Global Pride kicks off Saturday June 27 with a 24-hour virtual celebration of LGBTQIA+ communities from around the world.
Launched on April 1 of this year, the Global Pride is a collaboration between the European Pride Organisers Association, InterPride, and multiple national Pride networks. Its mission is to continue the Pride tradition with a virtual celebration in lieu of the usual face-to-face gatherings that have been suspended amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Global Pride will include performances, films, music, and shows of support by and for the queer community worldwide. Participants and contributors come from every continent, including Antarctica. Over forty countries from Africa will be represented, as well as most Asian countries, including Azerbaijan, Iran, Syria, Libya, and others were LGBTQ+ face legal restrictions, discrimination, imprisonment, and even death.
The event will also include appearances by numerous celebrities, performers, and politicians from around the world, including Joe Biden, Justin Trudeau, Nancy Pelosi, Laverne Cox, Kesha, and Pussy Riot.
Other participants include Mexican singer and drag queen, Sophia Jimemez, Sudanese sculptor Ahmed Umar, and Hong Kong singer, actor, and activist Denise Ho. There will also be a tribute to Egyptian activist Sarah Hegazi,who took her own life earlier this month.
In just under three months, the event has grown into what organizers believe may become the largest LGBTQIA+ event ever. “Global Pride is our time to shine, our time to show the enormous and beautiful diversity of the LGBTQIA+ people in every corner of the world,” said Steve Taylor of European Pride Organisers Association in a statement released to the press.
A full schedule of participants will be posted prior to the event. For global start times, visit https://www.globalpride2020.org/watch/.