Online Celebration and Rally
Saturday June 27, 1-9 p.m. Sunday, June 28, 2-7 p.m.
2020 Celebration Artists
Grammy award-winning singer and Motown legend Thelma Houston is the Sunday headliner for the official Pride 50 online celebration. The weekend-long tribute to LGBTQ+ luminaries and queer solidarity continues to amplify Black voices through a spotlight on Black Lives Matter cofounder Alicia Garza; a celebration of the underground ballroom community with contestants from HBO’s Legendary; and a special appearance by Celebrity Grand Marshal W. Kamau Bell. More than 13 hours of programming will stream through SFPride.org as the nation’s largest gathering of the LGBTQ+ community and allies goes online for the first time in its history.
The weekend-long tribute to LGBTQ+ luminaries and queer solidarity will be hosted by some of San Francisco’s most iconic drag queens and activists, including Honey Mahogany, Per Sia, Sister Roma, and Yves Saint Croissant on Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28, 2020. Headlining Saturday’s celebration is New Orleans-born Queen of Bounce, Big Freedia, with additional entertainment provided throughout the weekend by Australian singer-songwriter Betty Who, singer and American Idol finalist David Hernandez, rising pop star Dorian Electra, teenage hip-hop sensation Kidd Kenn, and Uberlândia-born Brazilian transgender artist Urias.
San Francisco Pride will host a concurrent stream at sfpride.org, featuring some of the Community-programmed stages that celebrate the diversity of LGBTQ+ culture in San Francisco and beyond.
On the Don Julio Latin Stage, Club Papi & Media Concepts PR have summoned the biggest Latin stars for this historic occasion to join the community in celebrating San Francisco Pride. The Club Papi Latin Stage has been a popular fixture at San Francisco pride for the previous 23 years. The amazing cast of stars for 2020 include Ana Barbara, Chiquis, Daniel René, Diana Reyes, Edith Márquez, Esteman, Georgel, Laura León, Los horóscopos de Durango, Natalia Jiménez, Ninel Conde, María José, Maribel Guardia, Mariana Seoane, Marjorie De Sousa, Raymix, Jessica Wild, Melissa Befierce, Miss Lola, & DJ Tatiana.
The Soul of Pride stage will feature, among other stellar acts, D’Wayne Patrice Wiggins, founding member of 1990s soul/R&B group Tony! Toni! Toné!, and Yo-Yo, the outspoken hip-hop artist, actress, and entrepreneur, and Nzuri Soul, Scoodah Blazz, Cherronda Gray, DJ Lamont, Afro Beats Dancers, Jamila Ahyana, Kaylah Marin, HYM The Rapper, and Evelyn Champagne King!
The Women’s Stage is showcasing a selection of the Bay Area’s best, such as dance-club DJ, radio mixtress, and club promoter Page Hodel, as well as Christie James, Olga T, Alex D, and Rockaway.
Legendary drag icons Heklina, Honey Mahogany, Landa Lakes, Madd Dogg 20/20, Peaches Christ, and Sister Roma will come together for Decades of Drag, a conversation where they reflect on decades of activism, struggles, and victories. Joining the previously announced artists, the tribute to LGBTQ+ luminaries and queer solidarity includes performances by Madame Gandhi, VINCINT, Elena Rose, Krystle Warren, La Doña, and LadyRyan, presented by SF Queer Nightlife.
The weekend program also features a spotlight on Openhouse and the living legacy of Black queer and transgender activism; National Center for Lesbian Rights Executive Director Imani Rupert-Gordon discussing Black Lives Justice; and a deep dive into the history of the LGBTQ+ community in music with Kim Petras.
Additional special appearances include Bay Area American Indian TwoSpirits, body positive warrior Harnaam Kaur, Alphabet Rockers, Cheer SF (celebrating forty years!), a conversation on the intersection of Black and gay issues between Dear White People creator Justin Simien and cast member Griffin Matthews, and best-of performances from San Francisco’s oldest queer bar, The Stud.
For decades, San Francisco Pride’s Parade and two-day Celebration have brought hundreds of thousands of LGBTQ+ revelers and allies to Downtown San Francisco. As 2020 is a historic 50th anniversary, upward of a million people were expected to attend. Since the COVID-19 pandemic has brought these festivities online, an even larger global audience can now experience the celebrations from the world leader in the Pride movement from the safety and comfort of their own homes.
San Francisco Pride will also take part in Global Pride — a 24-hour, live-streamed festival uniting hundreds of Pride organizations from around the world — on Saturday, June 27. Led by Interpride, a collection of Pride organizers around the world, Global Pride will be an opportunity for the more than 350 Prides from around the world that have been cancelled or otherwise affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, allowing them to share individual messages of support and solidarity.
“We should serve one another not because of our common humanity, but rather for our distinctiveness. Get your queer on and make the world a better place.”