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
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
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
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
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
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
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.