Yesterday (April 26th 2020), was lesbian visibility day, which is a day for lesbians to celebrate who they are and for them to feel accepted. Another moment for LGBT+ people to feel accepted is during the month of June which, for some, is also known as pride month. However, this year due to previously unforeseen circumstances the events that take place during the month of June are probably going to be cancelled if they haven’t already. Although most people may not realise it but for some people this is going to have a significant impact on their lives. For many people in the queer community things such as pride parades are the one time in their day to day lives that they can feel safe and accepted but since parades in places like France and Sweden all the way over to American have been cancelled, teens and young adults aren’t going to get the safety they usually would during June.

For many people, being at home for long periods of time isn’t safe for them. According to Stonewall almost half (49%) of gay and bisexual men have experienced at least one incident of domestic abuse from a family member or partner since the age of 16. A further 80% of trans people have experienced some form of domestic abuse from a partner or ex-partner, according to the Scottish transgender alliance. This show how sometimes home life isn’t always the best place to be. This is why it’s important that pride parades have been cancelled, these people don’t have their safe space.

Although many go to pride parades to get away from home life, a lot of people go because it’s something fun to do to break away from the monotony of daily life and because of the cancellations they don’t get to have the fun they otherwise would have.