How To Celebrate London Pride This Weekend: From TikTok To Virtual Gigs
26 June 2020, 14:07 | Updated: 26 June 2020, 16:02
In the midst of Pride month, where we celebrate the LGBTQ+ community, here’s how you can celebrate Pride this weekend, during lockdown.
June marks the annual celebration of Pride month and although we are in lockdown, there are still ways you can get involved and celebrate the LGBTQ+ community.
Although the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has put a stop to public celebrations, there are still a lot of ways you can mark the day.
There are a number of virtual gigs you can attend and TikTok challenges you can get involved with and here’s how.
TikTok Pride celebrations
TikTok has a number of exciting activities going on to celebrate Pride month, from a series of LIVE broadcasts and hashtag challenges.
The #ImComingOut challenge is inspired by Diana Ross’ iconic track ‘I’m Coming Out’ and will see people share stories about what or who they are coming out for.
The hashtag is already live and has already reached over 142 million views since launching, with over 133 million people using the song to share stories and support each other.
There are also various LIVEs going on for Pride 2020, including some of the UK’s biggest LGBTQ creators and allies, who will come together to interact with fans online.
Here’s a schedule of what’s to come:
- June 25 - 5pm - Female drag queen @Wyntirose famous for her incredible drag cosplayer
- June 29 - 5pm – Gay couple @matthewandryan known for their laid back laughs
- June 30 - 6pm - Make-up artist @KeilidhMUA,
- July 1 - 6pm - Leading beauty creator @abbyrartistry and Drag Queen @ellis_atlantis
- July 6 - 6pm - Pranksters @SebbyJon and @Montykeates
TikTok's campaign managers who developed the 2020 Pride programme, Lottie Moor, Rob Shead & Harry Wilson, exclusively told Capital: "It was so important for us as members of the LGBTQ+ community, ourselves to create this campaign and provide a platform to give the community a voice, whilst reminding everyone that, no matter who they are, who they love or where they come from, TikTok will always celebrate the joy in diversity.
"With this campaign, we wanted to ensure that we are educating our TikTok employees as well as celebrating those who are a part of TikTok's LGBTQ+ community. Working with such incredible LGBTQ+ creators and amazing, supportive allies on this campaign has been a dream - and to top it off with Diana Ross' iconic track, it truly has been a passion project from start to finish."
Virtual gigs to watch during Pride
Global Pride are set to host a 24-hour Livestream on Saturday, June 27, with musician Todrick Hall.
Amnesty International, UK Black Pride, Stonewall and ParaPride are also teaming up to do a virtual Pride celebration called Pride Inside, which will run from Sunday, June 28 - Sunday, July 5.
This will include numerous performances, talks and workshops!