AUSTIN (KXAN) — June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month, but Austin’s “main” Pride event is on Aug. 13; still, there are tons of ways to celebrate with the community.
Pride Month commemorates the Stonewall riots, which began on June 28, 1969. The riots occurred after New York City Police’s Public Morals Squad raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar, and attempted to arrest the patrons. A crowd grew outside of the bar and fought back against the police.
Over the next few days, the uprising became a movement. The first Pride marches were in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago on the first anniversary of the riots in 1970.
Happy Pride Month from everyone at KXAN!
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Queerbomb does not apologize. Queerbomb does not make excuses. Queerbomb is free for all. Queerbomb stands proud, and so should you.Queerbomb Manifesto
This Saturday will see the return of Queerbomb to Austin for the first time since 2019 and the event’s 12th non-consecutive year.
The alternative pride event is community organized and refuses to accept sponsorships from businesses. According to the group’s manifesto, its “purpose is to provide a space to celebrate each and every member of our community and encourage all to embrace the manifold ways we contribute to building a beautiful and diverse society.”
At 7 p.m. Saturday, there will be a rally at Native Hostel on East Eighth Street followed by a march through downtown at 8:30 p.m. (expect road closures!).
After the march, community members ages 18 and older will return to Native Hostel for a party from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Rainbow on the Creek (6/11)
The Moody Amphitheater will have an all-ages event, “Rainbow on the Creek”, which will have a queer BIPOC and Latinx artisan and craft market, a drag queen story time and a “dance making workshop” in addition to music performances.
Performances include RuPaul’s Drag Race finalist Roxxxy Andrews, Latin Grammy nominee Gina Chavez, a drag queen showcase, a dance battle and more.
Local LGBTQIA+ nonprofit organizations, small businesses and advocates will be in attendance, and access to gender affirming care providers and on-site testing will be available.
There will also be a panel on “LGBTQIA+ Equity in Public Spaces” moderated by Jeremy Teel, director of Beyond Brotha, an organization that is “focused on creating safe and affirming spaces for men of color of all identities.”
Razzle Dazzle Upcycle Event & Queer Art Show (6/15)
Tired of old clothes that don’t fit your style (or gender) anymore? Stop by the Dougherty Arts Center on Barton Springs Road on June 15 for an “upcycling” event — repurpose old clothes into tote bags or restyle and refresh with bedazzling and patches.
If you’d rather just get rid of those old clothes, there is an all-gender clothing swap. Trade away those old clothes for someone else’s unwanted pieces. Please note event organizers are not taking donations, according to the event’s page.
The event also includes an one-time art show featuring local LGBTQ+ artists. This event is all ages, free and outdoors.
Pflugerville Pride (6/18)
Pflugerville Pride will host KXAN digital anchor Will DuPree as a panel moderator. The panel will discuss LGBT+ issues, and panelists include Texas State Representatives Celia Israel and Sheryl Cole, as well as transgender rights activist Ash Hall, LGBT+ therapist Meagan Butler and Equality Texas’ government affairs director Rachel Hill.
The public is invited to submit questions for the panelists by Saturday, June 4.
This is the inaugural Pride “Pfestival” for the town and will take place from 1-6 p.m. on Main Street. Tickets are free and also registers attendees into a raffle.
The event also includes standup comedy, and drag and musical performances. Tammie Brown, who appeared in RuPaul’s Drag Race season one and All Stars, is the festival’s headliner.
Colors of Pride (6/25)
Toward the end of the month, at Branch Park Pavilion, there will be an inaugural celebration for LGBTQ+ people of color and their allies.
According to the Colors of Pride website, roughly half of Austin’s LGBTQ+ population are people of color.
“Data from 2021 research studies by the City of Austin and QWELL Community Foundation shows that most LGBTQIA+ people of color in Central Texas feel disconnected and unsupported,” the website reads, “Nationwide, we see queer/trans people of color (QTPOC) struggling with their mental health, oppression, and social isolation. We see movement leaders burning out at an accelerated rate.”
At the festival, attendees can enjoy a QTPOC popup market, live music, speakers and a free communal meal. For kids, there is a children’s play area open from 12-3 p.m.
The festival is put together by the Colors of Pride steering committee, in partnership with Austin Latinx Pride, Austin Queer Asians, aGLIFF, Chrysalis Q, QWELL Community Foundation and Unhushed. The committee says that this will be a “can’t miss event for QTPOC everywhere.”
Pride in Local Music (6/25)
The Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce will hold its third annual “Pride in Local Music”, a one-day music festival featuring LGBTQ+ artists at the Long Center.
The full lineup can be found here with links to each artists’ music.
General admission tickets start at $34, but students can get in for $23. VIP tickets can be purchased for $129.
A portion of ticket sales will help fund the Chamber’s Education Fund. According to the event’s website, the chamber’s goal is to provide at least 10 scholarships worth $5,000 in 2022, up from five in 2021.
Other Local Events
- aGLIFF’s Pride Mini Film-A-Thon at the Galaxy Theaters (6/3-5)
- Cute AF Handcrafted and Vintage Market at Cute Nail Studio (6/5, starts at 11 a.m.)
- Queer Skate Night at Austin Playland Skate Center (6/6, starts at 7 p.m.)
- Them They-tal: A Nonbinary Celebration at Swan Dive for ages 21+ (6/9, doors open at 9 p.m.)
- Watch “Paris is Burning” at the Paramount Theater (6/10, doors open at 7 p.m.)
- Yelp will host drag superstar Shangela for a fundraiser at Snooze (6/11, 2 to 4 p.m.)
- Majestic Cabaret Ball at the Paramount Theater (6/11, doors open at 7 p.m.)
- Gender Euphoria’s Urban Fire Pit at Mueller Lake Park (6/11, 4:30 to 10 p.m.)
- Big Gay Pride Market at The Little Gay Shop (6/12, starts at 11 a.m.)
- Gender Euphoria’s Pride Month Brunch (6/19, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
- Queer Swim at Barton Springs Pool (6/9 & 6/23, 8 to 10 p.m.)
Outside of Austin: Pride Festivals in Central Texas
- Round Rock Pride (6/4)
- Bastrop Pride (6/11)
- Lockheart Pride (6/19, 4-10 p.m. at the Luna Gardens)
- Taylor Pride (6/25, 2-10 p.m. on 2nd St)
- Dripping Springs Pride & Gay Rodeo (6/25)