More than 57 million people joined world-first Global Pride event for LGBTQIA+ community

APN Rainbow HeartOrganisers have confirmed that Global Pride – the 27-hour virtual Pride that took place on 26 – 27 June reached a worldwide audience of 57,050,978 viewers in at least 163 countries.

Broadcast on the YouTube channels of Todrick Hall and iHeart Radio, and on Facebook and Revry, Global Pride featured content from more than 500 Pride and LGBTQIA+ community organisations from 91 countries. Content included music and drag performances, speeches and messages from activists, and archive footage from Pride events around the world.

Major artists including Laverne Cox, Elton John, Denise Ho, Adam Lambert, Olivia Newton John, Pussy Riot, Kesha and Pabllo Vittar appeared alongside world leaders including former US Vice President Joe Biden, Prime Ministers Justin Trudeau, Xavier Bettel, Erna Solberg, and Leo Varadkar, HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark and President of Iceland Guðni Th. Jóhannesson.

Locally, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras helped curate more than two and a half hours of footage from Australia and the Pacific region. They worked with the teams at Brisbane Pride, Midsumma, Tropical Fruits, Auckland Pride and the Wellington International Pride Parade – plus many more Pride and LGBTQI organisations from across Australia and New Zealand.

Aussies featured in the broadcast, included performances by Courtney Act, Betty Who, G Flip, Mama Alto and the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Choir, plus very special messages from Dannii Minogue, Olivia Newton-John, Equality Australia, ACON’s TransHub, Bi+ Visibility, the Koori Pride Network Victoria and many more.

“Global Pride’s tens of millions of viewers learned, cried and surely were moved to action to further confront hate and prejudice and fight for equality,” said Natalie Thompson, Co-Chair of Global Pride and from Capital Pride Washington. “This was a historic success in every way and I was proud and humbled to work beside so many diverse colleagues from around the world and provide the community with the kind of hope and inspiration the Pride movement has for decades. The work continues and we will never be silenced.”

Viewers were encouraged to donate to a Pride COVID19 Relief Fund managed by international Pride organisations, InterPride and the European Pride Organisers Association. A total of almost $53,000 was raised during the event, exceeding the organiser’s target of $50,000. Pride and LGBTQIA+ organisations will be able to apply to this fund for financial assistance.

“We know that LGBTQIA+ people have been affected financially by COVID19 and so fundraising was always going to be a challenge,” said Kristine Garina, Co-Chair of Global Pride and from Baltic Pride Latvia. But we are enormously grateful to everyone who donated, and we’d urge everyone who enjoyed Global Pride to donate anything they can. All funds will be directed to Pride organisations in need. There are a number of ways to donate, via our website at www.globalpride2020.org.”

A team of more than 100 volunteers from across the world worked on the Global Pride project, most from Pride organisations affected by COVID19. These included video editors, producers, and specialists in fundraising, communications, and nonprofit leadership.

“When we began this project we were well aware we were entering uncharted territory and had a near-unbelievable vision, but we needed to do something at a time when we had an international platform,” said Natalie Thompson. “Pride is not simply about parties or parades; our work, from marches to programming to amplifying diverse voices in our community all year long, helps push the needle towards true equality and freedom for LGBTQIA+ people worldwide.”

“Global Pride 2020 gave us an opportunity to allow Prides worldwide tell their own stories to the largest audience in history that was accessible in new ways. Together, afterward, it felt like we had acomplished a queer miracle, but given the feedback and response it was worth every moment of work,” added Thompson.

Organisers are now evaluating the project and will produce a report in due course. A decision on future Global Pride events has not yet been made. For more information, visit: www.globalpride2020.org for details.

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