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Eurovision to Mr Gay Pride Australia: Events cancelled due to pandemic

Events around the world are on hold in an attempt to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic through bans on gatherings of large crowds.

Around Australia, regional LGBTIQ festivals have been cancelled during the pandemic.

The Rainbow on the Plains festival in Hay, New South Wales, has been called off for May,  and with it the Mr Gay Pride Australia competition final.

Other events including the Orange Rainbow City Festival and Castlemaine Pride have been similarly postponed.

The community festivals are expected to go ahead next year.

This year’s Eurovision Song Contest has been cancelled in an unprecedented decision by the European Broadcasting Union.

“It is with great regret that we have to announce the cancellation of the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam,” said Executive Supervisor Jon Ola Sand.

“The escalating spread of the coronavirus around Europe and the restrictions put in place by many governments and the Dutch authorities makes it impossible for us to host a live event as planned.

“I can promise you, the Eurovision Song Contest will come back stronger than ever.”

In the US, the GLAAD Media Awards have been postponed to next year.

Writer and trans rights activist Janet Mock was set to receive an award, as was pop star Taylor Swift.

With gatherings of over 100 people now banned in Australia, many local entertainment events have been called off or postponed.

Sydney’s Darlinghurst Theatre is among countless venues around the country cancelling performances, leaving actors and others out of work.

The anticipated performance of A Chorus Line starring Tim Draxl was cancelled this week, a day ahead of opening.

The theatre has asked ticketholders to consider donating the cost of their ticket to help support the theatre rather than accepting a refund.

Singer Todrick Hall has postponed his tour of Australia and New Zealand until next year.

Organisers stated they are working to arrange new dates as soon as possible, promising “an amazing show”.

The Pride in Sport Awards and the Australian LGBTQ Inclusion Awards have both been put off until later this year.

Increasing numbers of bars and clubs have closed to help contain spread of the virus.

Some venues that have chosen to remain open have been criticised for not taking the need for social distancing seriously.

As the pandemic continues, advisories have been issued for the community to help minimise the risks of COVID-19.

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