With 200 LGBTQ+ marches around the world now postponed or cancelled, it seems unlikely many IRL Pride events will actually take place this summer. But you can still fly the flag by joining in with the first ever Global Pride celebrations, coming to a computer screen near you in June.
A day-long programme of musical performances, speeches and keynotes from human-rights activists will be live-streamed on June 27. The festivities start in East Asia, Australia and New Zealand before moving through timezones to Europe and the United States, according to the European Pride Organisers Association (EPOA).
Pride networks representing some 800 marches have already signed up to the initiative, and the EPOA said it was now looking to get the organisers of the biggest individual marches on board. This will be the first time physical Pride marches have taken place virtually. The specific streaming platform is still to be announced.
The organisers hope that millions will tune in, and say performances will take place in French, Portuguese and Spanish. A spokesperson for the EPOA said: ‘The sense of community, love and kinship that Pride gives to people, sometimes for the first time in their lives, is an incredible thing to witness every year and it would be devastating if that couldn’t happen in some way.’
At a time when global togetherness feels more important than ever, it’s great to have something to look forward to. See you lot down the front!
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