Pride events have been a cultural tradition for 50 years—they started in cities like San Francisco and New York City in 1970. In 1969, the Stonewall riots helped pave the way for the LGBTQ rights movement as we now know it. The marches the following year—the first official march being the Christopher Street Liberation Day March on June 28, 1970—ultimately became celebratory parades and a means of educating and uniting communities behind LGBTQ rights. This June, 50 years later and in the era of social distancing, those parades will inevitably look a little different. For those staying safe at home, Pride is going digital in 2020 to accommodate distancing restrictions. For those looking to attend Pride this year via livestream, these cities across the U.S. will be celebrating virtually.
New York City, NY
This year marks the 50th anniversary of New York City’s groundbreaking first Pride march in 1970. Their 2020 virtual march will feature appearances and performances by icons like Janelle Monáe and Margaret Cho. It will be broadcast on June 28 at 12 noon EST on WABC. There will be additional events leading up to the broadcast, including a Black Queer Townhall running from June 19 to June 21, which is set to stream on NYC Pride’s Facebook and GLAAD, and a virtual Pride rally on June 26 also streamed by NYC Pride on Facebook and YouTube.
Charlotte Pride is the epicenter of the Pride experience in North Carolina. In lieu of a parade this year, they are hosting a series of Facebook Live events to inspire education and community engagement. Specifically, the community engagement events hosted for LGBTQ Charlotte’s “Queerantine Edition” will include The Women of Pride panel, a conversation with female leaders of the Pride movement livestreamed on Facebook on June 17, and The Legacy of Stonewall, which will feature a panel of leaders discussing the significance of the Stonewall uprising, on June 24 via Facebook.
Chicago Pride Fest celebrates their LGBTQ community with a livestream celebration and open conversation this year on June 20 and 21—and the celebration will include performances by LeAnn Rimes and The Vixen, among others. The events are put together by Northalsted Business Alliance and there will be a livestream from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. both days on Pride Fest Chicago’s website and Twitch.
San Francisco, CA
Like New York City, San Francisco is celebrating their 50th Pride anniversary this year. Their 13 hours of Pride programming over the weekend of June 27, highlighting politicians, entertainers, and activists, will be streamed on various channels. CBS will air “Fifty Years of SF Pride” on June 28, and SF Pride and KPIX will stream their celebration and rallies on both June 27 and June 28—Big Freedia will headline the June 27 event.
Cincinnati Black Pride will host virtual events from June 25 to 28, featuring virtual gatherings that run the gamut from DJ’d parties via livestream, to the Black Alphabet Film Festival and Vizazi Torch Awards. They will also host a town hall event and an open wellness forum. Find all the livestream links at Cincinnati Black Pride’s website.
Colorado will tune in for Denver Pride on June 21 at 11:30 a.m. Instead of gathering in person for a parade down Colfax Ave, viewers can tune in to the Denver Pride Facebook page, Center on Colfax Instagram, or the Denver7 livestream. Denver Pride programming will include a virtual Pride 5K (on your treadmill, around the block, or wherever you so choose to run), and the parade itself will consist of “Parade Units”—i.e. community businesses and organizations each of whom filmed short video clips for the parade.
Los Angeles, CA
The 90-minute LA Pride parade will air on ABC7 (and livestream on the ABC7 website) on June 27 starting at 8 p.m. PST. The parade will feature appearances from a slew of celebrities, including Trixie Mattel and Lance Bass. The ABC7 news anchors will be joined by Raven-Symoné, and the parade’s community grand marshals will be Christopher Street West and Rev. Troy Perry, co-founder of LA Pride.
The Global Pride livestream will run for 24 hours, starting on June 27 and concluding on June 28. It’s the first worldwide LGBTQ event. Hosted by Todrick Hall, the 24-hour Pride celebration will feature world leaders, including Vice President Joe Biden, and performers like Kesha and Olivia Newton-John. It can be livestreamed on Global Pride’s website, or on iHeart Radio or Todrick Hall’s respective YouTube channels.