The COVID-19 pandemic (and lockdown) may require you to stay at home but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate Pride Month 2020. This June, while you may not be able to take to the streets in a flurry of rainbow hues, you can opt for various online parades, virtual dance parties and a variety of shows and competitions.
Whether you are a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community or an ally, here are some events you can be a part of.
Events by DragVanti
DragVanti showcases the diverse nature of India’s drag scene. While the website itself has a wealth of information and dialogue with personal accounts and drag reviews, it also offers a drag dictionary, and answers to everything you wish to know about desi drag.
This pride month they have plenty of events lined up. On June 18 and 25, their All About ME event will be live on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube. It will celebrate the diversity of drag in India and around the world with art performances. On June 27, Rangeela will take over Pride Toronto for two hours for a Bollywood dance party. For more information, visit the website.
The Pride Circle’s #21DaysChallenge
The Pride Circle’s #21DaysChallenge has fun, introspective and interesting tasks for each day. There are tasks like sharing your coming out story, following LGBT+ accounts on social media, wearing pride colours, learning pronouns or even watching an LGBT+ movie, and at the end of the competition, a winner will be announced. Hurry to participate!
Scheduled for June 27, Global Pride will have world leaders, drag queens and pop stars joining hands to celebrate gay pride. Expect music and art performances, speeches and public figures that show the diversity of the community. The event will be live-streamed on their official website and social media.
New York Pride
This year, the New York Pride parade will be broadcasted on WABC website, on NYC Pride’s social media and on GLAAD’s Facebook page. The virtual rally will be hosted on June 26 by Ashlee Marie Preston (the first transgender person to officially run for state office in California) and transgender actor Brian Michael Smith. This pride will also mark the 50th anniversary of the March with Grand Marshals like Dan Levy, The Ali Forney Center, Yanzi Peng, and Victoria Cruz. Get more information here.