Pride looked different in a lot of ways this year; while the pandemic canceled IRL celebrations worldwide, the protests were a stark reminder of why Pride exists in the first place. It’s important to keep fighting for our community, especially our Black trans siblings. It’s also important to keep being loud and proud, even if it’s from our living rooms; while most of our passports may be worthless at the moment, it doesn’t mean we can’t touch base with our international LGBTQIA2-S community. From Belfast to Berlin, several cities have pivoted to digital programming to carry out their Pride observations this month and next, meaning we can tune in from wherever we are to remind people around the globe that we’re here, we’re queer, GET USED TO IT:
Berlin Pride, July 25th
While Berlin Pride (also known as Berlin CSD) will not be the same this year sans parades and other IRL festivities, they’re taking the show on the virtual road; there will be several different “stages” to check out ft. various performers, and it all starts at 8am ET on Saturday morning. (Rise ‘n shine indeed!)
Amsterdam Pride, July 25th to August 1st
Poor Amsterdam is missing out on its milestone 25th iteration of Pride this year due to the pandemic, but that’s not stopping them from bringing the queer magic online. “We are going to broadcast extra-long, live and interactively with PrideTV,” they say, which you can stream here. (There might be country restrictions, so there’s an added bonus if you have a VPN to get around that.) This one’s hella early for us East Coasters as it kicks off at 6am ET, but it’s a marathon of programming ft. everything from DJ sets to documentaries, meaning you’ll have multiple chances over a whole week to tune in.
Brighton Pride, July 31st-August 2nd
Brighton’s Pride celebrations are normally HUGE, so it’s a shame they can’t take place IRL this year. BUT, We Are FABULOSO will save the day one screen at a time! “Brighton & Hove Pride are proud and excited to present a spectacular online festival to mark its 30 years of campaigning, protest and celebration and help raise essential funds for the Rainbow fund and our LGBTQ+ community groups.” Musicians, singers, speakers, activists, drag artists and performers of all kinds are set to appear across multiple “stages”, and you can stream all the action via YouTube starting at 2pm ET Friday July 31st, noon ET Saturday August 1st, and 2pm ET Sunday August 2nd.
Belfast Pride, August 1st
Take a digital trip on over to Northern Ireland via Belfast’s virtual pride! According to the organizers, “Your Parade hosts Trudy Scrumptious and Gareth Woods will present a two hour parade show featuring short videos from a wide range of people who would usually be marching on the streets of Belfast on Pride Day.” It’s another stream that’s set to start bright ‘n early at 8am ET, but if you’re not keen to set an alarm on a Saturday morning, you can catch the program again at noon ET.
Montreal Pride, August 10th-16th
Montreal will be taking its Pride festivities online, too! There’s digital programming all week long beginning on Monday August 10th at 10am ET; each day will feature a variety of AfroPride programming and TBIPOC spaces, as well as DJ sets, literary cabaret, conversations about mental health, musical performances by everyone from Melissa Etheridge to Adam Lambert, Orgullo Latinx (Latinx Pride) and more. Full program schedule here // you can stream everything via Twitch.
Copenhagen Pride, August 18th-23rd
I accidentally found myself at Copenhagen Pride two years ago, and it was the most fun! While things are obviously different this year, I have faith they’ll pull off a magnificent digital production; the details haven’t been released just yet, but watch this space as they’re 100% going to do something virtual to celebrate the week.
BONUS – be sure to watch (and/or re-watch) our collab with the Smithsonian’s Pride Alliance on Project Pride Virtual Concert & Time Capsule, a positive and reflective viewing experience that we hope it will bolster a sense of intersectional queer pride and community both this year and beyond: