How LGBTQ+ Disabled People Are Celebrating Virtual Pride

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, many in-person Pride events have been postponed or turned virtual. And while I do miss the experience of dressing in an all-rainbow outfit and celebrating in person with my friends—especially because a few of my close friends have come out since in the last year—the move to virtual events offers an opportunity for increased accessibility as long as organizers commit to hosting accessible virtual gatherings. A virtual Pride offers a safe space where police are not present like they often are at Pride parades and events. And celebrating Pride from home opens up opportunities to disabled LGBTQ+ folks who may have been unable to participate in a traditional Pride event because of access issues.

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About Marisa Russello

Marisa writes fiction and nonfiction from her home in upstate New York and is working on a memoir entitled Everything You Can’t Control. Find her on Instagram @marisarussellowrites.