re not ready to go public, think about talking to someone close to you in your social circle or your family. Pride month is a great opportunity to start some meaningful conversations which hopefully will bring your loved ones and yourself closer together.

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