Queer spaces have shuttered doors, LGBT+ youth trapped within family homes that may not accept them, legal fights for rights stalled and country leaders taking anti-queer turns as they increase state control.
And now, Pride is under threat.
For many, Pride is more than a party or music festival. Its a moment, however brief, for the community to come together and celebrate who they are as human beings.
But each year, a large number of LGBT+ people around the world are unable to participate in LGBT+ events like Pride, often due to the anti-LGBT+ laws in their country.
In 2020, this exclusion will extend to every single member of the community, as Pride celebrations around the world are being cancelled because of COVID-19.
With these celebratory events no longer being an option this year, PinkNewshas announced Pride for All a brand-new digital celebration designed to bring the LGBT+ community together online through an array of interactive and original content.
The event will include virtual panel discussions, music sessions, drag tutorials and Q&As with celebrities, influencers and activists.
In capturing the resilience and ingenuity of the LGBT+ community,the main focus of the event will be giving LGBT+ people positive content to enjoy during a time when many of us are likely to feel alone and scared; not just this year, but for the following years to come as well.
Content will be streamed and posted across the PinkNews website and social media platforms, with both live and pre-recorded content being shared to ensure that as many people as possible are able to access it regardless of where they live.
Over the course of the online festival, Pride for All will also be raising funds for PinkNews charity partner, the Kaleidoscope Trust.
Throughout the event, there will be opportunities for people to pledge and donate money to the charity so the trust can continue to campaign for the human rights of LGBT+ people in countries where they are discriminated against.