Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Finance Minister Grant Robertson are among the line-up of world leaders taking part in Global Pride, including former US Vice President Joe Biden and Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau.
Three Pride Festivals from around Aotearoa will celebrate with their international partners on Saturday 27 June as Auckland Pride, Wellington International Pride Parade, and Winter Pride Queenstown join Global Pride – an ambitious online event curated by Pride organisations after the COVID19 pandemic caused the cancellation or postponement of hundreds of Pride events worldwide. Hosted by Todrick Hall, the 24-hour Global Pride stream will feature more than 1,000 pieces of content including music, performances, speeches and messages of support submitted by over 500 Pride organisations.
The politicians will be joined by speakers from the world of entertainment including the Pussycat Dolls, Rita Ora, Bebe Rexha, Stephen Fry, Leslie Jordan and Joanna Lumley. The performance element of the event is of equal international calibre with a superstar line-up of performers, including Adam Lambert, Kesha, Village People, Mel C, Leann Rimes, Pussy Riot, Calum Scott, Natasha Bedingfield, Olivia Newton-John, Courtney Act, and Mary Lambert.
“Let’s all recommit to keep doing the work that’s required and make sure that we show that international solidarity so that everyone can celebrate who they are, no matter where in the world they live.” – Jacinda Ardern says in her address to Global Pride.
The New Zealand component of Global Pride will feature highlight reels from the recent Wellington International Pride Parade and Winter Pride Queenstown festivals and performances from top queer talent arts collective Coven, the soulful tones of singers Callan James and Jazz, and a speech from activist Aych McArdle. The performance from COVEN will open the Aotearoa portion of the stream at 5.15pm NZ Time on Saturday.
The event will stream on Todrick Hall’s on YouTube channel, iHeartRadio’s YouTube channel, and on the Global Pride website: globalpride2020.org/watch/