With Pride events around the world canceled, due to the COVID-19 crisis, it is more important than ever for the to spend the month of June sharing our support in acknowledging and celebrating the LGBTQ+ community.
And we have a PERFECT way to kick off Pride month for all: on May 31st (Pride Month Eve!), at 8PM you are invited to PROJECT PRIDE, produced by the Smithsonian Pride Alliance (in partnership with us!) – a virtual YouTube concert and a digital time capsule of this particular, challenging but also inspiring moment in time, and showcase the creativity, resilience and diversity of the LGBTQ+ community both historically and RIGHT NOW.
The event is free and open to public but you can digitally RSVP here for updates and reminders.
Are you ready for this line-up?
Talent featured (in alphabetical order): Alex the Astronaut, Big Freedia, Bright Light Bright Light, Cameron Esposito, CLAUD, Dorian Electra, Girl in Red, Indigo Girls, Jake Shears, Joy Oladokun, Kat Cunning, Madame Gandhi, mxmtoon, Nakhane, Pabllo Vittar, Pet Shop Boys, Roxane Gay, Rufus Wainwright, Tig Notaro & Stephanie Allynne, Tunde Olaniran, Vincint and more. Hosted by NPR’s Ari Shapiro with special guests.
PLUS: participating Smithsonian museums include the Smithsonian American Art Museum; National Museum of American History; National Air and Space Museum; Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; National Museum of African American History and Culture; the Smithsonian’s National Zoo; and more.
How special is this going to be? Lets just say, we’re not officially confirming that there will be a clip of a panda from the National Zoo eating a rainbow cake as part of this, but we’re also not NOT confirming that there won’t be.
Save the date!
Digital RSVP! (YouTube link is coming soon!)
and share on social using #SmithsonianPride (and #BYThings and #BYQueers too, naturally)
We can’t wait to spend May 31st with you!
PROJECT PRIDE is produced by the Smithsonian Pride Alliance in collaboration with BYT Media. Funding for the PROJECT PRIDE broadcast was provided by the Secretary of the Smithsonian and the Smithsonian National Board. For more information about PROJECT PRIDE, visit www.si.edu/events/pride and follow the Smithsonian on social media with #SmithsonianPride.
About Smithsonian Pride Alliance
Smithsonian Pride Alliance (formerly GLOBE) was formed in 1988 in the midst of the AIDS crisis. From the beginning, the Pride Alliance has been “part of a broader human rights and equity approach to management and scholarship.” Founded more than 30 years ago, the Pride Alliance is the oldest LGBTQ+ employee resource group in the federal government.