Canada’s PM Justin Trudeau joins Global Pride 2020, along with Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, and many others – June 27, 2020
Organisers project huge viewing figures and announce former US Vice-President Joe Biden, Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar and artists Laverne Cox, Adam Lambert, Kesha and Todrick Hall among more than 40 new appearances. See below for a full list of those participating.
Global Pride leaders have said they will amplify black voices, acknowledging the international response to the death of George Floyd and the unprecedented demand for racial justice by working with founders of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Co-Chair of the Global Pride organising committee, Natalie Thompson, said: “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.”
With just two weeks until what promises to be the world’s biggest ever LGBTI+ Pride event, organisers have also announced a collaboration with singer, songwriter, actor and director Todrick Hall and a long list of additional big appearances from the world of music, entertainment, advocacy and politics.
Global Pride is a 24-hour stream of music, performances, speeches and messages of support, hosted by Todrick Hall on his YouTube channel on June 27, as well as on iHeartRadio’s YouTube channel and on the Global Pride website. All content has been curated by Pride organisations across the globe who came together to organise Global Pride after the COVID19 pandemic caused the cancellation or postponement of more than 500 Pride events worldwide.
Organisers announced that Adam Lambert, Kesha, Rita Ora, The Village People, Mel C, Leann Rimes, Pussy Riot, Calum Scott, Natasha Bedingfield and Mary Lambert were among more than 20 artists joining the already-impressive line up announced two weeks ago. Speakers from the world of entertainment include Pussycat Dolls, Rita Ora, Bebe Rexha, Stephen Fry, Leslie Jorden and Russell Tovey.
Public figures slated to speak include the UN’s Independent Expert on Protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity Victor Madrigal Borloz, and European Commissioner for Equality Helena Dalli.
More than 500 Pride organisations submitted more than 1,000 pieces of content for Global Pride, and the volunteer production team are now editing the content to pull the 24 hour stream together. Global Pride is supported by partners YouTube and We Are Social, and media partners DIVA, Q.Media and Time Out.
Executive Producer for Global Pride, Michelle Meow, said: “Fifty years ago, grassroots organizations came together to plan the first Gay Liberation Day that changed the world, incuding the Daughters of Bilitis, Gay Liberation Front, Mattachine Society and Lavender Menace. The production of Global Pride has been planned in the same grassroots manner, but with a 21st century technological twist. LGBTQIA+ people from around the world will come together virtually during this crisis of racial injustice and a pandemic.”
“A 24-hour production like this wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for the incredible and diverse contributions of people who understand the revolutionary impact of our visibility. From the support of folks like Daniel Cloudt and the YouTube/Google team to our talented queer siblings like Todrick Hall to the many international leaders to the Prides where it is not only a political act but a dangerous one to come together in community, I believe our LGBTQIA+ ancestors would be proud of what we are creating together.”
All speakers and artists have donated their appearance and none are paid by Global Pride 2020 or the partner organisations. 100% of funds raised by Global Pride 2020 will be distributed to Pride organisations in financial need.
Global Pride 2020 is organised by European Pride Organisers Association, InterPride, US Association of Prides, OLA Orgullo Latinoamerica, CSD Deutschland, Svenska Pride, UK Pride Organisers Network and representatives of Prides in regions where no network yet exists. The Global Pride team includes representatives of Prides in Canada, USA, Mexico, UK, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Netherlands, Latvia, Bulgaria, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Greece, South Africa, and Australia.
A team of more than 100 volunteers from across the world are giving up their time to organise and deliver Global Pride. All are experienced Pride organisers and information on the team can be found here.
A daily updated list of cancelled and postponed Pride events can be viewed at www.epoa.eu/coronavirus
Confirmed Speakers and Performers
- Carlos Alvarado Quesada, President of Costa Rica
- Xavier Bettel, Prime Minister of Luxembourg
- Joe Biden, former Vice President of the USA
- Helena Dalli, European Commissioner for Equality
- Guoni Johannesson, President of Iceland
- Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, UK
- Ann Linde, Foreign Minister, Sweden
- Victor Madrigal-Borloz, United Nations
- Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil, India
- Erna Solberg, Prime Minister, Norway
- Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister, Canada
- Leo Varadkar, Taoiseach of Ireland
- Courtney Act
- Natasha Bedingfield
- Betty Who
- Bright Light Bright Light
- Melanie C
- Deborah Cox
- Laverne Cox
- Stephen Fry
- Tom Goss
- Steve Grand
- Todrick Hall
- Thelma Houston
- Erika Jayne
- Leslie Jorden
- Adam Lambert
- Mary Lambert
- Ava Max
- Olivia Newton John
- Pussy Riot
- Pussycat Dolls
- Rita Ora
- Kate Pierson
- Bebe Rexha
- Leann Rimes
- Rachel Sage
- Fred Schneider
- Calum Scott
- Jake Shears
- Lucy Spraggan
- Russell Tovey
- Village People
- Pabllo Vittar
- Kristine W
- Martha Wash
- Conchita Wurst
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