The month of June continues to give way to numerous Pride events, both in-person and virtual. In recent years, formal Pride marches and celebrations have incurred critique for giving way to corporate influence. We bear that in mind as we recognize a forthcoming event produced by one of the largest companies on Earth. Disney has announced that it will broadcast an all-star Pride concert via its Disney+ YouTube and Facebook channels. (Given the platform, Disney+ non-subscribers will be able to tune in if curious.)
The event will take place on June 27, and will assemble a wide array of talent. Nina West, formidable RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant, will host the event, which you can read more about below. Via Disney+’s press release:
Disney+ will celebrate its community of LGBTQ+ creators, employees, and fans with its first-ever virtual variety show, “This is Me: Pride Celebration Spectacular” premiering on the Disney+ YouTube and Facebook on Sunday, June 27 at 8 PM ET / 5 PM PT. The concert will feature one-of-a-kind musical performances of songs from the iconic movies and series available to stream on Disney+, reinterpreted through a LGBTQ+ lens.
Hosted by Nina West (“RuPaul’s Drag Race”), the performance lineup includes: Alex Newell (“Glee”), DCappella (Disney Music Group’s premier a cappella singing sensation), Frankie Rodriguez and Joe Serafini (“High School Musical: The Musical: The Series”), Hayley Kiyoko (Recording Artist), Jackie Cox (“RuPaul’s Drag Race”), Jesse James Keitel (“Big Sky”), Kermit the Frog (“The Muppets”), Nina West, Michael James Scott (“Aladdin” on Broadway), and Todrick Hall (Recording Artist).
The press release adds:
The concert will raise awareness for GLSEN, a nonprofit that The Walt Disney Company is proud to support, that works to ensure that LGBTQ+ students are able to learn and grow in a school environment free from bullying and harassment. The Walt Disney Company proudly contributes towards organizations that support LGBTQ+ communities and people.
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