5 Virtual Pride 2020 Events to Attend While Social Distancing
Riya Yadav, INN/Gwalior, @infodeaofficial
For the last 50 years, the month of June has been dedicated to celebrating the LGBTQ+ community including those queerest populations: homeless youth, POC, transgender individuals.
Here are 5 solid ways to digitally celebrate Pride from the comfort of your own home.
- Global Pride on June 27
The event will be streamed on the Global Pride Website all day and will put the Black Lives Matter movement as a focal point. Organizers of the event are planning one similar to the New Year’s Eve broadcasts allowing for it to travel across the globe with so many celebs.
- New York City Pride on June 26-28
This year will mark the 50th anniversary of the first Gay Pride March in NYC and there are several events they will be hosting. For one, there’s a virtual rally on June 26 from 5 to 8 p.m. The event will be hosted by Ashlee Marie Preston, the first transgender person to run for state office in California, and Michael Smith, a transgender actor who has appeared in Homeland and The L Word.
- Dancing Query ongoing through June
If one of your favorite things about Pride is dancing and music, this is the event for you. You can take lessons, participate in a dance party, and/ or just move your body. This event is part of an annual festival that takes place in Cambridge, MA, and features workshops, mixers, discussions, and more. Throughout Pride, they are offering several free dance classes via Zoom as presentation and more
- Chicago Pride on June 20-21
There will be several performers and guests catfights, The Vixen, LeAnn Rimes, and others, and it will be hosted by Ruff N’ Stuff.
The live stream will happen via Twitch from 7-9 p.m. and more information can be found here.
- Check out art by queer artists throughout June
To celebrate the creativity of the queer community, there are a number of online art exhibitions you can check out to celebrate Pride. On view through GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco, “Performance, Protest, and Politics” looks at the work of the artist Gilbert Baker who designed the rainbow flag, which would become a symbol of recognition for the community at large.