The increasing spread of the Coronavirus / COVID-19 pandemic had a major impact on LGBTI Pride events across Europe in 2020 and 2021
Throughout the COVID19 pandemic the European Pride Organisers Association supported its members by providing resources, sharing guidance, and collating information. EuroPride 2020 itself was postponed until 2024.
We urged everyone to read and follow the guidance from the World Health Organisation (WHO), the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, and from the national health authority in their own country who will advise on safety at public and major events. WHO also published helpful recommendations for those planning mass gathering events, such as Pride.
We recommended that all Pride organisers have contingency plans in place should there be a need to postpone or cancel their event, and also consider the impact that public concern about coronavirus might have on volunteer recruitment, travel and other factors.
With the pandemic in abeyance in Europe in 2022, we hope for a return to in-person Pride events.
Global Pride 2020
Working with international partners including InterPride, CSD Deutschland, Svenska Pride and the UK Pride Organisers Network, on Saturday 27 June we held the world’s biggest Pride event with millions of people connecting worldwide. The 27 hour digital Pride was organised and delivered entirely by volunteers.
Read more on the Global Pride 2020 website.
COVID19 International Coordination Group
COVID19 brought unprecedented challenges for the Pride movement and the international and national Pride networks worked together to ensure a coordinated approach. EPOA and InterPride led a COVID19 / Pride International Coordination Group which met regularly to discuss the impact of COVID19, how our organisations and members were responding, and what resources and support were needed.
Changes to Pride events
In 2020 we maintained a Google Sheet and Google Map of known changes to LGBTI Pride events around the world. These are embedded below or you can click here to access the sheet and here to access the map. The sheet and map are no longer being updated but are provided here for archival purposes.
We created a private Facebook group for Pride organisers to discuss responses to Coronavirus / COVID-19, but this group is no longer active.
Read our news story on the impact on Pride organisations. The following list of coverage is chronological, with the most recent coverage appearing last.
- Amid Coronavirus Concerns, Will LGBTQ Pride Fests Still Happen In 2020? – Billboard
- Romania Pride is first LGBT+ march to postpone over Coronavirus – Openly
- Pride festivals will face ‘inevitable’ cancellation or delay due to coronavirus pandemic – Pink News
- Prides at risk as experts predict COVID-19 will peak in May and June – Gay Star News
- Pride marches, Eurovision: LGBT events threatened by the coronavirus – TÊTU (in French)
- Pride organisations are preparing for cancellations and postponements – BeOut (in Flemish)
- Bucharest Pride slips by three months: it is the 1st LGBT pride march to be postponed for Covid-19 – GayNews (in Italian)
- Pride in the time of Coronavirus: “inevitable cancellations, limitations or postponements” – Gay.It (in Italian)
- More Prides cancel or postpone due to Coronavirus – Gay Star News
- LGBTQ organizations around the world are canceling or shifting dates of Pride events – Queer.pl (in Polish)
- Pride events around the globe cancelled due to Coronavirus – GCN
- COVID-19: Global list of Pride cancellations and postponements – Attitude
- Massive Pride stop after COVID19 – QX.se (in Swedish)
- Prides continue to be postponed or cancelled – DIVA Magazine
- 100 Prides will be affected by Coronavirus in the next few hours – Gay Star News
- Nearly 100 Pride events have been cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic – Gay Times
- Coronavirus: At least 75 Pride marches cancelled worldwide – Têtu (in French)
- Pride festivals are cancelled – BLIKK (in Norwegian)
- LGBT+ Prides Set Up International Body To Support Local Events Amid Coronavirus Pandemic – Forbes
- Over 100 Pride events have been cancelled because of Coronavirus – Dazed
- Coronavirus cancels Pride parties – Chance (in Spanish)
- Unique Impact Of Coronavirus On U.K. LGBT+ Community ‘Will Disproportionally Affect Us’ – Forbes
- 150 Prides cancelled due to pandemic – Star Observer
Resources from our international partners