History Fort Lauderdale celebrates Pride Month with a new exhibit, “I Am What I Am: A Tribute to South Florida’s Drag Pioneers.”
The exhibit, opening May 31 at the Galleria Fort Lauderdale, will showcase iconic local drag performers and contributions to the region’s LGBT community.
Six drag pioneers — Nikki Adams, Tiffany Arieagus, Cathy Craig, Daisy Deadpetals, Electra and Latrice Royale — are being celebrated, according to organizers based on their longevity, entrepreneurship, roles on local television and international fame. Photographs, videos, costumes and personal mementos will be on display.
A wall of fame, designed by Robert Tabor and sponsored by Lips Fort Lauderdale and Hunters Nightclub, will showcase 40 other accomplished drag performers, including Athena Dion, TP Lords, Nicole T. Phillips, Tiffany Fantasia and Nicole Halliwell.
“History Fort Lauderdale is thrilled with the response to celebrate these larger-than-life personalities who make our community a more colorful and inclusive place to live and visit,” said Patricia Zeiler, executive director of History Fort Lauderdale. “The LGBT community has been resolute supporters of and contributors to the vibrant fabric of Fort Lauderdale’s world-class arts scene and we’re excited to celebrate their contributions during Pride Month and beyond.”
The opening reception on May 31 at 6 p.m. will include special performances by Joanna James, Erika Norell, Velvet Lenore and DJ Aulden Brown. Shawn Palacious and Joe Posa as Joan Rivers will host the program, which also serves as the official Stonewall Pride kick-off event. Fort Lauderdale City Commissioner Steve Glassman will issue a special city proclamation as part of the festivities.
Tickets are $25 at Bit.ly/HFLIAmWhatIAm2022. The exhibit will be on display through June 30 at the Galleria Fort Lauderdale, 2414 E. Sunrise Blvd.
Pride Lights in West Palm Beach
Centennial Fountain in Nancy M. Graham Centennial Park, 150 N. Clematis St. in West Palm Beach, will once again be illuminated with rainbow colors for Pride Month. The fountain lights — along with similar displays on the nearby Citizens Building, the marquee at Palm Beach Dramaworks and Brightline Station — will be turned on Wednesday, June 1 at 8 p.m. following a happy hour event at Pistache French Bistro, 101 N. Clematis St.
The festivities, organized by Creative Arts Enterprises, will include performances by cabaret singers Rob Russell and Avery Sommers and musicians from the Palm Beach Symphony and Young Singers of the Palm Beaches.