Save this date: June 27, 2020
Why you ask? Because this is when the entire global LGBTQIA+ community is coming together with Global Pride to give the COVID-19 pandemic the boot.
It’s been so sad to see just about every Pride Parade around the world cancelled or postponed due to the deadly spread of COVID-19. Day after day, we saw Pride events succumbing to it.
But take heart!
Pride organizers around the world have come together and created Global Pride on June 27, 2020.
Global Pride is an online event that stretches around the world, uniting all of us. It will be live streaming and according to a press release, will “deliver a Pride in which everyone can participate, wherever they are in the world” and will feature musical performances, speeches and messages from human rights activists.
In a statement, J. Andrew Baker, Co-President of Interpride said, “We need community and connection more than ever. 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.
“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.”
Ron deHarte, Co-President of the United States Association of Prides notes, “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.”
And from Latvia, Kristine Garina, President of the European Pride Organisers Association and Chair of Baltic Pride is spreading the message of community and solidarity. “Global Pride will show the LGBTQIA+ movement for the very best it can be, showing solidarity at a time when so many of us are mourning and strength when so many of us are feeling isolated and lonely,” Garina said. “Above all, we will show our resilience and determination that Pride will be back bigger and stronger than ever before.”
So stay tuned. Oh My Underwear will keep you updated as more details are revealed. And don't forget we have lots of great pride items (from necklaces to dog collars to glasses) to spice up your pride and Zoom meetings!
This online event is hosted by an international group of organizations that include:
Global Pride 2020
InterPride - International Association of LGBTI Pride Organizers
Fierté Canada Pride
CAPI - Consolidated Association of Pride, Inc.
CSD Deutschland e.V.,
European Pride Organisers Association
US Association of Pride Organizers
UK Pride Organisers Network