Here's how the world is celebrating Pride virtually this year

Jun 3 2020, 9:00 am

Although it will be slightly different this year, Pride 2020 won’t be any less special. Across the globe,ย LGBTQIA+ individuals and supporters will be taking their festivities online to inform, educate, and advocate for the importance of equal rights, representation, and unity.

Here’s how some places around the world plan to virtually participate in Pride 2020.

New York City, United States

 

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Over 100 of the best drag performers are expected to appear for Pride 2020 Dragfest, hosted by NYC Pride and supported by theย Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). The festival will begin Friday, June 19, and will last three days. Fans of RuPaul’s Drag Race will be delighted to hear that some fan-favourites will be in attendance as well as other legendary performers. The shows will run each day from 6:30 to 8 pm EST and can be seen on the NYC Pride and GLAAD Facebook pages.

Toronto, Canada

 

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Pride Toronto is channelling its inner show-must-go-on attitude by hosting a month-long series of “innovative online programming” throughout the month of June that showcases the biggest and best events taking place in this legendary Canadian city. Such programs include FEEYASS! With Club Quarantine, where you can put on your fiercest party outfit and log on for an online gala and Virtual Pride Launch Party. More detailed information regarding upcoming events can be found online.

Dublin, Ireland

 

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Beginning June 18, Dublin Pride will kick off its Digital Festival, a series of virtual programming put on and hosted by LGBTQIA+ organizations that will take place until June 28. Events will include virtual walking tours as well as talks and exhibitions. Although it won’t be possible to gather on O’Connell Street this year, there will be a Virtual Pride Parade to end the festivities on Sunday, June 28.

Washington, DC, United States

While the festivities may not happen like they usually do with a party down Pennsylvania Avenue as the sun sets, the alternative is just as sweet. Grammy Award-winning DJ Tracy Young will be livestreaming the iconic Sunset Dance Party with a set that is sure to get you on your feet and busting a move. For more information, visit the Capital Pride Alliance website.

Luxembourg

 

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Even though it can’t be celebrated similarly to previous years, Luxembourg Pride is not giving up or giving in to the current state of the world. Instead, they’re merely pivoting by issuing a series of digital initiatives and programs, including a digital equality march, DJ sets, drag shows, and more. Additional information regarding specific events can be found at the Luxembourg Pride Facebook page.

Vancouver, Canada

 

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Similar to Toronto, the Vancouver Pride Society is featuring a variety of diverse online content to celebrate Pride throughout July. Program highlights include a Virtual Pride Parade Livestream, Public Disco, Drag Story Time, Pride Ball, andย Symphonic Pride: Pride & the Vancouver Symphony. Although participants may not be able to gather in the West Endย as they usually would, these online celebrations are the next best thing.

Global Pride

 

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On Saturday, June 27, Pride organizations from around the world are coming together for one massive celebration entitled Global Pride 2020. The 24-hour content stream will feature musical and artistic performances as well as speeches from a variety of activists and public figures to reflectย “the beautiful diversity of LGBTI+ people everywhere.” Those wishing to tune in can sign up to the event on Facebook to receive the most updated information and find out which platform Global Pride will be streamed on.

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