Through the COVID-19 pandemic, GO Mag will be gathering the best lesbian and queer virtual events on the weekends in lieu of our regular weekend event round-ups.
What a week (again)! While some cities have already re-opened bars and restaurants to the public, it’ll be a while before we can party in groups like we’re used to, so most events are still being held virtually for now. Given that there’s now a pandemic and an uprising going on at the same time, this week’s roundup of virtual queer events also includes lots of Black and brown events for those who want to get involved and/or recharge.
On Friday, June 12 at 7 p.m. CST, an ensemble of queer and trans youth will be performing this livestreamed theater experience, “a new kind of play” called the Scarlet Rebellion. It’s about a group of queer and trans youth trying to overthrow an abusive government in a dystopian society (sound familiar?!). Sliding scale, free for youth.
Liberate, a meditation app for people of color, is hosting this event for Black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) only on Friday, June 12 at 8 p.m. EST. Lama Rod Owens, author of “Love and Rage: The Path of Liberation Through Anger,” will host this live virtual gathering on Zoom to help BIPOC folks process and heal from their anger right now. Donation-based.
Femmepremacy, a party and workshop for queer and trans people of color (QTPOC), is throwing weekly virtual fundraisers for Pride. This week’s fundraiser benefits For The Gworls, an organization that raises money for Black trans women. It takes place on Friday, June 12 at 9 p.m. via Zoom. Expect music by Funky Caramelo, Quest/onmarc, and Maahd.
Vice launched a new multimedia creative hub called Queers Built This in honor of Pride 2020, featuring everything from an archive gallery to downloadable posters and phone backgrounds to live events. The digital events kick off this weekend on Saturday, June 15 at 4 p.m. EST with an event called “Queer, Black Histories and Futures Through Filmmaking,” which will benefit the Marsha P. Johnson Institute. More events and offerings will continue all throughout June.
Virtual Pride events continue with a day full of events from Billboard on Saturday, June 15. First, there will be a Pride Prom and Summit event featuring Hayley Kiyoko, Jillian Mercado, Big Freedia, Cyndi Lauper, Billy Porter, Lena Waithe, Lilly Wachowski, Tituss Burgess, and more. Expect performances, drag, cameos, conversations, and more!
BUFU (By Us For Us), a QTPOC creative group, is hosting a virtual candlelight vigil to honor those who have passed from Covid-19 as well as from state violence. This week’s vigil will take place on Sunday, June 14 at 7 p.m. EST on Zoom. There’s also a digital memorial garden of sorts, in which a new “flower” is planted digitally every time someone submits a memory of a lost loved one.
On Sunday, June 14, take part in this conversation about radical self-care and pleasure activism, plus how artists and healers can help contribute to the movement. Hosted by @Sweetherb_honey, @Basandlight and guest host @N.yallah. DM if you’d like to attend.
Loba, a Los Angeles-based queer herbalist, creator, and speaker, is hosting a series all about plant care in the apocalypse. This Sunday, June 14 at 3 p.m. CST there will be a workshop all about housecare, for those who want a home that feels like a garden oasis but can’t quite seem to keep their aloe vera alive. Learn how to create green space indoors, keep plants alive, and even propagate them. Sliding scale with live ASL interpretation.
Lucky you, there are multiple gardening classes this week! Maryah Greene of Greene Piece and Briana St. Holder, two amazing Black plant gurus, will be hosting this class for beginners on Sunday, June 14 at 3 p.m. EST. Learn about watering, lighting, and so much more. All proceeds go toward the Love Land Foundation.