Every June, the world recognizes and celebrates the LGBTQIA+ community in what has become known as Pride Month, and this year commemorates 50 years of Pride! To refresh your memory, the Gay Liberation Movement began in New York City after the Stonewall Riots on June 28, 1969 and one year later, in 1970, the first Pride celebration took place. Then, just three years later, the very first Toronto Pride took place!

Colourful and bold celebrations occur around the world annually, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many have been canceled. Luckily, organizations that are hosting Pride events have decided to take things digital so you can participate safely no matter where you are! Furthermore, because Pride was started by trans and non-gender conforming people of colour, many events will celebrate and advocate for the Black Lives Matter movement, too.

To honour the LGBTQIA+ community, we’ve rounded up virtual events and destinations around the world that celebrate 50 years of Pride.

 

Worldwide Virtual Events

Global Pride: Saturday, June 27 at 10:30 a.m. PT

  • Welcome to the first worldwide LGBTQ+ event! Hosted by Todrick Hall and starring world leaders, royalty, pop stars, and drag queens, this 24-hour global livestream will put the Black Lives Matter movement at its centre.

 

Can’t Cancel Pride: Thursday, June 25 at 9 p.m. ET

  • Sia, Adam Lambert, Billy Porter, Katy Perry, and more artists are slated to perform at “Can’t Cancel Pride,” a benefit concert that will be aired on iHeartRadio. Donations will go to organizations like The Trevor Project, GLAAD, and the National Black Justice Coalition, as well as towards COVID-19 relief for the LGBTQ+ community.

 

She’s a Riot—Black Trans Lives Matter and Pride Virtual Fundraiser: Thursday, June 25 at 5 p.m. PT

  • Presented by Deryck Todd, this virtual rally, march, and music fundraiser will feature many stars from the LGBTQ+ community, including Billy Porter and MJ Rodriguez. All proceeds will be donated to the Marsha P Johnson Institute!

 

It Gets Better: A Digital Pride Experience: Wednesday, June 24 – Friday, June 26 at 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT

  • Hosted by actress, singer, drag queen, and activist Miss Peppermint, the It Gets Better Project is a three-day “Pride extravaganza” that will feature musicians, artists, drag queens, and more from around the world.

 

#VirtualPride with GayTravel.com: Sunday, June 28

  • Hosted by GayTravel.com, this event encourages people to virtually show their pride by joining virtualpride.com or using the hashtag #VirtualPride on Twitter. A schedule will be released closer to the day of the event and you can sign up here for details.

 

Netflix Pride Special presented by Most: Tuesday, June 30 at 4 p.m. PT

  • A digital event for reflection and celebration hosted by Chaka Khan, Laverne Cox, and Peppermint, presented by Most! Benefiting OutRight, The Marsha P Johnson Institute, and the Trans Justice Funding Project. Watch on Netflix YouTube.

 

Celebrate Pride wherever you are with Spotify’s playlists and podcasts

  • Spotify has curated several playlists to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community, encouraging listeners to find their “perfect Pride soundtrack.” Turn it up!

 

Canada Virtual Events

Toronto, Ontario

  • Trans Pride: June 26, 2020 at 1 p.m. –3 p.m. ET
  • Dyke Pride: June 27, 2020 at 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ET
  • Online Pride Parade: June 28, 2020 at 2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m ET
  • Blockorama: June 28, 2020 at 8 p.m. to June 29, 2020 at 1 a.m. ET
    • The largest and longest-running stage at Pride Toronto, Blockorama features local black performers from Toronto’s Black Queer and Trans* communities!
    • Livestream on Twitch

Montréal, Québec

  • Fierté MTL: August 10, 2020 to August 16, 2020
    • Following the announcement by the Government of Québec on April 10, 2020 that festivals will not be held until August 31, Fierté MTL will be offering an alternative program of celebrating LGBTQ+ communities in the coming weeks.

Calgary, Alberta

  • Calgary Pride Festival: August 28, 2020 to September 6, 2020
    • Calgary Pride will be broadcasting performances from Canadian LGBTQ+ artists, workshops, and interviews to celebrate Pride week virtually.
    • Stream on YouTube and Twitch

Halifax, Nova Scotia

  • Halifax Pride: July 16, 2020 to July 26, 2020
    • Halifax Pride will be hosting online events in addition to a number of safe, socially distant outdoor activities shaped by public health guidelines. 

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

  • Virtual Pride Parade: June 20, 2020
  • Two Spirit Ball: July 31, 2020
    • Streaming from Saskatoon Pride on Treaty 6 territory, the Two Spirit Ball is a virtual event that will bring Two Spirit/Indigiqueer artists across Turtle Island right to your home!

Vancouver, British Columbia

Victoria, British Columbia

 

When you feel ready to travel again, check out our guide to LGBTQ2-Friendly Cities in Canada.

 

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Which digital event will you be tuning into this Pride?