This article was published on June 7th, 2020
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the entire world, Pride events everywhere have either been canceled or postponed, forcing many organizations to devise new ways to reach out to the LGBTQ+ community. Through the advent of technology, however, Global Pride is positioned to be the most inclusive celebration of its kind in the history of the movement. And this year, in response to worldwide tests and in support of #BlackLivesMatter, Global Pride is on a mission to center inclusion for all members of the queer community.
Scheduled for June 27th, Global Pride will be an online event that features world leaders, royalty, international musical acts, human rights activists, and drag queens that are all slated to participate in a 24-hour celebration. With more than 1,500 Pride celebrations around the world, all of them have been invited to participate in this monumental event. Organizers plan to show videos from regional Pride networks throughout the 24-hour stream. As some cities are still under quarantine, viewers are advised to follow the guidelines of their local health officials.
The event will include remarks by Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway, Prime Minister Xavier Bettel of Luxembourg, the president of Costa Rica Carlos Alvarado Quesada, and Manvendra Singh Gohil, the first openly gay prince of India. Other noted appearances at the event will include Olivia Newton-John, Deborah Cox, Thelma Houston, and Ava Max. Musical acts scheduled are the Dixie Chicks, Kristine W, Bright Light Bright Light, and Steve Grand. Plus, drag performers Pabllo Vittar and Courtney Act are set for the virtual stage at this ambitious event. Underscoring the event will be an audio and visual design by the late pop singer George Michael.
Expect a More Interactive and Inclusive Experience for Global Pride 2020
The event will be accessible to everyone regardless of disability, location, or socioeconomic status. Anyone with an internet connection will be able to participate in the festivities, making this level of accessibility will be a first. Because of the groundbreaking presentation in 2020, this may be the first time that many LGBTQ+ people will be able to participate in the festivities.
Also, this is set to be the year that the queer community brings the focus to the inclusivity that it made an oath to decades ago. As a live-stream event that will be beamed into communities around the globe, it will act as a platform to address the challenges of LGBTQ+ people everywhere. Even with incredible strides over the past decades, the fact remains that there are more than 70 countries where same-sex relationships are considered a crime, and in many punishable by death. This unique, international presentation will shine a spotlight on the queer agenda for a huge audience.
The agenda for Global Pride this year will is on a mission to return to the true essence of Pride, showcasing the resilience of the LGBTQ+ community and aligning itself with other disadvantaged groups that reside under its umbrella. Global Pride will go delve into the deeper issues that plague the queer community, paying homage to its origins and acknowledging the intersectional members that have collectively fought against homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, gender discrimination, racism, sexism, classism, and colonialism. What the challenges of the current #BlackLivesMatter has reminded the LGBTQ+ community is that the fight is not over until we are all on equal footing.
This gives us an opportunity to both connect and celebrate LGBTQIA+ members mindfully and respectfully. Global Pride is poised to further commit itself to the rights of the transgendered and #BlackLivesMatter in what has the capacity to be the largest queer event in history. By creating an international virtual platform, Global Pride will be accessible in areas that normally are without a queer presence. The silver lining is that this pandemic crisis has forced LGBTQ+ members and organizers to look to new ways to reach out to the community and provide support. The creativity and message of this year’s event will set a marker for how the proceedings years will look like.