It’s weird being in Pride Month with most of London’s LGBTQ+ venues shuttered and many at risk of closure. How does a community survive as a community without physical spaces to gather? That’s what we asked the activists and cultural leaders for this piece. The resounding replies: creativity and supporting each other (and other marginalised communities) with money, activism and love.
So, while there might not be a real-life Pride, we urge you to go back to the event’s roots as a fight for fairer and safer lives for LGBTQ+ people – especially those who support some of the most marginalised groups. If you’d normally be cheering on the floats, then this year use the money you’d spend on drinks to support organisations like Black Pride, tran children's charity Mermaids, the UK QTIBIPOC Emergency and Hardship fund, Black Trans Lives Matter UK and LGBTQ+ homeless shelter The Outside Project.
If you’d usually be heading out clubbing after a long day partying in Soho, maybe pop some money in your favourite drag performer’s Patreon or join in with campaigns like #raisethebar and #NationalTimeOut, which are fighting to save London’s LGBTQ+ venues from going bust post lockdown.