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LGBT+ Pride takes 2020 celebrations online for Covid-19 lockdown after Highland Pride was cancelled

By Alasdair Fraser

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The Virtual Pride 2020 logo
The Virtual Pride 2020 logo

A FESTIVAL celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights will defy the Covid-19 lockdown by going online.

Highland Pride, one of Scotland’s biggest annual LGBT+ Pride events, was to be held on Sunday July 19, 2020 with hundreds of supporters from across the north of Scotland set to congregate at Bught Park in Inverness.

But with social-distancing measures forcing cancellation of marches throughout the UK,·the gap in the calendar will be filled by Virtual Pride 2020, a free day-long online festival on May 23.

Virtual Pride will feature 10 hours of performances, live streamed from artists’ homes, with household names starring alongside national Pride favourites.

The day will also include speeches and messages from leading LGBT+ campaigners and an information directory on the organisation’s website.

There will also be fundraising for LGBT+ charities.

Highland Pride's winter walk. Picture: Callum Mackay
Highland Pride's winter walk. Picture: Callum Mackay

A virtual parade will round off the day at 5pm, with participants encouraged to post a social media video of themselves walking around their home.

A spokesperson said: “The aim is to include a feel-good #VirtualPride message and together, all at once, we will march in unity.

“With a lack of LGBT+ parades and celebrations on our streets this summer, Virtual Pride offers a platform for the LGBT+ community to come together this May.”

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