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Pride · June 23, 2019

5 Ways to Practice Self-Care During NYC Pride Month

1. Join one of the many highlightself-affirming groups/highlight
and programs at The Center.

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Center of New York City offers countless programs, meet-ups, and mindfulness groups to help you ground yourself and while building community. Interested in learning more? Browse their Pride week offerings here.

2. Connect to your city and highlightlocal community /highlight by volunteering!
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Gods Love, We Deliver was founded in 1986 when Ganga Stone took action during the AIDS crisis and hand-delivered meals to patients too sick to cook for themselves. Last year, the non-profit organization served over 7,200 patients. You can volunteer by assisting with food prep throughout the day, or riding along to deliver meals. Sign up to volunteer [here] (https://glwd.volunteerhub.com/events/index).

3. Release highlightstress and tension/highlight in a yoga class focused on the LGBTQ community.
Third Root Community Health Center offers queer and trans-focused yoga every Sunday at 5:15pm. Led by instructor Kiki Williams, she shares that her queer and trans yoga is a class specifically for LGBT community that leaves heterosexism and transphobia outside the classroom. It allows for participants to be fully present and embodied. This class builds community as we create space to reach each other and all of our different bodies and genders. Sign up here.

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4. Connect with your inner ballet dancer in highlightan inclusive environment./highlight
Founded in 2011 by genderqueer lesbian choreographer Katy Pyle, Ballez offers a safe and inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds to explore the art of ballet. For example, Adult Ballez is offered June 10th and 17th in Brooklyn or anywhere via their YouTube series. Pyle describes it as a ballet class that strives to re-imagine what ballet can be, who it can be for, and how it can be done. Learn more here.

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5. Attend a performance led by highlightLGBTQ artists and creators./highlight
Sometimes self-care looks like planning a night out with friends, family, or your significant other. Opt for an inclusive experience like The Bronx Academy of the Arts and Dances Out Like That! festival. The performing and visual arts space showcases the work of queer artists from the Bronx (and beyond) specifically throughout Pride month. Catch a performance here.

Author

Janell Hickman