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Release: freeQ PrideFest is a virtual Pride Party, Queer Arts Happening, and Kink Dungeon online on
June 25, 26, 27, 2021
The first LGBTQ+ live online events platform built for and by the queer community presents freeQ PrideFest with artists and audiences around the globe.
(Online, June 14, 2021) - freeQ is making Pride history by offering the first-ever fully interactive online virtual Pride on new technology built by the LGBTQ+ community for the LGBTQ+ community. The new company, created initially as a response to the Covid pandemic to help LGBTQ+ people stay connected, operates like an online theater or club. freeQ is both developing its own virtual interactive video technology platform and programming its safer online space with phenomenal LGBTQ+ and sex-positive leaders and programs from around the world.
“For Pride 2021, team freeQ and LGTBQ+ leaders and artists are offering a three-day online festival of performances, workshops, and nightclubs for $29.99 per ticket, available at freeQ.love,” says Sarah Massey, freeQ co-founder. “freeQ offers interactive opportunities for queer people to make connections in a time when it’s really hard to do so due to the pandemic. In order to make online activity safer and more fun, freeQ is developing our own spy-free, recording-free, AI-free, biased-algorithms-free, censorship-free LGBTQ+ video tech to host events.”
freeQ PrideFest includes three days of live and interactive dances, parties, workshops, a dating game!, freeQ member forum for chat, all for LGBTQ+ fabulosity and joy. freeQ PrideFest is hosted by: freeQ, International Ms Leather and International Ms Bootblack, Dear Queer Dancer, The Positive Force Team, and Special Forces Shadow Queers. The event includes performances and workshops by: Maryella Marie, Pup Indigo, Diva Darling, Prncss Peach, Manchic, Mx Dream Beautiful, Mademoiselle Ceci Cloutier, Rhapsody Blue, and Killsey Van HellSin. freeQ PrideFest is the first live, interactive, global queer Pride hosted on queer-developed virtual tech!
“freeQ’s mission is creating connections and opportunities for queer joy on a safer online tech,” says Massey. “freeQ PrideFest is embracing the future of online events on a new tech that honors people and refuses to spy on them or use them as commodities. Come to freeQ online events to be transported to a space that loves you for you and wants you to feel free. freeQ means freedom for queers.”
For $29.99, ticket buyers are able to access all of the 18+ hours of live, interactive programming for the weekend and play on freeQ’s new chat forum. In this way, ticket buyers can make new connections both at events and on their own time. freeQ PrideFest ticket holders can dance, learn, connect, and play at events with artists and leaders all over the world. Ticket buyers have the option to purchase gift tickets for those experiencing economic hardship and make a donation to the Juneteenth fund by International Ms Leather and International Ms Bootblack and People of Color in the Kink and Leather Experience to support their programming, for $69.69. Tickets are on sale now and going fast at freeq.love.
Pride’s Canceled — Here’s How Radical Queer Organizers Are Celebrating
by Lindsey Danis for Greatist
“To address the loss of the Capital Pride Parade this year, Massey created Joie de Vivre, a secure platform where LGBTQ and sex-positive people can connect through weekly online dance parties and other events, including The Future is Queer Online Pride Celebration. …
“‘When I think of Pride, I think about booty shorts and cute outfits, or Burning Man and play parties — who are we and who do we want to be? Can we not be more liberated being naked?’” Massey asks. To protect guest privacy, Massey worked with a developer to ensure content couldn’t be recorded. (more.)
Queer Tech Ensures That Our Parties Can Rage On
“Massey enlisted members of the LGBTQ community to aid her in creating a platform that catered to untethered expression. Where Facebook censors bodies, forbidding users to publish images of nipples and genitalia, Joie De Vivre celebrates nudity. Where Zoom lacks security, Joie De Vivre makes every effort to ensure it—requiring all users to agree to the platform’s privacy policies.
So what’s it like to attend a virtual dance party? Well, it’s a lot like attending a physical one. A DJ spins popular songs as participants dance to the beat, partygoers are able to chat privately or with the whole group, and fun costumes are encouraged and celebrated. What Joie De Vivre contributes that differs from queer culture pre-COVID is a near-universal level of accessibility: participants can enjoy cocktails or remain as sober as they please, physical ability doesn’t determine if one can enter the party, and finances don’t automatically stop anyone from attending….
“‘What I’ve learned from the older queer community is that we have a resiliency that keeps us going,” says Massey. “After a protest, a sit-in, or a big win, we party and build up our communities and ourselves so we can continue to fight. Joie De Vivre provides the virtual space to keep that tradition alive.’” (more)