Pride 2021: Keeping the Protest Online
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!
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.
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.
On July 27, at 6pm PST/ 9pm EST, Vancouver Pride society, with Dignity Network Canada, Fierté Canada Pride, CUPE, and Inter Pares, is holding its second online LGBTQAI2S+ International Human Rights Panel featuring international panelists speaking about queer and trans global human rights. Free event. Learn more and register here.
Check out Egale Canada's #PrideInside2021, which includes a listing of online events including film screenings.
- Write a letter in support of Salekh Magamadov and Ismail Isaev, two youth in Chechnya who are being persecuted by authorities for their real or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity.
- Write a letter to Russian authorities calling on them to release all charges against artist and activist Yulia Tsvetkova
- Tweet at authorities in Ukraine in support of LGBTI and women's rights activist Vitalina Koval or send an urgent email or letter
Read a book
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!