5 Long Island Pride Month Events
June is Pride Month, an entire month dedicated to recognizing the contributions LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer and / or questioning) people have made to their community and to society.
Pride Month was created to honor the Stonewall Riots of 1969, when LGBTQ patrons at Manhattan’s Stonewall Inn fought back against police who launched one of their many discriminatory gay bar raids. The event marked a turning point in the LGBTQ equality movement. Since 1970, gay pride marchers have taken to the streets of New York City every June to show their pride and advocate for continued progress for the rights of marginalized groups.
Over the years, Long Islanders have hosted their own events, some of which are hosted by nonprofits and others by business owners and residents. So pull out your pride flag and check out these five pride events taking place on Long Island this month!
LAUNCH OF VIRTUAL PRIDE
Pride for Youth, a division of the Long Island Crisis Center, will host a virtual Pride launch event with youth performances, personal stories, special guest appearances, and more. prideforyouth.org/pride2021. $ 25. 7 p.m. June 1.
OPENING OF THE PRIDE ART SHOW
“Pride” is the theme of Paper Doll Vintage Boutique’s art exhibit in June. The deadline for submissions has passed, but art lovers and curious buyers are invited to stop by and enjoy the works of art hanging in the store when the show opens on June 4 and throughout. throughout the month during store opening hours. Paper Doll Vintage Boutique, 23 Main Street, Sayville. facebook.com/PaperDollVintageBoutique 11 am-8pm June 4.
BABYLON VILLAGE PRIDE SHOW
Launched last year, the Babylon Village Pride Parade is fairly new but already very popular and is coming back for a second year. People decorate their cars in rainbow pride colors and walk down Deer Park Avenue into the village to celebrate. Participants can stand on the sidewalk to watch the parade or enter their own fully decorated vehicle in advance by sending an email ba[email protected]. Local gay bar owners from BTW Oceanside and NuBar in South Farmingdale will be among the participants. 2 p.m. on June 6.
LGBT NETWORK’S LONG ISLAND PRIDE
After the pandemic forced this well-established event to go virtual last year, Long Island Pride will once again take place in person. The paid event will take place at Eisenhower Park and will feature a concert by the Queen Almost Queen tribute group. Participants must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and purchase a ticket in advance. The event will also be televised live for those who cannot attend in person. Harry Chapin Lakeside Theater, Eisenhower Park, 1899 Hempstead Tpke., East Meadow. prideonthebeach.org. $ 25 to $ 75. 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on June 13.
VIRTUAL PRIDE AFTER DARK
Youth Pride will host another virtual event, its 6th Annual After Dark Pride, which will be free and open to LGBTQ people ages 13 to 30. The celebration will feature local drag artists, special guests, music and life information. savings services, including the ability to sign up for a free HIV test. pridfterdark2021.eventbrite.com. 7 p.m. June 20.
For more guides on things to do in Long Island, visit longislandpress.com/category/everything-long-island.
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