Portland’s Pride parade is one of the largest on the west coast. With the pandemic, it’s safer right now not to gather in large groups, so the event has been postponed. But that doesn’t mean you and your family can’t go all out for Pride this year! We asked local LGBTQ+ families, allies, and nonprofits for their favorite ways to enjoy Pride while social distancing. Read on for all the details.
The Pacific Northwest’s Pride Foundation had some great suggestions for Pride month, including taking advantage of online tools for connecting with other LGBTQ+ families. Family Equality developed The Neighborhood, a virtual hub to support LGBTQ+ families and those who wish to form them, with Facebook groups, a library, and a family events calendar.
Check in with local, national, and global organizations that have worked hard to pivot Pride festivities to inclusive, online platforms. Global Pride, a 24-hour virtual celebration happening June 27, is a collaboration between InterPride and the European Pride Organizers Association.
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Now is a great time to nurture your little bookworms with a plethora of LGBTQ+ books that celebrate our incredibly diverse identities. Curated lists abound, with reads for all ages. Check out this one from a Red Tricycle Spoke contributer.
The Multnomah County Library has a great list of LGBTQ+ e-books and audiobooks that are always available, as well as a Rainbow Pride reading list for kids ages 0-8. You may be able to find paper copies from local bookstores like Powell’s Books and Green Bean Books while libraries are closed.
PFLAG Portland especially loves This Day in June, by Gayle Pitman.
Plus, tune in for a special LGBTQ+ storytime with OurShelves Diverse Kids Books, an amazing queer-owned kids’ subscription book service and advocacy group. You can sign up for a quarterly delivery of 1-5 hand-picked books, featuring diverse families and geared toward your child’s age group.
Create art with kids that explores LGBTQ+ themes. Explore the idea of Pride by making pictures, sculptures, collage, embroidery, pillows, or other ways you and your family like to express yourselves. Baking can be another form of creative togetherness. While different from a parade, creating together at home can give you a chance to express what it means to connect with community in the era of COVID-19. Consider making signs or banners to show gratitude for local frontline workers serving LGBTQ+ folks and our families. We’ve also got a list of fun rainbow projects to try with kids.
If you’ve joined in past Pride events, with or without your children, consider making time for storytelling. Choose your favorite photos and tell stories about why you chose them. Who was with you? What were you doing? Where was the photo taken? What makes these memories meaningful to you? Give your kids a chance to tell their owns stories, using photos or hand-drawn pictures, of their own memories or even memories they hope to create in the future.
Talk about what it means to show up for others and provide care within the LGBTQ+ community. Together, you can brainstorm ways to be there for others in this moment. Is there a local queer or trans family who has expressed need in a mutual aid network? What about a local organization that has committed to stepping up support during the pandemic? Here are some ideas to get you started.
Support Portland Pride and help ensure the organization will survive the pandemic. With this year’s waterfront parade postponed for the first time in its 36-year history, and with parade fees and donations making up the majority of the nonprofit’s revenue, they face a difficult road ahead.
Them magazine has an excellent list of organizations supporting the LGBTQ+ community during the COVID-19 crisis.
Pride Foundation is engaged in Crisis Community Care efforts to support the organizations who make our community and our world beautiful—that work day in and day out to meet the critical needs of LGBTQ+ people and our families, and that move us further along the path toward justice. Pride Foundation is asking folks who are able to to donate to support these efforts today.
Additional local organizations that could use your help include, but aren’t limited to, the following:
Sexual and Gender Minority Youth Resource Center (SMYRC)
New Avenues for Youth
1220 SW Columbia St.
17199 SE Division St
Northwest Gender Alliance
PO Box 6534
Beaverton, Or 97007
PO Box 6743
Portland, OR 97228
Basic Rights Oregon
Special thanks to Pride Foundation‘s Katelen Kellogg for her generous contributions to this story!