The lock downs and bans around the world in the wake of the Covid-19 virus has caused sporting events and musical performances to be postponed and canceled. But as summer is only a little over a month away, festivals and LGBTQ+ Pride events are also being put on hold.
In the wake of all the cancellations, an international group of Pride organizations are joining forces to put on a worldwide virtual Pride event on June 27.
The European Pride Organizers Association, InterPride; along with the Pride groups from Canada, Germany, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United States, southern Africa, Asia, Oceania, and Latin America are all working for the singe day event.
The 24 hour event will be streamed online live and feature activists speeches, workshops, and musical performances from the Pride groups around the globe.
President of the European Pride Orangizers Association and Chair of Baltic Pride in Latvia Kristine Garina spoke on the event saying, “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 organizers, we ensure there is still the opportunity to connect, even if we are connecting from home.”
In the United States; San Francisco has already canceled this year’s Pride events. It is one of over 300 such events that have been canceled this year due to the Covid-19 virus and surrounding events. For many organizations 2020 marked the 50th anniversary celebrations of Pride.
Co-president of Interpride J. Andrew Baker added, “we need community and connection more than ever. Global Pride gives us an opportunity to both connect and celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community’s resilience in the face of this pandemic and the true spirit of Pride.”