This Weekend’s Global Pride 2020 Is Set to Be the World’s Biggest LGBTQ Event Ever
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The LGBTQ community is resilient, which means that when COVID-19 canceled in-person celebrations and events around the world, including our beloved annual Pride festivals, we didn’t even consider canceling Pride Month outright. We’ve fought way too hard for that! And that’s why Global Pride 2020, a 24-hour virtual Pride celebration — set to kick off in only a few hours’ time and featuring artists, activists and celebrities from all over the world — is the perfect way to celebrate Pride during this current pandemic.
After hundreds of Pride marches and celebratory events were canceled or postponed due to Coronavirus, an opportunity presented itself: a truly international Pride event that brings together people from all parts of the world, uniting for a single cause. Global Pride 2020 launched on April 1 as a partnership between large organizations (InterPride, the European Pride Organisers Association) and several national, regional and local Pride networks the world over.
On Saturday, June 27, the live-streamed event will begin, featuring musical performances, speeches and messages from LGBTQ and allied activists, with different parts of the world being highlighted over the course of the 24-hour digital event. (Kinda like a New Year’s Eve telecast that takes place at different times for different time zones!)
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Although many Prides have been affected by the global situation, we pay tribute to the Prides around the world that would have originally taken place this past weekend. We hope you will join us for the first Global Pride 2020 happening June 27th 2020! 🏳️🌈 @bainbridgepride, @baltimore_pride, @bisbeepride, @boisepride, @ccprideiowa, @csdaugsburg, @csdherne, @csdnordwest, @csd_schwerin, @prideromania, @officialcolumbuspride, @CenterOnColfax, @encpride, @exmouth.pride, @flagstaffpride, @forestgaytepride, @grandrapidspridecenter, @hudsonpridecenter, @icpride, @kentuckianapride, @knoxpridefest, @lancasterpride, @middletownpride, @nwaequality, @okcpridefest, @ParadaRownosci, @portsmouthprideuk, @prideinbelper, @prideportlandme, @ri_pride, @SalentoPride, @salfordprideofficial, @saskatoonpride, @skopjepride, @sufupride, @sotpride, @epsuncitypride, @ToscanaPride, @upstatepridesc, @vicenzapride, @zaanpride, @zurichpride, Angola Pride, Carlisle Pride, Marquette Pride, Michigan City Pride, Pride in the Park, Richmond Pride, Roze Zaterdagen Nederland, Vesuvius Pride.
Among the world leaders who are part of the Global Pride 2020 lineup are Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado Quesada (Costa Rica just got marriage equality), Norway Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil of India, London Mayor Sadiq Khan, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, Icelandic President Guðni Jóhannesson and United States presidential hopeful Joe Biden.
And among the many artists scheduled to appear and/or perform are Kesha, Adam Lambert, Pabllo Vittar, Olivia Newton John, Deborah Cox, Kristine W, Thelma Houston, Big Freedia, Rita Ora, Ava Max, Natasha Bedingfield, Alex Newell, Betty Who, Bright Light Bright Light, Courtney Act, the Village People, Pussy Riot, Mel C and Steve Grand. There will also be a special audio-visual celebration of beloved pop artist George Michael.
Singer, songwriter and dancer Todrick Hall will be hosting Global Pride 2020.
And acknowledging what has been a truly international response to the death of George Floyd and so many other Black lives, and the demand for racial justice, Global Pride 2020 will be doing its part to amplify Black voices and support the Black Lives Matter movement.
Global Pride 2020 will be telecast in the video below. Hornet users will be able to join the celebration from the Hornet Feed itself, where there will be a button allowing users to tune in directly. Hornet is proud to be partnering with Global Pride 2020 for such an important event!
When the Global Pride 2020 broadcast begins depends on where you are in the world. The below map provides an overview of start times in some major world cities, but you can go here to find the exact start time wherever you are in the world, and you can find a country-by-country schedule here.
(Note that in some parts of the world, including Hawaii, Los Angeles, Vancouver and part of Mexico, Global Pride 2020 actually begins late on Friday, June 26.)