June is LGBT Pride Month. Last week’s mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida was a terrible reminder of the targeted violence that gay, lesbian, and transgender people have faced throughout history. This is a week to celebrate and support diversity and civil rights in the Queen City.
1. Monday, June 20
Below Zero Lounge on Walnut Street brings back their annual Wiggin’ Out for Pride show, a drag cabaret that benefits Cincinnati PRIDE. Doors open at 7pm. Show starts at 8. belowzerolounge.com
2. Tuesday, June 21
Deck yourself and your wheels in rainbow brights for the annual Pride Ride, which leaves from Fountain Square. Meet up at 6:30 p.m.; departure at 6:45. Co-hosted by the Urban Basin Bicycle Club and Cincinnati Pride. Join the Urban Basin Bicycle Club’s Facebook page for more updates and information.
3. Wednesday, June 22
3CDC’s free movie night at Washington Park presents a screening of Clueless, Amy Heckerling’s 1995 take on Jane Austen’s beloved novel, Emma. Wear your plaid proudly; prizes will be awarded for the best outfit. All sales of Pride Popcorn from Popcorn Pizzazz go to Cincinnati Pride. washingtonpark.org
4. Saturday, June 25
The pride parade kicks off downtown at 11 a.m., followed by the Pride Festival at Sawyer Point from noon–9 p.m. Headlining act, Karmin, the musical duo otherwise known as Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan, takes the stage at 7 p.m. cincinnatipride.org
5. Thursday, June 30
While not an official pride week event, Jim Obergefell’s marriage equality activism is something that all Cincinnatians can be proud of. Meet the man himself at at the Mercantile Library at Love Wins: A Panel Discussion with Jim Obergefell about the events leading up to the U.S. Supreme Court’s legalization of same-sex marriage in all 50 states. Also on the panel are Obergefell’s attorney Al Gerhardstein, Scott Knox, Judge Martha Daughtry, and Paulette Roberts. Proceeds benefit the ALS Association. Reservations requested: mercantilelibrary.com