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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.

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Met Gala 2021 Is Happening And Amanda Gorman Is Set To Host The America-Themed Fashion Event

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Met Gala 2021 Is Happening And Amanda Gorman Is Set To Host The America-Themed Fashion Event

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It’s 2021 and the Met Gala is back this year – after being canceled in 2020 thanks to a pandemic – with superstar poet Amanda Gorman being eyed to host the fashion event of the year. Given the 23-year-old’s show-stopping performance at the inauguration, the theme fittingly will be a celebration of America and American designers.

The Met Gala will return in 2021 with a very special guest as host.

Vogue’s “Oscars of Fashion” famously takes place on the first Monday of May. However, this year it’s been pushed back to September 13, in hopes that life will have returned to something closer to normal by then.

Epic poet Amanda Gorman is reportedly in talks to co-host the event alongside Tom Ford, who is the academy’s president. The breakout star of President Biden’s inauguration, Gorman is on the cover of the magazine’s May issue and the subject of a relentlessly glowing profile inside.

The black-tie gala, which raises funds for Met’s Costume Institute, is normally fashion’s biggest night and sees guests from Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and Cardi B to Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and even Maluma.

The event was canceled in 2020 thanks to a global pandemic.

The world’s most glamorous party was canceled in 2020 because of COVID-19, which was (and still is) raging the planet at the time. There was a virtual event in place of the 2020 event, with celebs like Julia Roberts, Priyanka Chopra and Amanda Seyfried showing off their looks from home and stars like Mindy Kaling and Adam Rippon taking part in the #MetGalaChallenge, recreating looks from past years.

This year’s event will draw inspiration from all things USA.

The theme of this year’s Met Gala has not been announced, but Page Six says the night will be devoted to honoring America and American designers, following the 18-month-long COVID crisis in this country.

Recent past themes for the event have included “Camp: Notes on Fashion” (2019), “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” (2018), and “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between (2017). And don’t forget 2016, when Zayn Malik wore robot-arms to Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.

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The Cast of ‘Glee’ Along With Demi Lovato Paid Tribute to Naya Rivera At the GLAAD Awards

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The Cast of ‘Glee’ Along With Demi Lovato Paid Tribute to Naya Rivera At the GLAAD Awards

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On Thursday, the cast of “Glee” paid tribute to Naya Rivera at the GLAAD Media Awards. Rivera was a once-in-a-lifetime talent the touched so many lives personally and through the screen while she was alive. But perhaps none of Naya’s roles were as impactful as Santana Lopez was.

This year, GLAAD decided to take time to honor the impact Naya Rivera had on LGBTQ representation onscreen.

During a time when LGBTQ represenation onscreen was rare, Santana Lopez was groundbreaking for being both queer and Latina. Santana went from a shut-off closeted cheerleader to an out-and-proud lesbian woman. This was a story arc many queer kids had never seen before.

Demi Lovato introduced the cast of “Glee” with a touching speech. She described how honored she was (and still is) to have played Santana’s girlfriend, Dani, on the show.

“I don’t have to tell you that this year was a tough, tough year,” Lovato said. “A particular moment of heartbreak stands out for me: losing my friend Naya Rivera. I will always cherish the chance I got to play Naya’s girlfriend, Dani, on ‘Glee.’”

“The character Naya played, Santana Lopez, was groundbreaking for closeted queer girls — like I was at the time,” she went on. “And her ambition and accomplishments inspired Latina women all over the world.”

Then, dozens of former “Glee” cast members gathered via Zoom to pay tribute to Naya Rivera.

The tribute featured former “Glee” actors like Darren Criss, Jane Lynch, Matthew Morrison, Amber Riley, Heather Morris, Harry Shum Jr., Jenna Ushkowitz, Chris Colfer, and Kevin McHale. There were also many others.

“Naya would be honored to receive this recognition,” read the statement. “When Naya was told that Santana would be a lesbian she called me to let me know and I asked her how did she feel about that and she said ‘I feel great about it!'”

“This year marks the tenth anniversary that Naya’s character, Santana Lopez, came out on ‘Glee’,” said Dot-Marie Jones, who played Coach Beast on the Fox series.

“Santana basically got disowned by her family. And as alot of us know, that’s a feeling too many LGBTQ kids know too well,” continued Chris Colfer, who played Kurt Hummel.

The loving tribute then ended with a written statement from Naya Rivera’s mother Yolanda Previtire, who couldn’t make it to the call.

“Little did we know that she would impact so many people in the LGBTQ community. Her desire was to always be an advocate to those who did not have a voice.

“She continued: “I don’t believe that she realized how important she was to this world. I am grateful that my eldest daughter helped to change the landscape of how we view and see each other.”

“Her desire was to always be an advocate to those who did not have a voice,” the message read, in part. “I don’t believe that she realized how important she was to this world. I am grateful that my eldest daughter helped to change the landscape of how we view and see each other.”

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