We’ve come a long way since the “love that dare not speak its name” was cited in the trials of Oscar Wilde.

Now, neighborhood libraries have drag queen story hour, corporations battle to see which can get the most likes for Pride events and décor, and Oreo cookies manufacture a special Pride version of its delicious snack. Our celebrations have gone mainstream as well. Here is a list of upcoming events and exhibitions in honor of Pride Month. 

Ongoing

Running throughout June, “I Am What I Am: A Tribute to South Florida’s Drag Pioneers” is on display at The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale, 2414 E. Sunrise Blvd. History Fort Lauderdale has mounted a display of photos and memorabilia that salutes more than 40 drag artists, including Latrice Royale, Daisy Deadpetals, Electra, Tiffany Arieagus, Nikki Adams and Cathy Craig, from a wall of fame to a display of gowns and jewelry. It will be up throughout Pride month, free and open to the public during mall hours. For more information, call 954-463-4431 or go to HistoryFortLauderdale.org

Bailey Contemporary Arts Center presents an art exhibit with the theme, “Black & White and Gray All Over”, through Aug. 17. Members of ArtsUnited, an LGBTQ visual and performing arts organization, have created an exhibit of works using only black, white, and gray. Presented at Bailey Contemporary Arts Center (BaCA), 41 NE First St., Pompano Beach. The local artists have used photography, paintings, sculptures, pencil and metal works, and mixed media. The exhibition is free and open to the public. For more information go to PompanoBeachArts.org/baca or ArtsUnitedFlorida.com.

In addition to these ongoing events, several festivals and celebrations are planned.

The Oakland Park Pride “Summer Nights” celebration June 10 will be held at Jaco Pastorius Park, 4000 N Dixie, from 6-10 p.m. The free and family-friendly dance party features live music from the CK Band as well as games, a children’s activity area, food trucks and cash bars. Check it out by calling 954-630-4507 or visiting OaklandParkFL.gov/573/Summer-Nights

Wilton Manors’ own LGBT theater company, Island City Stage, celebrates Pride with a staging of Charles Ludlum’s campy “The Mystery of Irma Vep” through July 10 at its home theater, 2304 N. Dixie Hwy. Vampire attacks, werewolf sightings, and the resurrection of an Egyptian princess all make an appearance in this hilarious send-up of gothic romance and horror films in which two actors and lightning-fast costume changes are the stars of the show. Call 954-928-9800 or go to islandcitystage.org

Floatarama on June 11 will feature a flotilla of Pride-decorated boats departing from Esplanade Park, 400 SW 2nd St., in downtown Fort Lauderdale. The group will cruise the New River and Intracoastal Waterway before congregating at Residence Inn Fort Lauderdale Intracoastal/Il Lugano, 3333 NE 32nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale, at 2 p.m. for a Sailor’s Dance and Pool Party with San Francisco DJ Matt Consola. Tickets for the Sailor’s Dance and Pool Party are $15; VIP packages range in price from $100-$125. There will be a charter boat available and those with boats may register at Floatarama.org

Delray Beach Pride Festival & Concert on June 11 4-8 p.m. along NE 2nd Ave., between East Atlantic and NE 2nd. St. is free and open to the public. The event will feature vendors, food trucks, and a pet costume contest and there will be drag performances and a concert at the Old School Square Pavilion, 51 N. Swinton Avenue. For more information go to DelrayBeachFL.gov/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/1438.

Palm Beach County Human Rights Council’s Pride Happy Hour will be held June 15 from 6-8 p.m. at Meat Market, 191 Bradley Pl. The PBCHRC’s annual happy hour event will feature free hors d’oeuvres. Ten percent of dinner proceeds will benefit the organization. Register at PBCHRC.org or call 561-346-1263. 

Stonewall Pride Parade and Street Festival on June 18 will find Wilton Dr. blocked off for a festival marketplace from 3-11 p.m. and a parade at 7 p.m. Admission is $7 ($5 before 4 p.m.). There is also three-tiered VIP admission for $100, $200, and $5,000. For more information, visit StonewallPride.lgbt

On June 25, the Fourth Annual Family Pride Celebration will be held at The Museum of Discovery & Science, 401 SW Second St. The daylong event for the entire family will have a rainbow science lab, exhibits, demonstrations, story time with a drag queen, as well as make-and-take-home sessions for Pride flags, prisms, and tie-dyed T-shirts (a white shirt costs $5). There will also be kiosks with healthcare, legislative affairs, and local community organizations. The event is free for museum members and Fort Lauderdale residents (with proof of address at the box office). For nonresidents and nonmembers, the cost is $5. For more information call 954-467-6637 or go to MODS.org/2022pride

Some of South Florida’s most popular female impersonators will perform at The Stonewall Ball, an annual fundraiser for the Compass Community Center of the Palm Beaches on June 25 at the Cox Science Center and Aquarium, 4801 Dreher Trail N., West Palm Beach. The event runs from 7 p.m. until midnight, and there will also be an award presentation, disco dance party and a silent auction. Tickets are $45 (disco dance party only), $300 and $500 (award and cocktail reception with open bar and hors d’oeuvres). For more information, go to CompassGLCC.com

Close out the month with something fun and cultural. On June 26 there will be a drag brunch at Taco Bell Cantina, 17 S. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd. Yes, you read that correctly. A drag brunch. At Taco Bell. The event is hosted by the company’s “official” drag queen Kay Sedia (quesadilla, get it?), with local performers guesting. This is the last stop on a nationwide tour. There will be cocktails available for both shows, at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The performance is produced by Live Mas Pride, which is Taco Bell’s LGBTQ+ employee resource group. Proceeds will benefit the It Gets Better Project. Reservations can be made through OpenTable.com.  

Follow that up with something classy, a lecture at the NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., “A Sense of Pride: Keith Haring and the 80′s East Village Art Scene Art Talk” from 3-4 p.m. This presentation is being held in conjunction with the museum’s current exhibition, “Confrontation: Keith Haring & Pierre Alechinsky.” There will be free tours of the exhibit before and after the event, RSVP at Web.OvationTix.com.  

The art talk is free with museum admission: $12 for adults; $8 for seniors and military; $5 for students with valid ID; and free for museum members, NSU staff and children 12 and younger. For more information, call 954-525-5500 or go to NSUartmuseum.org.


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