Let Nina West Teach You Some Pride Month History

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Open those history books because RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 11 congenial queen, Nina West, is here to give you a Pride Month history lesson.

In a new video for Procter & Gamble and iHeartMedia’s Can’t Cancel Pride: A COVID-19 Relief Benefit for the LGBTQ+ Community, Nina teaches viewers all about the genesis of Pride Month and the rainbow Pride flag, among other tidbits of trivia.

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Did you know that the world’s longest Pride celebration happens in Sydney, Australia? How about that Pride was created by Brenda Howard, a bisexual woman who wanted to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall Uprising?

“Pride is for all of us. This is your time to shine and your time to celebrate. You’re welcome to the party,” Nina says in a new IGTV video. “Pride is this opportunity for us to stand in our truth, in our skin… and look toward the future to a world we all want together.”

Can’t Cancel Pride is a digital event that will livestream Thursday, June 25 at 9pm ET via iHeartRadio’s Facebook, Instagram, and iHeartRadio’s PrideRadio. It will also broadcast on iHeartMedia stations nationwide and on the iHeartRadio app, as well as Hulu.


Adam Lambert, Big Freedia, Billy Porter, Katy Perry, Kim Petras, Melissa Etheridge, Sia, and Ricky Martin are scheduled to perform with Elvis Duran and Laverne Cox on hand as hosts.

“There’s no question COVID-19 has impacted the LGBTQ+ community in a variety of ways, and at this time in the U.S., the struggle for equality and inclusion has never been more important,” said Gayle Troberman, CMO for iHeartMedia. “Now is a time we need to come together to support the organizations that help bring critical resources to LGBTQ people in need and Can’t Cancel Pride aims to do just that. Like always, Pride will continue to represent the resilience, beauty and strength of the LGBTQ+ community around the nation and the globe.”

Check out Nina’s full history lesson in the video below.

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