Finding connection and centering People of Color during Pride 2020  

new pride flagIn June of every year, Pride Month – a celebration of visibility, equality, connection, and self-affirmation – is celebrated by the LGBTQ+ community across the country and around the world. This year, as the Black Lives Matter movement grows, it is important to remember that the first Pride was held in commemoration of the 1969 Stonewall riots. These riots, led by trans women of color fighting against police brutality and oppression, were the catalyst for the rights our LGBTQ+ community has today.

As we continue to protect ourselves and our community from coronavirus, we know that a quarantined Pride will look different than past Prides. Though parades have been canceled, the celebrations have not, and Balanced You encourages you to take this time to intentionally live into the spirt of Pride by connecting safely, uniting virtually, and amplifying and celebrating the queer Black and Brown voices who paved the way for equal rights.

Pride 2020 marks the 50th year of Pride celebrations. In the face of the pandemic, organizers throughout Seattle and the world have come together to develop virtual Pride events. Visit the Balanced You blog for more information.