June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month, and even though we can’t come together in person due to the pandemic, there’s still much to celebrate virtually.
For the past five years, the University of Colorado has sponsored Denver’s annual PrideFest, a two-day festival celebrating Colorado’s LGBTQ+ community. This year’s in-person celebration has been cancelled, but the university’s support of the the event remains strong.
PrideFest’s 2020 edition will be a weekend of virtual events June 20 – 21. For Sunday’s Virtual Pride Parade, “entrants” including CU, will be represented via videos promoting messages of support, encouragement and community spirit.
The Denver Virtual Pride Parade will be livestreamed on The Center on Colfax’s Facebook page at 9:30 a.m. June 21. The broadcast might also appear via other platforms, to be announced, and a recording will be available after the live broadcast.
Members of the CU community were asked contribute material to be used in CU’s virtual parade float. The deadline has passed, but you can still take part in the Pride celebration in the following ways.
Photo Activity One
- Identify an item or create one that shows your Pride (Pride flag, T-shirts, etc.)
- Find a space in your home or neighborhood that you feel allows you to be your authentic self. (Some of us may not be in or near such a space; instead, if you have a photo in your collection that highlights a space like somewhere on campus where you felt a sense of Pride, please feel free to use it.)
- Take your item and place it in that space and take a picture. (You can choose to be in the image or not, we’ll follow your lead.)
- Tag CU in the picture or use the hashtag #CUatPride
Photo Activity Two
- Create or buy decor that you think celebrates Pride.
- By yourself, or with others, decorate a space in your home.
- Take a picture and tag us in it or use the hashtag #CUatPride. (You can choose to be in the image or not.)
- Pride is a celebration that recognizes the history of the LGBTQ+ community and our future possibilities. We encourage everyone who participates to embrace and respect this.
- We ask that you ensure your pictures are full of fun and yet remain family-friendly as several of us would like to share our Pride with the future generation.
- CU reserves the right not to repost or ask for the removal of any image we are tagged in that is found to be promoting illegal activity and/or inappropriate or offensive activity.
Please note: Yard sign rules and regulations vary among cities and counties. Check your local guidelines.
Questions about the virtual parade? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A version of this article was originally published in CU Connections.