Celebrate Pride during the Lavender Effect’s “Star-Studded Live Virtual Pride Parade,” which will be broadcast on Sunday, May 30, at noon on YouTube.
Hosted by Alec Mapa, the Virtual Pride Parade will raise funds for the nonprofit Lavender Effect’s mission to advance the future of LGBTQ+ heritage and culture. Because many local Pride celebrations have been modified this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the virtual event will safely bring the LGBTQ+ community together in celebration.
The Lavender Effect has invited many LGBTQ+ celebrities and allies, activists and nonprofits from around the world to participate. They include Lily Tomlin, Judith Light, Betty Buckley, Kathryn Hahn and Sally Kirkland, among many others.
Last year, the Lavender Effect hosted its first Virtual Pride Parade due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The live fundraiser featured celebrities, civic leaders and representatives of national LGBTQ+ organizations. More than 10,000 people viewed the program.
“As the LGBTQ+ community comes together for Pride again this year, we continue to find ourselves in a new normal,” said Andy Sacher, founder and executive director of the Lavender Effect. “Once again, Pride will be celebrated safely throughout the country this year. We wanted to continue our outreach to everyone with our second Virtual Pride Parade online this year. We celebrate our LGBTQ+ Pride with our diverse sisters and brothers in a way that everyone can join, no matter where they are or how they express their pride.”
The Lavender Effect aims to reduce shame, combat homophobia and empower LGBTQ+ youth through educational programs and event.
For information, visit thelavendereffect.org. To view the Virtual Pride Parade, visit youtube.com/c/thelavendereffect.
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