Pride Month is the time set aside to celebrate LGBTQ+ people, their daily contributions to our world, and to pay respects to the struggles that have yet to be overcome. That sounds super serious, but really, pride is all about honor and celebration.
Each year, plenty of political marches take place, but if you also want to find cool things to do to celebrate your life and/or the lives of those around you, here are a few fun ways you can participate in Pride Month.
1. Attend The Pride Run In New York City's Central Park
The 36th annual Front Runners New York (FRNY) Pride Run will take place on June 24 at Central Park in the Big Apple.
2. Use Lyft During Pride Month To Pay It Forward
For Pride Month, Lyft is encouraging its riders to round up their trips. The remaining amount goes toward the Human Rights Campaign, a civil rights organization dedicated to LGBTQ+ equality.
3. Attend The Boston Pride Parade And Festival
The Boston Pride Parade begins at 12 p.m. on June 10 in Boston. There should be food and music. This is also a family-friendly event.
4. Rock Out With Miley Cyrus At The Washington D.C. Pride Concert
Miley Cyrus will help Washington D.C. end its annual Pride Month celebration with a concert on June 11. The concert will wrap up the Pride festival, which is scheduled for noon to 7 p.m. on that day.
5. Have An Educational LGBTQ+ Movie Night
I recommend this for both straight, cis-gendered people and those in the LGBTQ+ community. Invite a few friends over to watch a great film that correctly includes LGBTQ+ people or centers a story on the history of their contributions.
Celebrate with Pride-centric party favors and foods (see: the lifesaver that is Pinterest) and bring your favorite booze if you'd really like movie time to be a turn-up affair.
6. Go To LGBT Night At The Dodgers Stadium In Los Angeles
The Dodgers game will be lit up by the rainbow on June 9, when the Dodgers play the Cincinnati Reds. The LGBT kickoff party will take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and tickets are sold with a rainbow-hued Dodgers T-shirt.
7. Go To The Family Equality Day Picnic In New Orleans
LGBTQ+ families are part of the fabric of America, right? So enjoy a family lunch outside at the Longue Vue House and Gardens between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. This is obviously a kid-friendly event and comes with a bounce house, arts and crafts, and an insect hunt in the Lucy C. Roussel Discovery Garden.
Whether you're planning a trip or just kicking it around the house, there's no way you won't be able to have fun as you participate in Pride Month.