Celebrate Pride Month with These Virtual Events Across the World
Some Pride parades have been canceled due to social distancing policies, but there are plenty of ways to participate in the festivities from your own home.
Each June, people across the world celebrate Pride Month as a way to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall Uprising that occurred in New York City. From parades to concerts to memorial services for those affected by HIV/AIDS, millions participate in celebrations of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) history and traditions all month long. While this June marks the 70th anniversary of the first Pride parade in Manhattan, the festivities will look a little different due to COVID-19-related social distancing guidelines.
In 2019, an estimated four million people attended New York City's pride parade, but this year's event will be held virtually. On Sunday, June 28, ABC7 is broadcasting a special event hosted by several Grand Marshals: actor Dan Levy; China Yanzi Peng, the Ali Forney Center director of LGBT Rights Advocacy; and Victoria Cruz, an LGBT rights activist. There will also be performances by Janelle Monáe, Deborah Cox, Billy Porter, Luísa Sonza, and more.
Global Pride, a worldwide network of LGBTQ+ organizations, will broadcast a 24-hour livestream of musical performances and speakers including Sharice Davids, the first Native American member of the LGTBQ+ community to be elected to the U.S. Congress, on June 27.
And while the Gender Justice League, a civil and human rights organization based in Washington, will not be hosting their annual Trans Pride Seattle parade, it will host a film series, youth activities, and workshops from June 26 through June 28. An online LGBTQ+ celebration and rally organized by San Francisco Pride will be held on June 28. LA Pride is also hosting a series of digital celebrations to commemorate 50 years of Pride in Los Angeles, and in Toronto, a virtual pride festival will be live the weekend of June 26 through June 28.