See how Orlando is commemorating LGBTQ+ Pride Month in 2020 with virtual editions of RED Shirt Pride Day and the Pulse Remembrance Ceremony (Orlando StarFlyer pictured).
June is Pride Month, celebrating the positive impact of the LGBTQ+ community while working toward a future where everyone can live their truth in an understanding world full of unity, acceptance and love. In 2020, Orlando is set to join the party with one-of-a-kind virtual events such as our annual Pulse Remembrance Ceremony and its related events, plus RED Shirt Pride Day — and you’re invited to the festivities!
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Virtual Pride Month Events in Orlando
Here’s your guide to virtual LGBTQ+ events being hosted in Orlando this June. Please note that several related events that traditionally take place in June have been rescheduled due to COVID-19 concerns, including Girls in Wonderland (rescheduled to Oct. 1-5, 2020), GayDayS Orlando (rescheduled to Oct. 27 – Nov. 2, 2020), and Tidal Wave Party and One Magical Weekend (both rescheduled to June 3-7, 2021).
Acts of Love & Kindness (Through June 12)
In honor of the lives lost on June 12, 2016, One Orlando Alliance encourages everyone to act, love and give on this day. Act by doing something to help others in the community. Love by sharing heartwarming stories, photos and videos on social media using the hashtag #ActLoveGive. (#ActLoveGive photo cards are available from One Orlando Alliance's digital toolkit.) And if you're in a position to do so, you're encouraged to give to the Central Florida LGBTQ+ Relief Fund.
RED Shirt Pride Day (June 6)
Hosted by KindRED Pride Foundation, and inspired by the original 30 or 40 people with “kindred spirits” that bravely met at Magic Kingdom® Park at Walt Disney World® Resort back in 1991, this annual tradition invites you to wear a red shirt to Magic Kingdom Park on the first Saturday in June. However, due to COVID-19, the event will not be physically held at Magic Kingdom Park for the first time in 30 years.
Instead, it will be a virtual celebration where you can invite your friends around the world to Take the RED Shirt Challenge. Just post a selfie or video using hashtags #RSPD and #taketheREDshirtchallenge!
GayDayS Orlando Broadcast (June 6)
Hosted by Chantel Reshae, this live broadcast on Facebook will provide up-to-date information on GayDayS 2020 Halloween event, including guest appearances by Harmony Breeze, James Rodes, Bearonce Bear, 2019 Mr. GayDayS Leather Daddy Mark, and 2019 Miss GayDayS Twila Holiday.
Pulse Remembrance Virtual Ceremony (June 12)
In 2020, Orlando’s annual Pulse Remembrance Ceremony will be experienced virtually for the first time due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Honoring the 49 Angels whose lives were tragically taken, as well as survivors, first responders, trauma teams and all the lives affected, the four-year Pulse Annual Remembrance Ceremony has been pre-recorded and can be seen on the onePULSE Foundation Facebook page and YouTube Channel on Friday, June 12, at 7 p.m. The program includes the reading of the names by family members, remarks from City of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings, onePULSE Foundation Board Chair Earl Crittenden and onePULSE CEO Barbara Poma.
Furthermore, the Pulse Interim Memorial can now be experienced virtually, providing the opportunity to view the memorial grounds and its vibrant walls of images and art from the comfort of home.
Orlando United Day (June 12)
June 12 is known as Orlando United Day — A Day of Love and Kindness. It's dedicated to honoring the memory of the 49 taken, supporting survivors, and recognizing the compassion and love displayed by the Central Florida community. The historical day is supported collaboratively by the City of Orlando, Orange County Government, One Orlando Alliance and onePULSE Foundation.
49 Bells (June 12)
In 2020, 49 Bells will be a virtual event. It's organized by One Orlando Alliance, who continues to ask places of worship — around the world — to ring their bells 49 times, at noon local time, in honor of each life taken at Pulse on June 12, 2016. You can follow on social media using the tag #49Bells.
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