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… and check out these great ways to celebrate PRIDE in Austin.
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This free community night is open to youth, parents, adults, and allies and will feature music, door prizes, refreshments, and activities on the LBJ Library Plaza. Inside the LBJ Library, participating organizations will share their knowledge and promote area resources available to the LGBTQIA+ community in Austin and surrounding areas. “Y’all Means All” will be a respite that is both educational and entertaining, in an environment where everyone feels safe and seen.
Bastrop Pride Festival | June 2 – 4 | Downtown Bastrop
Entertainment, street faire, block party and more! For full schedule of weekend events, head to bastroppride.org
Kick off Pride Month with LGBTQ+ authors Jason June and Steven Salvatore, who will discuss their latest YA books with Austin author Kelis Rowe at 6 p.m. on June 2 at the Austin Central Library.
There will be various Pride organizations, a bunch of local vendors, barbecue from BBQ Fiends, trivia and more!
Dell Diamond Pride Night | June 2 | 7:05 | Dell Diamond
Round Rock Express baseball, Pride and Fireworks! Tickets here.
Enjoy a day filled with joy and empowerment as we come together to support the LGBTQ+ community. With over 90 booths showcasing various organizations, businesses, and community groups, there will be ample opportunities to connect with like-minded individuals, learn about local resources, and show your support. Entertainment, food and more!
An outdoor workout series that amplifies, supports, and empowers the LGBTQIA+ community. Classes include : Strength and Solidarity Flow Class with Castle Hill Fitness, Workout! With Erica Nix and Rocky Time! , OUT Dancing with GoDance, and Body x Mind with Audishores. For full schedule and to RSVP click HERE
Tales on the Trail| June 8 | 6-8pm | Moody Amphitheater
This discussion will center Black & LGBTQIA+ voices on topics about race, queer identities, and the intersection of both, as conversations around justice and equality grow worldwide.
The second annual Pflugerville Pride Festival includes a Pfamily Pfun Zone, vendors, entertainment and more!
Families and children can spend the day in the park exploring a variety of hands-on art and cultural learning activities including drag queen storytime, ‘Taste the Colors of the Rainbow’ with Mom & Pops All Natural Frozen Pops, Pride Family Portraits, and a Pride Parade in the Park.
PRIDE Yoga + Sound Bath featuring Cindy De Guzman, Jessica Cross, and Julie Afsahi of Soul Strong Yoga – ALL fees donated to Round Rock PRIDE!
The 3rd annual Pride of Dripping Springs celebration is a day of family-friendly fun, including great drinks, food, music, and live entertainment.
Small town, big pride!
Cedar Park Pride and Leander Pride are teaming up to host a joint event in July 2023 to raise awareness about issues facing the LGBTQIA+ community, provide a fun, safe space to celebrate, and empower community members and allies with insight and information to help support LGBTQIA+ residents.
This event is free and open to the public, but you must register to receive a wristband for admission. It will feature community speakers, vendors, performers, music, food trucks, and family-friendly activities.