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Seven Local Pride Events You Can Attend Virtually

Feeling sad about Cincinnati Pride being postponed until October? We’re with you. Cincinnati’s Pride parade and events have become a long-standing tradition in our community, going on nearly 50 years now, so having all of it come to a halt due to the COVID-19 pandemic is hard. That’s why we’ve come up with a quick list of seven Pride events you can participate in virtually from the safety of your own home to help you feel GLAAD.

Black PRIDE Film Festival
Thursday, June 25, 2020
7:30 pm ET

For the third year in a row, Cincy Black Pride will be holding its Annual Black Alphabet Film Festival (BAFF) -- this time online! Since its inception in 2013, BAFF has worked to encourage storytelling, cultivate new dialogues and educate communities about the cultural and social contributions that Black LGBTQ-identified people have made upon the world.

This year’s online film festival will feature three films.

  • King Ester, a four-time Emmy nominated film, features the story of a New Orleans BIPOC trans woman struggling to find her place in the week before Hurricane Katrina hit.
  • Rafiki, is the story of two young girls in Kenya who long for something more than what “good Kenyan girls” are supposed to do and are forced to choose between their happiness and safety.
  • Wolf follows the story of a young man sexually abused and his struggle while dealing with his love of his abuser.


LGBTQ Changemaker Speaker Event
Thursday, June 25, 2020
12 pm ET

Hear Cincinnati-based attorney Scott Knox discuss his advocacy on behalf of LGBTQ rights in Cincinnati, including his work to repeal Article XII. The Article, passed in 1993, removed discrimination protections based on sexual orientation in Cincinnati. Through the group Citizens to Restore Fairness, Knox and other leaders organized to repeal Article XII, building a coalition and creating a grassroots campaign to spread the word to voters, who repealed the Article in 2004. Knox’s presentation will be followed by an interactive discussion focused on how our community can continue to build a more inclusive Cincinnati.

Grown & Sexy DJ Marathon
Friday, June 26 - Sunday June, 28, 2020

While the lockdown has created extra hurdles in some ways, in other ways it’s created opportunity. This year’s Black Pride DJs will have the unique opportunity to participate in more than one Pride event simultaneously! From Friday to Sunday during Pride week, the Grown & Sexy DJ Marathon will feature DJs spinning '60s-'90s classics and African dance on Friday, tribal beats on Saturday, and jazz/soul on Sunday.

Black Pride Torch Awards
Friday, June 26, 2020
7:30 pm ET

Honoring 11 of Cincinnati’s Black LGBTQIA+ community leaders including Kyle Inskeep of Local 12, Ta’von Hall of Caracole, and many more. Read more about this year’s honorees before the event here.

Global Pride 2020
Saturday, June 27 - Sunday, June 28, 2020
1 am ET
(You read that right, organizers are based on New Zealand so they’ll begin streaming at 1 am ET but will be going all day!)

Hosted by Todrick Hall, Global Pride will be streaming for more than 24 hours live on Todrick’s YouTube channel and on Global Pride’s website directly. Confirmed guests include artists such as Pabllo Vittar, Ava Max, Olivia Newton John, Deborah Cox, Kristine W, Thelma Houston, Bright Light Bright Light, Courtney Act, Steve Grand and Rachael Sage. A special audio and visual presentation ft. the legendary and late George Michael is also planned.

The Front Porch: Black Pride Edition, an AfroFuturistic Virtual Event
Saturday, June 27, 2020
8 pm ET
Afterparty DJ sets beginning at (9:45 pm ET)

The Front Porch is a multi-genre arts community event centered around Hip Hop, Spoken Word, and acoustic soul that has been a steadfast staple in the Black LGBTQIA+ community since 2004. This virtual Pride event will feature local Cincinnati artists and a virtual afterparty featuring DJ Rah D and Tim’m T. West.


Black Pride Virtual Interfaith Services
Sunday, June 28, 2020
Time is TBD

Led by four local faith leaders, Black Pride will be offering interfaith services, welcoming all community members on Sunday, June 28th. Rev. Derek Terry of St. Peters UCC, Pastors Lesley Jones and Noni Gordon of Truth & Destiny, and Pastor Terry Hocker of Bound By Truth and Love Ministries will be leading the services. Exact time of services is TBD, but will be announced on Cincinnati Black Pride’s website soon.


***BONUS EVENT!***

While this one isn’t technically a virtual event, you can participate from home so we figured we’d include it.

Outside For Pride
Saturday, June 27, 2020
4-6 pm ET

Cincinnati Black Pride, Kroger, 84.51, HRC Cincinnati, AGAR, and DANCEFIX have all come together to create a one-of-a-kind “front yard celebration” for Pride. Your RSVP comes with an entry to win a dancing unicorn flash mob appearance by DANCEFIX, and a Pride Pack! Pride Packs will include Pride inspired drink and food recipes, a Cincinnati public curated Pride SLAYlist, downloadable Pride decorations, and outdoor activity ideas.

The 2020 Cincinnati Pride parade, at the time of this writing, has been rescheduled for October 3. To revisit the excitement of last year's parade, click or tap here.

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