Pride events in the UK and internationally have been cancelled owing to the coronavirus crisis. For some, the loss of this celebration of queerness and protest against homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia is a huge blow. With that in mind, LGBTQ people and allies of the community may want to consider donating to UK LGBTQ charities during Pride season in order to make sure anyone in a vulnerable situation is still cared for, even if they can't be with their peers physically.
As businesses and events across the globe shut down due to the COVID-19 lockdown, we all need to take a moment to think about the huge fundraising loss that shops and events working in aid of a charitable cause have felt during this time. Without the extra cash that Pride events bring in, these organisations, which are in many ways in demand now more than ever, are being forced to furlough staff and consider what their future will look like.
On April 8 2020, per gov.uk, the Chancellor for the Exchequer Rishi Sunak announced that the government had allocated a £750 million package of support to ensure that charities across the UK can continue their vital work during the coronavirus outbreak. However, the BBC reported the following day that Karl Wilding, the chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, has revealed this barely scratches the surface when it comes to supporting UK charities. Wilding says that charities are "estimated to lose around £4 billion in 12 weeks because of the coronavirus outbreak."
So, if you're looking to support the queer community this June, why not use a portion of the money you'd ordinarily spend on rainbow regalia, travel, ticketed events, booze, and of course glitter (or simply whatever you can manage during this tough time) to lend a helping hand to these wonderful organisations?