June is National Pride Month. Created in honor of the famous Stonewall riots of June 1969 — during which members of the LGBTQ community in New York City demonstrated for equal rights and treatment. This month, we celebrate the LGBTQ community by recognizing its influence and impact throughout the world.
There are many ways you can celebrate National Pride Month by simply using technology and social media. Here are five of our favorites.
1. Join The Conversation
The best way to be a part of the conversation is to join it. Use social media to follow and interact with key LGBTQ influencers, thought leaders and celebrities, including political activist Amy Siskind, commentator Janice Mock, Chicana writer Meyrude, investigative journalist Ronan Farrow and actors Sean Hayes and Laverne Cox.
2. Watch LGBT Programming
Watching TV shows and films about the LGBTQ experience is another great way to use technology to celebrate. One of the most anticipated TV programs this summer is Ryan Murphy’s “Pose,” which highlights New York City’s ball culture of the ’80s. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the series, which premieres June 3 on FX, will feature the largest transgender series regular cast and the largest LGBTQ cast for a scripted series. The remaining episodes from the season will air early on FX+ on Sundays at 12:01 a.m.
“The show is about the search for being authentic, about creating opportunities,” Murphy told reporters in January. “We’re past an era of straight men playing these roles. It’s time to think differently and offer more opportunities to people who want to work. Many of this cast have never been in front of the camera before.” In May, he shared that all profits from the show are going to LGBTQ charities.
If you’re heading to the theater, check out Daze’s list of important LGBTQ films that are coming out in 2018, including feature attractions “Vita and Virginia” and “The Miseducation of Cameron Post.”
3. Keep Up with the Latest Issues
There are many organizations and media outlets that cover the LGBTQ community and have a plethora of information for you to read online, including the Human Rights Campaign, GLAAD, Out Magazine and The Advocate.
GLAAD has several resources with a focus on the media. There’s links to LGBTQ issues targeting Spanish-language, global and regional audiences.
4. Demonstrate Your Support
Demonstrating your support of the LGBTQ community can include attending National Pride Month programs or a number of parades and events slated this month. However, you can also use your social media profiles. Spread hashtags like #Pride2018 and #LoveIsLove on Twitter and Instagram. Snapchat, Instagram and other platforms have historically featured custom National Pride Month filters and stickers to attach to photos and videos. Last year, Facebook allowed users to swap out their profile photos with a rainbow frame and to use a special rainbow reaction.At Cox, we join together to create human rainbow flag photos, which we share across our social media profiles.
5. Make Online Purchases That Matter
Support companies online that have special National Pride Month initiatives. For instance, in 2017, food delivery app Postmates asked fans to share what #PRIDE means to them. The company donated $1 to the Human Rights Campaign for each tweet they received. For a list of companies that support the LGBTQ community, visit the Human Rights Campaign website.