Pride Goes Digital with Innovative Parties & Celebrations

Virtual Pride takes over online dance floors with LGBTQ2+ celebrations all month long.

The show, as they say, must go on. With social distancing still in full effect in most of the world, virtual pride parties are embracing technology as a platform to celebrate this year and organizers are stepping up to showcase LGBTQ2+ talents in their communities. 

There are so many events we can hardly keep our feather boas on straight, but that of course was never the point. To help you navigate through the rainbow-coloured Zooms, streams and everything in between, we put together a list of online pride parties worth logging into. 

Pride Toronto

This year, organizers have put together 30 days of online programming to celebrate the LGBTQ2+ community, complete with digital dance parties courtesy of the best queer club around, Club Quarantine, and weekly events including digital drag bingo and an intimate performance from Charlotte Day Wilson. Toronto Pride cements their status as one of the most fabulous pride epicenters.

Pride Prom 

Pride 2020 is most definitely not cancelled. Leave it to Billboard to bring together some of the biggest LGBTQ2+ names and voices to host their online party. Your actual prom might have been a nightmare but with the help of star-power like Lena Waithe, Cyndi Lauper, and the entire cast of the L Word: Generation Q, you’re finally going to get the prom you always deserved. Just do yourself a favour and go easy on the Peach Schnapps. Tune in on June 13.

Criminal Queerness Arts Festival 

From scene to shining scene, this extravagant theatrical experience bringing together renowned queer playwrights from around the world, and provides a platform for artists facing censorship—shining a light on critical stories from across the globe. 

It kicks off with a master class hosted by actor Omer Abbas Salem a.k.a. “The Brown Julia Roberts” and continues throughout the month with streamings, screenings, and panels. This is the kind of stuff you only wish you learned in drama class. (6/9-6/29)

NYC Pride 2020

There is an endless amount of dragtastic events in New York City, but the one we’re most looking forward to is Dragfest. With a stacked bill featuring drag stars including Alexis Michelle, Jan Sport, Dusty Rae Bottoms, and more, the event offers the opportunity to join more than 100 of the greatest drag performers in NYC for a three-day multifaceted digital drag show. (6/19-6/21 @ 6:30-8pm)

Frameline44 Pride Film Showcase

Founded in 1977, the same year punk was born, Frameline’s sole purpose as a media arts non-profit has been quite prophetic and punk. They’ve affected change in the world through the power of queer cinema. Connecting filmmakers and audiences in the Bay Area and around the world, Frameline 44’s four-day virtual event will include the world premiere of Ahead of the Curve, a story of Franco Stevens, founder of Curve Magazine, one of the most influential women in lesbian history. For more info about dates and programming check out frameline.org. (6/25-6/28)

The Trevor Project’s Pride Everywhere

The Trevor Project is an all-encompassing non-profit focused on suicide prevention that has been at the forefront of LGBTQ2+ rights for 20+ years. More than anyone, they know pride isn’t going anywhere, because they’re making sure it’s all around us. From partnerships with brands like Abercrombie & Fitch, Bliss, and Williams Sonoma, their messages of hope and inclusivity shine year-round. If you want to donate and become a part of the Trevor Project family, visit them online and create your own #PrideEverywhere photo while you’re there. Pride Everywhere

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