June is right around the corner and with Covid-19 still a menacing presence, Pride will look very different this year. Goodbye to a million people crowding the sidewalks of Toronto and hello to celebrating in place, just you, your tablet, and Zoom.
Digital doesn’t sound appealing?
Looking for a more personal touch?
Buddies in Bad Times, Toronto’s queer theatre, suggests going old school this year.
Remember letters, envelopes, stamps? Actual writing, you know, with a pen? Buddies has set up a program, Pride Pen Pals, where queer folks can connect with each other through snail mail, share their experiences around Pride.
I think Buddies has something here, not that I don’t appreciate the digital world, but there is something about opening an envelope, pulling out sheets of paper that are handwritten…
Now that I think about it, I can’t remember the last time I received a real letter, opened an envelope that didn’t hide a bill.