For the LGBTQ+ community, June is a month all about glitter, rainbows, and Pride celebrations big and small. When I came out as lesbian my freshman year of college, I was eager to find my place with people who shared the same feelings, experiences, and hardships that I dealt with. In June 2018, I attended my first Pride. Not only did I feel supported, I also felt like I could truly be myself. Since then, my relationship with Pride has been different. It is not just a celebration for me anymore but a powerful acknowledgement of where the community has been, where we are currently, and the future of the LGBTQ+ community.
With Pride occurring during a pandemic, though, this year looks a bit different. There won’t be any in person parades or large festivals, but many organizations are doing what they can to keep us celebrating virtually!
NYC Pride is one of the most famous and iconic celebrations in the world. Last year they hosted World Pride 2019 which I was lucky enough to attend. This year’s celebration will look different, though, with a live telecast on Sunday, June 28 celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the first Pride March held in 1970. The Grand Marshals for this year’s Pride include Dan Levy, an Emmy nominated showrunner and star of Schitt’s Creek and The Ali Forney Center, the nation’s largest and most comprehensive organization dedicated to caring and creating safe housing for homeless LGBTQ youth. Performances, speakers, and special appearances will include Janelle Monae, Billy Porter, Deborah Cox, Luisa Sonza, Margaret Cho, and more!
Also make sure to check out the 3 day virtual Pride 2020 Drag Fest sponsored by GLAAD on June 19th, 20th, and 21st at 6:30pm EST. The event will be live streamed on both NYC Pride and GLAAD’S Facebook pages!
To see all the events NYC Pride is doing throughout June visit their website.
Global Pride 2020
Global Pride 2020 is possible thanks to a partnership between InterPride and the European Pride Organisers Association, and the event will entail a live streamed festival on Saturday, June 27th. The event will live stream for 24 hours with continuous speeches, events, and performances. Going virtual means that the celebration will be able to be accessed by anyone regardless of disability, location, or socioeconomic status, and this level of accessibility will be the first for most Pride events around the world!
For the most up to date information on sites that will stream the event and who will be appearing check out their website.
Indy Pride holds a special place in my heart for being my first ever Pride! Instead of the parade on Mass Ave and the large festival, Indy Pride is also going virtual with events all throughout the month of June.
Check out Drag History: A Virtual “Fireside Chat” at 7:30 pm on June 7th to learn more about Drag, its major LGBTQ+ icons, and the future of Drag in both Indiana and around the world. On Saturday, June 20th tune into the live stream of the Indy Pride Virtual Celebration! Starting at 2:00 pm, the online party will be available through their website.
To participate in both of these events visit their website.
Even though Pride will look different this year, organizations around the world are still making it possible to celebrate safely and commemorate our history as a group. There is no doubt that I will be decked out in rainbow celebrating and educating myself all month long. Pride is not on hold, and it exists in each and every one of us, and we have the power to celebrate it every day. So, dig out those rainbow socks, glitter, and smiles because there is still celebrating to be had!