LGBTQ community members from around the world share their feelings about virtual Pride 2020 celebrations, the ongoing fight for equality and what Pride means to them.
Since the first official marches, which took place in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco in June 1970, Pride has become a global movement. Last year, at least 150 official Pride festivals and events took place around the world.
2019 saw the largest Pride celebration in history. According to Chris Frederick, former executive director of NYC Pride, an estimated five million people flocked to New York City to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the police raid on New York's Stonewall Inn, which sparked the beginning of the gay rights movement in the US. With more than 150,000 participants from six continents marching in the parade, it took more than 12 hours to complete the route, Frederick says.
“It was such an overwhelming experience,” he says. “To see the world coming together for this one singular moment was awe-inspiring, life-changing.” — Talid Magdi and Leroy Ah-Ben, CNN/@NinaWest