Traditionally the months of June and October have been opportunities for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities around the world to celebrate LGBT culture and history. A global opportunity to come together to discuss and share the knowledge of people involved with the LGBT communities.
The mission of Wikimedia is to empower and engage people around the world to collaboratively collect and develop open educational content, and to disseminate it effectively and globally. The desire to archive and spread LGBT culture and history is strong both within the LGBT and Wikimedia movements.
“Wiki Loves Pride” is a global campaign to expand and improve LGBT related content across several Wikimedia projects. The activities of Wiki Loves Pride are focused on June and October. Thousands of LGBT cultural events and celebrations are held around the world during the month of June. October is observed in several nations as LGBT History Month (others observe it in February - which may be added in future years) and is also when “coming out” is celebrated.
It is organized by Wikimedia LGBT. 2013 served as a “soft launch” year to build momentum toward future activities.
Any LGBT events or organizations interested in doing an activity or event contributing content to a Wikimedia project in the months of June and October (potentially February in the UK) could fall under the umbrella of Wiki Loves Pride. Here are some tried-and-true examples from similar projects. An activity could incorporate elements from one or more of these suggestions, or other creative ideas.
Are you interested in getting involved with Wiki Loves Pride?
Want to talk about any other kind of LGBT content collaboration?