It’s time to pour a large Quarantini Martini, glam up on the glitter, and settle into the sofa – the first ever Wales Wide Virtual Pride is queer, and is here.
Starting on Thursday July 23rd at 8.30pm, a whole host of happenings will keep us all connected through Friday and Saturday, before a fabulous finale to leave us feeling perfectly part of this unique occasion.
First up in our Wales-Wide Virtual Pride line up is Jack Emory and JECCA BLAC with a very special ‘Get Ready With Us’ featuring the products from one of our sponsors, the amazing Spectrum Collections.
Introduced by our multi-talented and award-winning Lady Gaga tribute act, Donna Marie, spend some time in conversation with Jack Emory, otherwise known as Makeup by Jaack, and Jessica Blacker, founder of Jecca Blac as they share make-up tips featuring Spectrum Collection brushes with us on the eve of our virtual pride event.
Jessica started Jecca Blac by offering makeup lessons to trans women in her Cardiff makeup studio, which acted as a safe space. Jessica would also visit Parc Prison to help trans inmates to teach them with makeup. Jessica was inspired by her clients to create a brand that overlooks gender and concentrates on individuality.
Jack Emory is a self taught makeup artist & social media personality who is renowned for his editorial and creative makeup looks. Jack has gained widespread popularity within both the beauty and influencer industry alike, working alongside brands such as Gucci, Amazon, Esteè Lauder, Illamasqua and many more. Aside from amassing a social following and fantastic career, Jack is also the creator of a number of products including a palette with Makeup Revolution, and being the CEO of Tiggy Lashes. He also has a twin called Iris.
Our fringe event is not to be missed!
And it doesn’t stop there – of course.
Throughout the weekend this inaugural ground-breaker will showcase, acts and artists, quizzes and queer films, debate and drag queens, messages from Ministers and make-up tutorials, plus so, so much more.
We have hours and hours of content, 100’s of participants, seven thought-provoking panel discussions, eight community/special interest Prides, four choirs, 11 organisations, seven politicians.
And celebrities including Jess Fishlock MBE, Stifyn Parry, Beth Fisher, Wyburn and Wayne, plus many, many more of those role models who have inspired our LGBTQ lives.
Welsh Prides – Barry, Bangor, Rhondda, Llantwit Major, Valley, Holyhead plus Powys are ready to roll. And grassroots groups, and others, such as Glitter Cymru, BiCymru, Umbrella Cymru, and Iris Prize LGBT Film Festival are here too.
Just click here to access our facebook event and get the first-ever pan Wales Wide Virtual Pride in the Diary.
Named on the Forbes List Of LGBT Digital Pride Events, Wales Wide Virtual Pride, will celebrate the whole of our community across the whole of our country. It will bring together all those living the LGBTQ+ life, in Wales, and our allies too of course.
LGBTQymru Chair Bleddyn Harris said: “Pride Season with its events throughout the season are the highlight of the LGBTQ+ calendar. And with our community feeling even more disconnected and dispersed, as we see our social events suffering those Corona Virus cancellations, now is the time to show solidarity. “
“LGBTQymru aims to do just that, and is calling on all Prides, LGBTQ+ community groups, charities, acts, organisations, and anyone else who wants to get involved, to please come join us,”
Wales Wide Virtual Pride will be a weekend of fun, entertainment, information, and education for all the family. The two-dayer, is free for all to watch, and take part in – across Wales, and wider.
Massive thanks to those who have joined us so brilliantly – quickly realising that this is the time to support, and of course lifting our LGBTQ+ family when we are struggling is exactly what a community does.
Part of what makes the LGBTQ+ community in Wales so special is its visibility, talent, and readiness, to make sure everyone is connected, even in the most difficult of times.
Wales Wide Virtual Pride is a free event, run by a not-for-profit organisation who believe in giving back to our community. To date, we have secured sponsorship from businesses, such as Principality Building Society, and organisations like Coleg y Cymoedd.
Sponsorship and donations, from now up until the end of Wales Wide Virtual Pride, however big or small, can be made through the Go Fund Me page.
LGBTQymru are an enthusiastic and energetic collective of respected LGBT+ activists and allies. They want the weekender to showcase the best of our cohesive community, and help raise cash for our grassroots groups.
Content and Contributions Manager Hannah Isted said: “Our mission is to create unified approach to Pride across Wales. With a wider focus being on celebration and education, we really want to connect the fabulous LGBTQ+ community of Wales and, during a time where we’ve maybe never felt further apart, bring us all together, all across Wales, all at once.”
Out of the Closet, Still in the House
It’s time to turn it on.
Find out much, much more, about the
Fundraiser by following @LGBTQymru on all the Socials. Click here to get the first-ever Wales Wide Virtual Pride in the Diary.
Wales Wide Virtual Pride is a free event run by a not for profit organisation who believe in giving back to our community. If you can help with any donation, or sponsorship, please visit our Go Fund Me page.
LGBTQymru, are a collective of passionate activists and allies dedicated to keeping our community connected – especially in these uncertain Corona Virus times. The LGBTQymru Team can be contacted directly at LGBTQymru @outlook.com.
For interviews, quotes, and comments, on Wales Wide Virtual Pride, please email our Chair Bleddyn Harris here.
Sue Vincent-Jones, is a Barry born journalist, editor, and communications specialist. Writing as Mrs SVJ, she blogs about Barry – and her life in the wider world, through the eyes of a, quirky and queer, local girl done good.
One of Wales Arts Review 100 Women Writers of Wales, the dedicated community supporter, passionate arts lover, and award-winning queer activist, will keep you “informed, entertained and inspired.”
Mrs SVJ, Barry’s Boldest Blogger, can be contacted here.