Like most celebrations this year, the LGBTQ+ community has also had to change its approach to sharing the empowering Pride message and offering a positive opportunity to reinvent the way we celebrate.
With an ongoing strong positive push for equal rights for all driven forward by The Black Lives Matter movement, there has never been a greater time to stress upon the value and shine a spotlight on the gay community.
However, as the global health pandemic has limited mass gatherings in celebration of these communities and festivals that give a voice to the marginalised and oppressed groups, Pride has resolved to take a virtual stance, making festivities accessible to a larger demographic.
The month of June was filled with events that were held online and if you missed out, don’t worry, there are still a couple more exciting shows and stunning events lined up for the coming weeks.
GLOBAL PRIDE 2020
Saturday, June 27
The first-ever worldwide Global Pride Livestream is scheduled to take place in the coming weeks. It is to be hosted by a variety of celebrity royalty as well as influential public figures and is expected to attract over 300 million viewers. The 24-hour affair will be streamed live on YouTube featuring musical and artistic performances, speeches from activists and campaigners, and addresses by public figures. You can also visit the site page to get more information at globalpride2020.org.
Share your story.
London usually goes all out for Pride, every year the capital sees over a million volunteers, artists and Pride-goers come together, united in their support of the LGBTQ+ community. However, as numerous activities and parades have had to be cancelled, Pride in London has taken their celebration to the virtual world. Their website hosts a number of fun activities and educational as well as entertaining videos and interviews of popular personalities. In addition, the #YouMeUsWe movement is calling on each of us to reach out and understand one another, demanding us to be better allies within our own community. To learn more, click here and find out how you can share your story and support the greater community.
PRIDE INSIDE FESTIVAL
Sunday, June 28 – Sunday, July 5
If you’re still feeling festive after the world livestream of GLOBAL PRIDE 2020, not to worry. Amnesty International in collaboration with various other Pride organisations will be hosting a week-long celebration. The event will feature an exciting array of LGBTQ+ comedians, artists, DJs, musicians and activists all sharing in the joy that is Pride. PRIDE INSIDE aims to raise global awareness of their case while providing opportunities for people to take action and make change. The line-up has been announced and it looks like an exciting one. For more information click here. To RSVP for the event, click here.
Dublin Digital Pride Festival and Parade
Thursday, June 18 – Sunday, June 28
The Dublin LGBTQ+ community will be hosting several events and a virtual pride parade and festival. The festivities have already begun but make it in time and you could still catch the digital concert live stream set to take place on the Sunday, June 28. There are also several other events that will be hosted on their webpage that will take place later in the month of July. More details are available here.
IT GETS BETTER PROJECT
Wednesday, June 24 – Friday, June 26
Scheduled to stream live on social media platforms, this digital Pride extravaganza will bring together a host of talent across varying genres of entertainment. From fitness, lifestyle, fashion, beauty, gaming and drag performers. The three-day affair will explore and share the stories of popular and influential personalities. The event will be hosted on the It Gets Better YouTube channel as well as on Twitch and Facebook. For more information visit their webpage at Itgetsbetter.org.
As you will have noticed already, there is no shortage of online events for you to participate in while spreading the empowering Pride message. Clearly COVID-19 has not and will not slow down the revolution and the good vibes that the LGBTQ+ community emanate. Click here for further listings of Pride Events that are scheduled to take place later this month and the months to come.
So get Involved, Participate, Communicate, Share YOUR story and YOUR Experiences with Pride!