Since the first Gay Pride marches and parades in Chicago, New York, LA and San Francisco in June of 1970, Pride events have spread like wildfire. Usually happening in June, corresponding with the Stonewall riots of 1969 when LGBT activists rioted against a police raid of a NYC gay bar, pretty much every major city across the country (and many internationally!) has some collection of pride events, often collected loosely around a Pride Parade. We’re stoked to be ticketing a number of these pride celebrations across the country, which have grown to be celebrated by folks on all parts of the LGBTQQ spectrum and straight folks alike. Pride means something different to everyone, and whether you’re looking for a wild party, a low-key concert, a film or a theater performance, there’s something out there for you.
Tonight, June 10, Covance Inc. and Indy Pride fund raise for the It Gets Better Project and youth scholarships in Indianapolis, IN with A Night to Unite, a variety-show style evening of entertainment with Dan Savage in attendance.
Also tonight, Boston pride kicks off with an all-night, all-ages show and dance party featuring X-Factor winner and multi-platinum recording artist Shayne Ward at Machine Nightclub, plus rapping drag sensation Liza Lott and DJ sets from Susan Esthera and DJ Gay Jim.
Saturday, June 11, Pride St. Louis kicks off at the Lumiere Theater with drinks, snacks and entertainment.
Friday, June 17 in Portland, OR, Rotture and Branx host HOMO SAY WUT!, a two-floor pride party featuring transgendered New Orleans MC Katey Red, DJ Sammy Jo of the Scissor Sisters and an insane lineup of other Djs, including Vockah Redu, DJ Beyondadoubt, Purple Crush, DJ Automation vs. DJ Equestrian, DJ Porq, Rude Dudes, DJ Life Partner and DJ Ill Camino and DJ Trans Fat.
Sunday, June 19 at The Houston Club in Houston, TX, the Divas of Diversity Comedy Tour rolls through as an official Houston Pride event, featuring local comedian Vickie Shaw, plus Jessica Kirson, Dana Goldberg and Samantha DeRose, hosted by Mona Cooper.
Sunday, June 19 at the Lipstick Lounge in Nashville, TN, the Real L Word’s Tracy Ryerson and Stamie Karakasidis host a night of comedy for Nashville Pride.
Wednesday, June 22 at Odd Duck Studio in Seattle, Breezy Mist Productions presents Rainbow Comedy Kick-Off, featuring.
Thursday, June 23 the Artful Thinking Organization in Long Beach, CA presents Making the Boys, a documentary on the groundbreaking 1968 play The Boys in the Band. Artful Thinking Organization engages in artful activities related to educating the public about HIV/AIDS and breast cancer.
Friday, June 24, the Columbia City Church of Hope in Seattle is throwing a show for those who want a little change of scene for pride events: Pre-Pride Folk-i-fied! This show features folk music from Coyote Grace, Amber Darland and Everything but Marriage, and donations for YouthCare’s Isis House will be collected.
Saturday, June 25, the Muscle Bear Sea-Tea Cruise on the Hudson sets sail at Pier 40 in New York City. This dirty disco cruise is hosted by Robert Valin of Urban Bear NYC and Truck Stop and Michael Fesco of Sea-Tea Summer Tea-Dance Cruises. Includes a buffet dinner!
Sunday, June 26, Queerly Beloved SF Pride Party hosted by queer porn icon Courtney Trouble & drag superstar Dommenique St. Putain in San Francisco. Featuring Icy Lytes, a girl/boy queer hip hop duo from Los Angeles.
Thursday, June 30 the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington, NY is showing Beyond Gay: The Politics of Pride, a documentary following Vancouver Pride Society’s Ken Coolen and his colleagues as they travel to locations where pride parades are still deemed controversial and are met with heavy protest and violence.
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