Pride celebrations and marches have gone virtual this year due to the global COVID-19 crisis. Many in-person events have been canceled but many organizations have come up with creative ways to celebrate your LGBTQ+ Pride Online.
In the Philippines, Metro Manila Pride is celebrating the entire Pride Month with a series of activities including regular Pride Speaks Hangouts, as well as Pride March and Festival on June 27. Their Facebook page highlights that Pride will continue to be a protest. Although the community cannot physically gather to march, it is still united in its advocacy and the heed for equal rights.
The rest of the world is also waving the rainbow flags in line with the occasion which includes programming that seeks to amplify the Black Lives Matter movement. Below is a list put together by Ashley Novak for CNN with options for marching in a Pride parade or attending a workshop in the comfort of your home:
Seattle’s Together for Pride
The Together for Pride virtual event started last Friday. Hosted by the Gender Justice League, Seattle PrideFest, and Seattle Pride, the Together for Pride event includes three days of workshops, performances, and talks. Registration is free but participation is a must.
Global Pride 2020
On June 27, Global Pride will gather politicians, artists, and performers from different parts of the world for a 24-hour livestream event. It will amplify Black voices in coordination with the founders of the Black Lives Matter movement. Organizers say that over 300 million people are expected to watch, and is anticipated to be the world’s largest online Pride event.
Porch Pride: A Bluegrass Pride Queer-antine Festival
Bluegrass Pride put together a digital music festival featuring performances by LGBTQ+ roots musicians. Porch Pride will stream 10 hours of live music on Saturday and Sunday. The online event is free to attend but a $10 donation is suggested to help pay artists for their performances as well as support the Bluegrass Pride organization.
NYC Pride Special Broadcast Event
On Sunday, NYC Pride will broadcast an event commemorating the first pride march in 1970. It will feature performances by various artists, including Janelle Monáe and Deborah Cox, and a salute to frontline workers.
LA Pride 50th Anniversary Celebration
On Saturday, ABC7 has a three-hour Pride celebration. It includes celebrity appearances and performances, historical highlights of Los Angeles in the LGBTQ+ civil rights movement, and a spotlight on local unsung heroes.
Pride Toronto Festival Weekend
Pride Toronto’s Festival Weekend has a variety of virtual events, including a parade, with other events continuing into next week. It also includes a focus on BIPOC programming and ASL programming and interpretation for an inclusive experience.
San Francisco Pride Online Celebration and Rally
San Francisco Pride is hosting an Online Celebration and Rally on June 27-28 described as a weekend-long tribute to LGBTQ+ luminaries and queer solidarity. The lineup includes a variety of musical acts, talks, and special guests, including celebrity grand marshal W. Kamau Bell.
Pride definitely looks a lot different this year but it is definitely not canceled and remains to be as colorful as ever.
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