PRIDE is celebrated internationally in the month of June, which purposely coincides with the New York City Stonewall Inn riots. Stonewall was a safe place in Greenwich Village for the LGBT community to socialize and work; drag queens were welcome and gay runaways sought asylum here. Even though it was illegally run by the mob, and quite poorly, numerous people from flocked to this bar day and night, just to be able to dance and mingle. During the 1960’s the NYC police were constantly raiding establishments that catered to the LGBT community, and Stonewall was no different, but because they were run by the mob, they were constantly tipped off as to when these raids would take place. On June 28, Stonewall Inn was surprisingly not told there would be a raid, so nothing was hidden when the NYC police arrived. They brutally arrested staff and patrons, but instead of looking away, the surrounding neighborhood got angry. This event did not start the movement, but it mainstreamed the struggle and blatant harassments of the LGBTQ+ community, protests started, riots began and people nationally became aware of how horribly this group of people was being treated. So to honor this event and show support for our family and friends: PARTICIPATE… ADVOCATE.
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Some events started on June 1st, some occurred during the last month, and some will be held in August, but I think the point is that they are being planned and happening. Leander, and the Austin School District held events BACK in May by celebrating with students and the community; Round Rock had its FIRST PRIDE parade and festival the first weekend of June; and the annual Austin PRIDE parade will happen in August.
Lockhart Pride-June 12-19-Join us for a celebration of the queer community in and around Caldwell County, TX with a week of music, drag, mixers, and informational events!
Pflugerville Pride’s Inaugural Pride Pfestival-June 18- Celebrate the wonderful diversity that is our LGBTQ+ community and allies. The event will include an awesome street festival with local vendors, food & drinks, a family pfun zone, and a main stage that will feature live music, LGBT comedians and our Headliner Tammie Brown! We also will have multiple indoor venues surrounding the festival where we’ll have an adult panel on LGBT+ issues, a Teen Open Mic Event, drag shows, and a silent auction. Since parking is limited downtown, we’ll be offering free shuttle service from Pflugerville High School
Taylor Pride Street Festival- June 25- Small town, big pride-friendly fun for everyone! For full schedule of events click here!
Pride Rodeo and Festival- Dripping Springs- June 25- Pride of Dripping Springs is so excited to finally reveal the big secret. With the help of our friends at the Texas Gay Rodeo Association, this year’s event is going to be even more amazing than the inaugural event in 2021, which drew 1,850 attendees. More details are coming soon. We hope to see you there!
Pride Picnic-Pease Park- June 26- 12-4pm- It’s A Pride Picnic Y’all! A day of abundant sunshine, community vibes, and an fabulously queer celebration of the summer solstice. Grab your family, loved-ones, and a blanket and come out to Pease Park to enjoy: Future Front Texas Market with 40 LGBTQ+ vendors, “Banned camp” book readings of challenged or banned books for the whole family by BookPeople & Austin Public Library, Games at the Equality Texas booth, Salsa Lessons with Esquina Tango, Wig 101 Install Workshop with Little Petal Alliance, beer or wine from the Pride Picnic Beer Garden, coffee & men’s provisions from brother friend, food trucks, dancing, learning and more!
Austin Pride-August 20- Pride takes over Austin in August! For program and full details, click here!