Organisers of the first virtual Global Pride event have managed to turn it into a political megaphone with a host of politicians heading up the list of appearances including former US Vice-President Joe Biden.
As well as Biden, Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar and Icelandic President Guðni Jóhannesson will make speeches during the 24-hour broadcast.
Surprisingly for a World Pride event, there seems to be a lack of announcements about performers from Asia, Africa, Oceania or South America.
Organisers have announced a collaboration with singer, songwriter, actor and director Todrick Hall and performances from Adam Lambert, Kesha, The Village People, Mel C, Leann Rimes, Pussy Riot, Calum Scott, Natasha Bedingfield and Mary Lambert.
More than 500 Pride organisations submitted more than 1,000 pieces of content for Global Pride, and the volunteer production team are now editing the content to pull the 24-hour stream together.
In a statement, Executive Producer for Global Pride, Michelle Meow, said: “Fifty years ago, grassroots organizations came together to plan the first Gay Liberation Day that changed the world, including the Daughters of Bilitis, Gay Liberation Front, Mattachine Society and Lavender Menace. The production of Global Pride has been planned in the same grassroots manner, but with a 21st-century technological twist. LGBTQIA+ people from around the world will come together virtually during this crisis of racial injustice and a pandemic.”
“A 24-hour production like this wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for the incredible and diverse contributions of people who understand the revolutionary impact of our visibility. From the support of folks like Daniel Cloudt and the YouTube/Google team to our talented queer siblings like Todrick Hall to the many international leaders to the Prides where it is not only a political act but a dangerous one to come together in community, I believe our LGBTQIA+ ancestors would be proud of what we are creating together.”
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