Unfortunately, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, a vast majority of Pride events have been cancelled, which is a huge loss for the LGBTQ+ community and its allies.
But while crowd gatherings may not be able to take place, there are plenty of online activities you can take part in to celebrate Pride in the coming months, including…
Every year, the month of June sees cities across the world burst into vibrant celebration of LGBTQ+ identity during Pride Month. Parades and parties are thrown, championing the right to live without fear or apology.
Events and talks are held, to raise awareness of the global inequalities that still rage around sexuality. LGBTQ+ people, alongside straight and cis allies, come together to march, dance and toast to love, commemoration and freedom.
28th June – 5th July
Amnesty International, UK Black Pride, Stonewall and ParaPride have joined forces to bring Pride celebrations online. They’ve enlisted artists, musicians, comedians, DJs and activists to host a series of virtual gigs, talks and workshops. The line-up will be announced in due course.
In the first event of its kind, Pride organisations across the world will join forces for a 24-hour live stream of ‘content that reflects and celebrates the beautiful diversity of LGBTI+ people everywhere’. Its first wave of speakers and artists has already been announced, including musicians Ava Max, Olivia Newton John, Pabllo Vittar, and world leaders Carlos Alvarado Quesada, President of Costa Rica (which legalised equal marriage in May) and Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway. We seriously can’t wait for this one.
Bi Pride UK are hosting their virtual bi-pride event to celebrate bi voices. Streaming on Twitch, you’ll find panel discussions, ‘a diverse array of performers’ and an after party. See you there.
Staying In, Coming Out
After sadly postponing the parade until 2021, London Pride have a useful guide to all digital events via their ‘Staying In, Coming Out’ platform. There’s quizzes, panels, performances, interviews, and even some dance workshops.
Brighton Hove Pride
1st – 2nd August
To mark its 30th anniversary, Brighton Hove Pride are launching an online summer festival packed with musicians, singers, speakers, activists, drag artists and performers. There will also be warm-up events in the preceding weeks to be announced, so keep an eye out on their website for updates.
Through Facebook and YouTube, join Northern Pride online in July for a virtual march (for which they’re encouraging you to send in a photo or video of you at a previous Northern Pride march), talks from guest speakers, artistic performances, wellbeing content and a virtual candlelit vigil to close the event.
Additionally, for those who are looking to further their authentic allyship through education this Pride Month, here’s a list of LGBTQ+ books, podcasts and documentaries about the queer community, sexuality, and the ongoing battle against homophobic and transphobic aggression…