I was really looking forward to going to London Pride for the first time ever this year, planning out the most glittery, colourful outfit possible and anticipating the amazing atmosphere I’ve heard so much about. I’ve listened to stories of streets full of marchers, revelling in how far our community has come, waving flags and chanting defiantly for the rights our community are yet to achieve. I won’t be sitting with my friends at the Mile End Spoons for a little while yet, so I’ve made a list of Pride events and other fun things to do to celebrate whilst sheltering at home. The events being online means that LGBTQ+ activism, performance, and support are accessible to those living in non-supportive homes, or those who haven’t come out yet. This way, everyone has the chance to have a great experience of Pride (or multiple Prides if you’re like me and think all of it sounds amazing).
20th June, 17:00-21:00 – Bi-Fi Festival is taking place on Twitch. The event aims to celebrate bisexual voices, with discussion panels and performances. There will be an afterparty too!
22nd June – them. has created “Out Now Live”, a virtual event that will centre stories of LGBTQ+ activism and history from 1970s to today. The event is a fundraiser for the Ali Forney Center, a charity based in New York who “protect LGBTQ youths from the harms of homelessness and empower them with the tools needed to live independently”. There will be performances by King Princess, Princess Nokia and Phoebe Bridgers streamed from the Pitchfork stage in New York. There will be uplifting messages from LGBTQ+ celebrities too, from Pose’s Indya Moore to Lesbian Jesus Hayley Kiyoko.
Saturday 27th June marks Global Pride, a 24 hour livestream of powerful speeches and musical and artistic performances submitted from all over the world, with 300 million people expected to tune in. Prime Minister of Norway Erna Stolberg and Prime Minister of Luxembourg Xavier Battel will be speaking during the event. You can listen to a speech from the first openly gay prince of India Manvendra Singh Gohil, and the President of Costa Rica Carlos Alvarado Quesada, the President of Costa Rica (where last month equal marriage was legalised!) The show will be livestreamed on the Global Pride website, on YouTube and on other platforms to be announced, and will be free to view.
Sunday 28th June – Sunday 5th July – Pride Inside has been created by Amnesty International, UK Black Pride, Stonewall and ParaPride. Prise Inside will raise awareness of LGBT individuals and communities who are experiencing discrimination, hate crime and are being criminalised for their sexuality and how the global community can help them.
Pride in London has a catalogue of queer events, all of them available online and most of them are free! Click the link for a wide range of events, from fitness classes and beauty tutorials to theatre productions and an open mic night.
18th July – Northern Pride will be hosting “a day of special programming brought to you by the LGBTQ+ community” including a Virtual March and a candlelit vigil to close the event.
1st-2nd August – Brighton and Hove Pride have announced an online festival in place of Fabuloso – Pride in the Park. The virtual festival will include clips iconic moments from Prides past, as well as new artists, poets, drag artists and activists. The show will be streamed on the website, YouTube and other platforms to be announced. Viewing is free but if you are able please make a donation so Brighton and Hove Pride can continue fundraising for LGBTQ+ community groups.
Queerantine is an online LGBTQ+ music video show hosted on by itsKisos on Twitch every Sunday. His videos showcase the best of queer creativity and talent in the music industry. The show includes artists just starting out doing acoustic covers in their bedrooms to those able to create big budget productions.
Supporting the community:
The charity the Trevor Project has launched a “Pride Everywhere” campaign with the aim of supporting 30,000 LGBTQ+ young people who are isolated from their support systems and resources while sheltering at home. You can support the movement by applying the #PrideEverywhere filter to photos and sharing them on social media along with your story of how you see Pride in the world with the hashtag #PrideEverywhere.
Pride in London are calling on everyone who would have attended Pride this year to do an Act of Allyship. They suggest a donation to the Unity Fund to help grassroots organisations address the needs of the LGBTQ+ community, share meaningful demonstrations of allyship and your stories celebrating a member of the community who has impacted you!
Mermaids is a charity that has been supporting trans and gender-diverse children, young people and their families since 1995. Although the pandemic has meant they cannot reach out to families in person, you can still contact them via their helpline, webchat, email support or text support services.
Galop UK provide hate crime, domestic abuse and sexual violence support services for LGBTQ+ people by telephone, email, text and Whatsapp. They have an advice helpline and a domestic abuse helpline (with times those helplines operate on their website). Their website includes articles such as Hate Crime: a Guide for LGBT People and Training Toolkit on LGBT Hate Crime.
Volunteering your time to work on a helpline for the LGBTQ+ community like Switchboard LGBT Helpline
There’s so much you can find with a simple Google search to have an amazing Pride at home and raise money for LGBTQ+ charities too! I hope by reading this you’ll find something you’ll enjoy! Happy Pride!