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Todrick Hall, Laverne Cox to headline Global Pride with Black Lives Matter focus

Todrick Hall and Laverne Cox are among the black, LGBTQ+ stars set to headline this month’s (June 2020) Global Pride event, with a new focus on the Black Lives Matter movement.

LGBTQ+ campaigners are working with founders of the Black Lives Matter movement to demand racial justice at the event on June 27, 2020, which was organized after the coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation of hundreds of Pride events around the world.

“Our community knows well that we must confront hate and prejudice head-on,” co-chair of the Global Pride organizing committee, Natalie Thompson, said in a statement.

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“We have been watching an epidemic of violence against trans people of color – mostly women – in the past decade and this larger discussion must be inclusive and all-encompassing. All Black Lives Matter.”

Todrick and Laverne join a previously-announced line-up of acts, including Ava Max, Olivia Newton-John, Deborah Cox, Kristine W, Dixie Chicks, Thelma Houston, Bright Light Bright Light, Courtney Act, Steve Grand and Rachel Sage.

World leaders including Carlos Alvarado Quesada, President of Costa Rica, Prime Ministers of Norway and Luxembourg, Erna Solberg and Xavier Bettel, and Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil of India are also due to appear.

Organizers are planning a 24-hour stream of Pride content, together with speeches from world leaders, activists and human rights defenders, reflecting the organizers’ statement that, “Pride events might be canceled but the spirit of Pride will live on”.

The live stream takes place on June 27, with more information available here: globalpride2020.org.

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