After this year’s success, Digital Pride will come back next year to spread Pride across the globe.
Gay Star News’ online festival for the worldwide LGBTI community will return from Monday 27 April to Sunday 3 May 2020.
Next year will mark Digital Pride’s fifth birthday. The annual festival unites gay, bisexual and trans people around the world, including those in countries where it is impossible or difficult to celebrate Pride with a parade or public event.
Why Digital Pride?
The festival brings joy and protest to countries where being LGBTI is frowned upon or even illegal.
‘Digital Pride is a unique event in the Pride season. In 2019, we chose to tackle loneliness and isolation and inspired people to reach out to someone they thought might need someone to talk to,’ Tris Reid-Smith, Editor-in-Chief of Gay Star News and co-founder of the event, said.
Video screens in New York’s Times Square and London’s Canary Wharf have been playing 2019’s Digital Pride video from 29 April to 5 May. This has relayed a moment of same-sex intimacy to over 3million onlookers.
What to expect from 2020?
Digital Pride (@digi_pride) will return in 2020 with a special theme that will be announced later this year.
For the first time in 2019, the global festival had a theme. For next year, the new theme will enable even more people to get involved. But meanwhile, GSN won’t forget about fighting isolation.
‘Digital Pride’s spirit lives on. Watch the videos, read the content, listen to the podcasts. We’ll promise to keep on talking about loneliness and isolation and how we can fix it,’ also said Reid-Smith.
‘And you can make a promise to yourself to reach out to someone, not just in Digital Pride week, but every week.’
Missed out on 2019 Digital Pride?
Our other videos have challenged myths about getting older and people’s fears of being alone. They’ve also shown the power in overcoming those fears, and tackling prejudice head on. Gay couple Dan and Tom’s beautiful wedding offers a perfect reminder of loves power to unite – particularly if you read the comments on the video.
Hit podcasts such as Food 4 Thot, Throwing Shade and A Gay and a Non Gay have also joined the Digital Pride conversation on loneliness, while YouTubers including Shantania Beckford and Bradley Birkholz have also reached out to their followers to talk about isolation in the LGBTI community.
On the site, our writers have explored topics such as: casual sex as a quick fix for loneliness; dealing with feelings of isolation in countries such as Egypt and Indonesia; what goes on at London’s gay cuddle club; how women can feel excludedfrom gays bars and clubs, and the threat of isolation facing older LGBTI communities.
We’ve spoken about how having a lifelong STI infection can make you feel isolated, penpals for queer prisoners, the challenges facing disabled people, and why some bi people feel less visible as a part of the community.
On social media, our features have prompted thousands of comments, uniting LGBTIs in conversation about loneliness around the globe.
You can check out all our content, including videos, here.
What is Digital Pride?
Digital Pride is the online movement, by Gay Star News, so you can take part in Pride whoever and wherever you are. Even if you are from a country where being LGBTI is criminalized or leaves you in danger – it’s a Pride festival you can be a part of.