How To Celebrate LGBT Pride Month At Home

June is LGBT Pride Month, which recognises the positive impact that LGBT+ people have had on the world. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Pride Month celebrations have been cancelled around the world. But that doesn’t mean you can’t let your Pride flag fly this June! There are lots of ways to celebrate your authentic self right at home. So, get out the glitter and call up your friends, because we’ve got a lockdown Pride party to plan. 

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Rainbow Cake 

Yes, we know it’s completely cheesy, but baking your own rainbow cake in honour of Pride is so much fun. Besides, what is lockdown but a great excuse to bake up a storm? So, get out the flour, sugar, milk, food colouring and piping bags! Enjoy your Pride cake with friends over video chat or with family allies at home. Don’t worry about overindulging, you can get back to exercising next month. Here’s a simple recipe from the Yuppiechef blog to follow to make a perfect, moist and colourful rainbow cake – it makes six layers so be prepared to get a little messy in the kitchen!

Dress Up Party 

Pride is all about expressing your authentic self in as many ways possible. Even though you may not be able to go out and celebrate with friends, you can still host an online dress up party. Decorate your living space with balloons, streamers, flags and any other Pride memorabilia you have on hand. Then put on a fashion parade for all your fabulous friends. We like the idea of a 1980s themed disco ball, but it’s completely up to you. As long as you’re having fun and being true to yourself, go right ahead!

LGBT Pride Month

Fancy Cocktails

When last did you let your hair down? Even though we’re still cooped up under lockdown, you can have a raving good time in your own company. Put on your favourite dance album and whip up a jug or two of your cocktail of choice. Running low on liquor? Check out these convenient online ordering apps. Alternatively, embrace the sober lifestyle and enjoy a few mocktails instead – it’s all the fun without the morning headache.

Join The Community 

The best part of Pride celebrations is getting to meet and mingle with people just like you. If you don’t already have a circle of LGBT friends and allies, spend some time this Pride Month getting to know people online. Or you can follow various LGBT+ organisations on social media to see how you can give back to your community during lockdown. For example, Johannesburg Pride of Africa has been running food drives for LGBT+ refugees and other vulnerable persons throughout lockdown. If you are healthy and able, help make a difference is someone else’s life this Pride Month by volunteering your time or by making a donation.

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Firstly, we hope everyone is well and as safe as possible. This is an appreciation post for all those that supported the Pride of Africa COVID19 Relief. We managed to raise R4630 from individuals with the Community in combination with the help of a very special corporate we managed to assist 200 people with a combination of Food parcels and/or small financial support for electricity and if the person requiring assistance was outside of Gauteng. We have assisted people across the country from Johannesburg, Durban, Western Cape, Eastern Cape including LGBTQ Refugees. We would like to express our sincere Thank you 1. Every individual that contributed 2. Khumbulani Lesley Maluku for assisting with delivery of some food parcels 3. @priscillas_za Gay Bar in Illovo for allowing us to use the space as a packing and distribution point of food parcels. We will continue our effects. This means restarting our funding raiser exercise. With your support and assistance we could reach another 200 people. We urge you to please please assist with whatever you can. #johannesburgrpride #PrideofAfrica #fundraiser #covid19 #help

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Date Night

If you’re lucky enough to be spending lockdown with the person you love, treat them to a romantic date night in this Pride Month. Singeltons, you can also plan a lockdown date night, but for yourself. Spoil yourself with a few at-home beauty care routines or take some time to focus on your mental health. Remember that Pride Month is about celebrating LGBT history, as well as yourself as a member of the community. Be proud of what you have achieved and let your flag fly high!

Happy Pride Month! Stay safe and we’ll see you out and about in the city to celebrate soon. 

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