The coronavirus continues to spread throughout the United States, as well as globally, threatening lives and livelihoods alike. Health experts are encouraging "social distancing," which has resulted in events being canceled or postponed in a bid to help get the pandemic under control. The Centers for Disease Control has suggested the cancellation of all events with more than 50 attendees for the next eight weeks.
Here are just some of the many cancellations and postponements affecting the LGBTQ, and broader, community.
Broadway Postpones All Shows
Broadway has postponed all shows through at least April 12. The move came after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo banned gatherings of more than 500 people, with facilities with an occupancy of 500 or fewer reduced to a legal capacity by 50% mass occupancy. National touring shows have also been canceled in many states.
Live Nation and AEG Suspend Concerts
Live Nation and AEG, the two largest live-event companies in the world, have both suspended concerts through the month of March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The companies signed a joint statement, along with talent agencies CAA, WME, Paradigm, and UTA, saying they had "come together to form a global task force to drive strategic support and unified direction ensuring precautionary efforts and ongoing protocol are in the best interest of artists, fans, staff, and the global community."
L.A. Pride became one of the first events scheduled months away to have been postponed due to COVID-19. Organizers announced the news with a tweet noting they were assessing the situation and would provide more information when it becomes available concerning possibly rescheduling the 50th Anniversary L.A. Pride celebration.
Palm Beach Pride and Miami Beach Pride
Both Miami Beach Pride and Palm Beach Pride have been called off as well, scheduled for March 28-29 and March 28-April 5, respectively. Some outdoor Miami Pride events were still on according to the group's statement.
Pride of the Americas 2020
The Pride of the Americas 2020, another Pride event in Florida, which was to have its inaugural event next month, from April 12-26, is also canceled. The weeklong series of events was to take place throughout Broward County, and was organized by Pride Fort Lauderdale.
“This is obviously a disappointing blow to the entire Pride Fort Lauderdale team and our sponsors and partners,” said president Miik Martorell. “However, the safety of the public is always our utmost concern.”
The Black Party
The Black Party, which was scheduled for next month in New York City, has also been called off for now. A statement shared on Instagram can be found below.
The White Party and Dinah Shore Weekend
The White Party and the Dinah Shore Weekend, both of which were to be held in Palm Springs, California, have been rescheduled. The White Party is now set for the end of October and into early November. Organizer Jeffery Sanker shared a statement on Instagram, which follows.
Dinah Shore Weekend has been pushed back to September.
DragCon L.A. was scheduled for May, but has been canceled due to coronavirus as well. Organizers cited "uncertainty" and "an abundance of caution" for the decision.
Drags & Dropkicks Vol. 4
Uncanny Attractions announced it was nixing its Wrestlmania weekend event Drags & Dropkicks Vol. 4. A statement follows.
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Lesbians Who Tech
San Francisco's Lesbians Who Tech event will now take place in August, following "many discussions with our partners, community members, and local health officials," organizers shared on Twitter.
Off Sunset Festival
The Eagle L.A. has called off its Off Sunset Festival, which was to take place March 29. A statement follows.
Happy Birthday Doug
The Off-Broadway Show Happy Birthday Doug has canceled performances "out of an abundance of caution and concern for the safety and health of our audiences, cast, and crew," but will have a special run in June.
LGBTQ Center in New York
New York City's LGBT Center has canceled all events following guidance from Gov. Cuomo.
California's Elevation Mammouth event has been pushed back to next year, with organizers evaluating the situation on an ongoing basis.