Expect a live broadcast on June 5, plus a virtual artists gallery and more.
The COVID-19 pandemic is on track to cancel most of the fun for another summer – for good reason, of course; we need to flatten the curve yet again – and that means Motor City Pride and all official, affiliated activities can’t be held in person. That doesn’t mean they’re permanently canceled, however.
“We know it’s not quite that time yet to celebrate each other in person, so we’re waiting ‘til everybody gets their vaccinations and things for all that. Right now, we’re planning a virtual broadcast for Pride Live on June 5 (3-5 p.m.),” says David Wait, Motor City Pride chairperson.
Wait says Pride Live will be a digital, two-hour festival featuring remote performances from “festival favorites” and appearances from community leaders and activists, as well as an online marketplace, LGBTQ history sessions and art exploration. Look out on the marketplace for clothing brands like Quiet Deviants, Potty Mouth and Stewie’s Got Swag.
Also, get excited for the virtual gallery, Mighty Real/Queer Detroit. The Motor City Pride website reads: “The premise of Mighty Real/Queer Detroit is to gather together, for the first time, a grand-scale representation of the range and depth of Detroit queer art – and then, through panels, essays, and a printed catalogue inspire reflection and discussion.”
The exhibition will highlight the diversity of viewpoints, experiences and triumphs of the queer community in Michigan and metro Detroit through various forms of media. Featured artists include Maeve McCarron Quinn, Cece Alaniz and Jamie Feldman. An in-person festival is being considered for September.
“Waiting until everyone feels safe and comfortable is the obvious choice,” Wait says. They’ll start recruiting volunteers for that in late summer.
Need a little extra support in the weeks leading up to and after Pride? These LGBTQ-friendly resources and organizations put self-expression and celebration first.
For the last 30 years, Affirmations LGBTQ+ Community Center has provided a wealth of resources to the community such as youth programs, counseling, inclusion training and health and wellness assistance.
In addition to the usual helpful services, LGBTQ Detroit is incredibly focused on how the virus is affecting the community. Executive Director Curtis Lipscomb is a member of the Michigan Coronavirus Task Force for Racial Disparities.
LGBTQ minority youth remains one of the most at-risk demographics for homelessness and abuse. The Ruth Ellis Center dedicates itself to helping them with events like its upcoming Virtual Legacy Pride Walk happening June 4-6.