Celebrate Pride Month on the Oculus Quest Platform

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June 14, 2021
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It’s Pride Month—a time to honor the legacy of the LGBTQIA+ community, celebrate their cultural contributions, and reflect on their continued struggle for equity and social justice. From the nation of Georgia’s first Pride march to a documentary on the world’s oldest performing drag queen, music videos to celebratory Supernatural workouts, we’re highlighting ways you can participate in Pride on the Oculus Quest Platform.

Multi-award winning feature documentary March for Dignity follows a small group of LGBTI+ activists in Tbilisi, Georgia as they attempt to conduct the first Pride march in the country. They face overwhelming opposition from far-right groups, the government, and the Georgian Orthodox Church who have a history of inciting violent attacks on the LGBTI+ community. With membership of the European Union, and anti-Russian sentiment firmly on the political agenda, Georgians are at a turning point in history where they must choose to fight for progress and human rights, or concede to greater Russian influence. In the midst of this geopolitical turmoil, the committed organizers of Tbilisi Pride bravely strive to be visible in their evolving country.

Watch March for Dignity on demand in Venues any time from 12:00 pm PT on June 23 through 12:00 pm PT on June 25.

Oculus TV is celebrating the voices that are shaping the future for the LGBTQ+ community, its allies, and society at large. The official 3D 180° music video for SHAED’s “Once Upon a Time” portrays a queer adaptation of the post-war Ozzie and Harriet aesthetic as the dancers and choreography shift between gender roles and genres. Genre-bending country artist Orville Peck gives a special at-home performance of “Queen of the Rodeo.” Through Darcelle’s Eyes is an immersive 360° documentary that puts you onstage and into the bedazzled shoes of Walter W Cole, AKA Darcelle XV—the world's oldest living and performing drag queen. In One-on-One: Meet a Drag Queen, you’ll sit down with Alexandre—or Sasha Miskina. It all depends on when you meet them. Queerskins: ARK centers on a devout Catholic mother who reconnects with her son through his diary and her imagination.

You can also check out Authentically Us: Voices From the Transgender Community, a three-part documentary from Fovrth Studios. We’re Still Here (Episode 1) tells the story of Aiden Crawford, a Two-Spirit artist and historian in Boise, Idaho, who struggles to preserve and revive his heritage in an intergenerational struggle to learn, educate, and pass down the wisdom of his First Nations Two Spirit elders. She Flies By Her Own Wings (Episode 2) follows Shannon Scott who, driven by the military tenet of “Leave No One Behind,” pulls the levers of democracy urging freedom and justice for all be secured from the marbled halls of Washington D.C. to the hallowed ground of those who championed transgender equality before her. A Treasured State (Episode 3) focuses on Acton Seibel, a normal guy who came home to Missoula, Montana, to transition. As a transgender person of color working in a traditionally masculine industry as a mechanic, he challenges us to see beyond politics, seeing the value he adds to our communities.

Parade Animation is a VR animation studio focused on technological and creative innovation—and it’s highly committed to LGBTQ+ representation. Just like Pride parades are a platform to convey messages of LGBTQ+ rights for equality, Parade Animation strives to create more authentically-represented LGBTQ+ characters in animation. Parade was founded by Yonatan Tal, a critically-acclaimed gay writer and director. Tal graduated from the Character Animation Program at CalArts and worked at the Development Department of Disney TV.

Lifetime Achievement is Parade’s first VR experience, a story that follows world-class French designer Albert on a journey to create a masterpiece for his mother. Join him on his adventure to encounter an African albino crocodile, develop new lifeforms in a lab, and capture light rays from a spatial solar eclipse. His elaborate expedition taught him the valuable lesson that presence is the best present.

Supernatural Coach Raneir Pollard for the debut of his Self Love workout.

Supernatural is proud to celebrate Pride and show love and support for the LGBTQIA+ Community. Throughout the month of June, Supernatural will release 10 workouts celebrating queer artists, allies, and icons. From workouts encouraging you to channel your inner ballroom legend as you vogue to ’90s house tracks, to unforgettable musical hits, they’ll be moving all month long celebrating authenticity and diversity.

Follow along on Instagram or Supernatural’s Community on Facebook to connect with coaches, learn more about queer history, and celebrate Pride alongside Supernatural Athletes.

For the Pride kickoff workout “Just Dance: Strike a Pose,” Supernatural members dressed up to celebrate and show their love for the LGBTQ+ Community.

Alongside the Pride-dedicated workouts, Supernatural will continue releasing new workouts rhythm-mapped to popular music daily, in addition to stretch sessions and meditations set in stunning destinations from around the world.


Last but not least, we sat down with some LGBTQ+ creators to learn about the work they’ve been doing in Facebook Horizon and what Pride Month means to them.


Creator: ShadalVR
World: ShadalVR Hoops Arcade

How would you describe your world to someone new to VR? What’s a highlight you would want people to know about this world?

Hoops Arcade is currently my most popular world. It was inspired by the classic arcade style basketball game in which you try and make as many baskets in the allotted time as possible. I tried to match the real-world feel as closely as I could within VR. Friends complain I tire out their arms within just a couple of minutes of playing, so I call that success!

What inspired you to create this world? Were you influenced by another creator, hobbies, or a location in the real world?

When I created ShadalVR Hoops Arcade, I was looking for popular arcade-style games that could be created in Horizon and after a few tries at pinball, and basketball, basketball came out to be the winner. The game was an immediate success with my Horizon friends. I spent many hours tweaking it until I felt its playability was perfected. I still find myself going in and adding new features or tweaking the scripts on occasion when new ideas come to mind, or new features come to Horizon.

Tell us about the actual building process. How’d you put it all together, and did you work with a creative partner? If so, what was that process like? How did you decide what to create?

I worked alone on this one. There are many worlds in which I collaborate with others such as Best Shot Target Practice, however Hoops isn't one of those. Building ShadalVR Hoops Arcade was challenging but also a lot of fun. It began with a simple basketball hoop and a way-over-budget basketball (capacity speaking). Things evolved from there. Initially I had no intentions of making the game multiplayer, but when Horizon announced the #minigames challenge, I went back and added an official PVP mode to the game.

Do you plan to continue tweaking this world or are you planning a new one? If so, what?

Absolutely, in fact I have an update I'm working on for the world right now—not directly affecting the Hoops gameplay, but a basketball-themed pinball game addition for the world. Always hoping to attract new visitors, and see the returning ones!

What does Pride Month mean to you? How does it feel to be part of this celebration in VR?

Pride Month is time for celebration around the community. If it wasn't for the Stonewall movement on June 28, 1969, we probably wouldn't find ourselves celebrating freedom today. I'm glad to see Horizon being inclusive, not only for Pride, but for everyone no matter what community you are a part of.


Creator: SolarisAung1991
World: Flutterby’s Tea House

How would you describe your world to someone new to VR?

The tea room is a great and magical place to hang out for all ages, go on a virtual date, or just have a cup of tea.

What’s a highlight you would want people to know about this world?

The highlight of my world is being able to sit in a quiet place with great atmosphere, have tea with your friends, and enjoy looking at the stars through the foliage ceiling.

What inspired you to create this world?

I wanted to make something no one had seen before, so I decided to do a Harry Potter-themed world—well, worlds—so I went with Diagon Alley, but each store has its own theme on the inside. I am doing my own take on Harry Potter and its magical feel in my stores.

Tell us about the actual building process.

I start off with looking up reference photos from Harry Potter, anime, and even movies. Then I do a brief 3D mockup of my world in a blank world.

Did you work with a creative partner? If so, what was that process like?

I worked with lots of my friends, and I could not do it without them. Everyone has great Ideas that I work with, and we all just click, so it makes it easy to get along with everyone. We are all just like family.

How did you decide what to create?

I looked around in the worlds to see what was missing and I came up with magic worlds. I had seen only one. I went from there.

Do you plan to continue tweaking this world or are you planning a new one? If so, what?

I do plan on working on this world still, and I’m working on lots of other magic store worlds and some stuff with other people.

What does Pride Month mean to you?

Learning how to show the world your true colors, and speaking up for people who can't find their voice.

How does it feel to be part of this celebration in VR?

It’s nice to be in a community of people that feel and are the same as me on the inside and outside as me. I am bi, but I’m married to a man—all of this would not be possible without him.


Creator: Flutterby46
World: #Personal Development World Hub

How would you describe your world to someone new to VR? What’s a highlight you would want people to know about this world?

#Personal Development World Hub is a place to find worlds that are about growing an aspect of yourself. It can be a meditative, creative, reflective, or informative space.

What inspired you to create this world? Were you influenced by another creator, hobbies, or a location in the real world?

I wanted to help new people to Horizon find the less common worlds—they are not for gaming per se, but about finding something that is within you.

Tell us about the actual building process. How’d you put it all together, and did you work with a creative partner? If so, what was that process like? How did you decide what to create?

I thought about all sorts of beautiful temples and building designs and wanted to create unique spaces to house the doors, but also make this world a space to actually meditate in.

Do you plan to continue tweaking this world or are you planning a new one? If so, what?

Oh, there is a lot of work that needs to be done as new worlds are added and I find a better way to present these amazing doors.

What does Pride Month mean to you? How does it feel to be part of this celebration in VR?

Pride Month is about living who we are openly and honestly. It is about being seen for who we truly are and letting people know that we really are no different from them. I enjoy the same music, art, creative and logical activities that they do in Horizon. The avatars are helping me to further accept myself and my nuances as well.

I transitioned while in Horizon and legally changed my name and these are the people who helped me when I lost everything and with their help and the entire Horizon team and so many I do not know, fixed my accounts so I would not lose the work my friends did in many world collaborations.

What role does VR have to play in uplifting LGBTQ voices?

See above: you allow people like me to be fully visible and supported. Suicide is a major issue for people like me, and having this support helps us feel like we do belong.

Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about that we haven’t asked you?

Horizon is a gift that I wish everyone in the LGBTQ+ community had access to.

I have 700+ members in my FB Mixed Orientation Marriage and Relationship Support group. So many would benefit from this more group peer support type environment.

Btw I also hold Peer Support in Horizon, and it is often 1:1, so the new locked worlds [feature] is a huge help.


Creator: AngeloCreates
World: Dress Up World

How would you describe your world to someone new to VR?

Have you ever wanted to dress up as a glamorous Drag Queen/King, and sashay down a runway? Well now you can... in Horizon!

What’s a highlight you would want people to know about this world?

You can put on a new pair of lips, lashes, eyes, beards, and if you want to get really crazy—even a mermaid tail!

What inspired you to create this world? Were you influenced by another creator, hobbies, or a location in the real world?

I was heavily inspired by the Drag Queens we see in our local LGBTQ+ bars and celebrities on TV shows. When I first started experiencing Horizon, I didn’t see a world specifically dedicated to the art of Drag—so I thought, why not create it?

Tell us about the actual building process. How’d you put it all together, and did you work with a creative partner? If so, what was that process like? How did you decide what to create?

This is the first world I created in Horizon. I knew I wanted to make a “Backstage/Hangout” room and a “Fashion Runway.” So I started off with a blank space, then I began creating the basic runway and some wigs. In between editing this world I would periodically visit the plaza—that's where I met some collaborators that brought Dress Up to the next level. I worked really closely with my new friend Sammy. Sammy created some of the awesome hair pieces, set design, and even helped upgrade this world’s color/lighting that brought a new perspective.

Do you plan to continue tweaking this world or are you planning a new one? If so, what?

Yes! You will randomly see new hair pieces, dresses, and other updates throughout the year. Currently the world is titled Dress Up: Pride 2021. Here are a few planned ideas; Dress Up: Beach Vibes, Dress Up: Halloween 2021, and Dress Up: Winter 2021.

What does Pride Month mean to you? How does it feel to be part of this celebration in VR?

I honestly feel every month is Pride Month! In June, I always love hearing the stories from peers and friends, especially seeing all of the Allies that we have in the community showing their support. Specifically in VR it excites me to be recognized for just being myself—it inspires me to encourage others to be themselves as well.

What role does VR have to play in uplifting LGBTQ voices?

I think VR gives LGBTQ+ voices the ability to freely express themselves without any barriers. You have the ability to meet others like you and have chances to make impacts in people’s daily lives virtually.

Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about that we haven’t asked you?

The collaboration process has been one of the most exciting parts of creating worlds in Horizon. I’ve met countless individuals who have helped me feel appreciated, shared different perspectives, created laughs and memories I’ll have forever. I’d like to thank Facebook and the Horizon community for creating an experience where I’m able to create/find my tribe.


Creator: ChrisLGBTQ
World: #Pride Pride Festival

How would you describe your world to someone new to VR? What’s a highlight you would want people to know about this world?

So this world is to represent what we’ve had in real life as a Pride festival with a whole bunch of activities possible and music. With COVID, we were not able to have real-life Pride activities and that’s what I was looking for.

There isn’t one thing specifically I can highlight other than I wanted it to be local for me so I put in a somewhat like Space Needle.

What inspired you to create this world? Were you influenced by another creator, hobbies, or a location in the real world?

Well being the LGBTQ meet-up host, I wanted to create a space that we can have a productivity and this is it

The inspiration of the location was the Seattle Center Festival that they do every year in Seattle.

Tell us about the actual building process. How’d you put it all together, and did you work with a creative partner? If so, what was that process like? How did you decide what to create?

I started with the Oculus templates that look like a park/field, and with that I just went with it, making booths, ball pits, a bar—everything you would see in a festival.

I had multiple creative minds from the community come in and help me create these different activities. As long as it’s something that’s fun and possibly at an IRL Pride festival, it’s good to go.

Do you plan to continue tweaking this world or are you planning a new one? If so, what?

The space started out simple, and yes, I do plan on expanding it over time and continuing to let it grow into something amazing all year round.

At this moment in time, I’ve been working on a new meeting space that is kind of a tropical getaway hang out. As Horizon grows and there are more people in it, I will continue to do my current meet-ups and expand to more meet-ups per month. Having different spaces for the different meet-ups may be fun!

What does Pride Month mean to you? How does it feel to be part of this celebration in VR?

Pride Month means that we’re here to celebrate years and years and years of amazing work—sweat, blood, and tears to get everybody around the world similar rights as an LGBTQ person in society.

I have been in Facebook Horizon since the beginning, and the journey and the team and the community have been absolutely amazing. I wouldn’t give it up for anything.

What role does VR have to play in uplifting LGBTQ voices?

Something amazing about the LGBTQ voice is that no matter what is going on in the world, you always have somewhere to go to celebrate—to be who you are and not have anybody judge you. And that’s what I’ve tried to create here in this event and in this community here.

Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about that we haven’t asked you?

Being a part of Facebook Horizon has been an amazing experience over the last year, and bringing the LGBTQ community meet-up into this community has shown over time to be amazing as it grows to be something amazing. I hope that this partnership and friendship continues to grow over the years to come, and I’m glad to be here to be a part of it.


How will you celebrate Pride Month this year? Let us know in the comments.