Four events to celebrate LGBT pride this month

Anna McCreary

Austin’s LGBT celebration continues in full swing as the end of Pride month draws near. Though Austin’s official Pride week isn’t until August, you can still take part in the national celebration with these four Pride-focused events this June.

Sixth Annual Stonewall Celebration

It’s been 47 years since the Stonewall Riots incited the modern gay rights movement, and for the sixth year, Austin PRIDE will celebrate the bravery of those transgender individuals who fought for their rights in Manhattan in 1969. Held on the south steps of the Capitol building, this year’s Stonewall rally will commemorate recent gay rights victories, as well as offer a chance to pay tribute to the victims of the Orlando shooting.  The event will feature speakers highlighting the history of the Stonewall riots, and will end with a “huge drag extravaganza.” 

 

  • June 23, 7 p.m. at the Capitol 
  • 1100 Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78701

Queer Art Show Volume 3

Austin’s art is a staple of the town, and it’s only fitting that Pride month ends with a showcase of artistic talent from the local LGBT community. The show is free to attend, and will also have food and drinks.

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  • June 24, 7 p.m. at The Q Austin 
  • 2906 Medical Arts St., Austin TX 78705

Proud! 2016

The Austin Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce is celebrating Pride month — and the organization’s 19th  birthday — with its annual awards and fundraising gala. At the event, education grants will be awarded to LGBT residents of the Austin metro area. A portion of the gala ticket price also goes to benefitting the AGLCC foundation.

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  • June 25, 6:30 p.m. at the W.  Austin Hotel 
  • 200 Lavaca St., Austin TX 78701

Love Ignites Austin

With speakers from Austin’s Chief of Police and several marriage equality pioneers, Equality Texas will celebrate the one-year anniversary of the national legalization of same-sex marriage while also paying tribute to the lives lost in Orlando. After a performance by Capital City Men’s Chorus, attendees are invited to walk together to Cheer Up Charlies, where the celebration and memorial will continue.

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  • June 26, 4 p.m. at the Central Presbyterian Church Austin
  • 200 E. 8th St., Austin, TX 78701