By Jamie Wareham
Global Pride, the first ever worldwide gathering of the LGBT+ community, has announced it will put Black Lives Matter at the centre of their event.
The event will be a ray of light amid the global cornavirus pandemic that is disproportionately affecting LGBT people.
In a second wave of announcements, former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar have now been announced.
Organisers are expecting 300 million viewers to watch other global names including Kesha, Lavene Cox, Toddrick Hall and Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil of India who will speak and perform to the worldwide LGBT+ community.
Alongside this royalty – queer legends and allies also include The Pussycat Dolls, Rita Ora, Stephen Fy, Adam Lambert, Pabllo Vittar, Ava Max, Olivia Newton John, Courtney Act, Jake Shears, Lean Rimes, are now confirmed.
“The Pride and Black Lives Matter movements share histories of being founded by LGBTI people of colour, and of being founded to fight systemic, cultural and institutional intolerance and discrimination,” Steve Taylor, on of the organisers, tells me.
“It’s only right that we use Global Pride to raise the voice of people of colour from within our community, and so many Prides have already provided content that really shouts the Black Lives Matter message loud and clear.”
Global Pride is an initiative from national and international Pride networks in response to hundreds of Pride events were cancelling or postponing due to COVID-19.
They’ve been convening meetings and collaborating in a way, never seen before until the coronavirus pandemic.
Putting the hands into local LGBT+ people all over the world, everything on the 24-hour stream of content, is being created by local Prides, but on a global scale.
The speeches from world leaders, activists and human rights defenders will all reflect the theme that though Pride events might be cancelled “the spirit of Pride will live on.”
Co-Chair of the Global Pride organising committee, Natalie Thompson, says:
“As a Black woman in the LGBTQIA+ community, I feel we must confront the systemic racism and violence facing my Black brothers, sisters and non-binary siblings, in the larger culture and within the LGBQIA+ community. I could not think of a larger platform than Global Pride to do this.
“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.”
The Spirit Of Pride Lives On, Even Amid A Global Pandemic
Organisers say that the more than 1,500 Prides globally, are all invited to be a part of the virtual event.
Kristine Garina, President of European Pride Organisers Association, says:
“Every Pride organiser in the world can tell you a story of someone whose life changed when they visited Pride,” says Kristine Garina, President of European Pride Organisers Association.
“So with so many Prides being cancelled or postponed, as organisers we felt we had a responsibility to come together and deliver Pride online. We’re tremendously excited for the potential for Global Pride to bring people together in the biggest Pride there has ever been.”
“By taking Pride online, not only are we making sure that LGBTQIA+ people everywhere can still experience the joy and community of Pride, but we also for the first time are enabling people to take part in Pride wherever they are,” adds Julian Sanjivan, Co-President of InterPride.
Originally posted on Forbes