10 Ways You Can Celebrate Pride Month From Home

(SPOT.ph) Every year on June 28 (or every third weekend of June), members of the LGBTQ+ community and their allies march on the streets in their most fabulous outfits, rainbow flags, and colorful placards bearing calls for equality and justice. This is the annual Pride March, a global event that commemorates the momentous uprising of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons following a police raid at a gay bar in New York on June 28, 1969.

The Stonewall Riots, as it later became known, marked the start of the long-standing LGBTQ+ rights movement. And while people around the world can’t all leave their homes and march with pride this month, there are a lot of virtual celebrations to celebrate Pride for what it really is—a protest, raising of awareness, and a fight for equal rights.

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Check out these 10 virtual events that celebrate Pride Month:

Global Pride

What: Live streaming
When: June 27, 12 a.m. UTC+01 (June 27, 6 a.m. Philippine Standard Time)
Where: Global Pride 2020 Facebook page 

Tune in to the Facebook page of Global Pride 2020 on June 27 for the world's first-ever simultaneous virtual Pride celebration. For 24 hours, a long lineup of musical and artistic performances, speeches from activists and campaigners, and addresses by public figures will be live-streamed starting at 1 a.m. (UTC+01). Performers include American singer-songwriter Kristine W., Grammy Award-winning singer Thelma Houston, European band Keiino, Australian reality TV star Courtney Act, Canadian artist Deborah Cox, American artist Rachael Sage, and more. Global Pride 2020 also features messages from Norway's prime minister and LGTBQ+ ally, Erna Solberg; Luxembourg's first openly gay prime minister, Xavier Bettel; and the first openly LGBTI+ Native American to be elected to the U.S. Congress, Sharice Davids. 

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On Being Queer

What: Webinar
When: June 24, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: UP Center for Women's and Gender Studies Facebook page

It's not always easy to be queer in a traditional country like the Philippines. In an effort to promote visibility, director Samantha Lee (Baka Bukas and Billie and Emma) and photographer BJ Pascual make use of their art to champion positive representation of the LGBTQ+ community. On Being Queer is a short chat about their journey as queer artists. Registration is required


Chasing Sunsets: The Series


What: Web series
When: June 12
Where: Camp Avenue Studios YouTube channel

Camp Avenue and Camp Avenue Studios are set to launch Chasing Sunsets: The Series on June 12 with the first episode titled "Lockdown/Newfound Home." Written by Stephanie-Rose T. Quiros and Renz-Bhil Tugelida, the show tackles issues on LGBTQ+ acceptance, mental health, and HIV awareness. It stars Aura Dominique, Donna Erno, John Kevin Patacsil, and Rose Ann Pascua; it will be set in the surf town of San Juan, La Union

Usapang ATBPride


What: Webinar
When: Every Tuesday and Thursday of June
Where: Love Yourself Facebook page

Non-profit organization Love Yourself Inc. and Megaworld Corporation come together for a six-part online talk show that tackles LGBTQ+ issues. This series is streamed online every Tuesday and Thursday at 8 p.m. The first episode kicked off on June 9 and featured three lesbian women who shared their journey towards self-acceptance. 



What: Online Art Exhibit
When: June 8 to 15
Where: Benilde Hive Instagram page 

College of Saint Benilde's LGTBQ+ student organization Benilde Hive is hosting an online art exhibit to celebrate Benilde Pride Week. Spectrum features works by local queer artists that revolve around the theme "Experiencing Love in Diversity." 

Queer Flicks and Chill


What: Film streaming
When: June 20, 8:30 p.m.
Where: Tribu Duag Facebook page

Bacolod celebrates Pride by streaming four queer films from local filmmakers: Toilet Trobol by Fern Manalo, Umalagi by Matthew Piodena, Welcome by Jed Descutido, and Yakap by Margo Manalo. The event starts at 8:30 p.m. on June 20. 

Rainbow Reads


What: Live reading
When: June 19, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: UP Center for Women's and Gender Studies Facebook page

In July 2019, Mulat Sulat launched five storybooks that talk about equality and inclusivity of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and expressions. It's targeted not only to children, but also to teachers who want to use SOGIE-inclusive materials in the classroom. The UP Center for Women's and Gender Studies' upcoming live-reading session will feature these books. Registration is required for this event. 

ALAB: Burning Misconceptions through SOGIESC


What: Web series
When: Every Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Where: PNU Katalonan Facebook page 

Philippine Normal University's LGBTQ+ organization Katalonan cooks up an interesting web series that gives an in-depth discussion on everything you need to know about SOGIE. It also hopes to debunk misconceptions and stereotypes about the community. 

Ready, Set, Drag!


What: Webinar
When: June 20, 3 p.m.
Where: Benilde Hive Facebook page 

Performances in night clubs and comedy bars are often done by drag queens, a person—often male—who dresses up in gowns and dresses and applies makeup. But doing drag has become so much more than entertainment and performance, and has become a way of self-expression. Find out more about the art of drag through this online talk on its history and roots. 

Ang Huling Cha-Cha ni Anita

What: Film streaming
When: June 15, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m
Where: UP Center for Women's and Gender Studies Facebook page 

Often compared to Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros, Ang Huling Cha-Cha ni Anita is about 12-year-old Anita (Teri Malvar) who develops a crush on an older woman named Pilar (Angel Aquino). It is set in rural Obando, Bulacan, a town famous for the Fiesta of Santa Clara, and tackles themes of teenage pregnancy, abortion, and seduction. On June 15, the UP Center for Women's and Gender Studies and CineFilipino are hosting a one-time screening of the award-winning film plus a short talk with director Sigrid Andrea Bernardo. Make sure to register so you can join this event.


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