AN UPDATE ON PRIDE LONDON FESTIVAL 2020
As we all know, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed all of our lives now and for the foreseeable future. Events and gatherings have been significantly impacted around the world and Pride celebrations have been forced to cancel, postpone and/or evolve into virtual celebrations for our communities.
There is no question that this pandemic will impact this year’s Pride London Festival, and regardless of how soon restrictions around gatherings are lifted, the way we celebrate this year together will be different. People may still be fearful of gathering in large groups, and the small businesses and organizations that we rely on to put on the festival, will be working hard to recover and rebuild after all of this is over.
We have decided to forgo producing a full Pride Guide this year, as it will be a significant challenge to produce under the current circumstances. We are working on alternative ideas to recognize our sponsors and advertisers, and looking into other methods of promoting events this year.
This year we will be working with several community partners to host a virtual Pride celebration in London. From July 16 – 26, 2020 we will host several events and activities online, which promote unity, inclusion and awareness of sexual and gender diversity. Some of these events will include Drag Queen Storytime, #PrideAfterFive Networking Event, Gaymer Night, Lunch & Learn sessions, panel discussions, workshops and more!
Pride celebrations are an important way for LGBT2Q+ communities to unite in solidarity, to celebrate how far we have come and to continue to educate others about the ongoing issues that face our communities. This pandemic will not stop our movement, and if any communities are able to adapt to changing times, it’s ours. We will persevere as we always do, and we will get through this.
We are very excited to be part of Global Pride 2020 on Saturday, June 27thwith Prides across Canada and around the world. We will share more details about this soon!
For those who have lost loved ones, our hearts go out to you and your families. To those who are battling this virus now, we send our love for a speedy and full recovery. This pandemic has directly or indirectly affected us all, and now more than ever we need to come together to support each other.
Pride London Festival wants to recognize and thank all of the amazing people in our communities that continue to work during this time to provide the essential services that keep our communities safe and healthy. You are truly superheroes and we can’t thank you enough.
Please stay home and stay healthy. We will get through this together.
Yours in Pride,
President, Pride London Festival
cc. Kathy Bell-Copeland, Dom Montes, Stephen D’Amelio, Caighlee Stiles, Onye Enuoyibo