Amid the Coronavirus - Covid-19 crisis currently affecting the globe, many of the world's Prides have unfortunately be shelved for the year. With posts such as "Toronto Gay Pride Canceled," "Madrid Pride Canceled" or "London Pride Postponed" regularly flooding our social media walls, pride spirits were looking a little low. After all, according to the European Pride Organisers Association, more than 200 LGBTQ pride parades have been postponed or canceled due to the spread of the coronavirus. As a result an international community of LGBTQ organizations and pride committees have joined forces to bring Global Pride 2020, which will operate under the motto of: Exist. Persist. Resist.
For the LGBTQ community, Pride is a momentous occasion for individuals to unite over a shared goal and celebrate all the achievements made past and present. Keeping this in mind, it became essential for the international pride community to implement such a celebration through Global Pride 2020. As Kristine Garina, President of the European Pride Organisers Association and Chair of Baltic Pride in Riga, Latvia, said:
"For millions of people around the globe, Pride is their one opportunity each year to come together and feel a part of a community, to feel loved, connected and to know they aren’t alone. It’s essential this year that as Pride organisers we ensure there is still the opportunity to connect, even if we are connecting from home."
Taking place on June 27, the day before the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots of 1969, Global Pride 2020 will use a series of online streaming platforms to bring a Pride in which everyone can participate, wherever they are in the world. The special event will wecome loads of different guests, and include speeches, musical performances, and key messages from human rights activists.
Global Pride 2020 will kick off with live streams in East Asia, Australia and New Zealand, and move through time zones to the western United States. Everyone is invited to participate from the comfort of their own home. This will be particularly special for those who may have otherwise not been able to attend a pride due to religious, family, political, or social issues within their country or family unit.
While the program, including specific performances, is yet to be confirmed, the event will be streamed in a series of different languages including Spanish, French, English, and Portuguese. Further details will be announced in the coming days and weeks, so stay tuned. While you're waiting, be sure to follow @globalpride2020 on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the latest updates.