Today: The Lavender Effect’s Star-Studded Virtual Pride Parade

Watch The Lavender Effect Virtual Pride Parade May 30, 2021 at Noon PST on YouTube

Come celebrate this year’s PRIDE live with THE LAVENDER EFFECT® Star-studded Live Virtual Pride Parade which will be broadcast today – Sunday, May 30, 2021 – at 12 noon PST/3p EST via The Lavender Effect YouTube channel.

The Virtual Pride Parade, hosted by Alec Mapa, will launch Pride Month and benefit THE LAVENDER EFFECT’s mission to Advance the Future of LGBTQ+ Heritage & Culture.

While many local Pride celebrations again are being canceled or modified this year due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, many members of the community will not be able to gather in person, so this live virtual event will safely bring the LGBTQ+ community together from across the nation to celebrate Pride.

This year marks the 51st Anniversary of the first PRIDE marches across the nation in June 1970, commemorating the anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, and protesting for LGBTQ+ equality.

Last year, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdowns, THE LAVENDER EFFECT® hosted the first “Virtual Pride Parade” to celebrate Pride and bring the LGBTQ+ community together. The live fundraising event featured celebrities, national LGBTQ+ organizations, and politicians, and over 10,000 viewed from around the country.

THE LAVENDER EFFECT® is a nonprofit project of Community Partners that helps to reduce shame, combat homophobia, and empower LGBTQ+ youth through programs like the Virtual Pride Parade, Oral History Projects, and educational programs. For more information, please visit

Scheduled to take part in today’s virtual event are well-known LGBTQ+ celebrities and allies, non-profits, and activists from around the globe, to help to bring the community together including:

Lily Tomlin (Tony, Emmy and Grammy Winner; Grace & Frankie; 9 to 5)
Judith Light (Tony & Emmy Winner, The Politician, Transparent, Who’s The Boss)
Betty Buckley (Tony Award winner for Cats, Eight is Enough)
Kathryn Hahn (Wanda Vision; Bad Moms)
Sally Kirkland (Golden Globe Winner for Anna)
Doug Spearman (Noah’s Arc)
Alexandra Billings (Transparent)
Bruce Vilanch (Emmy Winner; comedian writer/actor)
Leslie Carrara-Rudolph & “Lolly” (Emmy Winner, Sesame Street)
Michael Musto (journalist)
Jason Stuart (Smothered; comedian)
Maria Gentile (IheartRadio – What’s The Story With Maria)
Drew Droege (Heathers)
Kay Sedia (AJ and the Queen; Chico’s Angels)
Mel England (Best Day Ever)
Charles Busch (Drama Desk Award-winning Playwright & Actor)
Honey West (Proven Innocent)
Miss Barbie Q (Leave it on the Dance Floor, Honey)
Bill Sive (Gay Elder Circle)
Rita Gonzales (Out Agenda)
Cynthia Ruffin (Colors Youth Counseling)
Evan Wolfson (Freedom to Marry)
Gail Rolf (Project 10 & Friends of Project 10)
Harold Kameya & Family (PFLAG Los Angeles)
Lorri Jean from (LA LGBT Center)
Kathy Godwin (PFLAG National)
Lauren Meister (Mayor Pro Tempore, City of West Hollywood)
Sepi Shyne (Councilmember, City of West Hollywood)
John Erickson (Councilmember, City of West Hollywood)
Rabbi Denise Eger (Congregation Kol Ami)
Richard Ayoub (Project Angel Food)
Richard Zaldivar (The Wall Las Memorias Project)
Ron Galperin (City Controller, The City of Los Angeles)
Wayne Besen (Truth Wins Out)
Bamby Salcedo (Trans Latina Coalition)

(via press release)