Pride month events return with new mission to uplift people of color, trans civil rights

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Pride Month after COVID will focus on people of color, trans rights

  • Pride organizations are trying to be more inclusive and protective of all segments of the LGBTQ community, influenced by inequalities highlighted by the pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement.
  • Pride events will provide a place to find support and to organize in the face of a flood of Republican-sponsored legislation aimed at the LGBTQ community and transgender youth in particular.
  • After two years of cancellations and downsizing due to COVID-19, hundreds of LGBTQ Pride celebrations are coming back at full strength this year.

As many Pride events return to full-scale, in-person gatherings for the first time since 2019, organizers are taking dramatic steps to make their events more inclusive and focused on fighting threats to LGBTQ civil rights. 

Pride organizations have added more people of color and trans people to their leadership ranks, while making participation more accessible for disabled and low-income people and others from diverse backgrounds through free and online events or changed locations. A few have banned police and corporations from gatherings based on behavior considered harmful to segments of the LGBTQ community.

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