It may not be Pride Month as we know it this year, but there is still a big virtual celebration taking place – and the event just gained a huge name as a host.
Legendary singer-songwriter Elton John and his partner David Furnish have been revealed as hosts for YouTube Pride 2021, joining the already announced presenters Demi Lovato, RuPaul’s Drag Race standout Trixie Mattel, It’s A Sin star Olly Alexander, and actor and comedian Mawaan Rizwan.
The multi-hour, star-studded live stream will hop across the globe to join each famous face for a fun-filled segment, with the virtual event raising money for the Elton John AIDS Foundation, The Trevor Project and akt.
It may not be an in-person event, but with surprises promised throughout the night, numerous special guests from the LGBTQ+ community and even the chance to send in your own videos to be featured in the stream, it will be a virtual night to remember.
Here’s everything you need to know about YouTube Pride 2021.
How to watch YouTube Pride 2021
YouTube Pride 2021 will kick off on Years & Years’ channel at 8pm on 25th June 2021.
The show will then move to the respective hosts’ YouTube channels – see below for the confirmed schedule so far:
- Gay and Not Proud on Daniel Howell’s channel at 9pm
- Can Trixie and friends create the ultimate Pride celebration? on Trixie Mattel’s channel at 9pm
- Demi Lovato performs their greatest hits on the Demi Lovato channel at 12am
All information about how to watch will be available on the YouTube Originals channel.
Youtube Pride 2021 schedule
The UK livestream will begin at 8pm with It’s A Sin actor and Years and Years frontman Olly Alexander, who will be co-hosting with Sex Education writer and Taskmaster contestant Mawaan Rizwan. The two will be hosting a Loud and Proud Party at an East London pub featuring guests from the LGBTQ+ community involved in the worlds of comedy, music, social media and activism.
Alexander has confirmed that he will perform an exclusive song, while activist Munroe Bergdorf will be making a special appearance along with several other surprise guests.
“I’m very excited to be co-hosting my own variety show with some super talented LGBTQ+ cuties and I get to co-host with the cute and funny Mawaan!” Alexander said. “We’ll be chatting to some gorgey people from the community, there will be live music surprises and yes I will be performing an exclusive song!”
Rizwan added: “Pride month is such an important time for so many of us in the community, and to be co-hosting this global event, and showcasing some of the most talented Queer people in the world, is SO exciting! I can’t wait for you all to join us for a Pride Party like you’ve never seen before – we’re pulling out all the stops and we’ve got SO many surprises in store…”
At 9pm YouTuber and author Daniel Howell – also known as danisnotonfire and for being one half of online duo Dan and Phil – will then be taking a personal trip down memory lane. It won’t be too heavy, however – we’ve been promised lots of self-deprecating humour and even some surprise guests in this emotional celebration of acceptance.
At 11pm RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars winner Trixie Mattel will be re-opening an L.A. nightclub for an hour of music, makeup and mayhem as part of YouTube Pride 2021. Expect drag performances of course, not just from Mattel but fellow Drag Race alums Monet X Change, Kim Chi, Denali, and Peppermint, as well as the usual spilled tea – and the premiere of a brand new original song performed by Trixie especially for Pride.
The big finale, however, will be hosted by none other than US megastar Demi Lovato, who will be performing from a special venue in LA while discussing topics such as queer identity, mental health, and body positivity with fans and special guests. We’ve been promised a spectacular finale send-off, also!
It has also been confirmed that none other than Elton John will be hosting with his partner David Furnish at some point during the night, but details of his segment are yet to be announced. However, we suspect that the music legend will take over during the currently vacant 10pm slot.
YouTube Pride 2021 line-up
In addition to hosts Elton John, David Furnish, Olly Alexander, Mawaan Rizwan, Daniel Howell and Demi Lovato, the Youtube Pride 2021 boasts an impressive line-up.
Several prominent LGBTQ+ YouTubers will make special appearances during the multi-hour livestream, including Tyler Oakley, Alannized, Elle of the Mills, Gigi Gorgeous, Jackson Bird, Jade Fox, Jessie Paege, KingOfReads, PatrickStarr and The Fitness Marshall.
RuPaul’s Drag Race alums Monét X Change, Peppermint, Denali Foxx and Kim Chi will also join Trixie Mattel for her LA nightclub Pride celebration at 11pm, while activist and model Munroe Bergorf will appear during Olly Alexander and Mawaan Rizwan’s Loud and Proud party.
Fans can also send in videos sharing their own Pride experiences or asking the hosts a question through JA Films’ Pride 2021 microsite, with selected responses shown during the stream on 25th June. Fans can choose to send a video to Demi Lovato, Olly Alexander, Daniel Howell or Trixie Mattel, or simply tell their own Pride stories.