Download our Pride party pack so you can join in the festivities from home!
By Virgin TV Edit
Sunday 28 June marks 50 years since the first-ever Pride march, a revolutionary parade that helped spark the fight for gay rights worldwide. While the biggest event in the LGBTQ+ calendar won’t be the same this year, we can still celebrate. In fact, it’s never been more important for us to champion inclusivity and togetherness and to show the whole world the big love we share for each other as unique individuals.
During this period of forced separation, some of us might be feeling more isolated than ever, which is especially difficult when we can’t attend Pride parties and parades to connect with others and spread positivity. That’s why we’ve created a Pride party pack, so you can take part in fun activities from home. It includes cocktail and cupcake recipes, posters to colour in and instructions for how to make your own bunting, plus much more. Simply download it below!
Everyone knows that a good party needs good music. MTV is airing a Pride takeover with some of your favourite LGBTQ+ icons who will get you pumped up and in the mood to dance, sing and shout about this monumental occasion.
As well as airing on MTV, the following shows will make up a channel 100 takeover on Saturday 27 June from 6am to midnight, which will be available to all customers.
Kim Petras’ Woo-Ah! Top 20
Tuesday 23 June, 2pm, MTV/HD (CH 183/134), also available for 30 days in Catch Up > Channels > MTV + Saturday 27 June, from 6am, CH 100
German pop sensation Kim Petras is the face of MTV Pride this year. Let’s all give a big “woo-ah!” to that. It’s her signature phrase, one you’ll hear in most of her songs. Kim’s first single, “Last Forever,” became a massive YouTube and MySpace hit in 2009, and she’s been on our radar ever since.
The now 27-year-old also made history by becoming the youngest person in the world to complete gender reassignment surgery at the age of 16. She began calling herself a girl when she was just two years old, and she is now the ultimate role model for unapologetically being yourself – and loving yourself. Her picks include Paris Hilton, Lady Gaga and herself (of course)!
Baga Chipz’s Much Betta Hits! Top 20
Tuesday 23 June, 12am, MTV/HD (CH 183/134), also available for 30 days in Catch Up > Channels > MTV + Saturday 27 June, from 6am, CH 100
Although Baga Chipz didn’t win the first season of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, she well and truly won us over. With her quick one-liners, fundamentally British sense of humour and bold and brash personality, she’s the life and soul of the party. There is no question your night will be “much betta” with her top bangers, featuring Britney Spears, Liza Minnelli and Geri Horner. You’ll also get a peak inside her wardrobe.
Alaska’s Anthems! Top 10
Tuesday 23 June, 2am, MTV/HD (CH 183/134), also available for 30 days in Catch Up > Channels > MTV + Saturday 27 June, from 6am, CH 100
Dance the night (well, early morning) away with the runner-up of RuPaul's Drag Race season 5 and winner of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars season 2 – Alaska. She starred in Little Mix’s music video for “Power” so she knows what she’s talking about.
RuPauls’ Lip-Sync Extravaganza! Top 20
Tuesday 23 June, 3am, MTV/HD (CH 183/134), also available for 30 days in Catch Up > Channels > MTV + Saturday 27 June, from 6am, CH 100
“Two queens stand before me. Ladies, this is your last chance to impress me and save yourself from elimination. The time has come for you to lip-sync for your life.” When RuPaul announces this on RuPaul’s Drag Race, you know it’s about to go down. Some of the most epic moments on the show are spawned from these head-to-heads.
Luckily, you have none of the pressure and all of the fun while you lip-sync at home to RuPaul’s hand-picked selections. The only requirement? That you look absolutely fabulous while doing it!
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