Pride Month has rolled around again, and instead of gearing up for parades and parties, most people are still hunkering down as the pandemic continues to take a toll on Los Angeles. But there’s still plenty of queer fun to be had, if you know where to look.
Go Global …
The international organization InterPride is collaborating with the European Pride Organizers Association for Global Pride, a 24-hour livestreamed celebration with speeches, musical performances, and contributions from various regional Pride festivals. June 27, globalpride2020.org.
Or Keep It Local
Every year West Hollywood’s Arts Division organizes the One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival, which runs from Harvey Milk Day (May 22) through the end of June. This year the event kicked off with a staged reading of Dear Harvey on Harvey Milk Day, and will continue with a variety of online programs, including Pride Poets weekly open mics (Fridays, 6-8 p.m.), the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights Pride Playreading Festival (June 20 & 21, 4 p.m.), a panel discussion with the owners of Circus of Books and transsexual activist Buck Angel (June 30, 6 p.m.), and more. May 22-June 30, weho.org/pride.
Shake It Off
Lez Croix have been organizing alternative, queer-inclusive parties marking Pride weekend since 2017, and this year they’ll be continuing that tradition—virtually. On June 12 at 8 p.m., they’re throwing an online dance party called Mask/Femme Friday, and on June 14 at 2 p.m., they’re hosting the We Are Essential Sunday soiree. The events will have guest DJs, a contest, and more interactive Zoom experiences. @lezcroix on Instagram and Facebook.
Hit the Pubs
Condé Nast’s LGBTQ brand, them, will feature some of its favorite performers, artists, and activists in Out Now Live, a virtual pride festival broadcast over the publication’s social media channels. The fest will include performances, uplifting speeches and messages, storytelling, and more. June 22, @them on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
Feed Your Appetite
The new cookbook Tasty Pride (available in hardcover and on Kindle) features 75 recipes and stories from those in the queer community, including Queer Eye favorite Antoni Porowski and Modern Family’s Jesse Tyler Ferguson. Out now from Penguin Random House.
Go to Your Zoom
Get ready to turn your living room into a dance floor. Two of L.A.’s hottest events are teaming to throw a Zoom blowout called GAY ASS DIVORCE on June 13. Gay Asstrology will supply the dance-pop music, while Bar Franca’s DIVORCE Party, hosted by DJ Couples Therapy, will add ’90s hip-hop and R&B to the mix. It’ll kick off with a happy hour at 7 p.m. before turning into a dance party until 10 p.m.—or later. @divorce_partyla and @gayasstrology on Instagram.
Dominatrix Mistress Justine Cross is putting together Los Angeles Kink Pride online. The week is jam-packed with activities, including BDSM classes, a leather social hosted by the local queer play party Deviant (June 6, 8 p.m.), a kinky QTBIPOC dance party (June 11, 8 p.m.), a guided meditation to get in touch with your proclivities (June 13, 11:30 a.m.), and more. June 6-June 14; LAKinkPride.com.
Get in the Pink
Tune in to the inaugural edition of PinkNews’s online festival Pride for All to watch panel discussions, music sessions, drag tutorials, and Q&As with LGBTQ notables. June 4-7, pinknews.co.uk
While local drag queens have had to stop holding Drag Queen Story Hours at public libraries, the fabulous readings are still happening online several times a week with queens like Elecktra, Flame, and Panda Dulce. Facebook.com/dragqueenstoryhour.
Kick It Up
Adidas’s annual Pride shoe collection features six silhouettes inspired by the rainbow flag. Priced from $30 to $180, the sneakers and slides will help you keep it colorful even though you can’t strut your stuff at the parade. adidas.com.
Jump the Q
ProjectQ Community Center, a queer-run non-profit that provides free workshops and gender-affirming haircuts to homeless LGBTQ+ youth, is hosting a PRIDE Membership Drive with two weeks of virtual programming. They’ll broadcast a variety of workshops and panels on Instagram, including a live Q&A with queer astrologer Chani Nicholas (June 8, 3 p.m.) and a gardening workshop with La Loba Loca, a queer doula and herbalist (June 17, 11.a.m.). June 7-20; @project_q_ on Instagram.
Calling all Little Monsters—Precinct, Redline, and San Francisco’s the Stud are jointly hosting GaGaThon, a fundraiser celebrating the release of Lady Gaga’s new album. The event will livestream on Twitch and feature performers all night long, including RuPaul’s Drag Race stars Alaska Thunderfuck 5000, Nina West, and Ongina. June 11, 7 p.m.; twitch.tv/dragalive.
Grab the Mic
June is the one year anniversary of Open Dyke Night, a monthly lesbian/queer piano bar and karaoke night, which first started at Tramp Stamp Granny’s in Hollywood. To celebrate, they’re having a special Zoom Pride Edition on June 16. @opendykenight on Instagram.
Embrace That Quar Life
Queer dance party Club Quarantine has been livestreaming every single night of the quarantine, with a star-studded roster of guest DJs from Charli XCX to Big Freedia. While they can’t spill the beans on their Pride plans just yet, they have something extra special in the works, and Club Q visitors can expect high-energy parties with celebrity guests and international performers all month long. @clubquarantine on Instagram.
Meet the Pod People
For the past three years, Tobin Low and Kathy Tu have captured the hearts of the queer community on their podcast Nancy. They recently announced that WNYC Studios hasn’t renewed the show for another season, so the final episode will drop on June 29. Get your tissues ready, because this send-off might be a tearjerker. Available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Play.
Celebrate the Big 5-0
This year is the 50th anniversary of the L.A. Pride Parade and Festival, organized by the non-profit Christopher Street West (CSW). To commemorate the milestone, CSW is planning a full schedule of initiatives to be hosted on various online platforms through 2021. See lapride.org for updates.
Go from Zero to Queero
Silver Lake’s Akbar is honoring its queer heroes through a virtual Queeroes series. Throughout Pride week, the staff will each post a daily “Queero” on Instagram and Facebook and explain what makes that person special. @akbarsilverlake on Instagram and Facebook
On the Drag
Iconic WeHo institution the Abbey will have a weekly Pride drag show every Monday at 8.p.m. on Facebook Live, in addition to other Pride surprises in store. The Abbey is also encouraging its community to share their favorite Abbey moments with #AbbeyPride to use in an online showcase of videos and photos from Prides past. facebook.com/abbeyweho.
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