Our guide to a do-it-yourself Pride


President Obama declared June Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month. So far be it for us to disobey a presidential order. Still, not everyone has a big rainbow flag waving Pride celebration in their hometown to attend. But just because there isn’t a parade marching down your Main Street, that doesn’t mean you can’t still celebrate.

Here are a few do-it-yourself tips to get your gay on this month. Happy Pride, everyone.

1. Go rainbow overboard.

Pile on rainbow accessories. Rainbow everything. Flags, hats, bracelets, necklaces, belts, wristcuffs, scarves, boas — you name it. Have on so many rainbows that children will come running at you looking for the pot of gold. Sure, it’s a little tacky, but it’s also super duper gay.

2. Find a dyke with a bike.

The roaring engines of the Dykes on Bikes signals the start of many a pride parade. So find a friend with a motorcycle and hop on the back, then go screaming through town. Bonus points if you can both ride the whole time with one arm raised.

3. Make clever signs.

Break out the Sharpies and get creative. Or just get literal. Just make sure they’re gay.

4. Stage your own No H8 photoshoot.

The requirements are simple: white T-shirt, duct tape, face paint and blinding floodlights.

5. Create a pride playlist.

Lady Gaga? Check. Madonna? Check. Peaches? Check. The Cliks? Check. Hunter Valentine? Check. Lady Sovereign? Check. Missy Higgins? Check. Brandi Carlile? Check. Uh Huh Her? Check. Indigo Girls? Check, because you know at some point you’re going to want to sing “Closer to Fine” at the top of your lungs with your girls.

6. Dance.

Dance, preferably in the streets. Hey, you already have the music.

7. When all else fails, hire Cyndi Lauper.

She is basically the original Lady Gaga. A gay rights supporter from way back, it just isn’t a Pride without a little of Cyndi showing her true colors.

So, there you have it — Pride in seven simple steps. Let us know where will you all be celebrating Pride this year. Enjoy, and be gay.

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