Pride Month is Going Virtual This Year Due to COVID-19
With the pandemic still looming, large gatherings are still prohibited until further notice. This includes the celebrations of Pride month, which occurs every year in June. However, because large social gathers are prohibited that does not mean all of Pride will be canceled.
According to InterPride, Pride organizations from across the globe will be participating in an event called “Global Pride.” “Global Pride” is a 24-hour live stream that will take place on June 27. It will feature live speeches, performances and more. “Global Pride” will show speakers and artists from areas close to each viewer.
According to Forbes, Julian Sanjivan, InterPride’s Co-President said, “As a leader in the Pride movement, we felt it was really important to take the lead and come together… to organize a platform that empowers and really would encourage people to see the light at the end of the tunnel, despite everything happening now in the world. It’s going to inspire folks, going to give them courage, going to be able to bring about positivity, and that’s really important.”
There is a lot of fear from critiques that say that this will cause for Pride to be more corporatized than it previously was. Regardless having this event online does make it more accessible for a lot of people. On the other hand, if you don't have a computer or internet you wouldn't be able to participate.