June is LGBT Pride Month, and cities all over the country are planning parades and other events to celebrate the diversity of the community. Here’s a look at what’s happening in seven U.S. cities.
LA’s Pride Parade & Festival will be held the weekend of June 10, with a multitude of events preceding it. On June 6, LA Pride will be hosting a Women’s Party, while on June 9, it’s the Trans Party and the Los Angeles Dodgers will play host to the fifth annual LGBT Night at Dodger Stadium. The event will commence with a ceremonial first pitch by Golden Globe-winning actor and LGBT rights activist Matt Bomer.
Charm City kicks off its June 17-18 pride celebration with the King and Queen of Pride Revue Show on June 10, when the official court of Baltimore Pride gets picked by the public. Other events include the June 14 launch of the Maryland LGBT Chamber of Commerce at Win’ed Up Wednesday, a Pride Interfaith Celebration, on June 15, and HEAT, a women’s party, on June 17.
New York City
NYC PrideFest will take place the weekend of June 24, with a multitude of events, including concerts by LGBT diva favorites Patti LaBelle and Deborah Cox. Leading up to the weekend, NYC Pride and the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce on June 18 will be hosting the Pride Luminaries Brunch, which celebrates business leaders who have made an impact on LGBT equality in the workplace. On June 19, you can join fellow movie lovers for OutCinema, a specially curated screening followed by an open bar and after party. The all-ages Family Movie Night will take place the next night at Hudson River Park.
Houston’s Pride Festival will be taking place on June 24 in the downtown. Events include a Pride Superstar competition that will stage its grand finale on June 22, EDEN, a pride girl party, on June 23, the official pride after-party, Beyond Wonderland, on June 24, and Mad Tea, the official pride closing party, on June 25.
Chicago begins the lead-up to its June 25 parade with a BBQ-fundraiser on June 10 for American Veterans for Equal Rights. On June 14, you can salute LGBT veterans at Daley Plaza in downtown Chicago, and on June 16 and 23 attend the Back Lot Bash for women and on June 24 the annual Proud to Run 5k and 10k race/walk.
In the nation’s capital, Capitol Pride events — with a theme of “Unapologetically Proud! — get off to a quick start on June 7 with the D.C. Front Runners Pride Run 5K, followed by the Rainbow Resistance opening party. On June 10, there are separate events for men and women, while the next day brings the Equality March for Unity & Pride. The official pride festival and concert will take place following the march.
The Mile High City’s PrideFest is set to take place on June 17-18, with the Denver Women’s Chorus kicking off events with a performance on June 3. Also on tap are screenings of LGBT-related films on June 13-14, performances by the Denver Gay Men’s Chorus June 15-17, and the official women’s party on June 16.