It is now June, and that means the start of Pride month! This is a wonderful celebration celebrating the diversity of romance and the ability to love whomever you would like to. On top of that, it can be a great place to honor and remind ourselves of the trailblazers who led the LGBTQA+ community to the many freedoms it has today, and the changing tides of normality in society.
That being said, it can also be an excuse for a wonderful party and celebration. Of course, we’re not going to suggest you go to nightclub after nightclub, as while partying can be a big part of pride month, it’s not exactly the only limited way in which you can. For that reason, we think that learning how to celebrate this month in a much more textured, more versatile way can be a great idea. After all, no matter who you are, if you wish to celebrate people, you should be able to. Let us focus on the following, wonderful activities:
Get Dressed Up!
If nothing else, Pride is a great place to get dressed up, to feel your best, to perhaps try a style you haven’t before. Anything goes. You might decide to design a full costume, try a new style, use themed makeup, or simply try to look your best. Perhaps you wish to wear no makeup or make any extra effort as a means to illustrate your natural beauty and how people should be loved without all the pomp and circumstance. Everyone has a different ideal when it comes to this, and that diversity of opinion is of course what Pride is all about. However, we would recommend dressing up in any way you deem fit, simply because it’s a huge amount of fun to do so.
On top of that, you might commit to a new grooming or personal skincare regime to help you glow and look truly incredible from head to toe. For example, using hyaluronic acid and moisturizers could provide a better base for your renewed makeup application, perhaps using a palette from one of your favorite beauty influencers. But what is hyaluronic acid? Consider it a super-moisturizing material, something that can help your skin stay protected, hydrated, and also give it healing properties. This will be perfect when partying, heading out on the sun, keeping your festival-look cared for and well-maintained. After all, how can you get truly dressed up and adore your approach if you fail to feel confident and excited in your approach?
Learn About The History
Of course, it can be that using this month to celebrate LGBTQA+ people in all forms can be a great ideal. Celebrating those who have pushed societal rights forward, those who are contributing to changing ideals and perhaps inviting some of your friends along who have little experience in this can be a game changer. Of course, not everyone enjoys getting political during Pride month. If you don’t, you needn’t feel bad about yourself or as if you deserve to celebrate love less. But simply informing yourself, talking to people, and being aware of the attitudes present can help texture the conversation for you, and help you feel a little more grounded in your celebration. After all, pride is both beautiful fun and a purposeful gathering, and the more you can unite the two, consequently, the stronger both sides will become.
Art is one of the most loving and powerful inventions of mankind, and what a great place Pride can be to craft some of your own! From posters to flyers to costumes, it might be that you wish to make something purely beautiful, or perhaps something with a message. We’re not here to tell you how to express yourself, just to help you realize that if you want to, you absolutely can, and should feel the right to.
It might be that you wish to work with paints to create some form of celebratory message, learn how to cosplay or use body paint, or perhaps even craft a wonderful costume using your textile skills. Perhaps this can be a great place to learn textile skills in the first place.
Meet New People
While we’re not asking you to become some kind of social butterfly, meeting new people can be a wonderful thing to do at pride events in the countries that support them. Speaking to people in this celebratory mindset can take away some of the awkwardness of usual communication. Head to game nights in your local board game store! Perhaps go to designated pride bars, or those that are flying the flag! Dance with people and go to the street festivals! Talk to people, and ask them their story or where they’re from! You’ll be surprised just how open and accepting people are.
Of course, we’re not suggesting you force anything you’re uncomfortable with in the least, but you might find yourself some comfort and relaxation should you give yourself this celebratory mindset to a social purpose. Who knows, you might make friends or contacts you come to cherish. Celebrations and festivities can do that.
Run Your Own Event!
It might be that you wish to take things a step further and run your own event! Perhaps you wish to get involved and invite certain people to a Pride party at your home! Perhaps you’re in a position of influence, such as booking talent for a nearby bar. Booking LGBTQA+ people could help you enjoy a comforting sense of companionship and allow those voices to be heard. Maybe you simply wish to open a face-painting stall in the city-wide parade to help those who have arrived without a costume or outfit some form of self-expression. Sometimes, just sometimes, you might wish to get more involved like this. And you should be able to, of course.
With this advice, we hope you’re better able to enjoy a wonderful pride month.