Bringing the LGBTQI community together and ensuring that our Pride will shine through COVID-19

BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS

With just two weeks until what promises to be the world’s biggest ever LGBTQI Pride event, the full star-studded line-up has been announced for the first ever Global Pride celebration (virtual, of course).

Organisers today announced a collaboration with singer, songwriter, actor and director Todrick Hall and a long list of additional big appearances from the world of music, entertainment, advocacy and politics.

Global Pride is a 24-hour stream of music, performances, speeches and messages of support, hosted by Todrick Hall on his YouTube channel, taking place 27 June. 

Global Pride leaders have said they will amplify black voices during the event, acknowledging the international response to the death of George Floyd and the unprecedented demand for racial justice by working with founders of the Black Lives Matter movement. 

All content has been curated by Pride organisations across the globe who came together to organise Global Pride after the COVID-19 pandemic caused the cancellation or postponement of more than 500 Pride events worldwide.

Organisers announced that the likes of Joe Biden, Justin Trudeau, Stephen Fry, Laverne Cox, Olivia Newton John and Lucy Spraggan will all be making an appearance at this global event. All those names from the comfort of your own sofa? Pride can’t get much better than that!

Co-Chair of the Global Pride organising committee, Natalie Thompson, said: “As a Black woman in the LGBTQIA+ community, I feel we must confront the systemic racism and violence facing my Black brothers, sisters and non-binary siblings, in the larger culture and within the LGBQIA+ community. I could not think of a larger platform than Global Pride to do this. 

“I am proud to work beside so many diverse colleagues from around the world. Our community knows well that we must confront hate and prejudice head-on. We have been watching an epidemic of violence against trans people of colour – mostly women – in the past decade and this larger discussion must be inclusive and all encompassing. All Black Lives Matter.”

To find out more about Global Pride and see the full line-up, visit their website here and look out for our interview with Co-Chair Natalie Thompson coming soon!

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