Rainbow flags hoisted high into the bright blue sky, hand-painted equality banners proudly held up by excited participants, and an overwhelming sense of happiness underscored by street performers, dancers and an onlooking sea of smiles. While this is what we’ve come to look forward to each June during NYC Pride, this year things will be a little different as we continue to fight the coronavirus by flattening the curve.
But in true New York spirit, the show must go on! So here are a few virtual Pride celebrations you can take part in to mark 50 years since the first NYC Pride march took place.
(Some events request or require advance registration, so please be sure to register if there’s an option.)
All month long
From queer life coaching to self defense, to pride toastmasters, Brooklyn Community Pride Center has moved many of their events online for the month of June.
Now through June 26, 2020
Keep up with Playbill Pride for all things LGBTQIA+ theatre related. And catch the many Pride Plays they’ll be putting online for us all to enjoy.
June 9-29, 2020
Bringing together global queer playwrights, this event provides impactful performances all month long. Presented by the National Queer Theater and Dixon Place in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs and NYC Pride.
June 19, 2020 • 2pm
Join Broadway stars Jenn Colella, Michael James Scott, Chilina Kennedy, Telly Leung and Jay Armstrong Johnson for a pride celebration and interactive Q&A.
June 19-21, 2020
Replacing “Pride 2020 Drag Fest,” this event shifts focus to showcase black queer voices. This diverse collection of LGBTQ voices will discuss pathways to dismantle racism and white supremacy, and demand an end to police brutality. NYC Pride and GLAAD have teamed up for this three-day event that raises funds for black, queer organizations and LGBTQIA+ performers.
June 20-28, 2020
This solo run takes place in your very own neighborhood. Just register for the run to help benefit the Callen-Lorde LGBTQ Community Center. Then wear your most colorful outfit, take a selfie or photo of something beautiful you encounter while running, and upload to Instagram with the tag @runstreet to enter the photo contest. Yes, there will be prizes!
June 22, 2020 • 6pm
To promote their book of the same name, author and Brooklyn College English professor Matthew Burgess and illustrator Josh Cochran will be speaking at this educational webinar that celebrates the life and art of Keith Haring. *Registration required.
June 22, 2020 • 6pm
In partnership with the LGBT Community Center of New York City, this NYC Pride event features stories, performances, special guests and more. They also provide a thoughtfully curated food and cocktail/mocktail menu, along with a playlist, to help you set the party mood at home.
June 25, 2020 • 9:30am-6pm
Take part in panel discussions and workshops focused on mental health, religion/faith, voting rights, youth driven conversations and other topics.
June 25, 2020 • 6:30-7:30pm
This event honors the very first Pride march that took place one year after the Stonewall Riots. Get a behind-the-scenes look at how the march came together and learn about the individuals, such as activist Craig Rodwell, who made their vision a reality and changed the course of history. *Registration required.
June 26, 2020 • 5-8pm
Tune in via Facebook or YouTube for this livestream event hosted by Ashlee Marie Preston—the first trans woman to become Editor in Chief of a national publication and the first openly trans person to run for state office in California—and trans actor Brian Michael Smith. Speakers include Ceyenne Doroshow, Annie Segarra, Edafe Okporo and Leandro E. Rodriguez Ramos, among others.
June 27, 2020
Though not NYC-based, Global Pride brings together the LGBTI+ community for 24 hours of streaming content featuring musical and artistic performances, speeches from activists and campaigners, and addresses by public figures.
June 28, 2020 • 12-2pm
Airing on ABC, this broadcast celebrates the first Pride March held in 1970, salutes community leaders and front-line workers, and features performances by Janelle Monáe, Deborah Cox, Billy Porter, Luísa Sonza and others.
June 29, 2020 • 6pm
This webinar is for our fellow bookworms! Hosted by Eric Chase of the Greenwich Village Literary Pub Crawl, this virtual tour focuses on LGBTQ writers, poets and artists such as James Baldwin, Edna St, Vincent Millay, Hart Crane, Walt Whitman, Allen Ginsberg and Willa Catherand.