What’s the idea?
People the world over are celebrating Pride Month virtually due to Covid-19 restrictions. Fortunately you can join in the celebrations from home!
What’s the story?
During June many countries put the spotlight on LGBT rights and activism by celebrating Pride Month.
These events aim to encourage pride in themselves among the LGBT community and highlights the struggles they face.
Many of this year’s Pride marches and events were cancelled due to the Covid-19 epidemic, but several are streaming or hosting events via the internet.
Everyone is invited to join. So you can wave your rainbow flag – in the safety of your own home!
People should do this because…?
It’s a great way to celebrate your identity as a member of the LGBT community, support a friend or family member or even learn more about the LGBT culture.
How to join in with celebrating Pride Month
All you need is a phone, tablet or laptop with an internet connection.
Here are a few of the biggest virtual Pride celebrations this weekend:
Global Pride 2020
Global Pride 2020 is a 24-hour streaming event on June 27. It will feature content from more than 90 countries.
It will include appearances by mayors, presidents and even royalty and artists like Kesha, Adam Lambert, LeeAnn Rimes, Joanna Lumley, Village People, Pussy Riot and Melanie C.
This year, NYC Pride is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first Pride march held in 1970 with a special broadcast event on June 28.
People from across the globe will be able to watch it on abc7 from 12:00 to 14:00 (GMT-4).
It will feature performances by Janelle Monáe, Deborah Cox, Billy Porter, Luisa Sonza and many others.
This digital Irish festival started on 10 June and events are scheduled up to 22 July. One of the biggest events in the line-up is the Pride Parade and Pride Concert on June 28. Check out the whole schedule of events and how to watch it here.
This Canadian-based organisation features a weekend of virtual events, including an online parade.
Check out all the amazing artists that they are showcasing and immerse yourself in a melting pot of LGBT arts and culture here.
- Out & About Theatre Festival: View some of the African American Collective Theatre (ACT) productions in honour of Pride month online for free.
- It Gets Better Project is a Youtube-based project aimed at uplifting, empowering and connecting LGBT youth across the world.
- Project Pride was a special Smithsonian concert. You can watch a Youtube video of the concert which celebrated the history of LGBT history, culture and heritage, and featured LGBT musicians, artists and highlights of the Smithsonian collections.