PRIDE 2020

Berlin's LGBTQIA+ scene on digital Pride and recommendations for becoming a real ally

If we learned something this year, it's to take a step back, to listen and become a real ally through education and checking ourselves and our environment. For this year's Pride – and obviously beyond – Berlin's LGBTQIA+ scene told us their thoughts on Pride and the pandemic – A guide on what to read, watch, listen to and who to follow in order to grow woke.

DANI

Photos by for x Calvin Klein

What to do for pride?
Pride is a protest, not a party - 2020 has been the awakening we all needed. Educate yourself so you can educate others. We don’t have reason to celebrate until we’re all free.

What does Pride mean to you in times of a pandemic?
2020 Pride will forever be remembered as the year that intersected with the largest civil rights movement in human history - that’s huge. As for the pandemic, I think it just gives everyone more time to work on real allyship, rather than performative allyship.

What to watch?
Pose and 13th on Netflix

What to read?
Sexing the Body by Anne Fausto-Sterling

What to listen to?
Arca’s new album

Who to follow?
Trans, queer, non-binary, intersex BIPoC: @pidgeon @rivergallo@anickians @ki.sces@bria.b.king @indyamoore@hopedisguised @genderphobia @selflove_tribute @munroebergdorf @saifaemerges @theyasminbenoit @themrmilan@queen_johnny_

OJIMA

What to do for pride?
It depends on where and who you are. For me as a queer person it is very important to uplift my owns financially and emotionally, making sure I can make a positive impact in my friend’s lives.

But one thing that anyone can do is to donate money to a fund or a non-profit organization. There are many NGOs around the world that need our support, such as CasaNem and Casa1 in Brazil. Gonna leave some links here if you want to help!

What does Pride mean to you in times of a pandemic?
During this pandemic, it’s clear that marginalized communities are facing a scary and dangerous time, which makes me want to connect even more with my friends and family because for me uplifting them is the very own essence of Pride.
I might be an immigrant from the global south but I do have more privileges and access than some of my friends who are also immigrants here in Berlin, so I need to make sure I’m putting extra effort in loving and assisting them.

What to watch?
Limitrofe Television by Enantios Dromos and Pedro Ferreira! Watch it, share it, support it!

What to read?
Any text by Jota Mombaça, a non-binary bicha from Brazil – here is their new fictional series for HAU 3000: “The end as interlude”

What to listen to?
@slimsoledad, @linndaquebrada, @jupdobairro, @venturaprofana, @follyghost, @charmmone, @reallysanni, @rui_hoo

Who to follow?
All the above that I already mentioned plus
@castielvitorino @musamattiuzzi @pedraxcosta @rycca.lee @cyshimi @_inglee @igiayedun @sororcuir @teteoshima @sinforvictory @lazatattoo @tatiananascimento @gabrielmassan @missimigration @mirospinelli

ASTRID

What to do for Pride?
Pride for me is an all year round, everyday event. Every time we get the chance to gather in our communities, every time we take up space, it’s a celebration of our existence.

What does Pride mean to you in times of a pandemic?
Living in a city like Berlin made me used to have queer spaces around me, not being able to access those due to the pandemic is definitely making me feel somewhat isolated. Pride is a reminder that community is all over and doesn’t go away just because we physically can’t be together.

More importantly, Pride is and has always been political. Just right next to us, the Polish government is making LGBTQ+ lives worse than hell – Pride is also a reminder that even without gatherings we have to find ways to continue fighting. Not being able to go to the streets doesn’t mean we don’t have a voice.

"No pride for some of us without liberation for all of us” - Marsha P. Johnson

What to watch?
My favourite show right now is Betty!

What to read?
I’m currently reading Nina Bouraoui, a French/Algerian writer who writes about love, family, belonging, not belonging, identify and more.

What to listen to?
Two podcasts to listen to: Auf eine Tüte (German, Berlin-based) and Hoodrat to Headwrap (English, US-based) .

Who to follow?
Two incredible Berlin-based drag and performance houses @houseoflivingcolors and @venusboys

MARIO

What to do for Pride?
Put some make-up and glitter on, dance, be a hoe and remember that black trans women and femme queens got us the rights we have today and straight acting gays didn't do shit for nobody!

What does Pride mean to you in times of a pandemic?
I hope that this Pride season reminds everyone of the origins of the colourful parades we have today. It all started as a riot, led by queer people, who didn‘t hide who they were. In a time where a pandemic has interrupted our habits, it is important to think about the true meaning of Pride. Equality for everyone and not just some.

What to watch?
Paris is Burning and then POSE, Sense8 (especially, if you like seeing Berlin on TV), Prayers for Bobby (low budget, but very emotional story based on true events and starring Sigourney Weaver).

What to read?
Giovanni's room by James Baldwin, Orlando by Virginia Woolf, In one person by John Irving, Whipping Girl by Julia Serano, The Velvet Rage by Alan Downs

What to listen to?
People who are less privileged than you are. And Cher!

Who to follow?
@isshehungry for THE best looks from a Berliner drag artist

BERNARDO

What to do for Pride?
Stop supporting companies marketing through the queer movement for once a year – immediately –

What does Pride mean for you in times of a pandemic?
Pride is often confused with a sponsored party for cis-men, but we have no time for this anymore. Since we can't be together for a while, we must be vocal and support one another, not only publicly, but intimately mainly. Have you checked on your friends today?

What to watch?
MARSHA! Festival – organized and produced exclusively by Brazilian trans people.

What to read?
Dani Coyle's petition to end intersex surgery.

What to listen to?
Ventura Profana "Eu não vou morrer"

Who to follow?
To be honest, much more than who to follow I'd like everyone to think about who to unfollow. Is your circle diverse? Is it queer? I believe it really is the time to double-check who we are liking, supporting, and validating.

MISS IVANKA / NIKLAS

What to do for Pride?
Pride means to celebrate yourself, show how who you truly are and fight for our brothers and sisters who are not allowed to do so yet.

What does Pride mean for you in times of a pandemic?
A pandemic doesn’t change what pride means to me, only that we can’t be that visible outdoors like we need and want to be. What it means is that it shifts into a more digital visibility which also is important because it can reach way more people.

What to watch?
POSE, Transparent, Paris is burning, Laurence anyways and everything by Gaspar Noé.

What to read?
"What white people don’t want to hear about racism, but should know anyway“ by Alice Masters

What to listen to?
GAG - der Podcast, Chromatica by Lady Gaga and everything by Moderat.

Who to follow?
The one and only Billy Porter, Gay Times, Naomi Campell and Indya Moore