We are just days away from the first of June. Normally many are ramping up for a month filled with Pride celebrations and jubilant expressions of equality for the LGBTQ+ community. However, with the ever-changing times we are in now, many are trying to conform to the idea that Pride events will have to exist digitally, and access to safe and open in-person queer spaces will not be an option.
During his appearance on RADIO.COM's I’m Listening: Stay Connected, hosted by Dr. Chris Donaghue, Tyler Glenn of Neon Trees shares that he too is somewhat coping the loss of queer space accessibility.
“Just even getting to go to a gay bar in town and being able to be queer in a space with other queer people is like a real thing that I’ve learned to value about myself and about being strong in my queerness… being able to be around other queer people and have fun is a thing that I miss right now,” shares Glenn.
It is important to have connections with people that understand your life experience. Having safe spaces to connect in person, is crucial for our mental well-being.
While June isn’t the only time to honor the LGBTQ+ community, Pride month is a time when so many members of the community are able to have tangible experiences that are triumphant, while also serving as a deep connection point for those sharing similar values, morals, and backgrounds. With Pride month making the switch to virtual celebrations this year, community members and allies won’t get to be in psychical spaces that honor the queer experience.
Glenn tells Dr. Chris that he is trying to prepare himself for the shift in celebrations this year and says, “going into Pride month I’ve been thinking about it a lot… it's going to be real different having to do it digitally for the most part.”