Pride Society plans 2 virtual events

Susan Thompson
South Peace News

Even a pandemic can’t completely rain out the Pride parade.

The Peace River Pride Society is moving ahead with a virtual celebration, despite having to cancel their usual parade due to provincial restrictions on gatherings this summer.

The group will celebrate their 10th anniversary Pride this year with a socially distanced movie screening and an online art show.

The movie will be via a Netflix party on June 5, screening the movie A Secret Love.

“People will need a Netflix account [they can always sign up for the free 30 days and then quit] and a laptop or desktop with Chrome,” Pride society treasurer Autumn Hulme explains.

“You install the Netflix Party extension, then we will send out a hyperlink.

“This way, everyone can watch the same movie at the same time from their own homes without violating any copyright.”

Netflix also has a chat feature so everyone at the virtual party can talk to each other as they watch.

Hulme says it’s important to go ahead with some kind of Pride celebration.

“Since the Stone Wall riots 50 years ago Pride has been a chance for LGBTQ2+ people to come together, build community, demand our rights, and push progress forward. That need hasn’t changed just because there is a pandemic,” she says.

“While COVID-19 has made things like large gatherings unsafe it hasn’t diminished the value of Pride – it’s only changed the mechanics. Particularly now where many LGBTQ2+ people may be self-isolating, or quarantining in a home or living environment that isn’t affirming, connecting the community is possibly more important than ever.”

Artists who would like to participate in the online art show can find all the details on how to get involved in the show on the Peace River Pride Society’s social media and on their website at www.prpridesociety.ca

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