Global Pride leaders say they will amplify Black voices, acknowledging the international response to the death of George Floyd and the unprecedented demand for racial justice by working with founders of the Black Lives Matter movement.
“As a Black woman in the LGBTQIA+ community, I feel we must confront the systemic racism and violence facing my Black brothers, sisters, and nonbinary siblings, in the larger culture and within the LGBQIA+ community. I could not think of a larger platform than Global Pride to do this,” co-chair of the Global Pride organizing committee, Natalie Thompson said.
“I am proud to work beside so many diverse colleagues from around the world. Our community knows well that we must confront hate and prejudice head-on. We have been watching an epidemic of violence against trans people of color – mostly women – in the past decade, and this larger discussion must be inclusive and all-encompassing. All Black Lives Matter.”
Organizers promise Global Pride to be the world’s largest-ever LGBTIA+ Pride event. Singer, songwriter, actor, and director Todrick Hall will host the all-day event Saturday, June 27 featuring a long list of appearances from the world of music, entertainment, advocacy, and politics.
Former U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar and artists Laverne Cox, Adam Lambert, and Kesha are among those participating.
Global Pride is a 24-hour stream of music, performances, speeches, and messages of support, hosted by Todrick Hall on his YouTube channel on June 27, as well as on iHeartRadio’s YouTube channel and the Global Pride website. All content has been curated by Pride organizations across the globe who came together to organize Global Pride after the COVID-19 pandemic caused the cancellation or postponement of more than 500 Pride events worldwide.
Other announced performers are Adam Lambert, The Village People, Mel C, Leann Rimes, Pussy Riot, Calum Scott, Natasha Bedingfield, and Mary Lambert. Speakers from the world of entertainment include Pussycat Dolls, Rita Ora, Bebe Rexha, Stephen Fry, Leslie Jordan, and Joanna Lumley.
More than 500 Pride organizations submitted more than 1,000 pieces of content for Global Pride, and the volunteer production team is now editing the content to pull the 24-hour stream together.
“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,” said executive producer for Global Pride, Michelle Meow.
Here’s the full Global Pride line-up, including today’s additions.
Artists and performers
Bright Light Bright Light
Public and political figures
Ann Linde, foreign minister of Sweden
Carlos Alvarado Quesada, president of Costa Rica
Erna Solberg, prime minister of Norway
Guðni Jóhannesson, president of Iceland
Helena Dalli, European Commissioner for equality
Joe Biden, former vice-president of the USA
Justin Trudeau, prime minister of Canada
Leo Varadkar, taoiseach of Ireland
Manvendra Singh Gohil, prince of Rajpipla, India
Sadiq Khan, mayor of London
Victor Madrigal-Borloz, independent expert on LGBTQ+ rights for the UN
Xavier Bettel, prime minister of Luxembourg
The full schedule will be announced in the week leading up to the event.