Summer of Pride

It’s hard to believe that fifty years ago this June, a group of queers – trans folks, lesbians, gay men, probably a few drag queens – fought back against a common police raid on the Stonewall Inn in New York’s Greenwich Village. With high heels and bricks, a riot in the name of LGBTQIA rights began. Of course, the “LGBTQIA” acronym didn’t exist back then and the movement, like many, has been marked by its flaws. It also wasn’t the first queer rights riot – at least a few broke out in San Francisco and L.A. in the decade leading up to Stonewall. But whatever happened that night lit a spark that lasted for several days and propelled America’s gay rights – the Gay Liberation Movement – forward. As a qmmunity, we’ve made great strides, and we’ve suffered great losses. From AIDS, conversion therapy, the appalling rates of trans murders in the U.S. (and abroad), and a new wave of legislation gunning for the rights we’ve fought so hard for, we’ve learned to love hard and hold each other close. This summer, we – the Austin Chronicle Qmmunity and the greater qmmunity – unite to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Stonewall: There will be parties, Prides, dances, art – the epitome of queer magic. But there will also be marches, panels, rallies, calls to the qmmunity to continue stepping up, fighting back, speaking out. The two, like the history and wonder of Pride itself, cannot be separated. We honor, celebrate, and truly live for it all. Join us for 2019’s Summer of Pride.

Party World Rasslin’s First All-Queer Tag Team
Party World Rasslin’s First All-Queer Tag Team
The Platinum Partners make their debut Sat., June 15

June 13, 2019

Qmmunity: On Finding Queer Joy
Qmmunity: On Finding Queer Joy
Plus, more Pride events to help you forget it’s hot outside

June 13, 2019

LGBTQ Activists Urge AISD to Better Support Queer Youth
LGBTQ Activists Urge AISD to Better Support Queer Youth
Only 5% of Celebration Church's rent will go toward Pride activities

June 13, 2019

Terrence McNally on Art and Commerce
Terrence McNally on Art and Commerce
The Tony-winning playwright talks about the business of show

June 6, 2019

Qmmunity: Austin Sparkles With Black Pride
Qmmunity: Austin Sparkles With Black Pride
ABP’s fourth annual Pride Weekend, dykes you should know, and more events for your Summer of Pride

June 6, 2019

Terrence McNally Knows About Lasting Impact
Terrence McNally Knows About Lasting Impact
About to open a new play at Zach Theatre, the Tony Award-winning playwright talks about what endures

June 6, 2019

Queer Film Theory 101 Unearths Not-So-Straight Movies
Queer Film Theory 101 Unearths Not-So-Straight Movies
Alamo Drafthouse offers more heartfelt LGBTQ perspectives

June 4, 2019

June Pride Events Roundup
June Pride Events Roundup
Kick off Summer of Pride with nonstop Pride Month parties & more

May 30, 2019

Qmmunity: Summer of Pride Is Here
Qmmunity: Summer of Pride Is Here
Kicking off Stonewall’s 50th anniversary with QueerBomb, Black Pride, and more

May 30, 2019

    Wednesday, June 19

  • Drag Queen Bingo

    Join Lou(isianna Purchase) for a night of game-playin' shenanigans and jaw-dropping performances too.
    Third Wednesdays, 7-9pm  
  • All Shades Considered: Panel Discussion

    Feed your brain at this convo featuring "All Shades Considered" artists Anthony Flores, House of Kenzo, Michael Anthony Garcia, p1nkstar, and curator Ben Aqua. The topic: "It's Cooler in the Shade."
    Wed., June 19, 7pm  
  • Before Stonewall

    aGLIFF Presents: Newly restored to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, Before Stonewall charts LGBTQ Americans' experiences prior to the landmark 1969 uprising, featuring interviews with Audre Lorde, Allen Ginsberg, and many more queer icons.
    Wed., June 19, 7:30pm. $12.  
  • Black Girl Love

    This is a stage adaptation of Anondra “Kat” Williams' short stories about black girls in love. Featuring Faith Anderson, g’beda, Allegra Jade Fox, and Oktavea L. Williams, directed by kt shorb and Simone Raquel Alexander for GenEnCo. Join them for opening weekend as part of your Austin Black Pride celebrations!
    Through June 22. Wed.-Sat, 8pm. $15-35.  
  • Thursday, June 20

  • Black Girl Love

    This is a stage adaptation of Anondra “Kat” Williams' short stories about black girls in love. Featuring Faith Anderson, g’beda, Allegra Jade Fox, and Oktavea L. Williams, directed by kt shorb and Simone Raquel Alexander for GenEnCo. Join them for opening weekend as part of your Austin Black Pride celebrations!
    Through June 22. Wed.-Sat, 8pm. $15-35.  
  • Friday, June 21

  • House Beer Release & Benefit: Wish You Were Queer

    Whaddya know, Black Star Co-op is once again joining forces with Out Youth to brew a beer that raises cash for queer kids every time you buy it! So grab a pint of Wish You Were Queer, cuz $1 each goes to our baby gays. At this kickoff event, expect Pride-themed food too (we have no idea what that is either!)!
    Fri., June 21, 4-11pm  
  • Pride Prom: Queer Space

    Dance the night away at this Pride-acious prom with DJ GirlFriend, local queens, kings, and more! Plus, there will be a complimentary glitter station too!
    Fri., June 21, 7-10pm  
  • Black Girl Love

    This is a stage adaptation of Anondra “Kat” Williams' short stories about black girls in love. Featuring Faith Anderson, g’beda, Allegra Jade Fox, and Oktavea L. Williams, directed by kt shorb and Simone Raquel Alexander for GenEnCo. Join them for opening weekend as part of your Austin Black Pride celebrations!
    Through June 22. Wed.-Sat, 8pm. $15-35.  
  • Saturday, June 22

  • MJ’s Puro Pinche Pride Party

    Help raise cash for Out Youth at this MaryJae Pride bash with music, mayhem, and more!
    Sat., June 22
    MaryJae, 2110-E S. Lamar
  • Vunicorn Ball: An Out Youth Benefit

    Magical creatures and costume lovers rejoice for this epic Out Youth benefit. Dress code requirements include shimmer and "unicorn fantasy" so get into it. There will be pics, cupcakes, and queers, dear.
    Sat., June 22, 7pm-12mid  
    Driftwood Downtown, 319 Colorado
  • Black Girl Love

    This is a stage adaptation of Anondra “Kat” Williams' short stories about black girls in love. Featuring Faith Anderson, g’beda, Allegra Jade Fox, and Oktavea L. Williams, directed by kt shorb and Simone Raquel Alexander for GenEnCo. Join them for opening weekend as part of your Austin Black Pride celebrations!
    Through June 22. Wed.-Sat, 8pm. $15-35.  
  • Wednesday, June 26

  • Campfire Queer Storytime: Origins of PRIDE Edition

    Find World Famous *BOB* around the fire for her third annual Pride-themed storytime event.
    Wed., June 26, 8-9pm. Free.
  • Greetings From Queer Mountain Ep. 74: Stand Up, Fight Back!

    Celebrate Stonewall – and honor those who fought for our rights (and, ya know, us for still fighting) with your fave queer story weavers. Stand up, fight back; host Ralphie reminds us all: "This space is for you, my queer children."
    Wed., June 26, 9-10:30pm  
  • Thursday, June 27

  • Urban Axes Pride Night

    Throw some axes while raising funds for HRC. 21 and up only, but it's BYO wine and beer, plus tix getcha axe-throwing, one drink, and discounts on Pride shirts.
    Thu., June 27, 8-10:30pm. $38.  
  • Friday, June 28

  • Sober Stonewall: 50th Anniversary Sober Celebration

    Looking to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, but don't wanna do it near booze? Puttin' a whole new spin on dry bar, this space has you covered for Pride parties without the hangover. Sponsored by Austin International Drag Foundation.
    Fri., June 28, 5pm  
    Sans Bar, 1818 East 12th
  • Stonewall 50th Anniversary

    Celebrate a landmark moment in queer rights with local queer poets and arts and crafts alongside Homo Photo Club's newest exhibit Global Housewarming.
    Fri., June 28, 7-9pm  
  • Paris Is Burning

    Newly Restored
    Fri., June 28, 9:30; Sat., June 29, 4:00; Sun., June 30, 8:30  
  • Paris Is Burning

    Newly Restored: Digitally remastered and re-released for Pride Month, Paris Is Burning paints a portrait of New York City's ballroom culture in the Eighties and the queer and transgender people of color communities at its core.
    Fri., June 28, 9:30; Sat., June 29, 4:00; Sun., June 30, 8:30  
  • Saturday, June 29

  • Pride Month Celebration JockStrap Party

    Cocktails, queens, and a space to let yer jock shine! A clothing check will be available too!
    Sat., June 29, noon-8pm  
    Sir Rat, 2511 E. Sixth, Building B Unit A
  • Pride Month Celebration JockStrap Party

    Tis the season for skimpy clothing, so celebrate whatcha mama gave you with Sir Rat, adult bevies, and drag entertainment. Clothing check available.
    Sat., June 29, noon-8pm  
    Sir Rat, 2511 E. Sixth St., Suite A
  • Paris Is Burning

    Newly Restored
    Fri., June 28, 9:30; Sat., June 29, 4:00; Sun., June 30, 8:30  
  • Paris Is Burning

    Newly Restored: Digitally remastered and re-released for Pride Month, Paris Is Burning paints a portrait of New York City's ballroom culture in the Eighties and the queer and transgender people of color communities at its core.
    Fri., June 28, 9:30; Sat., June 29, 4:00; Sun., June 30, 8:30  
  • Fat Bottom Cabaret & The Midnight Menagerie: YAAASS! A Pride Celebration

    It's not Pride without a little shimmy shimmy. Nikki DaVaughn emcees the night with Aurora Hart, Chola Magnolia, Jasper St James, Lady Lola LeStrange, Maxxy Radd, and Zaftigg von BonBon on stage giving you everything that Pride month gave 'em. And a healthy dose of queerlesque and unapologetic curvrageousness.
    Sat., June 29, 8:30pm. $10-20.  
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  • Sunday, June 30

  • Package Menswear Pride Pool Party

    A scantily clad pool party from the boyz of Package with drag, cocktails, and water sports of course.
    Sun., June 30, 2-6pm  
  • Sorry Angel

    Modern Masters: In celebration of Pride Month, AFS presents queer French writer-director Christophe Honoré's intergenerational love story set against the backdrop of Paris' AIDS epidemic in the early Nineties.
    Sun., June 30, 2:00; Mon., July 1, 7:00  
  • Paris Is Burning

    Newly Restored
    Fri., June 28, 9:30; Sat., June 29, 4:00; Sun., June 30, 8:30  
  • Paris Is Burning

    Newly Restored: Digitally remastered and re-released for Pride Month, Paris Is Burning paints a portrait of New York City's ballroom culture in the Eighties and the queer and transgender people of color communities at its core.
    Fri., June 28, 9:30; Sat., June 29, 4:00; Sun., June 30, 8:30  
  • Monday, July 1

  • Sorry Angel

    Modern Masters: In celebration of Pride Month, AFS presents queer French writer-director Christophe Honoré's intergenerational love story set against the backdrop of Paris' AIDS epidemic in the early Nineties.
    Sun., June 30, 2:00; Mon., July 1, 7:00  
  • Wednesday, July 17

  • Drag Queen Bingo

    Join Lou(isianna Purchase) for a night of game-playin' shenanigans and jaw-dropping performances too.
    Third Wednesdays, 7-9pm  
  • Thursday, July 18

  • Contrast Film Festival

    Dubbed the "Best Boundary-Pushing Fest" of 2018, Contrast – a beyond queer film celebration – returns for year two with a diverse, divergent, and subversive lineup of films and performance by women, femme, nonbinary, and queer creators. Check out their BOA here, and our 2018 coverage too.
    Thu..-Sun., July 18-21. $45+.  
  • Saturday, July 20

  • The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

    Paramount Summer Classic Film Series: Queer film fest aGLIFF presents a screening of this Nineties flick about a trio of fab friends who venture out of tolerant, big-city Sydney and into the wilds of central Australia. 2019 marks the film's 25th anniversary!
    Sat., July 20, 7-9:30pm. $8-10.  
  • Saturday, August 10

  • Austin Pride 2019

    Start planning yer outfits babe, cuz Austin Pride has locked in its 2019 date and it's turning the town into a proverbial Boogie Wonderland! Shantay to the fest from 11am-6pm at Fiesta Gardens, then sashay your way to the parade that'll wash downtown in glitter, rainbows, and a whole lotta beautiful queers (8-11pm).
    Sat., Aug. 10, 11am-11pm. $20+.  
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    Fiesta Gardens & Downtown Austin
  • Wednesday, August 21

  • Drag Queen Bingo

    Join Lou(isianna Purchase) for a night of game-playin' shenanigans and jaw-dropping performances too.
    Third Wednesdays, 7-9pm  
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