June is Pride Month, the month where the LGBTQ+ community comes together to celebrate individuality in every color of the rainbow. Why June? In honor of the Stonewall Uprising that took place in Manhattan in June 1969. We at TripActions celebrate the diversity of the travel community and stand with our LGBTQ+ customers, partners, suppliers, employees and the broader community.
In the past, many have enjoyed Pride as a welcome reason to travel far and wide, and celebrate with the community in major parades and festivals around the world. The challenges of the early part of this year led to the cancellation of many in-person activities--but fortunately, they were replaced with virtual ones to capture the spirit and intent of the in-person events. So, for some of the top destinations of Pride month, here’s this year’s virtual travel guide.
New York City
Home of the Stonewall riots in June of 1969 that serve as the historical anchor to Pride celebrations worldwide, New York will offer visitors its popular and festive Pride parade next year. This year, however, NYC is looking forward to celebrating virtually with a large online event. Singer Janelle Monae and “Schitt’s Creek” actor Dan Levy will be among the headliners of the event streaming Sunday, June 28, from 12-2pm EDT. Join here.
The Rainbow Flag identified with the LGBTQ+ community was originally created by Gilbert Baker for the 1978 San Francisco Pride Parade, and today SF’s parade is world-renowned. This year’s online celebration and rally will take place Saturday, June 27, 1-9pm PDT and Sunday, June 28 from 2-7pm PDT. It will feature Grammy award-winning singer and Motown legend Thelma Houston and spotlight Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza. Find out more here.
Seattle’s celebration is noted for Trans Pride Seattle, which has grown into a marquee event during Seattle Pride weekend. It also features many family-friendly gatherings, which are great during Seattle’s mild and--believe it or not, mostly sunny--summer weather. From your computer this year, you can enjoy a live streaming concert with Kylie Mooncakes Thursday, June 25 at 7pm PDT that’s produced by MoPOP, the Museum of Popular Culture. Then, enjoy a packed schedule of virtual talks, films, and performances from Trans Pride Seattle June 26-28.
D.C. is a great destination for U.S. history enthusiasts--as well as for celebrating Pride. This year, Capital Pride is offering many online events ranging from the educational to the entertaining. Thursday, June 25 at 8pm EDT you can enjoy Broadway Reimagined: Black & Queer, an intimate, live, virtual cabaret. On the 26th, join the Latinx Digital Drag Fest from 8-10pm EDT. Also, through the Smithsonian Institution, you and your kids can enjoy Drag Queen Story Time streaming on Facebook on Saturday, June 27 at 10am EDT.
Virtual Pride celebrations have one benefit that’s arguably better than in-person travel: you can visit multiple destinations in a day. GlobalPride2020 will offer a 24-hour worldwide virtual experience, streaming a marathon of content from Pride organizations, activists, civil society groups, politicians, and world leaders. Watch here, starting at 10pm PDT/1am EDT/6am BST on Saturday, June 27.
While it’s a disappointment that we can’t travel to these unique places to celebrate Pride in person this year, there will be ample online education, entertainment, and festivities this coming weekend. And we are confident that for future Pride celebrations we’ll appreciate the opportunity to make and grow in-person connections all the more.