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The coronavirus pandemic has rendered large in-person gatherings impossible for the foreseeable future, but this doesn't mean celebrations have to be canceled outright. June is global Pride month, and although this season would have been marked by parades and festivals around the world, many international Pride organizations have decided come together to host a 24-hour virtual celebration at the end of the month. "Global Pride" will be a collaborative effort featuring live speeches, musical performances and more. Will you be tuning in to celebrate?

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Although many in-person Pride parades have been postponed, the month of June can't go by without a proper Pride celebration. According to InterPride, Pride organizations from across the world will come together on June 27 to host a virtual, 24-hour livestream known as "Global Pride." 

Global Pride will use online platforms to deliver a Pride in which everyone can participate, wherever they are in the world. It will include musical performances, speeches, and key messages from human rights activists. The event will be live-streamed, and people will be invited to join in the event from home.

The flow of the event will also allow for regional hosts to tap in to feature speakers and artists from areas close by each viewer. Forbes' Molly Sprayregen looks to InterPride co-president, Julian Sanjivan, for insight on the virtual event:  

“As a leader in the Pride movement, we felt it was really important to take the lead and come together…to organize a platform which empowers and really would encourage people to see the light at the end of the tunnel, despite everything happening now in the world. It’s going to inspire folks, going to give them courage, going to be able to bring about positivity, and that’s really important.”
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But not everyone is on board with the virtual event. Some critics say the livestream will open Pride up to further corporatization. NBC's Tim Fitzsimons refers to Ann Northrop, longtime LGBTQ and AIDS activist and organizer of 2019's Queer Liberation March, on "Global Pride." 

Northrop said she and the Reclaim Pride Coalition had been organizing a repeat protest march this year — scheduled for June 28, the same date as the main march — but are now exploring an alternative to an in-person gathering.
“It certainly will not be integrated with the regular digital pride, because that’s the same old corporatized crowd doing what I'm sure will be a very corporatized 24-hour broadcast,” Northrop said of the Global Pride efforts.

Furthermore, although a virtual event in some ways makes this Pride celebration more accessible for some, it also means those without internet or computer access cannot participate, even if they may want to.

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