You are perfect just the way you are. Let’s make some noise about it, yeah?
Americans celebrate LGBT Pride Month every June, commemorating the 1969 uprising at New York City’s Stonewall Inn, which kicked off the modern gay rights movement. Yes, you did the math right: This is the 50th anniversary of that historic occasion.
The annual Austin Pride event (including the parade that marches through downtown) is held later in the year; it's in August for 2019. But there are plenty of ways to fly your colors in June, too. Here’s where to celebrate Pride Month in Austin this year. Did we miss something? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 1: QueerBomb. Want a Pride parade with an inclusive, DIY spirit and without corporations in the mix? The 10th annual QueerBomb promises a 7 p.m. rally, an 8:30 p.m. march down Sixth Street, a 10 p.m. dance celebration and a 10:30 p.m. mini-ball. And which category will YOU be walking in, henny? Note: There will be glitter. (facebook.com/QBATX)
June 1: Beer for All. Circle Brewing will host a free party officially launching their rainbow beer cans. From 1 to 5 p.m., you’ll be able to snag your first six-pack of the new can, drink pints of the summer seasonal and enjoy live music and food truck grub while shopping from various local vendors. A limited Equality Texas glass will be available for purchase, too, with proceeds benefiting the organization. Plus, plenty of fanny packs will be on hand. The event will be kid-friendly and dog-friendly.
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June 1: The Line Austin’s anniversary. The downtown hotel celebrates its first birthday and the start of Pride Month with a poolside party featuring San Antonio vogue crew House of Kenzo. There will also be DJ sets from 40 Hands, La Morena, Moutfeel and Br0nzgoddess. There will be massages and drinks, with a portion of proceeds going to Out Yout. Free entry with RSVP. (thelinehotel.com)
June 1: Queer Up Charlies: Pride Edition. Kick off the proudest season with DJ sets from Chorizo Funk, Mouthfeel, Dylan Reece, Lamar and (this name is truly good) Winona Grindr. (cheerupcharlies.com)
June 4: Out in Tech ATX: AR Celebrating Stonewall Forever. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, Google is launching “Stonewall Forever: A Living Monument to Pride.” It is an interactive, augmented-reality monument that “allows users to add their stories to an ongoing inclusive and multigenerational legacy.” There will be a panel discussion after. (outintech.com)
June 4-9. Austin Black Pride. Get ready to celebrate Black Pride over the course of several days. Events include the Drip Drop 6 dance party at Cheer Up Charlie’s, a Black Queer Here panel discussion and the fourth annual boat party. (austinblackpride.org)
June 5: Music That Advocates: “Considering Matthew Shepard.” Conspirare, Waller Creek Conservancy and KLRU will screen a unique performance documentary. Free. (conspirare.org)
June 6: “To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar” screening. Watch the drag queen classic (featuring an iconic turn from RuPaul herself as Rachel Tensions) at Alamo Drafthouse Ritz. (drafthouse.com)
June 6: “The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” watch party. You will believe a bus can be fabulous. Speaking of drag queen classics, you’ll get poppers (confetti poppers; don’t get crazy), ribbon wands and jelly rings for this screening of the Aussie classic at Alamo Drafthouse Ritz. (drafthouse.com)
June 6-20: Lick Honest Ice Creams Fundae. The ice cream shops will serve a colorful sundae of blueberry, lemonade pound cake and loquat margarita flavors, with rainbow toppings, for a limited time. A portion of proceeds will go to Out Youth, according to Austin Monthly.
June 8: Austin FC Bold LGBTQ Pride Night. Austin Bold FC hosts LGBTQ Pride Night during their home game against the Portland Timbers 2. In June, Austin Bold FC is partnering with Austin Pride and offering fans a specially designed Bold FC pride jersey, with 25 percent of sales going to the Austin Gay and Lesbian Pride Foundation. Local singer and former “The Voice” contestant Nakia will sing the national anthem at the June 8 game. (AustinBoldFC.com)
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June 8-9: Ky Krebs’ “Oops, All Gay Jokes” live special recording. Comedian Krebs performs for a two-night engagement at Fallout Theater to record his first stand-up comedy special, "Oops, All Gay Jokes." (facebook.com/events/363208207834685)
June 9: Lez b in Touch. “A new traveling lebo party” with DJs and a “whole litany of queer babes.” (cheerupcharlies.com)
June 11: “Pose” season 2 watch party. Live! Work! Pooooose! The second season of the FX drama about the New York City ballroom world in the 1980s returns, and you can watch it at Rain on 4th. There will also be a mini-ball. Do you belong in the House of Evangelista? (facebook.com/events/609380006234407)
June 12: Gays on the Green. Meet up with The Q Austin at Blues on the Green! They’ll have snacks and drinks. Look out for the Pride flag. Dogs welcome. The Q will also be holding meet-ups at every Blues on the Green this season. (facebook.com/theqaustin)
June 13: Pride Night at Zach Theatre: “Immortal Longings.” There will be a pre-show reception on this special night of the Terrence McNally plays exploring the history of the Ballets Russes and the tempestuous relationship between Diaghilev and dancer Vaslav Nijinsky. (zachtheatre.org)
June 15: Rainbow on the Creek. The Waller Creek Conservancy hosts a party with music and “RuPaul’s Drag Race” season 5 and all-stars season 2 alum Coco Montrese. She’s not holding back. Oh, at all! (You’d have to watch the show for that one.) (wallercreek.org)
June 19: “Before Stonewall” screening. The 1984 documentary has been restored for the 50th anniversary of Stonewall. Alamo Drafthouse Ritz screens. (drafthouse.com)
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June 21: Pride Prom: Queer Space. Twirl through the solar system with your partner of choice and celebrate Pride Month with a drag show; DJ Girlfriend; local queens and kings; photos by the Traveling Photobooth; and more. (library.austintexas.gov)
June 22: Central Texas Pride Event in Harker Heights. This is the second Pride event in the Killeen/Harker Heights area, featuring a drag show, live music, food, an art gallery, family-friendly activities and more. (eventbrite.com/e/central-texas-pride-event-tickets-59866437125)
June 30: Package Menswear Pride Pool Party. The underwear shop on FIfth Street hosts a pool party. One imagines there will not be an excess of clothing. (facebook.com/events/2219890218054845)
Through June 30: Punch Bowl Social special. The North Austin bar is offering a $10 Sip & Support Pride cocktail, prepared with Tom of Finland vodka, Velvet Falernum and Angostura Bitters, misted with 1821 Havana & Hide Bitters, stirred and served straight up. Punch Bowl Social will donate $1 from each Sip & Support cocktail to the Trevor Project, which provides support and crisis intervention to LGBTQ young people under 25.