Pride Across the Country

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Happy Pride Month!

Pride Month celebrations kick off in Memphis this weekend, and there are countless more Pride festivities happening across the country. Let’s take a look at a few of the most exciting Pride events happening across America.

New York City – The Big Apple hosts probably the biggest Pride festival in the country, which makes sense. After all, the Stonewall riots in Greenwich Village are what helped catapult the gay rights movement to the forefront in 1969. There are several events happening throughout the month of June, including Yankees Pride Night, The Stonewall Jukebox: A Documentary Concert, a Youth Pride event and more. It all culminates on June 30, with The March and PrideFest happening on that day. Learn more.

New Orleans – Celebrate Pride in the Big Easy next weekend, June 7-9! The calendar of events includes a  the Black Queer Legacy Summit, Pride Gala, Big Gay Art Market, LGBTQ LOL Comedy show, Drag Brunches, and, of course, PrideFest 2024 and the NOLA Pride Parade. The weekend also offers volunteer opportunities, such as the New Orleans Habitat for Humanity Pride Build. Love dogs? Of course you do – don’t miss Dogs on Catwalks: A Pride Benefit. Learn more.

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St. Louis – Unleash Your Pride in St. Louis! The city’s Pride festivities are June 29-30, and it includes, of course, a festival and parade. Entertainers include Slayyyter, Daya, Crystal Waters and Todrick Hall. Get the details.

Nashville – Head over to Music City for their two-day Pride festivities on June 22-23. Entertainment includes Billy Porter, Tinashe, Icona Pop, Slayyyter, G Flip and Angie K. The festival’s Drag lineup is impressive, too. Find out more.

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Key West – Celebrate Pride in the tropics! Key West Pride is June 5-9. It features a street fair, parade, “Prouder Together” Charity Disco Ball, Pride Fest’s Taste the Rainbow Tour, Drag Story Time and more. Get details.

Arkansas – The Natural State is home to year-round Pride activities. In June, check out Kitty Kouture’s Bar Crawl and Little Rock Black Pride in July. The Reel Queer Film Festival is in August, followed by Pet Pride, Central Arkansas PRIDE Fest and Parade in October. Find out more. Learn more.

Los Angeles – Break out of the South and travel to LA for one of the most star-studded Pride festivals in the country. Ricky Martin headlines Pride in the Park and George Takei is one of the Grand Marshals of the parade. Other events include the LA Pride Block Party, Pride Night at Dodger Stadium and more. Get the details.

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Chicago – The Windy City’s Pride Festival is June 22-23, and the Pride Parade – one of the largest and oldest parades in the country – is June 30. The festival features drag shows, arts and crafts, DJs, food and much more. Learn more.

Denver – PrideFest is June 22-23 and includes the Denver Pride 5K, parade, Shout! A Denver Gay Men’s Chorus Concert, Queer History events, drag performances and much more. Find out more.

San Francisco – Of course San Francisco has great plans for Pride Month! There are events throughout the month, from the SF Pride Kickoff Party to SF Giants Pride Day to a Tegan & Sara concert to the SF Pride Party at City Hall. Billy Porter is a special guest at the Pride Party. Learn more.

These are just a few big celebrations across the country, but there are countless more. Google your favorite summer vacation locations and see what they’re planning for Pride!

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June isn’t just Pride Month; there are several other important holidays and commemorative days to keep on your calendar.

  • June 5: HIV Long-Term Survivors Day. This day honors long-term HIV survivors and raises awareness about their needs and journeys.
  • June 12: Pulse Remembrance Day. This day honors and remembers the victims of the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting.
  • June 19: Juneteenth. Juneteenth is a celebration of African-American culture and commemorates the emancipation of African-American enslaved people.
  • June 27: National HIV Testing Day. This day is pretty self-explanatory – get tested and know your status!
  • June 28: Stonewall Riots Anniversary. This is the anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, a defining moment that sparked the gay rights movement in the U.S. and around the world.
  • June 30: Queer Youth of Faith Day. This day empowers LGBTQ+ youth of different faiths.

How do you plan to celebrate Pride?

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