June 18, 2020

By Lapacazo Sandoval

Contributing Writer


Heads up world — it’s time to celebrate Pride 2020.  In the words of President Barack Obama —

"When all Americans are treated as equal, no matter who they are or whom they love, we are all more free.”

Pride was, and is, a protest, originally led by black and brown trans women, fighting for all LGBTQIA+ people. It’s due to their activism in this mostly overlooked community that Pride is the celebration we know today.

Pride brings together the full spectrum of the queer family and it’s important - now more than ever - to stand in solidarity with those in need of support.  

Through this lens, HBO launches its first-ever digital Pride on the Human By Orientation site, which will provide a safe space for the LGBTQIA+ community and allies to gather, recharge, and spread joy -- celebrating their queerest, proudest selves.

Daily virtual events kick off Thursday, June 18, 2020, through Sunday, June 28. Programming includes musical headliners, drag brunch, underground DJ sets, queer comedy night, and more -- all free to attend. 


"I hate the word homophobia. It's not a phobia. You're not scared. You're an asshole."--Morgan Freeman 

HBO’s Pride 2020 festivities kick off this Thursday night with Por Detroit x Ostbahnhof, two of LA's most notorious warehouse parties coming together to show off the city's diverse and colorful community. Leading into the weekend on Friday, June 19th, Todrick Hall will present a special live musical performance celebrating Juneteenth. "I am very excited to perform a one-of-a-kind set that not only celebrates Pride but also lands on this hallowed day in the Black community,” said Hall. “Especially now, it’s so important for Black queer artists to have our voices heard. I'm so thankful to HBO for this platform." 

"Somebody, your father or mine, should have told us that not many people have ever died of love. But multitudes have perished, and are perishing every hour--and in the oddest places!--for the lack of it."--Author James Baldwin 

Programming continues throughout the weekend. Saturday, June 20th, HBO’s We’re Here cast (Shangela, Bob the Drag Queen and Eureka O’Hara) will host a drag brunch, followed by a late-night dance party from queer music collective, Internet Friends. On Sunday, June 21st, wake-up with a sweaty dance class guided by award-winning dancer, choreographer, and founder of The Sweat Spot, Ryan Heffington, and then close out the weekend on Sunday afternoon with a Queer Comedy Night featuring Cameron Esposito and a slew of queer comics.

"If homosexuality is a disease, let's all call in queer to work: 'Hello. Can't work today, still queer.'--Robin Tyler

Continuing the momentum into the week of Monday, June 22nd, HBO offers daytime family-style read along with Drag Queen Story Hour, a vogue class with some of HBO Max’s Legendary cast, and a Thursday night dance party from Chicago-based DJ Slo ‘Mo, spinning R&B, soul, hip hop and house late into the night. 

"Being gay is like glitter, it never goes away."--Lady Gaga

Launching the final weekend is a Friday evening celebrating queer & trans people of color with art and music by Papi Juice. Then on Saturday, June 27th, enjoy an hour-long performance from pop sensation Kim Petras, who recently released her summer smash "Malibu." Finally, HBO’s virtual Pride concludes with an intimate performance with headliner, Ms. Janelle Monáe, on Sunday, June 28th.  

“Pride has always been very important to us at HBO, now more than ever,” said Jackie Gagne, Vice President, Multicultural Marketing at HBO. “Black lives matter, Black trans lives matter, Black queer lives matter. Our goal of Human By Orientation has always been to help the community celebrate their proudest and queerest selves.” 

The site will also highlight LGBTQIA+ and civil rights nonprofit partners including the National Black Justice Coalition, Ali Forney Center, Audre Lorde Project, and others, so consumers can easily learn more and get involved. 

HBO’s Human By Orientation platform elevates and celebrates the LGBTQIA+ community - encouraging people to express their proudest, queerest selves.  Through our year-round programming, we create fearlessly queer spaces that aim to expand dialogue and uplift the community.

Category: Arts & Culture