MetaPride Land, a universally safe space for the global LGBTQ+ community, will launch later this week in Decentraland, The Sandbox, and Voxels, three of the world’s leading metaverse platforms. This one-of-a-kind digital neighborhood and event space will provide 24/7 access to vital support services from partners such as Trevor Project, Trans Hotline, Lambda Legal and OutRight International.
On June 25, MetaPride Land will host the first MetaPride Festival with live events during the Planet Pride Festival taking place simultaneously in the metaverse. The physical event will be held at Avant Gardner in Brooklyn, NY and will feature world-class talent, including an exclusive livestream by Grammy-winning artist Galantis and Above & Beyond. Many stage experiences and performances will be recreated as digital performances and streamed live in the metaverse for people around the world to enjoy for free.
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MetaPride Land is a significant achievement, as there are still 68 countries in the world where it is illegal to be gay, with strict anti-gay policies. Even in the United States, there are currently over 200 bills aimed at stripping the LGBTQ+ community of their rights and protections.
This is especially relevant for queer people who live in rural areas with potentially non-existent LGBTQ+ communities. “We don’t just want online spaces to be able to connect with each other,” says producer Jake Resnicow. “In many cases, that’s all we have.” His thoughtful and theatrical Pride Festivals in New York, Miami, Las Vegas and Los Angeles have made Resnicow the nation’s leading producer of gay events. He was recently recognized by Out Magazine as one of the 100 most influential LGBTQ+ people of the year.
“By celebrating Pride in the metaverse, discrimination becomes powerless,” he continues. “MetaPride Land will be a safe and anonymous place where people can find community and a sense of belonging, celebrate Pride from the safety of their home, and choose their level of immersion through social experiences.”
MetaPride Land was born out of the inequalities that plague the much-hyped and over-promised potential future of Web3. Matt Stevenson, founder of MetaPride Land, witnessed these inequalities through his work with TIME, where he helped conceptualize TIME’s Web3 platform, TIMEPieces.
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“Web3 is proud to create a more inclusive and equitable future, but the reality is that there aren’t enough queer, bipolar, and gender-nonconforming individuals engaged in the space to make that a reality. Even though many Many leading artists and digital NFT artists identify themselves within these communities, they are often leveraged for the benefit of others, and the potential for impact is still low.
Jasmine Viana is associated with Jake Resnicow and Matt Stevenson. Jasmine is the founder of the Javi Collective, a hybrid branding agency that creates immersive brand experiences and innovative art installations. “There will be no borders or restrictions in MetaPride Land,” says Viana. “LGBTQ+ individuals and allies on the far reaches of the planet will be able to celebrate their queer and gender-nonconforming identities at our digital festival.”
In addition to ticket sales, MetaPride Land will raise money for LGBTQ+ charities through the launch of a global collection of NFTs. Foodmasku, a prominent queer artist whose work has been featured in The New York Times, will curate the first MetaPride Land NFT Collection; a repertoire that celebrates queer identity with original works from today’s leading queer and bipoc NFT artists and allies, including Hackatao and Julie Pacino.
The NFT Collection will be promoted and showcased on OpenSea, the largest NFT marketplace in the world. To celebrate MetaPride Land’s mission, OpenSea has agreed to waive all primary and secondary fees. Unstoppable Domains, the #1 provider of NFT domains on the blockchain, donates domains to anyone who attends physical or digital events with MetaPride Land.
“We are thrilled to present MetaPride Land, the first truly hybrid pride festival,” concludes Matt Stevenson. “Set in real life and in the metaverse, people around the world will finally be able to come together to live out loud, celebrate our unique differences, and elevate our love into one powerful community.”
MetaPride Land launches June 24-25 in New York City. Tickets are available on the MetaPride Land website. Follow on Instagram @metaprideland.
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