Although the rules around social distancing are ever-changing — and largely tossed aside by the masses who have been out protesting the death of George Floyd in support the Black Lives Matter movement — the events of LGBTQ Pride month have largely moved online, a result of early, cautious planning in response to the still ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Some upcoming events, just added to the docket in support of BLM, will indeed be held in person — including an All Black Lives Matter Solidarity March in Los Angeles, on June 14, and the Reclaim Pride Coalition’s Queer Liberation March for Black Lives and Against Police Brutality in New York City, on June 28.
But with the parties and performances still moving online, Yahoo Life is here with a week-by-week guide to help you keep ahead of the curve. (Please note that guide will be updated as events are added or evolve and change, so keep checking back.)
LA Pride Reimagines 50th Anniversary, June 13
This virtual Pride Parade, co-hosted by actress Raven-Symone, will be a 90-minute prime time broadcast featuring in-depth interviews and spotlighting local unsung heroes, queer culture, community activists and never-before-seen footage. Also expect appearances by Alex Newell, Amara La Negra, Asher Entertainment featuring the House of Ninja, Bob the Drag Queen, Carson Kressley, Erika Jayne and more. “The cancellation of in-person events will not deter the spirit of our community, nor will it detract from the enormous impact the founders of our movement have had on history…” promised LA Pride executive director Madonna Cacciatore. “As a community, weathering this storm together will unite us and increase our appreciation for one another.” Find it on ABC7 and iHeartRadio at 7:30 p.m.
Pride Summit, June 13
This summit, from Billboard and the Hollywood Reporter, has an extraordinary lineup of talent on tap, including Cyndi Lauper, Billy Porter, the Indigo Girls, Carlie Hanson, Lena Waithe, and the cast of The L Word: Generation Q. Also expect drag shows, dancing and “queer conversation.”
Pride 2020 DragFest, June 19-21
GLAAD and NYC Pride bring you the largest digital drag festival during Pride 2020, with more than 100 performers set to include RuPaul’s Drag Race alum Jan, Heidi N. Closet, Nicky Doll, Shuga Cain, Brita Filter, Milk, Honey Davenport, Jiggly Caliente, Dusty Ray Bottoms and a host of New York City drag stars, like Sherry Vine. Viewers can contribute directly to each performer during their scheduled time through donations to their Venmo profiles. Find it on GLAAD’s Facebook page, 6:30-8 p.m. EST.
Cincy Black Pride 2020, June 25-28
This Cincinnati, Ohio–based event vows to present a pioneering and Afro-futuristic Black Pride lineup of events that will include a film festival, awards program, wellness expo, dance party and interfaith prayer services.
Global Pride 2020, June 27
Pride organizations from around the world will celebrate Global Pride 2020 with musical and artistic performances, speeches from activists and campaigners, and addresses by public figures. Organizers plan to have content streaming for a full 24 hours.
Santa Fe Pride, June 27
This virtual pride event will feature Santa Fe’s own DJ Oona Bender will open our special four-hour afternoon T-Dance, all starting at noon.
This year’s series of virtual events include a Pride Lights ceremony on June 9 at 6 p.m. and a Pride Festival on June 13 at noon. But expect a notable lack of celebration, as the event announced on June 8 it would postpone much of the festivities and instead focus on joining forces with Black Lives Matter. “Boston Pride stands with #BlackLivesMatter and other groups representing Black and Brown people as we move through Pride season and address the systemic racism, injustice and police brutality that has been inflicted on Black and Brown communities for decades,” the website noted. There’s also an ongoing social media initiative, “SHOW YOUR PRIDE,” asking people to decorate their windows, doors, porches, yards, cars, neighborhoods and even their pets for the weekend of June 12-14, and tag them with @bostonpride in Instagram stories and use the hashtag #wickedproud on Facebook and Twitter.
Capital Pride 2020 will include new programming, on-going monthly programs and potential events for later this Fall, depending on social distancing requirements. Events — including Pride Talks, an Expo and Capital Pride in the City: #StillWe Entertain will stream live.
Highlights include a Human Rights Conference, on June 25; a virtual rally, on June 26, led by activist Ashlee Marie Presley; and a WABC television broadcast, on Jun 28, hosted by Ken Rosato and Lauren Glassberg and honoring the history of Pride. The special is set to feature Carson Kressley, Sam Champion and grand marshals Dan Levy, the Ali Forney Center, Yanzi Peng, and Victoria Cruz. Expect performances by Janelle Monáe, Deborah Cox, Billy Porter, Luísa Sonza and more. “This event will serve as a call to action at a point in our history where the future is dependent on effecting change,” said Matthew Kovalsky, NYC Pride Rally Director.
This month-long innovative online programming will showcase the best of what’s happening in Toronto, including their local queer and trans trailblazers. It will also feature a lineup of DJs, performers, drag artists, singers and dancers; shining a concentrated spotlight on women in music and BIPOC artists.
This global Pride celebration will feature 70-plus speakers and more than 45 events across the month. Each event is dedicated to supporting one of more than 20 LGBTQ+ non-profit organizations in the U.S. and around the world, through its content and audience reach. Registration is available here.
This story was originally published on June 8, 2020 at 4:20 p.m. ET and has been updated to note that the SaMo Pride at Home event is no longer moving forward.
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