Global Pride: Virtual Event Will Feature Artists, Politicians And Amplify Black Voices

Global Pride is designed to keep celebrations alive despite the coronavirus. It will feature 24 hours of virtual performances, speeches, and other empowering programming.

The upcoming virtual event, Global Pride, is designed to give the LGBTQ+ community an opportunity to celebrate during an ongoing pandemic. The free event is slated for June 27.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, many in-person Pride events have been cancelled to prevent the spread of infection. Without the typical colorful crowds, big parades, and bustling parties to celebrate the advancement LGBTQ+ civil rights — organizers are devising alternatives.

Global Pride, which InterPride, the European Pride Organisers Association, and other national Pride networks launched, is designed to keep the celebration alive with 24 hours of virtual performances, speeches, and other empowering programming.

Hosted by singer, actor, and choreographer Todrick Hall, the event will feature a lineup of notable artists including Big Freedia, Kesha, and Adam Lambert as well as actor and trans advocate Laverne Cox. Politicians including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and former VP/presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will also make appearances.

Global Pride kicked off a virtual Pride festival on Nintendo’s “Animal Crossing: New Horizons” on June 18 as a clever, tech-friendly way to celebrate with others on a specially-built Pride island. On June 27, Twitch creators will reportedly join the 24-hour livestream to show off their Pride celebration creations.

Global Pride organizers also recently said that they are working with the Black Lives Matter movement founders to amplify Black voices, and acknowledge the international response to the death of George Floyd and demand for racial justice. (Black Lives Matter hasn’t appeared to post about the event on its platforms.)

“As a Black woman in the LGBTQIA+ community, I feel we must confront the systemic racism and violence facing my Black brothers, sisters and non-binary siblings, in the larger culture and within the LGBQIA+ community. I could not think of a larger platform than Global Pride to do this,” Global Pride organising committee Co-Chair Natalie Thompson said in a release.

Along with Global Pride’s programming, Pride Live will celebrate its third annual Stonewall Day on June 26 with a streaming event. Viewable on Logo’s Facebook and YouTube pages, the event will include appearances by Taylor Swift, Demi Lovato, Cynthia Erivo, Hayley Kiyoko, as well as a message from former President Barack Obama.

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