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Worldwide Prides Unite for a Virtual Global Pride This June

Tuesday Apr 7, 2020
Worldwide Prides Unite for a Virtual Global Pride This June
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Pride organizations around the world have come together to organize a 'Global Pride' event on Saturday, June 27, 2020, in response to the hundreds of Pride celebrations that have been cancelled or postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Global Pride will use online platforms to deliver a Pride in which everyone can participate, wherever they are in the world. It will include musical performances, speeches, and key messages from human rights activists. The event will be live-streamed, and people will be invited to join in the event from home.

InterPride and the European Pride Organizers Association — the world's biggest international Pride networks — are working with national organizations in Canada, Germany, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America, and regional networks in southern Africa, Asia, Oceania, and Latin America, to bring communities and Pride organizations together for this Global Pride event.

"We need community and connection more than ever," said J. Andrew Baker, Co-President of Interpride. "This gives us an opportunity to both connect and celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community's resilience in the face of this pandemic and the true spirit of Pride," continued Baker. "Pride 2020 represents a milestone for Pride events, with many honoring the 50th anniversary of their first gatherings and marches, such as New York to the first Gandhinagar Pride this year and we would not let that pass without recognition and celebration."

"Annual Pride events in the United States engage and unite 20 million people who gather to celebrate the strength and resilience of the LGBTQIA+ community and to raise awareness for social justice and equal rights of all individuals," said Ron deHarte, Co-President of the United States Association of Prides. "Through the pain and disruption caused by the novel coronavirus, we will deliver a virtual message of hope, comfort, love and we will have an opportunity to show our appreciation to first responders everywhere."

Ernie Yuen, President of CAPI and a member of the Global Pride organizing committee, said that more detail would emerge in the coming days and weeks, saying that the need to "respond urgently" to this global crisis was key.

"For OLA (Orgullo Latinoamericano), the Regional Network of Latin American Pride organizers, this project, in particular, has encouraged us to work closer and join efforts from all over the Latino diaspora with the Global Pride Movement to deliver hope and solidarity for the LGBTQIA+ community", said Emmanuel Temores, Co-Chair of OLA.

Pride Organizations from around the world are encouraged to participate. Prides can express interest to participate at this link: https://forms.gle/YDeCA9shTDMdK5RP9

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