It’s still June, and it’s still Pride Month. And while, for understandable reasons, many extravagantly-constructed Pride celebrations have been few and far between this month, it’s not as if the LGBT community’s biggest month hasn’t gone unrecognized. I mean, earlier this month in at least Madison and Los Angeles, relatively last-minute rallies have taken place to celebrate Black LGBT+ peoples.
Still, it’s likely that due to the virus that’s going around, lots of Pride festivities have either been postponed or cancelled. For sure, Milwaukee’s PrideFest was scrubbed from last weekend’s calendar. And here in Madison, Magic Pride Festival would’ve taken place in the flesh this August, but instead will be a virtual event. (Bummer.)
So in lieu of anything big or impromptu or delayed, we must make due with the smaller commemorations of Pride Month. Like the semi-bathing of Overture Centerthe semi-bathing of Overture Center in rainbow lights earlier this month, the picture of which is still fresh in my mind but leaves me thinking… meh.
Back on June 12, a couple of days after Overture Center did the all-rainbow thing, the UW—Madison’s Memorial Union (they of the famous sunburst terrace chairs) bathed their building in solid colors in recognition of Pride Month. At that point, Memorial Union was closed as an anti-virus precaution (they’ll begin a phased opening tomorrow). But just as with Overture’s well-intentioned display, the Union wanted to do theirs before June was out, and theirs was… well, not underwhelming. I hate to play favorites on this, but the Union’s display ran circles around Overture’s.
Regardless of the simplicity or quality, however, these displays can’t go unappreciated. And right now, even though the broad LGBT+ community has made so many advancements, there’s a still a need for those to say, in one form or another, “We see how beautiful you are.”