Pet Shop Boys, Big Freedia, girl in red & more appearing on Project Pride livestream
June, aka Pride Month, won't be quite the same as usual in our current pandemic era -- NYC's annual Gay Pride March, which was to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2020, is cancelled, for starters -- but the Smithsonian's Pride Alliance is hosting a free online event to help ring in the month, called Project Pride. The online event -- which streams this weekend, on Sunday, May 31 from 8-10 PM EST on YouTube -- is a virtual concert and digital time capsule (including highlights from the Smithsonian collections), held to celebrate LGBTQIA+ heritage, culture, and history.
Throughout the evening, some LGBTQIA+ musicians, artists, and allies will make appearances and perform, including Alex the Astronaut, Big Freedia, CLAUD, Dorian Electra, girl in red, Indigo Girls, Jake Shears, Joy Oladokun, Kat Cunning, Madame Gandhi, mxmtoon, Nakhane, Pabllo Vittar, Pet Shop Boys, Roxane Gay, Rufus Wainwright, SOKO, Tig Notaro & Stephanie Allynne, Tunde Olaniran, VINCINT and more. The event will also be hosted by NPR's Ali Shapiro.
You can register and learn more here, but registration is not required for access to the stream.
Meanwhile, some of the artists that featured have other livestreamed events going on.
Indigo Girls talk with Glennon Doyle and Abby Wambach on Facebook tonight (5/28) at 7 PM ET.
Big Freedia hosts weekly broadcasts—"Big Freedia's Gospel Brunch" at noon on Sundays and "Whatcha Cookin' Wednesdays" at 7 PM EST on Wednesdays—where, instead of a mic, she wields a spatula a shares recipes and cooking tips. You can watch on her YouTube channel.
CLAUD is going live tonight for the second edition of Noisey's Night In (benefiting the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund). The stream (airing on Noisey's YouTube channel beginning at 8 PM EST) also features Alex Lahey, Finneas, Phoebe Bridgers, Beach Bunny, and Faye Webster.
girl in red shared a stripped down cover of Dua Lipa's "Don't Start Now" from home today, as recorded for BBC Radio 1's 'Piano Sessions.'