The Indy Pride Board of Directors announced the majority of events will be virtual this year, for the traditional celebration of LGBTQ+ Pride in Indianapolis.
Executive Director Chris Handberg says there’s too much uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic to gather in large crowds.
"Everyone recognizes that having a festival with 55,000 people, even if we were to do it later in the summer, just isn’t a good idea because we don’t want to contribute to the spread of the virus," Handberg says. "We don’t want to contribute to people getting sick or worse."
"We hope that all of Indianapolis – the LBGTQ+ community and allies – will support our modified events to embrace our community which has been hit hard during the pandemic in terms of job loss and health risks," Handberg says. "LGBTQ+ Pride transcends a month or event – it is something to raise up and recognize throughout the year and perhaps even more so during these trying times."
Virtual events include one geared toward families and children on June 13, and a Virtual Indy Pride Celebration will occur June 20.
Community members can check indypride.org regularly for updates on the virtual celebration as well as details and dates for other modified Pride events.