A worldwide LGBTQ Pride event has announced the first wave of speakers and acts appearing at the online event on June 27th, expected to attract up to 300 million viewers. They include Carlos Alvarado Quesada, president of Costa Rica – which this week legalized equal marriage – prime ministers of Norway Erna Solberg and of Luxembourg Xavier Bettel, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark and Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil of India. All were approached by Pride organizations in their own country. More leaders will announce their participation in the coming weeks. Names from the world of entertainment including international musicians and bands, and performers from the LGBTQ community will be announced throughout June.

Global Pride was launched by national and international Pride networks after hundreds of Pride events were cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19. Organizers are planning a 24-hour stream of content created by Prides globally, together with speeches from world leaders, activists, and human rights defenders, reflecting the organizers’ statement that “Pride events might be cancelled but the spirit of Pride will live on.” Organizers estimate that there are more than 1,500 Prides globally, and all are invited to be a part of the virtual event.

Kristine Garina, president of European Pride Organizers Association, said, “Every Pride organizer in the world can tell you a story of someone whose life changed when they visited Pride, and so with so many Prides being cancelled or postponed, as organizers we felt we had a responsibility to come together and deliver Pride online. We’re tremendously excited for the potential for Global Pride to bring people together in the biggest Pride there has ever been.” Julian Sanjivan, Co-President of InterPride, said: “By taking Pride online, not only are we making sure that LGBTQ people everywhere can still experience the joy and community of Pride, but we also for the first time are enabling people to take part in Pride wherever they are. This means people who aren’t out, or who are living in socially conservative countries, can take part.” 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. (Edge Media Network at Edgemedianetwork.com/news.php?ch=news&sc=&sc2=&id=293017&world_leaders_and_royalty_among_line-up_for_online_global_pride_event)