As the the COVID-19 pandemic continues to keep people in their homes, major Pride events all around the world have largely been cancelled in order to curb the virus’s spread. But that doesn’t mean we can’t still celebrate Pride Month from the comfort of our own living rooms.
On Thursday (May 21), Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter announced their second annual Pride Summit. Now taking place online on Saturday, June 13, the day-long event will feature conversations about being out in their industries and the importance of representation in music, television, film and more.
Along with panels and conversations, the event will conclude with a virtual Pride Prom, complete with performances from some of your favorite queer artists, an interactive DJ set, and even a drag performance contest to find this year’s Pride Queen. Attendees of the Pride Prom can also tune in early to get special tutorials from industry professionals on hair, makeup, and fashion.
Among the talent announced today are stars like Billy Porter, Carlie Hanson, Carson Kressley, Chris Appleton, Cyndi Lauper, Erika Jayne, Hayley Kiyoko, Indigo Girls, Jonica T. Gibbs, Justin Tranter, Kat Cunning, Lauren Jauregui, Lena Waithe, Madame Gandhi, Mary Lambert, Noah Cyrus, Pabllo Vittar, Patrick Starrr, Rex Rebel, Shea Diamond, Soko, Tove Lo, Todrick Hall, Wilson Cruz, the cast of the SHOWTIME® Series The L Word: Generation Q, Jennifer Beals, Jillian Mercado, Kate Moennig and Leisha Hailey. More artists are set to be announced at a later date.
“Let it be known Pride is not canceled. As the world goes through an unprecedented time, unity is more important now than ever and we’re proud to use the platform of our iconic brands to convene the LGBTQ+ community and celebrate their power and influence” Billboard-The Hollywood Reporter Media Group president Deanna Brown says. “We are so thankful for the incredible artists, actors, performers, industry experts and sponsors who continue to underscore the importance of this vibrant community.”
Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter’s Pride Summit and Pride Prom will take place Saturday, June 13 at BBTHRPrideSummit.com.