This article was published on April 2nd, 2020
Hey queers, we know you were looking forward to Pride events and circuit parties this year. Unfortunately, however, that isn’t likely to happen any time soon due to COVID-19. Instead, Pride is going virtual in a new and exciting live-streamed event, incorporating Pride events from all over the world.
National and international Pride organizations have announced plans to hold a Global Pride live-stream event on Saturday, June 27, 2020. The move comes after hundreds of Pride celebrations were canceled or postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The live-stream event will leverage online platforms to deliver a one-of-its-kind Pride in which everyone can participate, no matter where they are. As part of the celebrations, the event will feature speeches, musical performances, and vital messages from human rights activists.
Pride events provide a unique opportunity each year to come together as a community. It’s a chance to express love, to feel loved, and to connect and share with others.
As such, the International Association of Pride Organizers (InterPride) and the European Pride Organizers Association (EPOA) – the world’s biggest international Pride networks – are working with national organizations in Canada, Sweden, the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, and regional networks in southern Africa, Latin America, Asia, and Oceania to bring communities together for this Global Pride event.
The Global Pride live-stream event will allow Pride organizers to connect and show solidarity at a time when many are anxious, mourning, and feeling isolated or lonely.
Various Pride leaders have expressed their thoughts on the current situation and the need for a Pride celebration.
According to J. Andrew Baker, co-president of InterPride, “We need community and connection more than ever. This allows us to both connect and celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community’s resilience in the face of this pandemic and the true spirit of Pride.” He continued, ”Pride 2020 represents a milestone for Pride events, with many honoring the 50th anniversary of their first gatherings and marches, such as New York to the first Gandhinagar Pride this year and we would not let that pass without recognition and celebration.”
He’s not the only one. Kristine Garina, president of the European Pride Organizers Association and chair of Baltic Pride in Riga, Latvia, said, “The unprecedented challenges of COVID-19 mean that most Prides will not take place as planned in 2020. But we’re determined that this won’t stop us from coming together as a united, strong LGBTQIA+ community to celebrate who we are and what we stand for.”
Ron deHarte, co-president of the United States Association of Prides and president of Palm Springs Pride, said, “Annual Pride events in the United States engage and unite 20 million people. They gather to celebrate the strength and resilience of the LGBTQIA+ community, and to raise awareness for social justice and equal rights of all individuals.” He continued, “Through the pain and disruption caused by the novel coronavirus, we will deliver a virtual message of hope, comfort, love, and we will have an opportunity to show our appreciation to first responders everywhere.”
Maria Jern, the vice-chair of Svenska Pride, the Swedish Pride network, said, “In these times, it is even more important that we can demonstrate the power and strength of a joint Pride celebration around the world. Let the rainbow flag light up the world.”
Dana Marsh, president of Fierté Canada Pride, said, “It’s easy to feel isolated right now, especially with so many of our local Pride celebrations announcing cancellations or new dates. Pride celebrations bring our communities together in a show of solidarity and unity. Now, more than ever, we need to be loud and proud!”
Jenny Dewsnap, the co-chair of the UK Pride Organizers Network, said, “We are enormously proud that UK Prides will be a part of this global event. Our communities and pride organizers now have something to look forward to this summer and a chance to be a part of this unique demonstration of worldwide solidarity and unity.”
Ernie Yuen, president of the Consolidated Association of Pride (CAPI) and member of the Global Pride organizing committee, said, “More details will emerge in the coming days and weeks, saying that the need to respond urgently to this global crisis was key.”
“For Orgullo Latinoamericano (OLA), the regional network of Latin American Pride organizers, this project has encouraged us to work closely and join efforts from all over the Latino diaspora with the Global Pride movement to deliver hope and solidarity for the LGBTQIA+ community.” said Emmanuel Temores, co-chair of OLA.”
Well, when life gives you lemons, or rains on your parade(We see COVID-19), make some lemonade and sip it while enjoying a mind-blowing virtual Pride. It’s almost like the real thing, only a lil safer till we get through this pandemic.
Pride organizations from across the globe are encouraged to participate. Pride organizations interested in participating can express interest at this link: https://forms.gle/YDeCA9shTDMdK5RP9