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How to observe Pride Month amid the awfulness of 2020

A June 5 flag-raising is set for City Hall Plaza.
A June 5 flag-raising is set for City Hall Plaza.Joanne Rathe/Globe Staff/file

There’s no way around it: Pride Month won’t be the same without all the parades, concerts, and dance parties. But at least there’s a full menu of online happenings designed to celebrate LGBTQ culture and community. Whatever your interests — whatever your style — a whole world of queer people is out there, just waiting to (virtually) gather. Here’s a roundup of the year’s best local and not-so-local Pride events.

Cheeyang Ng will perform June 6.
Cheeyang Ng will perform June 6.Michael Kushner Photography

Raise your voice: Voices of Pride offers a virtual benefit concert, produced in partnership with the New York City Dyke March and the Reclaim Pride Coalition. Organizers have urged participants to remember the roots of pride parades: riots and protests. Accordingly, the event raises funds for the Emergency Release fund, an organization working for the release of transgender and queer New Yorkers from city jails where COVID-19 cases have skyrocketed. Representatives from the Dyke March and Reclaim Pride Coalition will offer tips about online organizing and social justice activism within the queer community. And the concert itself boasts an eclectic lineup featuring folk-rocker Blair Medina Baldwin, singer-songwriter Cheeyang Ng, and many, many more. June 6, 8-10:30 p.m., eventbrite.com.

Big on banjo: Porch Pride: A Queer-antine Festival showcases queer roots musicians with 10-plus hours of livestreaming. Organized by San Francisco-based Bluegrass Pride, the event raises funds for LGBTQ bluegrass musicians who are unable to perform (and therefore unable to earn an income) due to venue closures and show cancellations. June 27-28, bluegrasspride.net

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What about Boston? Boston Pride postponed or altered virtual events this week in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. A statement put out on June 8 said that the virtual Pride Lights ceremony would still occur as planned to honor lives lost to HIV/AIDs. However, Queerantine Queeraoke (June 11) will shift its mission to raising money for Black and brown trans folks. Boston Pride’s virtual festival (June 13) will offer no entertainment, instead featuring community organizers and those who would have physical booths at an in-person festival. Boston Pride also introduced a social media initiative called “Show Your Pride” and encouraged people to decorate their houses, yards, and even pets (June 12-14) and share online using the hashtag #wickedproud.

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Latinx style: The official dance party for Washington, D.C.'s Latinx Pride Festival is called La Fiesta en Casa and it features a Latinx Digital Drag Fest. The fest will feature Florida-based drag queen, comedian, and dancer Lady J Monroe and burlesque performer Eva Mystique among many others. June 26, 8 to 11 p.m., $5-$10, eventbrite.com

Southern style: Make it a Sunday with this digital drag brunch. Hosted by Birmingham, Ala.-based drag queen, actor, and makeup artist Sharon Cocx, the event features performers from the area like “Diva of the Damned” Reese Eve Cocx and “The Woodland Glamazon of Birmingham” Fawn Dell Wood. June 7, noon, $10, eventbrite.com.

History in heels: Meanwhile, the organizers of Indy Pride host a fireside chat with drag performers dropping a little history on their art form in relation to Pride. June 7, 7:30 p.m., eventbrite.com

Update: This article was updated to reflect Boston Pride’s updated plans for 2020, announced on June 8.


Grace Griffin can be reached at grace.griffin@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @GraceMGriffin.