With all the changes happening this June (not limited to travel), it's no surprise that Pride 2020 looks a little bit different this year. While the global pandemic has forced other celebrations and traditions into postponed dates or being canceled completely, Pride is one thing that won't go as quietly. Rather than putting the brakes on a celebration that has spanned decades and the cities devoted to it, the community is finding other ways to celebrate and be Proud of the victories and strides they've seen.
The fight for equal human rights will never be finished completely, and neither will the Pride that the LGBT+ community fights so hard for. While the physical action of taking to the streets to declare that love is love might not be an option this year, there are plenty of other ways to take action and support the community in both their history, their lives, and their love, this summer.
New York City's Pride Celebration Tribute Will Be Broadcast On ABC
Many major cities are following suit with New York City as they've switched from a parade to a virtual schedule to celebrate Pride weekend. It's been 51 years since the riots at Stonewall and that passion has only fueled the generations to come after, with NYC Pride becoming more and more populated every year.
June 28th will be the day that viewers can witness a virtual celebration on ABC7, which will include performances from beloved musicians like Janelle Monáe and Billy Porter. The Human Rights Conference and Pride Rally are also scheduled to take place, with new safety measures enacted.
San Fransisco Is Following Suit And Has 13 Hours Of Virtual Pride Celebrations Planned
San Fransisco has seen the biggest crowd for the Pride celebration and as such has planned a virtual event that's bound to be just as fabulous. The city's Pride celebration is entirely virtual this year, with a total of 13 hours of drag performances, musicians taking the stage, and empowering speeches. Viewers can witness the virtual event on June 27th and June 28th.
Los Angeles Will Be Making Virtual History, And iHeartMedia Is Devoting Entire Stations To Members Of The LGBT+ Community
Los Angeles refused to cancel their Pride parade and rather, they're taking it to the interwebs. Taking place earlier than the other Pride celebrations, the city is broadcasting the first-ever virtual Pride parade on June 13th and 14th, complete with plenty of other tributes to the community.
The theme of the parade itself will showcase all of the struggles and victories the LGBT+ community has seen, along with tributes to the ongoing fight for equal rights. iHeartMedia will also be taking place in the celebration, devoting several of their radio stations to talks from local artists and celebrities.
Boston Will Be Paying Tribute To Lives Lost In The Community With A Pride Lights Livestream, And Will Also Offer Virtual Ways to Get Involved
Boston is another city that has been forced to cancel most of its events for the foreseeable future, but following suit with other major cities, it will also be taking to the virtual world to showcase its Pride. For the 50th year in a row, the city has started early with the raising of the Pride flag on June 5th.
Throughout the entire month of June, Boston will be showcasing virtual seminars, classes, panels, and even virtual karaoke. The celebration will go out with a bang on June 15th, as a six-hour concert is to take place virtually. The next major event, Pride Lights, which pays tribute to those who lost their lives to HIV/AIDS, will take place online on June 9th.