Let's Celebrate our LGBTQ+ communities with Pride!
Summer Pride this year is going to be a strange one - almost all the physical Pride marches have been cancelled or postponed until next year or much later this year. As a result, a huge amount of fundraising and awareness-building that goes on in the summer months has been impacted. But wait! There are still plenty of Virtual ways to join in this summer...
Aside from the very exciting range that we are about to launch (watch this space!) we wanted to share some other ways that we can all join in with Pride across the globe. Joining to help raise not just awareness, but also much needed funds and to celebrate our communities - not forgetting there is still a long way to go for so many of the LGBTQ+ rights that other groups in society take for granted. Part of the upcoming launch will be donating to two of our local LGBTQ+ charities both in Shoreditch in London and in Margate in Kent.
Luckily there will be plenty of ways for people to join in with virtual Pride festivals in 2020, starting today the 31st of May! From pop up painting, concerts to online Dating and Dances.
Gay Virtual Speed Dating (25-45)
5th June 2020
7:30pm to 9pm
Date in a Dash have teamed up with Pride in London to host a number of virtual dating events:
PopUp Painting Online Party: Pride Special
6th June 2020
4pm to 6pm
Your PopUp Painting Online Party experience will be themed around our Banksy Inspired Girl with a Heart Shaped Rainbow Balloon to celebrate Pride.
Our team goes live with you on Zoom for a fully interactive experience, encouraging you to unleash your creativity by guiding you step-by-step in creating your own iconic masterpiece in less than two hours:
LGBTQ+ Elders Social Dance Club
13th June / 12th July / 9th August
Calling all LGBTI+ Elders and allies – the LGBTI+ Elders Social Dance Club is now Online
Dust off your dancing shoes, charge your glasses and get ready for online dance club!
Age restriction: Strictly Over 50
19th - 21st June
For the night owls UK time 11.30pm -1.30pm
On the other side of the pond, but via Facebook, join 100 of the greatest drag performers for a 3-day digital drag festival to celebrate Pride and raise funds for local drag performers! More than 100 performers are scheduled to appear during “Pride 2020 Drag Fest,” an official event of NYC Pride and supported by national LGBTQ advocacy organisation GLAAD. The virtual performances will run each day from 6:30-8pm EST beginning on Friday, June 19 and through Sunday, June 21, 2020
17:00 – 21:00
Bi Pride UK will be hosting a virtual bi pride event: Bi-Fi Festival! Streaming on Twitch, this virtual event will be a celebration of bi voices. Tune in to watch thought-provoking discussion panels and enjoy entertainment from a diverse array of performers. Then turn the volume up for a DJ’ed after party! Keep following BiPride’s social channels (IG:@biprideuk or Facebook BiPrideuk) and they will let you know exactly when and where to go closer to the date and on the date. It will be a virtual link to a live-streamed event.
All day, all over the world!
Pride organisations around the world will come together for Global Pride 2020, a 24-hour live-streamed event featuring musical and artistic performances, speeches from activists and campaigners, and addresses by public figures.
InterPride and the European Pride Organisers Association are working with national organisations in the UK, Canada, Germany, Sweden and the US and regional networks in southern Africa, Asia, Oceania, and Latin America, to bring communities and Pride organisations together for this Global Pride event. The lineup will be announced in the coming weeks - for updates and more details as they emerge or to get involved see:
28th June - 5th July
This week Amnesty International announced that it would be joining forces with UK Black Pride, Stonewall and ParaPride to bring this year’s Pride celebrations completely online.
“COVID-19 won’t stop us celebrating LGBT+ rights. This year, Pride will be inside – in our homes and in our hearts,” said Sen Raj, Amnesty International’s Rainbow Network committee member.
“Around the world, the pandemic is having a disproportionate effect on LGBTI+ people who have been historically discriminated against in their access to healthcare, housing and employment.
The virtual celebration will be dubbed Pride Inside and will see artists, musicians, comedians, DJs and activists come together for a series of performances, talks and workshops honouring the LGBT+ community, for more Info see:
To celebrate our LGBTQ+ community we've also created a board on our Pinterest account to celebrate inspiring icons who also happen to have beautiful furry friends! Why not see if there's anyone you're inspired by Here?
Featured headline image Photo by Sharon McCutcheon