On June 13, the second annual Pride Summit and Pride Prom hosted by Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter virtually celebrated the LGBTQ+ community. The Pride Summit focused on conversations with people in the entertainment industry about human rights. For the Pride Prom, this portion featured at-home performances by several queer artists.
Billboard x THR Pride Summit
Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors gave the opening remarks for the Pride Summit, calling for people to stand up against police brutality and racism. Cullors also reminded attendees that LGBTQ+ folks owe their rights to Black trans and queer activists that began the Stonewall Riots.
Many celebs also joined in to discuss specific topics. Lena Waithe and actress Jonica T. Gibbs talked about queer representation, performer Todrick Hall and Pose co-creator Steven Canals discussed about Black voices in Hollywood, and finishing the list of panels was director Lilly Wachowski and actress Abby McEnany, where they talked about white privilege and complacency amid protests against police brutality.
Before the event transitioned to Pride Prom, YouTuber Patrick Starrr, hair artist Chris Appleton, and style expert George Kotsiopoulos showed how to get ready for prom with makeup, hair, and styling tutorials.
Billboard x THR Pride Prom
After listening to important conversations during the Pride Summit, the event led to the Pride Prom that featured several star-studded performances. Singer/songwriter Shea Diamond hosted this portion of the night and started the evening with prom stories and uplifting words by famous queer actors and singers Billy Porter, Hayley Kiyoko, Cyndi Lauper, and Margaret Cho, and more.
To kick off the at-home performances, Titus Burgess performed "Dance MF" as dancers twerked alongside him to the upbeat anthem. Following in his place to sing were Lauren Jauregui, Pabllo Vittar, Tove Lo, Shea Diamond, Madame Gandhi, and Noah Cyrus.
All performances and conversations throughout the event supported The Trevor Project, the largest global suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ+ youth.
To watch the entire Pride Summit and Pride Prom virtual event, check it out here.
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