June is Pride month which means that every major city will be honoring its LGBTQ+ community members and celebrating! Pride is such a fun and exciting time, where we can come together and commemorate the Stonewall Uprising, the protests in response to persistent police brutality on 28 June 1969 that gave way to the modern LGBTQ+ rights movement. June officially has the official title and declaration of Pride by President Joe Biden; I do hereby proclaim June 2021 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Pride Month. I call upon the people of the United States to recognize the achievements of the LGBTQ+ community, to celebrate the great diversity of the American people, and to wave their flags of pride high. It is an exciting time for the LGBTQ+ community, and there are many events this year, both virtual and in-person, that we can all join in on.
New York City, NY
Events start on June 17 with a kickoff for the entire family to attend and work their way up to the annual and world-renowned Pride Parade, broadcasted live for people to see across many platforms. If people want to visit the parade in person, there will be popups around Manhattan that will cover Covid-19 protocols and give people the nostalgic feeling of the floats from previous years. There are many virtual events that people can attend throughout June that are listed on the NYC Pride website.
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Provincetown, which is known as the gay capital of the East Coast, is entirely in person this year. They have many events available from June 4-6. On June 4, they have a Pride kickoff at Shipwreck at 8 pm, and their events go on from there. On June 6, they end with the Provincetown Follies: The Gayest Show in Town.
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Boston will be an entirely virtual Pride this year. They will have their virtual events from June 4-13. They will be doing everything from a virtual family movie night to Pride Night at Fenway Park. In all, Boston will host virtually eight events that celebrate Pride.
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San Francisco, CA
This year, there are two events for Pride this year for SanFrancisco, a movie night at the Oracle and a golf tournament. Unfortunately, SanFrancisco canceled its annual Pride Expo but ensures they are looking towards the future and planning on reopening for 2022. Movie night at the Oracle will be showing In The Heights, and Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. SanFrancisco Pride is also teaming up with AAACC (African American Art & Culture Complex) on June 18. On the eve of Juneteenth, the AAACC and SF Pride will demonstrate their solidarity and the similar fight between the LGBTQ+ community for equality and racial justice in America.
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Los Angeles, CA
June 11-13 is Pride for the sunny city of LA! Visit the Hollywood sign to see the pink triangle installed at the beginning of the month to honor and represent the start of Pride. Thrive with Pride is this year’s event and will be entirely virtual this year. To kick off Pride in LA this year, a virtual and free concert by Charli XCX will be streamed live on Tik Tok.
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Pride this year is entirely in person in Chicago! It’s a two-day festival starting on June 26-27. It features dozens of artists, food, and entertainment. Significant artists like Tiësto and Chaka Khan will be headlining both days, followed by 12 acts afterward.
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PRide in Portland will be hosted as a mixture of virtual and socially distanced events between June 11-12 and the 27. Portland will host everything from a Diva Drag Brunch to a movie night with Breaking the Silence: Stories of Oregon’s LGBTQ Veterans, which will be available via Zoom.
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Which events are you going to for Pride? Comment below!
This article was originally published on GREY Journal.