Prides across the world may have been cancelled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, but all is not lost...
Global Pride, a 24-hour live-stream event taking place Saturday, has been created with the aim of bringing together the LGBT community online for a worldwide celebration.
The festival of fun will feature ‘a rich and diverse mix of artists, activists, entertainment and information’.
More than 500 Pride and LGBTQIA+ community organisations from 91 countries contributed more than 1,500 films to the Global Pride project.
The event will be presented by singer-songwriter, actor and YouTuber Todrick Hall.
Commenting on Global Pride, its organisers said in a statement: “The Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on Pride organisations worldwide, with hundreds of marches and events cancelled or postponed. Global Pride provides an opportunity for the LGBTI+ community around the world to come together and celebrate diversity and equality during these challenging times.
“Global Pride 2020 was launched on 1 April as a partnership between InterPride, the European Pride Organisers Association, and national Pride networks in several countries. It’s being led by a team of volunteers from every region of the world, who are all committed to ensuring that everyone, everywhere, can take part in Pride.”
All funds raised by the event will be distributed to Pride organisations facing financial trouble.
Celebrities confirmed to appear during the live-stream include Adam Lambert, Melanie C, Natasha Bedingfield, Olivia Newton-John, Pussycat Dolls, Rita Ora, Stephen Fry and the Village People.
Public and political figures making a contribution include: Ann Linde, foreign minister of Sweden; Carlos Alvarado Quesada, president of Costa Rica; Erna Solberg, prime minister of Norway; Guðni Jóhannesson, president of Iceland; Helena Dalli, European Commissioner for equality; Joe Biden, former vice-president of the USA; Justin Trudeau, prime minister of Canada; Leo Varadkar, taoiseach of Ireland; Manvendra Singh Gohil, prince of Rajpipla, India; Sadiq Khan, mayor of London; Victor Madrigal-Borloz, independent expert on LGBTQ+ rights for the UN; and Xavier Bettel, prime minister of Luxembourg.
Global Pride will be available to view online at globalpride2020.org and on YouTube on Saturday (27 June). Its UK start time is 6am.
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