Pride Inside: Amazon to host online LGBTQ+ festival
Staff Reporter | On 26, Jun 2020
Amazon Prime Video is hosting a global virtual Pride Festival this weekend, called Pride Inside.
Not to be confused with the Pride Inside online event already organised by UK Black Pride, Stonewall, ParaPride and Amnesty International, Amazon’s online event will run from Saturday 27th to Sunday 28th June, including musical performances by renowned artists Betty Who, Vincint, The Aces and Greyson Chance,. Celebrity creative director and choreographer Parris Goebel (Savage X Fenty Show) and choreographer Ryan Heffington (Transparent: Musicale Finale) will also teach exclusive dance routines, while 16 drag queens from RuPaul’s Drag Race, including Manila Luzon, Monique Heart, Heidi N Closet, Raja and Gia Gunn, as well as the iconic Lady Bunny, will perform on the main stage, teach make0up tutorials, and contribute to round-table conversations (with a little shade thrown in).
The Pride Inside festival will unfold in an innovative, 360° environment. Users will create a profile at PrimeVideoPrideInside.com that will allow them to invite up to nine friends to explore the festival together via peer-to-peer video. The virtual festival will be available globally with a maximum capacity of 2 million users.
Attendees will be able to visit a series of interactive spaces grouped under the following themes:
CELEBRATE AND VIEW
• Sashay into Pride with Drag Queen Superstars! Sixteen of the most popular Drag Queens from RuPaul’s Drag Race grace the Pride Inside Main Stage.
o Drag Superstars Manila Luzon, Monique Heart, Trinity the Tuck and Lady Bunny lead four different main stage, all-star dish sessions on Pride, today’s climate and everything in between in Tea with the Queens.
o Be amazed at the talent and creativity of living room sing-alongs by RuPaul’s Drag Race alums including Raja, Valentina and Heidi N Closet.
• Visit the Glamazon Salon to learn beauty tricks and tips. Whether it’s brows by Heidi N Closet, Lady Bunny’s hilarious hardware store makeup shopping list parody, or a full tutorial from your favourite brand or influencer, you’re sure to be entertained and educated.
• Stop by the Theatre to enjoy content that celebrates the LGBTQIA+ community including scenes of Prime Video’s award-winning series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and the Transparent: Musicale Finale, as well as Amazon Music’s brand-new mini-doc titled Love Me Like You Should: The Brave and Bold Sylvester, which highlights the trailblazing queer disco icon featuring interviews with Billy Porter, Martha Wash and more.
• Escape the stress of the world for a moment and take a virtual load off in the Audible Sound Bath Studio. In this sound bath experience you will learn to harness the power of peaceful sounds and quiet guidance to help calm your mind and relax your body.
ENJOY AND CREATE
• Select your own virtual Pride float and enjoy the floating parade with your friends.
• Visit the True Colors Shop to custom design your free Pride Inside T-shirt.
• Design your own virtual flag or create one in real life with a DIY tutorial.
LISTEN AND LEARN
• Listen and learn during LGBTQ&A Podcast Live! This unique Pride Inside edition will have host Jeffrey Masters in conversations with the leaders of the Black AIDS Institute and National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network, plus talent from Amazon Original shows available on Prime Video, including Alexandra Billings (Transparent), Trace Lysette (Transparent), Shakina Nayfack (Transparent) and Jonny Cota (Making the Cut).
• Learn more about the Black AIDS Institute and the National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network charities and their important mission, including how you can either support them, or reach out to them with needs.
Amazon Studios and Prime Video will also be donating to the Black AIDS Institute and the National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network charities on behalf of Pride Inside, giving each a platform to share more information about their mission in the virtual experience and raise awareness for their causes.
More information, including RSVP details, can be found at PrimeVideoPrideInside.com