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SUMMER

 

Hot Summer

Summer Activities: Experts Rate the Risks

Watermelon Sugar by Harry Styles

Pride Month: June 2020

I Used to Be Cool by Bright Light Bright Light

Rainbow Camp Documentary

Summertime by Norah Jones

PFLAG: List of Camps for LGBTQ Youth

Gay Beach Destinations With COVID 19 in Mind

Fire Island Dance Festival

Cool for the Summer by Demi Lovato

Summer Season Explained

Rainbow Camp: Summer Camp for LGBTQ Teens
Summertime is Here (1976)

Info: LGBTQ Fun, Leisure, Recreation, Vacation

Pride 2020: Guide to Celebrations Under COVID 19

 

Welcome Summertime
 

Welcome the summer with open arms and bare feet! The time of intense heat and humidity, tropical themes, and midsummer madness is here! Don your Hawaiian shirts, leis, shorts, and sandals! From Memorial Day to Independence Day, From Pride Month to Labor Day, the Summer Solstice is honored and celebrated with picnics, luaus, cookouts, parades, fireworks, and trips to the beach. Perhaps you'll find yourself surfing or sailing or just sipping pina coladas. This is the season of leisure, relaxation, and recreation. It is a time for reflection, recovery, and restoration. A time to regain our energy and refuel our passions.

 

 

Considering the unusual circumstances of the coronavirus pandemic, the way we celebrate summer may be very different this year than in the past. Crowded beaches, pools, and night clubs might not be the safest venues in which to enjoy the vacation season. Perhaps this summer will the time you catch up on your reading, enjoy a stay-cation, or attend virtual events. Lying in the sun while sipping a margarita might have to take place on your deck in your backyard instead of on a beach. While its not ideal, it certainly is safer to engage in activities that observe social distancing and prevent exposure. This may be the year to try celebrating summer activities in a more introverted, more intimate, way.

 

LGBTQ Summer Band Camp

Cool for the Summer by Demi Lovato

New Orleans: LGBTQ Festivals and Events

Auste and Sangaile

How Will Pride Month Be Different in 2020?

My Summer of Love

Summertime by Willie Nelson

Gay Beach Destinations With COVID 19 in Mind

Hot Summer

Pride Month: June 2020

Summer of Mesa: Full Length Movie

Info: LGBTQ Fun, Leisure, Recreation, Vacation

Summer is Here by Eric Gadd

Summertime Sadness by Lana Del Rey

Pride 2020: Guide to Celebrations Under COVID 19

Kevin and Moose: Long Hot Summer

I Used to Be Cool by Bright Light Bright Light

Camp Brave Trails: LGBTQ Youth Summer Camp

Rainbow Camp Documentary

 

 

Season of Passion

 

“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?”
-William Shakespeare

“Warm air throbbing with locust songs. Warm clouds screening the heaven's blue rifts. Warm sun shadowing overhead cloud drifts. Warm sky straining earth tethered at her cloud thongs. Far away a thrushes' choir trills. Far away the murmur of a river's rills. Drumming of the thunder fist. Coming of the rain mist. Peeping, creeping, leaping, sweeping o'er the weeping hot hills.”

-E.E. Cummings

“Today the Summer has come to my window with its sighs and murmurs; and the bees are plying their minstrelsy at the court of the flowering grove. I sing dedication to life in this silent and overflowing leisure.”
-Rabindranath Tagore

“Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.”
-Sam Keen

 

 

Month of LGBTQ Pride

 

June is LGBTQ Pride Month. In the LGBTQ community, it is one of the highlights of the summer season. It is a time of celebration, affirmation, solidarity, and empowerment.

 

LGBTQ Pride (or Gay Pride) is the promotion of the self-affirmation, dignity, equality, and increased visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people as a social group. Pride, as opposed to shame and social stigma, is the predominant outlook that bolsters most LGBTQ rights movements and celebrations. Ranging from solemn to carnivalesque, pride events are typically held during June, which is LGBTQ Pride Month. Pride events typically include parades, marches, rallies, commemorations, concerts, community days, dance parties, and festivals.

 

Calendar: Guide to Pride Reimagined

June 2020: Celebrating LGBTQ Pride From a Social Distance

In Gay We Trust: How to Have Pride in a Pandemic

Pride is On: Celebrating Virtually

What Will LGBTQ Pride Mean During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Reimagining Pride During COVID-19 Pandemic

How Will Pride Month Be Different in 2020?

Pride 2020: Guide to Celebrations Under COVID 19

 

 

New York City Pride

Provincetown LGBTQ Events

Cool for the Summer by Demi Lovato

Info: LGBTQ Fun, Leisure, Recreation, Vacation

COVID-19 Version of Los Angeles Pride

Seattle Pride

Qords: LGBTQ Youth Music Camp in North Carolina

Summer Season Explained

Chicago Pride Postponed

Summertime by Natalie King

Visit Florida: LGBTQ Getaway

Philadelphia: Summer 2020 LGBTQ Activities

Summer of Sangaile: Lovely by Billie Eilish and Khalid

Camp Camp: Summer Vacation for LGBTQ Adults

Summertime Sadness by Lana Del Rey

LGBTQ Denver

Summer Activities: Experts Rate the Risks

Summer Olympics: 100 LGBTQ Athletes

Info: LGBTQ Fun, Leisure, Recreation, Vacation

Summer of Love: London's LGBTQ Youth Scene

Rainbow Camp: Summer Camp for LGBTQ Teens

My Summer of Love

Pride Month: June 2020

Watermelon Sugar by Harry Styles

 

 

Midsummer Madness

“Why this is very midsummer madness.”
-William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

“Summer Solstice happens about June 21. All things move in spirals, and I watch the year move in a spiral, right now spiraling up to the sun's climax. I celebrate summer and the heat of the gods.”
-Francesca De Grandis

“Tis wealth enough of joy for me In summertime to simply be.”
-Paul Laurence Dunbar

“For now, these hot days, is the mad blood stirring.”
-William Shakespeare, Romeo & Juliet

“Everything good, everything magical, happens between the months of June and August.”
-Jenny Han, The Summer I Turned Pretty

“I love how summer just wraps its arms around you like a warm blanket.”
-Kellie Elmore

 

 

Hot Summer

Rainbow Camp Documentary

I Used to Be Cool by Bright Light Bright Light

Pride 2020: Guide to Celebrations Under COVID 19

Watermelon Sugar by Harry Styles

Summer of Mesa: Full Length Movie

Fire Island Dance Festival

Summer Activities: Experts Rate the Risks

PFLAG: List of Camps for LGBTQ Youth

Kevin and Moose: Long Hot Summer

Summer is Here by Eric Gadd

Gay Beach Destinations With COVID 19 in Mind

Summertime by Norah Jones

Rainbow Camp: Summer Camp for LGBTQ Teens
Auste and Sangaile

Summertime is Here (1976)

Info: LGBTQ Fun, Leisure, Recreation, Vacation

Summertime Sadness by Lana Del Rey

Pride Month: June 2020

 

Summertime Reflections

 

"As one of the four natural cycles, summer follows spring and foreshadows autumn. In this time of the year, we have a brief window of opportunity when days become hot and long, while nights are short and sweet. The sun shines its brightest and most intense and everything around is urging you to go outdoors. It is the best time to go on vacation, spend time near the sea, eat watermelon, and drink daiquiris. We find ourselves playing outdoor sports, partying with families and friends, going on picnics, and sunbathing. It is the season for watching baseball and fireworks and attending outdoor concerts under the stars. Nature is full of bright colors, the birds are singing, and everything around you is flourishing. Plants and trees are giving fruits, flowers are blooming, and you can smell amazing aromas in the air. And everyone seems to feel happier during the summer."

-Celebration of the Seasons, Earth's  Holidays

 



"As the lazy summer days unfold, we think of sitting around the pool, going for long walks, biking, reading fiction and hanging out with family or friends. What could be more refreshing than spending time with those we love and care about while at the beach? What about reflections? I find that summer is a great time for some quiet musing. It is a time to look at my activities over the first half of the year and envision how I want the next half of the year to unfold. I engage in long conversations with friends, ask more questions and spend more time in thought. Undoubtedly, those long, lazy summer days can be my most productive of the year, as I engage in contemplation and planning."
-Joyce Odidison, Interpersonal Wellness Services Inc & Coaching Institute

"Reinvention, renewal, inspired ideas ... they all have time to breed just a little more during those lazy summer afternoons when you may be taking an extra walk, sitting on a beach, hopefully even holidaying somewhere wonderful. These are moments when we disconnect from the everyday moments that drive our every movement, the tasks and the chores of life, jobs, family, commitments and just take a deep breath — literally and metaphorically. When you take that deep breath, that pause, that moment of reflection, what do you do with that time? What could you do with that time? Are you using it in a quiet and important way to focus on you? It’s not such an odd question, really. Don’t we all get so caught up in the business of life, that we don’t stop to make sure we’re on the right trajectory? That time is yours — so use it wisely. Are you doing what you want? Inspiring yourself to have the greatness in your life you deserve? Loving the best way you can? Sharing the way you want Indulging in the things you love? Nurturing your passions? Every moment is a chance for Reinvention so never stop asking yourself if you’re happy and how to have more of what you want/need/love in your life."
-Kathi Sharpe-Ross, The Reinvention Exchange

 

 

Summer Solstice

 

“With summer sweat and passions seething, the primal dance of earth's deep breathing,
We welcome you, sweet Summer's muse, with wild abandon and kicked-off shoes.
Through glaring sun and tropic rains, our spirits soar free and unrestrained.
Naked across the fields traverse, immodest souls in glee perverse
Regale the steamy season's air and lay our inhibitions bare.
The heaving waves of roaring ocean, the bustling streets of raw emotion,
Nature's sensuous ebb and flow, the cabaret and striptease show
Join the raucous celebration, fraught with zeal and titillation.”
-Celebration of the Seasons, Earth's  Holidays

 

Summertime by Willie Nelson

Fire Island Dance Festival

Summer Season Explained

Cool for the Summer by Demi Lovato

Rainbow Camp Documentary

Summer of Sangaile: Lovely by Billie Eilish and Khalid

LGBTQ Summer Band Camp

New Orleans: LGBTQ Festivals and Events

My Summer of Love

Gay Beach Destinations With COVID 19 in Mind

Pride 2020: Guide to Celebrations Under COVID 19

Hot Summer

Info: LGBTQ Fun, Leisure, Recreation, Vacation

Camp Brave Trails: LGBTQ Youth Summer Camp

Summer is Here by Eric Gadd

Rainbow Camp Documentary

Earth's Holidays: Celebration of the Seasons

 

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