Jacinda Ardern makes passionate call for 'international solidarity' to the LGBTQ+ community

Joanna Taylor
Friday 26 June 2020 10:45
Showbiz
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Jacinda Ardern has been announced as the latest world leader to be headlining Global Pride.

Ardern will speak at the online event alongside her gay finance minister Grant Roberston, as well as Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar and Iceland's president Guðni Jóhannesson. US presidential candidate Joe Biden has also been announced as part of the lineup.

Ardern became New Zealand's first prime minister ever to march at a Pride parade in 2018.

In a recorded address for Global Pride, she said:

Let’s all recommit to keep doing the work that’s required and make sure that we show that international solidarity so that everyone can celebrate who they are, no matter where in the world they live.

The 24 hour Global Pride livestream, hosted by Todrick Hall, will also feature speeches and performances from Stephen Fry, Joanna Lumley, Adam Lambert, the Village People and Australian drag queen Courtney Act.

The international collaboration between various Pride organisations was put together when their celebrations had to be cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Former US president Barack Obama will also lead online pride celebrations with an address to Pride Live on Stonewall Day.

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