THE first ever Wales Wide Virtual Pride is queer and here.

The lockdown event is not just for those "out of the closet, but still in the house" as it aims to create a real community atmosphere that everyone can enjoy and feel included.

Starting on Thursday, July 23, at 8.30pm, a whole host of happenings will keep people connected through Friday and Saturday, before a fabulous finale to leave everyone feeling part of the unique occasion.

Wales Wide Virtual Pride will be a weekend of fun, entertainment, information, and education for all the family.

The event boasts hours of content, hundreds of participants, seven thought-provoking panel discussions, eight community and special interest Prides, four choirs, 11 organisations, and seven politicians.

Celebrities, including Jess Fishlock MBE, Stifyn Parry, Beth Fisher, Wyburn and Wayne, and many more role models who have inspired LGBTQ lives, will be taking part.

First in the line-up is a special ‘Get Ready With Us’. Introduced by award-winning Lady Gaga tribute act, Donna Marie, people can spend some time in conversation with Jack Emory, otherwise known as Makeup by Jaack, and Jessica Blacker, founder of Jecca Blac, as they share make-up tips featuring Spectrum Collection brushes with us on the eve of our virtual pride event.

Jessica started Jecca Blac by offering makeup lessons to trans women in her Cardiff makeup studio, which acted as a safe space. Jessica would also visit Parc Prison to help trans inmates to teach them with makeup. Jessica was inspired by her clients to create a brand that overlooks gender and concentrates on individuality.

Jack Emory is a self taught makeup artist and social media personality who is renowned for his editorial and creative makeup looks. Jack has gained widespread popularity within both the beauty and influencer industry alike, working alongside brands such as Gucci, Amazon, Esteè Lauder, Illamasqua and many more.

Throughout the weekend the inaugural online event will showcase, acts and artists, quizzes and queer films, debate and drag queens, messages from ministers, make-up tutorials, and more.

Welsh Prides - Barry, Bangor, Rhondda, Llantwit Major, Valley, Holyhead plus Powys are all ready to roll this weekend. And grassroots groups, and others, such as Glitter Cymru, BiCymru, Umbrella Cymru, and Iris Prize LGBT Film Festival, are represented too.

Named on the Forbes List Of LGBT Digital Pride Events, Wales Wide Virtual Pride celebrates the whole of the community across Wales, bringing together all those living the LGBTQ+ life as well as their allies.

LGBTQymru chair Bleddyn Harris said: "Pride Season with its events throughout the season are the highlight of the LGBTQ+ calendar. And with our community feeling even more disconnected and dispersed, as we see our social events suffering those Corona Virus cancellations, now is the time to show solidarity. "

"LGBTQymru aims to do just that, and is calling on all Prides, LGBTQ+ community groups, charities, acts, organisations, and anyone else who wants to get involved, to please come join us,"

Wales Wide Virtual Pride is a free event, run by a not-for-profit organisation who believe in giving back to our community. Sponsorship has come from businesses, such as Principality Building Society, and organisations like Coleg y Cymoedd.

Content and contributions manager Hannah Isted said: "Our mission is to create unified approach to Pride across Wales. With a wider focus being on celebration and education, we really want to connect the fabulous LGBTQ+ community of Wales and, during a time where we’ve maybe never felt further apart, bring us all together, all across Wales, all at once."

Join the event on Facebook, at https://www.facebook.com/LGBTQymru/, from 8.30pm on Thursday, where full details of the line up are also available..

To offer sponsorship or make donations, from now up until the end of Wales Wide Virtual Pride, visit the Go Fund Me page https://www.gofundme.com/f/lgbtqymru

Follow @LGBTQymru on social media to stay up to date.