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Pride 2021: Keeping the Protest Online

    Friday, April 23, 2021 - 14:08

    Learn more and take action in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and two-spirit (LGBTQ2S) rights while practicing social distancing.

    The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted LGBTI people. People have been forced into lockdown with homophobic and transphobic family members. Some governments have used the pandemic as an excuse to crackdown on a whole range of human rights, including LGBTI rights. LGBTI human rights defenders are at a heightened risk of persecution. Connecting in person with chosen family, communities of care, and other supports has often been impossible. And now, the pandemic is forcing Pride activities online for the second straight year. The need for virtual communities of care and solidarity, and global activism in support of LGBTI rights has never been greater! Join us during Pride season to take action in support of LGBTI rights!

    Take an intersectional approach

    Queer liberation cannot be separated from the liberation of Black, Indigenous and other people of colour. Wondering what has Pride got to do with police violence and racism? Learn more in this blog by Amnesty's Daniella Barreto!

    Virtual events

    Some Pride organizing committees are taking the protest for equality and LGBTQ2S liberation online! Check out the website or Facebook page for your local Pride organizing committee to see if they are moving any of their activities online.

    On May 17 at 11am EST, we will kick off Pride season with “Together - Resisting, Supporting, Healing,” a virtual event organized by Dignity Network Canada (Amnesty is on DNC’s Board) and BlackCAP to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, Biphobia (IDAHOTB). This online discussion will feature Black leaders from LGBTI human rights organizations in Canada, the United Kingdom, The Netherlands, and the United States discussing intersectionality, transnational solidarity, and leadership in these difficult times. This is a free event. Register here.

    On May 18 at 11am EST, we hope you can join invite you to join "Together: Resist, Support, Heal! North-South solidarity in the LGBTIQ movements in the French-speaking world," a virtual event also organized by Dignity Network Canada, along with EGIDES and Fondation Emergence. This online event is a conversation between LGBTI activists from several French-speaking countries. The event will be held in French with English interpretation and is free. Register here

    Dignity Network Canada will be hosting a series of online events throughout Pride season. Links to all activities will be posted here as they become available.

    Take action

    Read a book

    The July/August selection for the Amnesty International Book Club is "We Have Always Been Here” by Samra Habib. Stay tuned for the discussion guide!

    Follow us!

    Follow us on Facebook and Twitter where we regularly post information about the pandemic and LGBTI rights. We will post Amnesty-specific news and actions on our webpage throughout Pride season.

    All throughout Pride season we will post LGBTI human rights actions to make sure that the pandemic doesn’t put a damper on our critical activism to make the world a safer, more just, and more inclusive place for everyone. Happy (virtual) Pride!