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Virtual Pride Events Happening This Week: June 15-21

How to virtually celebrate Pride this week…
 
COVID-19 may have put a halt on IRL Pride 2020 celebrations, but that doesn’t mean Pride is cancelled. “Live stream” is the key word this year as tons of virtual Pride information sessions and celebrations go online.
 
Here are all the virtual events being held in Canada this week (June 15-21, 2020) across the country—and keep checking back, because we’ll be putting out a new list of virtual Pride events every single week!
 

 
Wes Funk Memorial Pride Latté & Pride Festival Opening
WHEN: June 15, 2020 @ 6:45PM – 10PM CST
LINK: https://saskatoonpride.ca/events/pride-latte/
THE LOW-DOWN: At 6:45 on Monday June 15th, join us on Zoom from the comfort of your own home for the official opening of the 2020 Saskatoon Pride Festival, with messages from the Mayor, the co-chairs of Saskatoon Pride, and presenting sponsors. Following a land acknowledgement and blessing from Marjorie Beaucage, we’ll kick things off with the Wes Funk Memorial Pride Latté! 🌈
 
A limited number of open mic slots will be available for those who wish to sign up.  To sign up for a five-minute open mic slot please contact Elise Pallagi at inthemistiwasstanding@gmail.com. All poets, storytellers, authors, and musicians welcome.
 
Friendly Stranger Digital Drag Show
WHEN: June 16, 8:00 p.m. ET
LINK: friendlystranger.com
FEES: Recommended donation of $10 on GoFundMe
THE LOW-DOWN: Cannabis shop Friendly Stranger is co-hosting a virtual drag show with hockey player Brock McGillis and Canada’s Drag Race judge Brooke Lynn Hytes. Twelve queens will perform, with net proceeds going to the Glad Day Lit Emergency Survival Fund, which helps support artists, performers and wage tip earners from the Toronto Village Community.
 
Black Queer & Trans Excellence
DATE: June 16, 2020 @ 11:00AM-12:00 PM
LINK: www.pridetoronto.com
THE LOW-DOWN: Programming to be determined
 
Black Queer & Trans Excellence
DATE: June 16, 2020 –  3:00 PM-12:00 PM
LINK: www.pridetoronto.com
THE LOW-DOWN: Programming to be determined
 
Black Queer & Trans Excellence
DATE: June 16, 2020 @ 7:00 PM- 8:00 PM
LINK: www.pridetoronto.com
THE LOW-DOWN: Programming to be determined
 
Artist How To Workshops
DATE: June 17, 2020 @ 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
LINK: www.pridetoronto.com
THE LOW-DOWN: Join Chippy Non-Stop in a safe space workshop titled Intersessions by Chippy Non-Stop where you’ll have the opportunity to learn how to DJ.
 
Movers and Shakers – Strapped
DATE: June 17, 2020 @ 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
LINK: www.pridetoronto.com
THE LOW-DOWN: Join host Hollywood Jade and meet the collectives behind the hottest queer events in Toronto for your chance to learn how they do it! Featured collectives include RUDE collective, YOHOMO, Strapped, and Rangeela.
 
Panel Discussion – Global Queer, Trans & Intersex Rights In A COVID-19 World
DATE: June 18, 2020 @ 1:00 pm CST (GMT -6)
Link: www.saskatoonpride.ca/events/global-queer-trans-intersex-human-rights-in-a-covid-19-world
FEES: Free
THE LOW-DOWN: Join us for discussions with LGBTIQ leaders from around the globe for a series of conversations on the impact of the COVID19 pandemic on human rights movements in their countries and regions.
 
Moderated by Omayra Issa, CBC/Radio-Canada. Panelists include: Kenita Placide (Eastern Caribbean Alliance for Diversity and Equality, St. Lucia), Rhadem Musawah (Mindanao Pride, the Philippines), Kira Xonorika (Transitar Paraguay), Steve Letsike (Access Chapter 2, South Africa)
 
Global LGBTI Rights and Covid-19
DATE: June 18, 2020 at 1 PM – 2 PM CST
LINK: www.saskatoonpride.ca/virtual-event-information/
THE LOW-DOWN: Join us for a discussion with LGBTIQ leaders from around the globe on the impact of the COVID19 pandemic on queer, trans, intersex and other human rights movements in their countries and regions. Register at saskatoonpride.ca/virtual-event-information/ to receive the Zoom meeting link before the event.
 
The Link Up
DATE: June 18, 4–9 p.m. ET
LINK: pridetoronto.com
FEES: Free
THE LOW-DOWN: Get ready to party to some Afro beats, Soca and Dancehall, courtesy of DJ Soulsis and DJ Razaqeltoro.Onkoya. C-Flava dance collective will be performing for this virtual party.
 
Kingston Pride – Voices of the Rainbow with Théo & Yessica
DATE: June 18 @ 7 PM – 7:45 PM
LINK: www.facebook.com/events/
THE LOW-DOWN: Two-Spirit Pride with Drumming, Singing, and Knowledge Sharing. Did you know? June is both Pride & National Indigenous Peoples Month.
 
Lunch & Learn with Tenniel Brown 
DATE: June 19, 2020 – 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
LINK: www.pridetoronto.com
THE LOW-DOWN: This week, participants will experience safety, healing and community. Specific information will also be provided about the benefits of an anti-oppressive approach to leadership and practical strategies to lead inclusively, skillfully and consciously.
 
Dancing On Our Own: Virtual Pride Party
DATE: June 19, 2020 at 8 PM – 10 PM UTC-06
FEE: Free | Register: rsvp@saag.ca
THE LOW-DOWN: As a part of Lethbridge Pride celebrations we invite you to join us for a virtual dance party with local favourite Rabbyt, performing live from her home studio. Dress in your best party flair and set up your own home dance party space (decor, lights, an innovative virtual backdrop, get creative!). Meet us online to dance the night away, celebrating all the wonderful LGBTQIA+ people who make this world a more exciting place to party.
 
Saskatoon Virtual Pride Parade
DATE: June 20, time TBA
LINK: saskatoonpride.ca
FEES: Free
THE LOW-DOWN: The 2020 Saskatoon Pride theme is “Be Strong, Be Proud, Be You.” Everyone, from performers to allies, small groups to individuals, are invited to be part of the virtual parade. People are even encouraged to submit their designs and illustrations or decorated bikes and cars as floats. Coupled with even more performances afterward, it’s guaranteed to be amazing.
 
Pride Youth Social Movement
DATE: June 20th at 6:30 PM (MDT)
FEE: Free
THE LOW-DOWN: Youth and young adults in Airdrie and surrounding areas connect with other LGBTQ2+ youth and their allies in a safe and fun environment. Join us for various youth-directed activities, some Pride-related education, and community leadership and advocacy. Please email info@airdriepride.ca for the private Zoom link to attend.
 
East Side Pride 2020 – Virtual Edition
DATE: June 20, 2020 at 5 PM – 6:30 PM PDT
FEE: Free
THE LOW-DOWN: Pride can’t be cancelled – only re-imagined! Join us on June 20, 2020 for the East Side Pride 2020 – Virtual Edition for the first event in our 2020 Virtual Pride Season! Hosted by DJ Denise & Denzin 8 Productions, East Side Pride – Virtual Edition brings you an hour of QTBIPOC music and comedy.
 
Gurls Dance Party
Date: June 20, 2020 at 10 PM – 1 AM CST
LINK: Register now at: www.eventbrite.ca/e/gurls-virtual-dance-party-tickets
THE LOW-DOWND: We’re bringing Saskatoon Pride’s infamous GURLS dance party right to you this year! It’s a party for 2SLGBTQ folks highlighting queer women, trans and gender diverse folks. Gay men and allys welcome, too.
 
Kingston Pride – Pride Virtual Drag Bingo with Rowena Whey
DATE: Saturday June 20 – 9:00 PM
LINK: www.facebook.com
THE LOW-DOWN: Come celebrate PRIDE at a special Beers for Queers hosted by Rowena Whey: Drag Queen Bingo! Featuring a free drag show, bingo cards available by donation, and awesome, if questionable prizes for the lucky few.
 
The Morning After; Strapped brunch Takeover
DATE: June 21, 2020 – 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
LINK: www.pridetoronto.com
THE LOW-DOWN: Hosted by Strapped, a local artist collective prioritizing women and non-binary POC artists and performers. Login for a cure for your hangover and a healthy dose of vitamin Strapped to cure your Sunday hangover. Featuring resident DJ Ace Dillinger a brunch take over with special guests will get you moving and motivated to conquer a new day and new week!
 

 

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