A Phoenix rally organized to fight federal “efforts…to persecute and to discriminate against LGBTQ+ individuals” drew hundreds Sunday, June 11. It also marked the eve of the one-year anniversary of the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting.
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Last year’s LGBT Pride Month was notable, largely due to the one-year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision granting same-sex couples the right to marry.
While the second anniversary may not be as grand, Pride Month has been eventful, and it’s not done yet.
There are still plenty of events going on throughout Arizona during the second half of Pride Month. Here are 11 events for those who want to show their support for the LGBT community.
6/15 Chamber NetMixer
The Greater Phoenix Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (GPGLCC) hosts a NetMixer each month at Grand Central Coffee to allow people to connect and reconnect within the community. Guests, clients, partners and friends are welcome to come, but the GPGLCC asks you RSVP beforehand (93 of 100 spots are currently filled).
Details: 5:30-7:30 p.m.Thursday, June 15. Grand Central Coffee, 718 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix. Free. 480-748-6681.
6/16 Phoenix Mercury’s Pride Night
In support of Joshua Tree Feeding Program, the Phoenix Mercury will face off against the Chicago Sky for the team’s annual Pride Night. Joshua Tree is a Phoenix-based nonprofit providing nutritional assistance to low-income people who live with HIV/AIDS in Maricopa County.
Details: 7:00 p.m. Friday, June 16. Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix. $11-$135.25. 800-745-3000.
6/16-18 Bisbee Pride
The three-day festival features multiple performances, including Dana Goldberg, Sampson McCormick, The Pubes and Robin Taylor. Among the dozens of other events, highlights include a lingerie pub crawl on Friday, the Bisbee Pride Parade on Saturday and the Big Gay Brunch at Cafe Roka Sunday.
Details: Friday through Sunday, June 16-18. Locations and times vary by event. For more information visit bisbeepride.com.
For three days, the 2014 British film “Pride” will be shown at the Orpheum Theater in Flagstaff. It’s a historical comedy based on a true story about U.K. gay activists helping miners during the 1984 National Union of Mineworkers strike. The film was well received upon release, and our 4.5 star review of it called it “downright inspirational.”
Details: 8 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, June 19-21. Orpheum Theater Flagstaff, 15 W. Aspen Avenue, Flagstaff. $5. 928-556-1580.
6/23 Phoenix Pride Community Spirit Awards
Titled “A Night at the Museum,” Phoenix Pride will host the Phoenix Pride Community Spirit Awards at the Phoenix Art Museum. The museum will be closed to the public, so only paying guests can enter. There will be a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres.
Details: 6-9 p.m. Friday, June 23. Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave, Phoenix. $60-$120. 602-277-7433.
6/23-24 Flagstaff Pride in the Pines
Flagstaff’s Pride in the Pines festival features a free bowling event Friday at Starlight Lanes (call 928-526-1138 to RSVP), andlater that night a party to kick off the festival. Saturday consists of multiple shows leading up to headliner Lisa Lisa. There’s an after party late Saturday night.
Details: Friday and Saturday, June 23-24. Thorpe Park, 560 N. Thorpe Road, Flagstaff. Bowling is free. $6-$10 for Friday Official Pride Kickoff. $15-$65 Saturday entrance. $11-$21 Official Pride After Party.
6/24 Pepper MaShay + Foam Party
The promotional poster says it all: “Let’s Get Soakin’ Wet!” The gay nightclub Charlie’s Phoenix will host singer Pepper MaShay during a giant foam party. MaShay will stick around after her performance for karaoke with guests.
Details: 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Saturday, June 24. Charlie’s Phoenix, 27 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix. Free. 602-265-0224.
6/25 Miss Gay Arizona America
With a shot at the national pageant, Arizona contestants compete for the title of Miss Gay Arizona America. Last year’s winner, Scottsdale’s Savannah Stevens, will pass on the crown to this year’s winner. Miss Gay America is the first and longest running female impersonation pageant.
Details: 5 p.m. Sunday, June 25. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe. $20. 480-350-2822.
6/27 Diamondbacks LGBT Pride Night
The Arizona Diamondbacks’ logo will sport the rainbow flag as they play the St. Louis Cardinals. The Diamondbacks were the 12th team to announce a LGBT Pride Night this season, and there will be a special reception before the game starts.
Details: 6:40 p.m. Tuesday, June 27. Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix. $16-$235. 602-514-8400.
6/28 Open Voice: Pride Day Event
The Phoenix Art Museum is hosting a discussion on the portrayal of personal identity through art. DJ Musa Mind will emcee the event. At 6:30 p.m. there will also be a showing of Gregg Araki’s “The Living End,” a 1992 comedy-drama about a pair of fugitive, gay lovers who are HIV positive.
Details: 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 28. Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix. Free. 602-257-1222.
6/30 Phoenix Gay Idol Finale
Throughout June, the Phoenix Gay Idol competition will take place at various karaoke bars. The winner of each round will compete in the finale at The Rock. There’s $1.000 on the line for the winner.
Details: 6-9 p.m. Friday, June 30. The Rock, 4129 N. 7th Avenue, Phoenix. $20 to compete. Free admission. 702-883-2525.
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