A Lesbian’s Guide to Pride
It’s June, which means that Gay pride is in full-swing around the world. Whether you’re in New York City, Toronto, or Paris, there’s some sort of Pride event going on near you. And these festivals are nothing to scoff at, as they attract tens of thousands (and sometimes hundreds of thousands) of people every year.
Pride is not just a time to party. It’s also an important platform for LGBT people to demonstrate who they are and draw attention to issues they’re facing. Although progress has been made, there are undoubtedly still things that need to be addressed, such as trans-rights. Regardless, it’s always a good time for everyone despite the rather serious undertone.
While the entire month is a time to celebrate, the big Pride parade is the culmination of the event. The parade is inclusive, meaning that all groups are represented—lesbian and bisexual women make up a big chunk of the parade. There’s loud music, lots of booze, and, of course, tons of sex. And to survive—and make the most of the parade—it would be wise to look at our top tips for enjoying pride.
- Go with friends—It’s always better to go to Pride with friends. Not only will you have people to hang around with, but you’ll also be safer. Gather some friends that you know you can have a good time with and get out there. Make sure whoever you do go with wants to hit up the same hot spots that you do. Your gay male friend probably won’t want to go to the lesbian club with you.
- Don’t be afraid to talk to strangers—On that note, you should also be open to meeting new people. Pride is just a joyous occasion and everyone is really social. Pride events have the highest concentration of like-minded people, so who knows, you may meet your new best friend or lover.
- Look up lesbian-specific events—You’ll probably have the best time if you go to lesbian-specific clubs and bars. There will be more chances of you meeting new people to get to know, and you’ll undoubtedly be the most comfortable there.
- Participate in the parade—There’s nothing more thrilling than marching down a once-busy street to pumping music and cheering crowds. If you have the opportunity, participate in the parade! Join in on the lesbian parade and you’ll be sure to have a blast.
- Wear something crazy—Now’s the time to wear that colorful (maybe not-safe-for-work) outfit that’s been gathering dust in your closet. People are known to wear the most eccentric outfits to pride—that is, if they wear any clothes at all. Wear whatever best expresses how you’re feeling, whether that be a rainbow shirt or lingerie. With that said, keep in mind that you’ll be standing and walking all day, so make sure you have some comfortable shoes available.
- Wear sunscreen—Because you’ll be outside for most of the day, it’s important to wear sunscreen. You probably won’t be able to find any shade to hide in, so it’s especially important for pride. Bring it with you so you can reapply it throughout the day.
- Hydrate—Yes, you’ll probably be drinking a lot of alcohol throughout the day. That’s all the more reason to make sure your water intake is on point. There are definitely corner shops along the parade route for you to buy water, but if you want to be frugal, bring your own bottle and find a water fountain.
- Bring cash—There are a few reasons to bring cash to pride. Maybe you’ll want to tip the drag queen that gives you life or the cute waitress at the bar. There are also some vendors that only take cash, so having some on hand could be the difference between you getting a killer t-shirt and not.
- Use the apps—Let’s face it, there’s a lot of sex at It’s quite literally the event with the highest concentration of gays and lesbians, and all of the alcohol and high energy can lead to sex. There are a lot of opportunities to meet women out on the street, but if that’s not your thing, use one of the lesbian dating apps to hook up.
- Stay safe—No matter what you choose to do at pride, you need to stay safe. Don’t engage in any risky behaviors that could potentially harm you or someone else, and practice safe sex.
- Locate public bathrooms—There’s nothing worse than not being able to find a bathroom when you really, really have to go. If you can, scope out the area beforehand to find bathrooms and situate yourself accordingly.
- Don’t drive—You most likely won’t be able to find parking, but if you do, just realize that you won’t be able to drink. Planning ahead and taking public transportation, a taxi, Uber, or Lyft can literally be a life saver.
Can’t make it to the parade this year? Chances are, there will be a ton of after parties you can hit up with your friends and have just as good of a time at. If you’re more of a homebody but still want to celebrate, invite a few of your friends over and have a pride party of your own—you can watch the parade on TV in the comfort of your home, pour yourself a drink, and celebrate.
Just because you’re at home doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the fun festival wear.Rock a fun rainbow-centric outfit and have a party in your living room. You can also show your pride by donating to the cause. Making a monetary donation or even volunteering at an LGBT organization like a local lesbian support shelter will still allow you to share the love. However you decide to celebrate pride, just remember to be safe, have fun, and most importantly, be yourself.