We may have to be distant, but we are still going to show our Pride.
Due to the novel Coronavirus – COVID-19 – PRIDE 2020 has been canceled in cities all across the world. While this is a huge bummer, overall, it is for the best. We don’t want to spread the virus.
After decades of fighting for our right to be who we are, we aren’t going to let a global pandemic stop us from celebrating. In 2020, we are going virtual. Happy Pride Month, li Squad!
While we all love a parade, which will be missed this year, one of the benefits of going online is that it allows the LGBTQIA+ community to come together like never before. Most in-person pride celebrations are only a reflection of the local community. In 2020, we get to celebrate with people from all around the world.
So, whether you have been celebrating pride for years, or this is your first time, there are plenty of ways to celebrate online. The li squad has gathered information on some online celebrations. All you have to do is, click.
Global Pride 2020
Launched on April 1st, 2020, Global Pride is a collaboration of pride organizations across the world. Celebrations for pride 2020 will take place on Saturday, June 27th. Musical performances, speakers, and artists will stream live, providing 24 hours of content.* All you need is an online connection to participate.
*The streaming platform has not yet been announced.
More Information: www.globalpride2020.org
Home to the 1969 Stonewall Riots that gave us the freedom to be LGBTQIA+ publicly, New York City has one of the country’s biggest Pride celebrations. This year they are proud to take the celebration online, including their famous pride parade. The kick-off rally, Dragfest, and Human Rights Conference will also be virtual this year.
More Information: www.nycpride.org
Cincy Black Pride
While the Cincinnati Pride celebration was moved to October, the Cincy Black Pride celebration has decided to go virtual. From June 25th – 28th, events such as the Black Alphabet Film Festival, the Vizazi Torch Awards, and a Rock Hard Party and DJ Collaborative will be live streaming. More details coming soon to the website.
More Information: www.cincinnatiblackpride.com
This year Boston Pride is celebrating 50 years. All month there are various events taking place online. Beginning with the Pride Flag Raising ceremony on Friday, June 5th, and continuing through June 20th with a virtual dance part, there are plenty of ways to show your pride. If you are a fan of the Boston Pride Lights, don’t worry, the lights will also be virtual this year.
More Information: www.bostonpride.org/2020-virtual-pride
June 20th and 21st, Denver Pride will be celebration via their website and Facebook page. Events will include a virtual 5k, a parade featuring “units” – like floats, only online – from various groups around Denver, and virtual performances from a variety of artists. There is also a virtual marketplace, so you can still shop your favorite LBGTQIA+ friendly shops.
More information: denverpride.org
Pride in Seattle will be held virtually all month long. Virtual events include drag shows, panel discussions, and a pride book club. Lambert House is also hosting the first-ever virtual Youth Pink Prom event that will be held via Minecraft and Discord Minecraft allowing LGBTQ+ youth to have fun, play games and participate in build challenges.
More Information: www.seattlepride.org
If you don’t see your city listed here, that doesn’t mean that they aren’t moving their Pride celebrations online. Some cities, such as San Antonio, are working directly with Global Pride to celebrate, while others are still working out the kinks to their virtual celebrations, like Kalamazoo.
While all in-person celebrations have been canceled this June, there are cities that are holding out hope that we can all celebrate together later in the year. LA has moved their Pride to October, while Chicago hopes to celebrate at a later date, but that date has yet to be announced. There are many other ways to celebrate Pride 2020 virtually this year, these are only a few.
We might have to celebrate Pride separated physically, but that doesn’t mean we have to celebrate alone. So, let’s decorate our homes or download incredible backgrounds, and meet up for a virtual celebration. Let’s take pride in who we are, who we love, and our incredible community.
Editor’s Note: With amplified voices and national and global protests for social justice and an end to police brutality after the death of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, let us not forget that we are able to celebrate Pride because of protests supporting the rights of the LGBTQIA+ community. Of particular note is that The Pride Movement wouldn’t be where it is today without the major contributions from the Black community.
Marsha P Johnson, a Black trans woman, and Stormé DeLarveri, a Black lesbian, were trailblazers in the gay rights movement. They helped start the uprising that led to our right to publicly be who we are and love who we love. Without these brave women, there would be no pride. Make sure to take time this June to learn about your LGBTQIA+ history, and support efforts to continue making history so everyone, no matter their race, gender, age, economic status, or sexuality, can live equally and free.