It’s been a tough year for LGBTQ + people already. On the first day of the pride month, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed Florida’s Fairness in Women’s Sport Act place. The measure prevents transgender girls from college to college in Florida from participating in their school’s athletic teams. And anti-trans legislation is far from being specific to Florida. Similar laws were passed in Mississippi, South Dakota and Idaho, potentially paving the way for other states to follow suit.
Of course, same-sex marriage was legalized at the federal level six years ago, but anti-queer and anti-trans sentiments continue to permeate current politics. Their presence is obvious, stressful and leaves a lasting impact on communities. The Trevor Project reported this year that 94% of LGBTQ + youth nationwide say recent policy is having a negative impact on their mental health. And, notice, we’re only halfway through 2021.
May this remind all of us that we observe Pride Month both to reflect and to rejoice. With that in mind, here are eight ways to celebrate your beautiful life in the face of adversity.
LGBTQ + Speed Dating at Time Out Market
While many of us are still emerging from pandemic-induced cocoons after a year of disconnection, meeting people can seem like a frustrating and enduring challenge. Maybe you want something low stakes. Consider meeting a few people in person at Time Out Market’s LGBTQ + speed-dating event. If you’re nervous that your social skills have weakened significantly, fear not – date conversations are limited to five minutes or less. Plus, your ticket includes a free drink and access to happy hour offers. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 16 at Time Out Market Miami, 1601 Drexel Ave., Miami; 786-753-5388; timeoutmarket.com. Tickets cost $ 15 via eventbrite.com.
Miami Beach Pride Pub Crawl
Do you like gay bars? Have you never been there? Looking to cram as much as you can into one night? The Miami Beach Pride pub crawl on June 16 offers a momentary respite in a city of exorbitantly priced cocktails: one ticket, five drinks! You can go from Gaythering to Axel South Beach, Nathan’s Bar, Palace Bar, then finish at Twist enjoying a cocktail at each location. Participants who visit all five bars will be eligible to participate in a raffle for prizes. 7 p.m. to midnight, Wednesday, June 16, at the Gaythering Hotel, 1409 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach; miamibeachpride.com. Tickets cost $ 25 via eventbrite.com.
Pride of Wynwood
Miami’s Arts District is known year round for its colorful stucco walls and equally boisterous nightlife. It is never a shock to find Wynwood drenched in disorienting rainbows or to hear the untz-untz-untz bass is coming out of neighborhood stores and restaurants far too early in the day. Visual and auditory stimuli provide a fitting backdrop for the third edition of Wynwood Pride, which begins Friday, June 18. Friday ticket-exclusive festivities include a concert by Charli XCX and drag performances by Miss Toto, FKA Twink, Kandy Muse and more. On Saturdays, meet Honey Dijon, Derrick Carter, Ultrathem, La Goony Chonga and other DJs for free at the Oasis until late afternoon – when everyone will be out and entering participating bars and businesses to enjoy nightclubs all day and discounted drinks. Sunday’s last hurray at Freehold will feature sets by Eli Escobar, Vakdevi and Miguel Clark. From Friday June 18 to Sunday June 20, at various locations; wynwoodpride.com. Tickets for Friday cost $ 80 to $ 150 via tixr.com.
Pride of Stonewall
Welcome to Wilton Manors: the second gayest city in America! Nestled in the geographic elbow of Fort Lauderdale and less than an hour north of Miami, the small town is one of the state’s safest LGBTQ + urban areas and busiest pride destinations. from Florida. Stonewall Pride, named after the 1969 riots against police brutality and LGBTQ + oppression in New York City, is an annual one-day festival with plenty of music and drag performances. This year, it falls on Saturday June 19. The main stage will be devoted to black excellence for Juneteenth with a lineup of black DJs and recording artists like Nik Nak London and Tpromix. The theme for this year’s evening parade (Yes! Theater fans are lucky – there is a theme!) Is “Darkness, in the Light,” encouraging attendees to walk with pride under the night sky afterwards. a day of sweating he goes out on the sidewalks. 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, June 19 at 2200 Wilton Dr., Wilton Manors; stonewallpride.lgbt. Tickets cost $ 5 to $ 100 via tickettailor.com.
Daybreaker Pride & Joy at Space Park
For Miamiians who wake up with a lot of energy – or those who want to cultivate it by exercising early in the morning – Daybreaker is hosting a Pride Fitness Night on June 26. the party immediately following for live music. If you just want to work out, there is a ticket option to attend the fitness class without staying for the DJs or breakfast. If you just feel like skipping the whole sweat test to go to the party, we promise you won’t be judging. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 26 at Space Park, 298 NE 61st St., Miami; daybreaker.com. Tickets cost $ 30- $ 40 via eventbrite.com.
Ephemeral Pridelines Pride Festival
Formed in response to Anita Bryant’s “Save Our Children” campaign for anti-gay rights, Pridelines supports Miami’s LGBTQ + community by providing access to healthcare and mental health referrals, programs leadership and support groups. The Pride Pop-Up Festival on June 26 is a free, family-friendly event with live music and vendors for those looking to do a little shopping and dancing in a venue more accessible to seniors. Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 26 at Pridelines at 6360 NE Fourth Ct., Miami; 305-571-9601; pridelines.org. Entry is free with RSVP via eventbrite.com.
Queer market from the collective Reflect
If you shop for Pride on June 26, your dollar might as well go straight to members of the queer and trans community. You can support local LGBTQ + vendors at the Reflect Collective Queer Market in Hallandale Beach from noon to 5 p.m. Each purchase entitles you to one entry into the raffle to win prizes. Every dollar raised through the admission fee goes to the Reflect collective which provides gay survivors with unrestricted grants for financial support. Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday June 26 at 307 NW Tenth Ter., Hallandale Beach. Tickets are here and costs $ 10.
Aqua Foundation LGBTQ Family BBQ for Women
The Aqua Foundation for Women has been providing grants, scholarships, initiatives and support to the lesbian, bisexual and transgender community of South Florida since 2007. On Sunday June 27, the organization is hosting a family pride event with a universal crowd. -pleasure: food. Aqua’s Open-to-All LGBTQ Family BBQ is a safe environment for families to connect and foster community on the gentle shores of Virginia Key Beach Historic Park in Miami-Dade County. first safe and accessible beach for African Americans. The mile-long park will provide shade for families under palm trees from noon to 4 p.m., with plenty of time for parents to mingle and toast before the kids get tired and cranky. Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 27, at the main lodge at Virginia Key Beach Historic Park, 4020 Virginia Beach Dr., Miami; 305-960-4600; virginiakeybeachpark.net. Entry is free with RSVP via eventbrite.com.
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