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In June 2020, many locations didn’t celebrate Pride events in their traditional venues, but created virtual or digital experiences. Some of those were of the moment, live streaming but not recorded (sometimes because of licensing restrictions preventing rebroadcast). In this category were NYC Pride March and Global Pride (the world’s biggest ever LGBTI+ celebration, which streamed 24 hours of content from Pride organizations, activists, civil society groups, and political leaders from around the world).
But there are a lot of 2020 Pride events that you still access. Here’s an incomplete list (in alphabetical order) of some sites where you can celebrate Pride at your convenience, any day of the year.
Attitude Pride at Home
Over nine days, the U.K.’s best-selling gay magazine Attitude presented drag performances and gems like Dustin Lance Black reading a Harvey Milk speech. (Attitude Pride at Home on YouTube)
Billboard and Hollywood Reporter’s Virtual Pride Prom 2020
The Billboard-Hollywood Reporter’s second annual Pride Summit and Prom went virtual in 2020. You can hear from activists, artists, and creators like Patrisse Cullors, Lena Waithe, Lilly Wachowski, and Todrick Hall. Put on your formal wear, follow the advice of the hair and makeup glam team (including Patrick Starrr), grab a partner (IRL or via Zoom) and hit the dance floor at the Pride Prom.
Celebration Theatre Presents Celebrating Pride
The award-winning LGBTQ+ theatre troupe Celebration Theatre presented seven days of arts and entertainment at home, which included the delightful virtual drag brunch with Lyle C. Mackston, an Ovation Award-nominated actor and Drag Queen Of The Year contestant. Join the drag brunch anytime on YouTube.
Circuit Mom Takes Over The Interwebs: Pride Edition
Most of Virtual Chicago Pride Fest — which featured performances by Nick Jonas and LeAnn Rimes — was only available live. But you can still watch four hours of Circuit MOM’s drag celebration of the intersectionality and diversity of Chicago’s entertainment and nightlife scene.
LA Virtual Pride 2020
Los Angeles local TV channel ABC 7 compiled a listing of LA area virtual pride events that occurred in June 2020. As they note, some on their list require(d) ticket purchases.
Porch Pride: A Bluegrass Pride Queer-antine Festival
This LGBTQ+ Bluegrass Pride event rose out of the ashes of canceled events including the annual Bluegrass Pride Celebration Concert, Portland Bluegrass Pride, and Nashville Bluegrass Pride. Over the course of two days, the digital festival presented 10 hours of live music, and the entire presentation is still available to stream.
This spring Pride Media (parent company of Out Traveler and sister publications Out and The Advocate) unveiled an intention to celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride all year long. You can find The Advocate's Pride365 coverage here, and watch Inside With The Advocate, inteviews with amazing LGBTQ+ folks, here (scroll down to the bottom for a list of names and links).
Pride by the Beach
This digital event from Oceanside, California features a performance by Rupaul’s Drag Race star Chad Michaels and a keynote speech by Naya Marie Velazco, a trans Xicana and first generation American.
Unity Pride Line Up
Unite UK, an LGBTQ+ platform curated by queer women in the U.K. presented a day of Zoom panels to discusd topics around fashion and body image, the sexualization of queer women, and the experiences of queer womxn and nonbinary individuals.
Virtual NYC LGBTQ+
"New York City embodies the ethos of Pride 24/7/365 — no matter what,” notes the site NYCGO.com, the digital home of NYC & Company, the official destination marketing organization and convention and visitors bureau for the five boroughs of New York City. The LGBTQ+ channel offers plenty of ways to celebrate and explore queer NYC — from the comfort of your own home.
Virtual Trans Pride Los Angeles
This virtual Los Angelese trans Pride event features conversation with Isis King interviewed by Alexandra Billings and a creative arts gallery hosted by curator Micah Bazant and poet féi Hernandez.