The COVID-19 pandemic might have forced us to reimagine how we honor Pride Month, but one thing is for certain: The radical spirit of Pride is very much alive.
Below, find a list of 10 virtual Pride events you can attend from the safety of your own home, including a range of events centering Black LGBTQ people amid ongoing actions against systemic racism and police brutality.
What is it? An ongoing youth-centered livestream from the Hetrick-Martin Institute (HMI) featuring musical performances and guest appearances from LGBTQ influencers and celebrities.
When is it? Thursday, June 18 through Monday, June 29 via HMI’s YouTube and Facebook
How can I attend? Tune into the free livestreams and read up on the full programming schedule here.
What is it? A series of free digital livestreamed events, including performances by Janelle Monáe and Kim Petras, along with a drag brunch with the queens from We’re Here and a vogueing class inspired by Legendary on HBO Max.
When is it? Thursday, June 18 at 9pm ET through Sunday, June 28 at 8:30pm ET via Human By Orientation’s website
How can I attend? Tune into the livestream here.
You're invited to the #UnDistanced Festival! Join @AllOut for a series of free, virtual events during #Pride month that will allow all of us to celebrate who we are and who we love across borders and cultures. https://t.co/PIFUOxkitI pic.twitter.com/RVLBm5XI8s
— All Out (@AllOut) June 5, 2020
What is it? An ongoing virtual Pride festival organized by AllOut featuring panel discussions, book readings, firsthand stories from LGBTQ refugees, a free film screening, and an online dance party
When is it? Kicks off Thursday, June 18 with a book reading at 12pm ET and continues with regular events through Friday, July 10
How can I attend? RSVP and find a full programming slate here.
What is it? A three-day virtual roundtable discussion about dismantling white supremacy featuring performances and fundraising opportunities. Black LGBTQ activists and RuPaul’s Drag Race alumni Peppermint and Bob the Drag Queen will host the event, which was organized by Marti Gould Cumming in lieu of their Pride 2020 Drag Fest “in order to center on Black queer voices and offer a moment for healing, rejoicing, mourning, and love.”
When is it? Friday, June 19; Saturday, June 20; and Sunday, June 21 from 6:30-8pm ET on YouTube and Facebook via Logo and GLAAD
How can I attend? Tune into the free livestreams (full details here).
What is it? A star-studded Pride livestream including celebrity appearances and musical performances hosted by Them, Condé Nast’s LGBTQ outlet. The event will also serve as a fundraiser for NYC’s Ali Forney Center.
When is it? Monday, June 22 at 8pm ET via Them’s YouTube
How can I attend? Watch for free here.
New York City Pride
What is it? A livestreamed rally against police brutality and systemic racism hosted by Black transgender writer-activist Ashlee Marie Preston and Black trans actor Brian Michael Smith (Queen Sugar, The L Word: Generation Q).
When is it? Friday, June 26 from 5–8pm ET via @NYCPride’s Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook
How can I attend? Register for free here.
What is it? A 24-hour livestream from Pride organizers around the world featuring “musical and artistic performances, speeches from activists and campaigners, and addresses by public figures.” Organizers are putting Black LGBTQ lives front-and-center this year. Todrick Hall will host the event.
When is it? Saturday, June 27 from 12am to 11:59pm UTC
How can I attend? Sign up for free and learn more information here.
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STATEMENT ON NYC DYKE MARCH 2020 In lieu of an in-person Dyke March, this year we will be diverting our time, energy, and resources to protests being organized by Black activists in NYC. One protest that we will be putting our efforts behind is the Break the Chains with Love March, a Juneteenth protest led by Black dyke organizers. Although this is not a dyke-exclusive event, we hope to have a strong dyke presence–with your help. We will be releasing more information soon about how you can support and participate in this action. In order to better focus on supporting the Movement for Black Lives in the coming weeks, we are also changing the focus of our June 27 Virtual Dyke March event. We will be organizing a digital anti-racist action and Black dyke film festival for that date instead, with more details to come. We are asking our dyke communities to join us in fighting for Black lives, an end to police brutality, and the destruction of white supremacy. We want to make it clear — the 2020 NYC Dyke March is not cancelled, it’s transformed. For as long as our communities are fighting for freedom, safety, and justice, every day is Dyke March. If you are someone who loves Dyke March, who shows up faithfully year after year, we ask that you show up for Black lives with that same fervor throughout the weeks and months to come. We are living in a historic moment, in which each of us is called to work towards an end to white supremacy and systemic racism. We expect our dyke community to unequivocally take part in this effort and support the movement in every way possible: by protesting in the streets and at home, by donating to Black dyke, queer, and trans community organizing, and by engaging in the vital work of decolonizing our own hearts. #blacklivesmatter #dykemarch #nycdykemarch #dykemarchnyc #dykemarch2020 #pride2020
What is it? A livestreamed action and Black dyke film festival organized in the response to recent acts of violence and racism against Black Americans (more details TBA). As always, the action is a protest, “not a parade,” and NYC Dyke March is not obtaining a permit or communicating with police.
When is it? Saturday, June 27 from 5–7pm ET
How can I attend? Tune into the free livestream, and visit NYC Dyke March’s website for more information.
What is it? More than 13 hours of livestreamed programming from San Francisco Pride, including headliner Big Freedia and performances by Betty Who, David Hernandez, Dorian Electra, and more. Local activists and drag performers Honey Mahogany, Persia, Sister Roma, and Yves Saint Croissant will host.
When is it? Saturday, June 27 from 1–9pm PT and Sunday, June 28 from 2–7pm PT
How can I attend? Tune into the livestream here.
Reclaim Pride Coalition
What is it? An in-person march organized by NYC’s Reclaim Pride Coalition to “demand radical change in policing, full funding of community needs, and safety and honor for Black trans lives.” Like last year’s Queer Liberation March, this march will not have a permit, and organizers are not communicating or negotiating with police. The march will be livestreamed for those who cannot attend IRL.
When is it? Sunday, June 28 at 1pm ET via @QueerMarch’s Facebook, Twitter, and Periscope and Reclaim Pride Coalition’s YouTube
How can I attend? Attend the physical march at Foley Square and Center Street in Manhattan, or tune into the livestream here.