Sacramento Pride and All 2020 Center Events Postponed Indefinitely

April 22, 2020

The Sacramento LGBT Community Center, its board of directors, staff, and Sacramento Pride organizers announced today that all in-person events for 2020, including Sacramento Pride scheduled for June 13-14 will not take place as planned. Given what we know now about the COVID-19 pandemic, large-scale events such as the Sacramento Pride March and Festival, planned fundraising events, and our annual queer youth prom are simply not possible and pose too much of a risk to public health and safety.

“This was not an easy decision, as events like Pride and Q-Prom provide safe and affirming spaces that demonstrate the value of inclusion and celebrate progress toward equity and social justice. Community’s health is of paramount importance however and we could not move forward with events that could pose a risk to tens of thousands of people, especially for the most marginalized in our community including queer and transgender people of color, LGBTQ elders, those living with HIV, cancer, or immunodeficiencies who are increased risk,” said David Heitstuman, CEO of the Center.

To be clear, Pride is not cancelled, in-person mass gatherings are cancelled. Nothing can take away the pride in our community or in our hearts. The Center will continue to find ways to fly our Pride flags and celebrate the diversity, life, and resiliency of our community.  We are exploring remote options that will safely allow us to connect with one another, celebrate Pride, and continue to bring hope and activism to the Sacramento region’s LGBTQ and allied community. Also, “stay tuned and mark your calendars for a virtual Global Pride on June 27”, said Events Manager & Pride Director, Jordan Hosein-Hedmann. Global Pride will be a 24-hour international, virtual event that promises to bring together Pride events from around the globe to share messages of hope for our movement.