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Celebrate Virtual LGBTQ+ Pride at These Virtual Events

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Despite the cancellation of most large public gatherings because of the COVID-19 pandemic, people all over the world are still finding ways to celebrate June as LGBTQ+ Pride Month. Many celebrations have pivoted to virtual events. Here are seven fun ways to show your pride and celebrate virtually this month and throughout the year:

Global Pride
Billed as an unprecedented collaboration between InterPride and the European Pride Organizers Association, Global Pride is a worldwide 24-hour, live stream taking place on June 27. Its hosts are keeping under wraps the roster of performers, speakers and schedule of events tightly, but more details are sure to emerge as the date approaches.

San Francisco Pride
This year marks both the 50th anniversary of the first San Francisco Pride parade, as well as the first year the event has been held virtually. The 2020 celebration spans June 27-28 and includes a mix of live and pre-recorded performances, DJ sets, and drag and dance showcases. Also on tap are appearances by thought leaders, public officials, celebrity allies and a host of LGBTQ+ community members.

Los Angeles Pride
Also celebrating its 50th year, LA Pride had planned a series of virtual components to commemorate the real world milestone it's now augmenting those efforts to bring events completely online. Reimagining the festival and parade as a fully virtual event, Christopher Street West the organization named after the location of the Stonewall uprising in 1969 and the producer of LA Pride is also participating in Global Pride.

Atlanta Pride Run
The Atlanta Pride Parade one of the largest and longest-running such events in the south may have been cancelled this year, but that won't stop the annual Atlanta Pride Run from crossing the finish line. In lieu of a traditional event, this year's race allows participants to run whatever routes they choose and submit their times online by 5 p.m. on June 28. In addition, funds raised will benefit HIV organizations in the Atlanta area.

New York City Pride
NYC Pride has long been the biggest pride celebration in the world, but as the city continues to recover from being the U.S. epicenter of the coronavirus, organizers have opted instead to join forces with Global Pride. Locally, NYC's ABC affiliate, WABC Channel 7, is also planning a special programming event in June for the LGBTQ+ community. Keep an eye on the NYC Pride site for more announcements.

Pride of London
While Pride in London, the U.K.'s most prominent such gathering, may have been called off until 2021, its organizers have begun sharing an ongoing series of events and content through a new digital channel, Coming Out. From full-scale theatrical productions, drag queen story hours and cinema screenings to dance workshops, virtual runs and social meet ups, opportunities for community and connection will extend well beyond the end of June and beyond the city's borders, too.

As the global community responds to the pandemic and learns how to move forward as safely as possible, most festival organizers hope to resume in-person events in 2021.

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