Organisers say it has the potential to be the largest LGBTQI event ever as it shines a light on global diversity
BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS
Global Pride 2020, the 24-hour virtual Pride taking place this weekend, aims to shine a light on LGBTQI members from every continent. Over 500 Pride and LGBTQI organisations from 91 countries contributed more than 1,500 films to the Global Pride project, which launched 1 April with less than three months to plan, organise and deliver the event.
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!
The event will also amplify Black voices, in acknowledgement of the international response to the deaths of George Floyd, Tony McCabe and others that has prompted a historic demand for racial justice by working with founders of the Black Lives Matter movement.
A map with start times in global time zones can be found here.
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For the first time ever, Pride organizations from across the world have teamed up to put together a GLOBAL Pride celebration! With a 24 hour program, YouTube livestream, appearances from celebrities and world leaders, you don’t want to miss a second of the big show this Saturday — June 27! Check out our website using the link in the description for more details! #GlobalPride #PrideOnline
J Andrew Baker of InterPride said: “Global Pride is a vision. It is our movement’s response to the COVID-19 crisis. It began with a few people and grew into this unbelievable event that includes over 500 LGBTQIA+ led organisations from over 80 countries.”
“Nearly 40 partners have supported us to make that vision reality. Even during an economic crisis, companies and their LGBTQIA+ employees have provided much-needed resources. Businesses around the world have a place in the fight for LGBTQIA+ equality and human rights protection, and each partner that has supported Global Pride is helping us to ensure the visibility of our community and to shout out for inclusion and the end of discrimination.”