Virtual Arizona Pride

Welcome to #VirtualAZPride!

In June of 1981, the city of Phoenix held its first Pride Parade, organized by legendary local activists Kirk Baxter and BJ Budd. In 2004, the Phoenix Pride Parade and Festival was moved to the first weekend of April and for the past 16 years, this time of year has been a hallowed time for the LGBTQ+ community of the Greater Phoenix area. And so it was with great disappointment that we recently learned that this year’s 40th Anniversary Phoenix Pride was postponed until November due to the current coronavirus outbreak.

But while we could physically be together this April, this is a time when our community needed to come together and support one another even more than ever. And that is why LGBTQ+ organizations across Arizona came together to present the first-ever Virtual Arizona Pride on April 3-5, 2020. More than 40 organizations, small businesses, and performers from across the state came together to present a weekend of drag performances, virtual meetups, educational sessions, online talk shows, drag story hours, and more in order to allow our community to come together in this time. You can view archived video of several of the events from our first #VirtualAZPride on our Video section.

And the demand for this type of programming has been so great that the team behind #VirtualAZPride has decided to keep going with a monthly series on the third Saturday of every month. Our Third Saturday series will feature a select, curated day of programming similar to what you saw at #VirtualAZPride, from partners old and new. For more check out our Third Saturday page.

#VirtualAZPride events occur across social media platforms, so follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to stay connected. Contact virtualazpride@gmail.com with any questions, comments, or media inquiries.