This year, pride month is going to be very different… but that does not mean that it cannot be celebrated! Due to the global pandemic, pride events and meet-ups have sadly been cancelled, however there are some virtual events taking place online, across various social media platforms!
Date in a Dash have teamed up with Pride in London to help host virtual speed dating events! The next event is ‘Gay Virtual Speed Dating (25-45 year olds)’ and it is being held on the 5th June at 7.30pm – 9.00pm. Tickets are just £3 and the event will be hosted via a Zoom! They also have upcoming events for Lesbian Speed Dating, you can check out all of the dates for upcoming events and purchase your tickets here!
Blackpool Pride will be hosting an online event on their Facebook page as well as their Youtube Channel for free! Their original line-up included the Scissor Sisters and Right Said Fred as well as their much loved Pride Parade. The virtual event will be kick started at 12:45pm on Saturday 6th June with a virtual parade followed by big names and special guests until 4pm! You can follow them on Facebook here and check out their Youtube Channel here. I myself will hopefully be attending this online event!
LGTBI+ Elders Social Distance Dance is now online! These events usually take place throughout Scotland, but due to the global pandemic they have now been moved online and will be hosted via Zoom. These online events are completely free and are available to people of the LGBTI+ community who are over the age of 50. They have names the event ‘The Coming Back Out Ball’ and the next one is taking place on the 13th of June. You can check out other upcoming dates and register your interest here!
Global Pride will be taking place online this year and will be streaming for 24 hours straight on the 27th of June. The event will showcase homegrown talent as people from all over the world contribute to entertain the nation. There will be performances, campaigns and speeches from well known people including Olivia Newton John, Courtney Act, Ava Max and the first Indian royal figure who is openly gay, Manvendra Singh Gohil. They have not yet confirmed where they will be streaming the events, however you can keep up-to-date with the latest news via their facebook event page here. Or their website here.
All of these events sound amazing and myself and the team here at SeeTheUniverse are hoping to attend the Blackpool Pride event and the Global Pride event ourselves! If you know of any other virtual pride events, please let us know about them in the comment section below.