(SS) Celebrating the love that dares not speak its name — at least in Florida — June is Pride month for LGBT communities and their supporters.
Organizations, bars, restaurants, museums, theaters and a whole host of other entertainment venues stage events throughout the month to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City, a pivotal moment in gay and lesbian history.
Here’s a list of things you can do to help celebrate Pride here in South Florida.
May 31 and June 1-30 — “I Am What I Am: A Tribute to South Florida’s Drag Pioneers”
The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale, 2414 E. Sunrise Blvd.; 954-463-4431; HistoryFortLauderdale.org.
This display by History Fort Lauderdale features more than 40 drag artists on a Wall of Fame and will be up throughout Pride month. The exhibit — free and open to the public during mall hours — spotlights South Florida drag pioneers Latrice Royale, Daisy Deadpetals, Electra, Tiffany Arieagus, Nikki Adams and Cathy Craig.
The opening reception will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, at The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale and will include a show hosted by Joe Posa (as Joan Rivers) and nightlife personality Shawn Palacious, with performances from Joanna James, Erika Norell, Velvet Lenore and DJ Aulden Brown. There will also be light bites from Lips Fort Lauderdale supper club and Tulio’s Tacos and Tequila Bar. Tickets are $25 and are available at Eventbrite.com.
June 1 — Pride Lights
150 N. Clematis St., West Palm Beach; DowntownWPB.com/events/pride-lights.
Multicolored lights will illuminate the Centennial Fountain in Nancy M. Graham Centennial Park in downtown West Palm Beach to commemorate Pride month. The nearby Citizens Building, the marquee at Palm Beach Dramaworks and Brightline Station will also participate, according to the organizer, Creative Arts Enterprises. In commemoration, a free and open-to-the-public musical event at 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, will include performances from cabaret artists Avery Sommers and Rob Russell as well as the Palm Beach Symphony and the Young Singers of the Palm Beaches. Before that, there will be a Pride Happy Hour from 6-8 p.m. at Bistro P at Pistache.
June 3 — Tour of the Stonewall National Museum & Archives
1300 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 561-297-0177; Stonewall-Museum.org.
Fort Lauderdale’s Stonewall bills itself as the “largest LGBTQ library in the world,” with more than 27,000 books, and an archive with more than six million pages of LGBT history from the 1950s to now (not to mention clothing from the likes of Ricky Martin and RuPaul). Helping to kick off Pride month, Stonewall is offering a tour given by executive director Hunter O’Hanian on Friday, June 3, from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 for nonmembers and $20 for members. Space will be limited to 20 people. The deadline for registration is Wednesday, June 1.
June 3 — “Black & White and Gray All Over” art exhibit
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), the art from locals includes photography, paintings, sculptures, pencil and metal works, and mixed media. The opening reception takes place during Pompano Beach’s art and beer festival, the Old Town Untapped, from 6-10 p.m. Friday, June 3. The exhibition — which is free and open to the public — runs through Wednesday, Aug. 17.
June 4 — Pride On The Block
500 block of Clematis Street, West Palm Beach; PrideOnTheBlock.com.
The annual block party returns to downtown WPB’s party-hearty Clematis Street from 1 p.m.-midnight Saturday, June 4, with an afterparty at Respectable Street from 1-4 a.m. There will be a drag queen story hour, fashion show, youth festival workshops, vogue battle, bingo, live music and open mic. This is a fundraiser for Transpire Help, which helps LGBTQ+ people with recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. Drink bracelets are $30 in advance and $35 at the gate. The bracelets get your drinks from spots including Subculture Coffee, Kapow!, Hullabaloo, Lost Weekend, O’Shea’s Irish Pub, Respectable Street, Alchemy Juice Co. and BRK Republic Tap House & Dog Park. VIP passes are $150.
June 10-26 — “Head over Heels”
Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-462-0222; BrowardCenter.org.
Slow Burn Theatre Co.’s season-ender in the Amaturo Theater inside the Broward Center is a campy comedy with themes of questioning sexuality and gender fluidity. The show features music from the iconic 1980s all-female rock band The Go-Go’s. Produced by the same team that brought “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” “Avenue Q” and “Spring Awakening” to Broadway, the score includes The Go-Go’s hit songs, “We Got the Beat,” “Our Lips Are Sealed,” “Vacation,” as well as Belinda Carlisle’s “Heaven is a Place on Earth” and “Mad About You.”
June 11 — Floatarama
Esplanade Park, 400 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale
Residence Inn Fort Lauderdale Intracoastal/Il Lugano, 3333 NE 32nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale
Starting at 12:30 p.m., a flotilla of Pride-decorated boats will depart from Esplanade Park in downtown Fort Lauderdale and cruise the New River and Intracoastal Waterway before culminating at Residence Inn Fort Lauderdale Intracoastal/Il Lugano at 2 p.m. for a Sailor’s Dance and Pool Party with San Francisco DJ Matt Consola. There will also be a charter boat available. To register, go to Floatarama.org. Tickets for flotilla vessel registration are $30. Tickets for the Sailor’s Dance and Pool Party are $15; VIP packages range in price from $100-$125.
June 11 —Pride Festival & Concert
Along Northeast Second Avenue, between East Atlantic Avenue and Northeast Second Street, Delray Beach
Old School Square Pavilion, 51 N. Swinton Avenue, Delray Beach
The festival takes place from 4-8 p.m. and is free and open to the public, featuring vendors, food trucks and a pet costume contest. There will be drag performances by Ariel Rimm, Adelaide, Angie Ovahness Pryce, Citris and Crystal Famouz (the current reigning Miss Palm Beach Pride), plus a concert by Almost Abba at the Old School Square Pavilion.
June 15 — Palm Beach County Human Rights Council’s Pride Happy Hour
Meat Market, 191 Bradley Place, Palm Beach. 561-346-1263. PBCHRC.org/events.
The PBCHRC’s annual happy hour event will take place from 6-8 p.m. at Palm Beach’s Meat Market restaurant with free hors d’oeuvres. 10 percent of dinner proceeds will benefit the organization. Admission is free, but you must register at PBCHRC.org.
June 18 — Stonewall Pride Parade and Street Festival
Returning to a blocked-off Wilton Drive in the heart of the bar/restaurant/retail part of Wilton Manors, this Stonewall event will have 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.
June 20 — “Happy 100th Birthday Judy”
The Parker, 707 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale (in Holiday Park); 954-462-0222; ParkerPlayhouse.com.
Judy Garland, superstar and some say the spark for the Stonewall Riots, will be celebrated in this one-woman show starring internet sensation Debbie Wileman backed by an orchestra. In addition to the Garland songbook, the British singer will also perform songs from Lady Gaga, Adele, Amy Winehouse and The Beatles as Garland would sing them. The show starts at 7 p.m., with tickets starting at $58.75.
June 25 — Fourth Annual Family Pride Celebration
Museum of Discovery & Science, 401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale; 954-467-6637; MODS.org/2022pride.
The daylong event for the entire family will have a rainbow science lab, exhibits, demonstrations, storytime 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 health care, 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.
June 25 — The Stonewall Ball
Cox Science Center and Aquarium, 4801 Dreher Trail N., West Palm Beach; CompassGLCC.com.
Some of South Florida’s most popular female impersonators — including Melissa St. John, Velvet Lenore and Rianna Petrone — will perform at this annual fundraiser for the Compass Community Center of the Palm Beaches. At the event from 7 p.m.-midnight, 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).
June 26 — “A Sense of Pride: Keith Haring and the 80′s East Village Art Scene Art Talk”
NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, 1 E Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. 954-525-5500. NSUartmuseum.org.
This presentation from 3-4 p.m. is tied to the museum’s current exhibition “Confrontation: Keith Haring & Pierre Alechinsky” and follows the recent announcement of Dr. Lee Sider as the LGBTQ Ambassador. The discussion will cover how Haring’s exhibitions, parties, pop-up shops, activism and protests made this time and place historically important in context of the AIDS Crisis, Reaganomics, the end of the Cold War and the rise of technology. The socio-political aspects of work from fellow East Village artists Jean-Michel Basquiat, Ashley Bickerton, Jenny Holzer, Kenny Scharf, Peter Hujar, McDermott & McGough and David Wojnarowicz will also be featured.
There will be free tours of the exhibit before and after the event, but you must 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 under 12.