Entertainers, Activists Turn to Virtual Stages for Pride Concerts

Transgender “Pose” star MJ Rodriguez is one of more than 50 LGBT performers featured in Playbill.com’s “Pride Broadway Spectacular Concert,” streaming this weekend. Credit: Dennis Cahlo, Playbill.com.

The COVID-19 pandemic may have forced the cancellation of Pride parades and festivals around the globe, but entertainers and activists are turning to streaming video platforms to celebrate and call for change.

Here is a roundup of some of the biggest virtual Pride concerts and events this weekend:


OUTLOUD: Raising Voices
Tuesdays and Thursdays through July 16
Facebook.com/OfficiallyOUTLOUD

OUTLOUD, originally slated to debut at the now-cancelled South by Southwest (SXSW) festival, has been reimagined as a 10-part virtual concert series. The episodes, livestreaming on Tuesdays and Thursdays through July 16, are a celebration of queer and allied artists, elevating a diverse lineup of talent that is making an impact in the music industry, including Betty Who, Kesha, Candis Cayne, Grayson Chance and more. Pride Fort Lauderdale will be featured on the June 30 streaming concert via Facebook Live.


Pride Month Happy Hour Concert
Friday, June 26, 5 – 7 p.m.
PrideCollectives.com, Facebook.com/PrideCollectives

The South Florida Pride Collective, formed by local Pride organizers after the cancellation or postponement of their festivals, present their final weekly virtual happy hour concert tonight. Presented by Morgan Stanley and hosted by iHeart radio personalities, the concerts feature both local and national performers. This week’s broadcast will highlight the work of Compass LGBT Community Center in Lake Worth and the Wilton Manors Stonewall Pride. Performers include jazz superstar Nicole Henry, country crooner Ty Herndon, drag diva Melissa St. John and Latin singer/songwriter Marlow.


Global Pride
Saturday, June 27
GlobalPride2020.org

More than 500 Pride organizations across the globe, including South Florida, banded together for a 24-hour broadcast, similar to the rolling New Year’s Eve celebrations with each time zone curating a unique lineup of entertainers, world leaders and activists. In addition to Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, former vice president Joe Biden and New York City mayor Bill DeBlasio, gay Fort Lauderdale mayor Dean Trantalis was one of the leaders to record messages of solidarity for the global audience. Performers will include Laverne Cox, Adam Lambert, Kesha and Todrick Hall. U.S. contributors will be featured beginning around 4:30 p.m. EDT with a main stage performance at 8:30 p.m.


Virtual Pride
Sunday, June 28, 11:30 a.m. – 4:20 p.m.
VirtualPride.com

GayTravel.com rallied nearly 30 Pride organizations from Provincetown to Honolulu for this virtual festival. Each organization contributed videos, performances, photos and more. Miami Beach Pride and Pride Fort Lauderdale represent South Florida.
"Currently, celebrating Pride is challenging because we are unable to be physically close. Yet the spirit of Pride and equality has never been more significant, especially given the recent U.S. Supreme Court 's historic decision to protect LGBT rights in the workplace. The decision delivers a major victory to LGBT employees and deserves to be celebrated. Virtual Pride will provide a platform enabling the community to remain visible and to be heard from their homes," said Sam Barreto, social media chair at GayTravel.com, in a statement.


Playbill’s Pride Spectacular Concert
Sunday, June 28, 8 p.m.
Playbill.com/PridePlays

John McDaniel (“The Rosie O’Donnell Show”) is the musical director for this star-studded concert featuring iconic musical numbers that highlight LGBT stories in musical theatre, sung by members of the Broadway LGBT community and its allies, with additional appearances from theater legends. More than 50 of the biggest names on Broadway, including Wilson Cruz, Lea Delaria, Harvey Fierstein, Cheyenne Jackson, John Cameron Mitchell, MJ Rodriguez and John Tartaglia will appear in this one-night event that benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.


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