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Pride festival postponed to next year. You can expect a virtual event instead

After discussions about LGBTQ inclusion caused strife at the 2019 annual conference of the United Methodist Church, local congregations are also taking a stance on the issue. (WYDaily/Wikimedia Commons)
Love is Love Tidewater’s first Pride festival is postponed to due to the coronavirus. (WYDaily/Wikimedia Commons)

Celebrating Pride in the Historic Triangle will have to wait.

Love is Love Tidewater postponed its first Pride Festival to next year because of the coronavirus.

Pride Fest was previously scheduled for April 4 and was supposed to be the group’s first Pride festival in Williamsburg.

Love is Love Williamsburg changed their name to Love is Love Tidewater in January.

“The plan is to rescheduled our event in person for next year and we are planning to do a virtual event, but more of YouTube channel not a live event,” Cat Slade, pride committee chair wrote in a text message Tuesday. “We don’t have any plans as an organization to participate in Norfolk event.”

The LGBTQ Life Center in Norfolk is hosting a “Drive-Thru Pride” event next week, according to the event’s Facebook page.

Slade said they rescheduled the Williamsburg event out of concern for the safety of the community — the new virtual event is tentatively scheduled for September.

Love is Love Tidewater wants people in the Tidewater community to share five-minute videos of drag performances, performance poetry, life stories and other entries for the virtual event.

“We hope our community stays safe and we can’t wait to celebrate with them when we are able to,” Slade wrote.

For more information about the Love is Love Tidewater virtual event, stay tuned to their Facebook page.


Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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