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Elton John and his David Furnish to host virtual party to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community

Many Pride Month celebrations are still on hold this year, with precautions still in place amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

But on Monday, YouTube Pride 2021 announced that Elton John, 74, and his husband David Furnish, 58, are set to host a star-studded virtual party on 25th June, to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community.

The couple will be joined by Demi Lovato, Olly Alexander with Mawaan Rizwan, Trixie Mattel, and Daniel Howell who will each host their Pride party from their respective YouTube channels.

Hosts: YouTube Pride 2021 has announced that Elton John and his husband David Furnish are set to host a star-studded virtual party on 25th June, to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community

The aim is to encourage viewers to help the LGBTQ+ community by raising funds for the Elton John AIDS Foundation, The Trevor Project and akt.

Last week, YouTube Pride 2021 announced that Demi Lovato, 28, and Olly Alexander, 30, are also set to host.

The American singer and the It’s A Sin’s star will lead a stellar line up for the multi-hour global live stream event.

It will kick off at 8pm on Years & Years’ YouTube channel before moving over to YouTube Originals.

Great cause: The aim is to encourage viewers to help the LGBTQ+ community by raising funds for the Elton John AIDS Foundation , The Trevor Project and akt (pictured 2019)

Great cause: The aim is to encourage viewers to help the LGBTQ+ community by raising funds for the Elton John AIDS Foundation , The Trevor Project and akt (pictured 2019) 

Epic! Last week, bosses also announced that Demi Lovato, 28, (pictured) and Olly Alexander, 30, are set to host a star-studded virtual party on 25th June

Epic! Last week, bosses also announced that Demi Lovato, 28, (pictured) and Olly Alexander, 30, are set to host a star-studded virtual party on 25th June

YouTube Originals alongside JA Films are putting together the virtual celebration, which will feature multiple hosts.   

The evening’s finale will be hosted by Demi Lovato, who will invite viewers to join them on a Pride journey of discovery from a special venue in LA.

Demi – who revealed last month that they are non-binary and prefers they/them pronouns – will meet with special guests and fans while speaking about topics such as queer identity, mental health, and body positivity. 

As part of the UK line up, Years & Years musician Olly Alexander is teaming up with actor, writer and comedian Mawaan Rizwan.

What a line-up! The multi-hour global live stream event, which will kick off at 8pm on Years & Years' YouTube channel before moving over to YouTube Originals (Pictured: Olly Alexander)

What a line-up! The multi-hour global live stream event, which will kick off at 8pm on Years & Years’ YouTube channel before moving over to YouTube Originals (Pictured: Olly Alexander)

Journey of discovery: The evening's finale will be hosted by Demi Lovato, who will invite viewers to join them on a Pride journey of discovery from a special venue in LA

Journey of discovery: The evening’s finale will be hosted by Demi Lovato, who will invite viewers to join them on a Pride journey of discovery from a special venue in LA

The pair will be co-hosting from an East London local pub, celebrating the roadmapped return to freedom in England by transforming the pub into a Loud & Proud party venue.

They will be inviting their friends from the LGBTQ+ community from the worlds of comedy, music, social media and activism to celebrate Pride with them.

This includes a special guest appearance from activist Munroe Bergdorf, big surprise performances, celebrity guests and a lot of laughter.

The line-up of performers confirmed so far includes: Tyler Oakley, Trixie Mattel, Kim Chi, Monét X Change, Miss Peppermint and Denali Foxx. 

Surefire hit: YouTube Originals alongside JA Films are putting together the virtual celebration, which will feature multiple hosts

Surefire hit: YouTube Originals alongside JA Films are putting together the virtual celebration, which will feature multiple hosts

Another host! As part of the UK line up, Years & Years' Olly is teaming up with actor, writer and comedian Mawaan Rizwan (pictured)

Another host! As part of the UK line up, Years & Years’ Olly is teaming up with actor, writer and comedian Mawaan Rizwan (pictured)

Speaking about his involvement in YouTube Pride 2021, Olly said: ‘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!

‘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!’

Mawaan gushed: ‘I’m so excited to be doing the show for YouTube Originals alongside my mate Olly.

‘Pride is a great celebration of our LGBTQIA+ community and I’m really looking forward to a party this year after everything that’s happened.

Yay! There is set to be a special guest appearance from activist Munroe Bergdorf

Yay! There is set to be a special guest appearance from activist Munroe Bergdorf

‘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…’

British author Daniel Howell will also celebrate YouTube Pride 2021 by taking a journey through his past, and asking – what would have been different if Dan was proud? 

To make Youtube Pride 2021 a community moment, JA Films has created a microsite with a Call To Action asking anyone to submit video content sharing stories of Pride, questions for the hosts and more. Select responses will then be featured throughout the streams on 25th June 2021.  

The entertainment: The line-up of performers confirmed so far includes Miss Peppermint

So much fun! Kim Chi will also be performing at the virtual bash

Line-up: The performers confirmed so far includes RuPaul’s Drag Race stars Miss Peppermint (left) and Kim Chi (right)

Here he is! American YouTuber Tyler Oakley will also be taking part

Here he is! American YouTuber Tyler Oakley will also be taking part

As part of YouTube’s ongoing commitment to support the LGBTQ+ community, YouTube Originals is partnering with charity akt in the UK, and The Trevor Project in the US.

akt supports LGBTQ+ young people aged 16-25 across the UK, who are facing or experiencing homelessness or living in a hostile environment. 

During the pandemic akt have seen increased demand for their online services, YouTube’s contribution will fund digital caseworkers who can provide invaluable support to those in areas outside of akt’s hub cities.

The aim is to help these young LGBTQ+ people into suitable accommodation, work, or education to prevent them from becoming homeless again in the future.

During the YouTube Pride event, UK viewers will be encouraged to donate to akt on the livestream, while US viewers will be encouraged to donate to The Trevor Project, an organization committed to providing support, resources and suicide prevention for LGBTQ+ youth.   

Fun times: Monét X Change will be entertaining viewers

Show time! Trixie Mattel is also set to take part in the YouTube event

Fun times: Ru Paul’s Drag Race stars  Monét X Change and Trixie Mattel will be entertaining viewers

Luke Hyams, Head of YouTube Originals EMEA said ‘YouTube Pride 2021 is YouTube Originals’ most ambitious show to date. It’s an inclusive celebration of the amazing LGBTQ+ community on YouTube and around the world.

‘We’re proud to be partnering with akt who do such important work supporting LGBTQ+ young people who are experiencing or facing homelessness.

‘We hope YouTube Pride 2021 will bring everyone unbridled joy, entertainment and incredible performances on June 25th.’ 

YouTube Pride 2021 will kick off on Years & Years‘ channel at 8pm on 25th June 2021. Visit YouTube Originals for where to view the rest of the night’s entertainment.

Getting involved: British author Daniel Howell will also celebrate YouTube Pride 2021 by taking a journey through his past, and asking - what would have been different if Dan was proud?

Getting involved: British author Daniel Howell will also celebrate YouTube Pride 2021 by taking a journey through his past, and asking – what would have been different if Dan was proud?


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