Come Together Virtually and Celebrate Pride 2020 with LELO!

It’s kinda hard to #ComeTogether when we’re supposed to remain six feet apart. That’s why, this year, LELO is using Pride month to focus on the power of community! And, luckily for us, there are so many role models that have walked this path before us that we can learn from—regardless of our sexual orientation.

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The meaning of the word pride is so multifaceted that it can take us a year to fully unpack it, but the first thing that comes to mind as its definition is the feeling of accomplishment or achievement. But Pride, with the capital P, teaches us about a different, and definitely more important meaning. When June rolls around and Pride Month officially begins, there’s a community of people marching down the streets all across the globe in celebration of who they are, despite years and years of being denied the most basic human right of existing in peace. 

There are two big lessons to be learned here: the power of community and the power of Pride.

Coming to terms with who you are and letting it be known to others takes courage, especially when you’re surrounded by people who may not like or agree with it (don’t get us started). Despite the constant indicators of opposition, taking Pride in who you are takes guts, and that’s the true definition of Pride with a capital P.

The words “Come Together” are a part of LELO’s logo and an integral part of LELO’s brand values. But what does Come Together represent in the context of the 2020 pandemic and Pride? This is precisely what LELO is trying to demonstrate during this Pride Month. Come Together represents the power of community.

With all the social restrictions brought on by the pandemic which caused many of us to go weeks without physical human contact, how does LELO exactly imagine all of us Coming Together during Pride month? 

Learning from the incredibly tight-knit LGBTQ+ communities about the importance of Coming Together to share our lowest lows and highest highs, LELO decided to create a safe online space to celebrate Pride virtually this year. 

From creating a landing page to helping educate users about queer history, to dedicating their entire social media communication during June to the celebration of Pride and to the celebration of the people who fought and continue to fight for basic human rights, to investing in their LGBTQ+ partners, not only to spread the brand message but to make sure they know how integral they are to the brand.

During June, everyone will be able to take part in LELO’s Pride Month Instagram challenges:

1. #ThisIsWhyImProud and #LELOVirtualPride along with @lelo_official are the two hashtags that the brand will use to fill your story feed with moments and mementos from past Pride celebrations.

Do you have a favorite photo from a Pride parade? Do you have a friend who totally nailed their Pride outfit? Are you proud of yourself for being an all-around amazing human? Share it with LELO and LELO will share it with the world!

2. #ThisIsWhyImProud #LELOVirtualPride and #ComeTogether will also accompany The Make Your Own Pride Float challenge. 

Do you have a creative spark? It doesn’t matter as long as you’re willing to spread some good vibes because that’s what LELO is all about! LELO will provide a Pride Float template on their Instagram Stories for their followers to fill with self-expression and then show it off proudly! Just because we can’t build it, it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t at least imagine it!

Fun and games aside, LELO also wants you to help out the future generation. How? Cast your mind back to the times when you were confused about your identity or marginalized because of  your sexuality – you must have had some questions and very few resources to learn the answers from, or at least, you needed someone to just tell you those magic words of, “I totally feel you and you’re not alone in this.” 

Join the “Dear Younger Queer Self” contest on LELO’s brand blog Volonté and help them fill the cyberspace with messages of encouragement and answers to all those vital questions you might have had.

LELO will try to repost all the entries on their many channels, and you’ll get the chance to vote for some of the best ones on their Instagram. The top three entries will also receive a pleasure maker from LELO! More details here.

Let’s fill the internet with positive vibrations as a vivid reminder that love transcends all obstacles when people Come Together.

Written by: Donna Turner

Donna is a Volonté contributor and freelancer who lives in San Francisco with her understanding husband and not-so-understanding teenage sons. Her work has been published in The Journal of Sexology and she is currently writing a book on love languages.

13 comments

  1. I am just recently out to a few people and it’s super liberating I love men and am gay and now am able to fully enjoy my experiences, having super better and deeper orgasms and loving how much I am totally gay and being transparent with my feelings. Oh my
    Matthew in Richmond VA

    • Alexandra Daniel

      My last name is Daniel too and I am gay, I also have a cousin who is married to a woman as a woman. Daniel’s rule❤

    • So happy for you mathew im so glad you can be yourself the feeling is amazing isn’t it 😍

  2. Im a newly gay and having lots of fun being able to explore my sexual desires and abilities

  3. Hi there,
    Happy Pride !!
    As a black bisexual man, i must address the issue of racism amongst gay men. We must not celebrate this pride ignoring the fact that we have the issue of racism. We should talk more about it so we can overcome it together.

    Have fun and be nice to everyone

  4. When I was young, tolerance for us really didn’t exist and to my family it was just so wrong that when I came out at 18 my parents tried to get me psychiatric help because they believed it was a mental illness, but having dug my heels in and promptly moving as far away from them as possible to, it did give me the opportunity to be me, however, because of my upbringing I was dogged by crippling guilt and fear, a leftover from family life, I’m now 58 and my father has passed away and I believed that my mother would adjust, but no she hasn’t, we just don’t talk about it and she believes that any relationship I have will be doomed and I will be damaged (Wot, more than I am now by their hands, how could that be?) anyhoo, I now consider myself to be free except, the love train may well have passed me by.
    To sum up, live your life young and old, don’t tolerate guilt, be as proud as you deserve, be a 🌈, or be a unicorn 🦄 They’re real y’know, but most of all, don’t be that guy or girl, even though people, family, friends may not like, or even, hate what you are and do, essentially be you be honest be kind, but live your own life, lastly, be happy.

  5. Well it’s me John from uganda East Africa .. Though I don’t have my freedom yet but I pray I move out of this country so that I can express my self more and be able to feel loved and appreciated .. Coz I have been broken 😥 since I was young up to now .. But it’s my prayer that one day I get to a better place …I hope they won’t kill me the homophobic people like they have done to my friends 🥺

  6. I wish I can cerebrate pride too …. Coz me surviving now it’s a miracle … I’m. From a most homophobic country uganda where by no one helps here and no one loves me …I luck to be loved and to be cherished and I luck a safe environment too

  7. Love is love

  8. I love being gay n I love gay people who stand strong

  9. Hey my name is Alec I am Pan and non binary. I use they and he pronouns. I came out to my family this year.

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