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Pride Month Isn’t Over Yet: Here Are Some Of Our Favorite Online Pride Events You Can Still Celebrate With

Obviously Pride month has been fundamentally changed this year, thanks to the Coronavirus pandemic – which forced nearly 500 LGBTQ events to postpone or cancel. It’s led many organizations and Pride-goers struggling to comprehend how to celebrate this year’s Pride month.

Fortunately, the strong as ever queer spirit of the LGBT+ community has united to say: the spirit of pride will live on even if we can’t meet in person. 

From New York and Mexico City to LGBTQ-rights organizations, several have teamed up to make sure that the celebration lives on. Here are some of our favorite Pride events that you can still attend (from the safety of your home):

Mexico City Pride: June 27

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Even though Mexico City’s famed Paseo Reforma and Zócalo won’t be taken over by thousands of proud revelers this year, the pride flag will continue to fly high. The city’s annual Pride celebration – one of the world’s largest – has gone fully digital this year and will feature some seriously talented artists in the lineup.

From incredible drag performers to Sporty Spice (of the actual Spice Girls) there will be amazing icons headlining this year’s event. And it will be led by none other than Mexican superstar, Thalia.

Tune into the event’s social networks here on June 27 for all the fun!

New York City Virtual Pride: June 28

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New York is still pulling out all the stops for its Pride celebration, recruiting superstar singer Janelle Monaé and Schitt’s Creek creator Dan Levy as two of the four marshals for the celebration taking place on June 28. The event will be streaming on ABC News Live from noon to 2 p.m. EST and on WABC Channel 7.

Billy Porter, Miss Richfield 1981, and Deborah Cox will all also participate in the celebration.

NYC Pride organizers just announced a virtual rally against police brutality as well, alongside GLAAD and the National LGBTQ Task Force, for June 26. It will be hosted by Brian Michael Smith and Ashlee Marie Preston, and you can register and find more info online.

San Francisco Pride: June 27 & 28

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San Francisco Pride will host an online celebration and rally on June 27 and June 28. The event will feature live and prerecorded performances, and greetings from LGBTQ community members, elected officials and celebrities. 

The event can be livestreamed via San Francisco Pride’s website.

Club Quarantine: Nightly

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As lockdowns went into effect across North America, underground queer nightlife found a new venue on Zoom, with Club Quarantine quickly emerging as the pandemic’s most sought-after dance event. Recent celebrity sightings include alternative pop artist Charli XCX, model Kiko Mizuhara and actress Hunter Schafer — and Pride brings even more surprises.

After hosting the official launch party for Pride Toronto on June 1, organizers are keeping the energy running high every night with a top secret lineup of international DJs and performers, through the end of the month.

Cincinnati Black Pride: June 25

Cincinnati’s Black Pride celebration has already announced a diverse slate of online events, including the third year of the Black Alphabet Film Festival, which features work by and documenting the diversity of the Black LGBTQ+ experience, taking place on June 25.

The Vizazi Torch Awards, which honor Cincinnati residents working to improve the lives of queer and trans Black people in the city, will be held digitally on June 26. There will also be virtual parties all weekend long, with DJs spinning everything from underground house to ’60s classics and African dance music

Attitude’s Pride At Home: June 20-28

We see you Covid-19, and we raise you June 20 – with the inaugural Attitude Pride at Home, a festival of love and diversity across nine days and two weekends to benefit the Attitude Magazine Foundation for LGBTQ causes.

Can’t Cancel Pride Project: June 25

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Sia, Adam Lambert, Billy Porter, Katy Perry, and many more are slated to perform as part of “Can’t Cancel Pride,” a benefit concert that will be aired on iHeartRadio at 9 p.m. EST on June 25. Donations will go to organizations like The Trevor Project, GLAAD, and the National Black Justice Coalition, as well as towards COVID-19 relief for the LGBTQ+ community.

“Now is a time we need to come together to support the organizations that help bring critical resources to LGBTQ people in need and ‘Can’t Cancel Pride’ aims to do just that,” iHeartMedia’s Gayle Troberman told Variety.

The goal for “Can’t Cancel Pride” is to raise $5 million through a mix of individual donations and corporate sponsorships. People can already start giving to the cause on their website.

Global Pride 2020: June 27

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On Saturday 27 June, Pride organizations from across the world will celebrate Global Pride 2020. With musical and artistic performances, speeches from activists and campaigners, and addresses by public figures, we will stream 24 hours of content that reflects and celebrates the beautiful diversity of LGBTI+ people everywhere.

Global Pride will be live-streamed and you can watch anywhere with a computer or mobile device and an internet connection.

Solomon Ray Is One Of The Hottest Musicians On Scene Right Now And These Pics Prove It

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Solomon Ray Is One Of The Hottest Musicians On Scene Right Now And These Pics Prove It

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Solomon Ray is one of the hottest artists in music right now. The young man is delivering music and lewks that we didn’t know we needed. Let’s take a moment to admire the artist who si giving us some new music.

This is Solomon Ray and he is not shy about showing off who he is.

One of the most iconic quotes from Juan Gabriel and it still rings true today. How many times has someone in your family asked about your sexuality? Like, obviously it is what you suspect it to be so why the third-degree, tía?

He’s a Britney stan, which is still so very important.

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She might have one of the most bizarre Instagram accounts ever created, but that’s just part of her. Britney is an American treasure and should be protected and honored at all times no matter what. It’s a good thing that Ray understands the importance of loving the pop icon.

He knows how to give you all of those rancho vibes.

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Those chains against the hairy chest are really just everything. Honestly, we should be thanking him for being able to serve us such diverse lewks. We should aspire to have a man that can do both.

Ray even does the thing when he is at work.

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Just like mami always said, “You can never be overdressed.” Mom instilled in us the importance of always being well put together no matter what. We dress up to hang out in the living room to hang out when the family comes over. Seems like Ray would be the perfect man to bring around.

Look at him being all chill with Mariah Carey.

Like, we get it. You have famous friends and know people who are just incredibly awesome. Well, if you do know Mariah Carey, let’s go ahead and plan a dinner date. You know, for networking.

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No Fireworks, No Character Greets: Walt Disney World Prepares For Weekend Reopening

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No Fireworks, No Character Greets: Walt Disney World Prepares For Weekend Reopening

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Walt Disney World was one of the first major closures brought on by COVID-19. After months of being closed, Wat Disney World announced that they will be partially reopening this weekend. Some Floridians are begging for the company to reconsider.

Walt Disney World is planning to reopen Saturday, July 11.

For Central Florida, the reopening of Walt Disney World after Universal Studios and SeaWorld is a welcomed influx of money. However, the park’s reopening is concerning Floridians who say that the state is not ready for such a reopening because of the current spike of COVID-19 cases in the Sunshine State.

A petition is pleading with Governor Ron DeSantis to postpone Walt Disney World’s reopening.

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Florida is among the states experiencing major spikes in COVID-19 cases. Recently, Florida reported more than 11,000 cases in a single day. The MoveOn.Org petition is calling for Gov. DeSantis to prioritize the health of residents over the opening of Disney World.

“This virus is not gone, unfortunately it’s only become worse in this state. Having our theme parks remain closed until cases are steadily decreasing would keep our guests, our employees and their families safe,” reads the petition. “Re-opening the theme parks is only putting our guests, employees, and families at higher risk for contracting COVID-19. While theme parks are a great way to relax and enjoy free time, it is a non-essential business; it is not fair to the people who work there to risk their lives, especially if they are at risk or have family members who are at risk. People are more important than making a profit.”

The theme park had a reopening preview to show the new normal while at the park.

Disney cast members were given a chance to explore the park and the new safety regulations in place to protect guests from COVID-19. For two days, “guests” were able to enjoy the full park for the first time since March when the theme park had to close because of COVID-19.

One union has filed a grievance with Walt Disney World ahead of the reopening.

The Actors’ Equity Association, which represents 750 Walt Disney World performers filed a grievance of retaliation. The union claims that their members are being punished by Disney after demanding tests for performers because they are not able to social distance on June 25. On June 26, Disney rescinded notice recalling the performers for work.

“Seven unions signed agreements to have their employees return to work, the Actors’ Equity rejected our safety protocols and have not made themselves available to continue negotiations, which is unfortunate,” a Disney spokeswoman said in a statement, according to WTVBAM. “We are exercising our right to open without Equity performers.”

Some people were quick to use Disney’s own creations to highlight the kind of reopening they expect.

Oof. So far, there has been no mention so signaling from Walt Disney World that the reopening will be postponed. Twitter is filled with people both excited and appalled that the happiest place on earth is reopening. Some people hope that Disney magic will be worth the risk.

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