Alabama Pride Guide
It’s not just a one-day event
Yesterday afternoon, President Barack Obama issued a proclamation declaring June LGBT Pride Month just as he has done every year of his Presidency, According to New Civil Rights Movement. He opened the ceremony with beautiful words of encouragement,
“Since our founding, America has advanced on an unending path toward becoming a more perfect Union,” the proclamation begins. “This journey, led by forward-thinking individuals who have set their sights on reaching for a brighter tomorrow, has never been easy or smooth. The fight for dignity and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people is reflected in the tireless dedication of advocates and allies who strive to forge a more inclusive society. They have spurred sweeping progress by changing hearts and minds and by demanding equal treatment — under our laws, from our courts, and in our politics,”
Read the Full Story ->: President Barack Obama Issues Beautiful Proclamation Declaring June LGBT Pride Month
No matter what part of the state you live in there are sure to be plenty of events you won’t want to miss out on this month. Several cities in Alabama have week-long events. From the Rocket City to the Capitol Building in Montgomery, The LGBTQ+ Community and their allies are celebrating across the state.
Our neighbors and close friends in Columbus, Georgia will host their Main Pride event, LGBT COLGAY PRIDE 2016 FESTIVAL, sponsored by COLGAY Pride, this weekend on Saturday June 4th, with FREE admission from 11 am to 4 pm at Uptown Broadway Stage in Columbus, GA. There will be several speakers and even the Mayor of Columbus will have a special announcement. Entertainment will include Live Music, Special Performances including Mister Daytona Beach Gay Pride Male Illusionist Rey Romeo, Dance, Comedy, Poetry and more all being led by DJ CHRIS KAPLAN. The After-Party will begin at 10pm at Mix Nightclub, FREE cover before 11pm.
COLGAY Pride has been hard at work fighting for Equality in Georgia, as well as joining Equality Wiregrass in our time of need. Let’s repay their kindness and visit Columbus, Georgia and their Pride events this weekend!
Rocket City Pride in Huntsville presented by Free2Be is celebrating a 5 year anniversary and an event packed pride, with their first event “A Night to Remember” Black and White GALA, which has already sold out of tickets- Don’t miss out on their next event on June 12th with an at dusk viewing of Priscilla Queen of the Desert at an outside venue sponsored by Thrive Alabama. June 13th is “Drag Queen – Bingo Takeover” hosted by former Miss Rocket City Pride at Loose Goose Saloon. On June 17th, Rainbow Bike & Brews, a leisurely pub crawl to various downtown watering holes will finally kick off pride weekend in Huntsville!
The very next day, Saturday, June 18th, events begin as early as 11 am and continue throughout the late night. Our very own Ambrosia Starling along with Dr. Paul Hard will be Grand Marshalls for the Equality March that begins assembling at 10 am; the March will begin at 11.
The Parade will be followed by a Queer Music Festival at noon Pop-up Drag at 6:00 pm and Drag show at 6:30 with Show Director Kinsey Malone and Hostess Tierra Stone, then the SIR PAUL Dance Party takes over. Check out Rocket City Pride for all the details.
Central Alabama PrideFest is celebrating “38 Years of Pride”. This year’s main event presented in part by T-Mobile and Wells-Fargo ends the week of festivities for Birmingham. Gates open at noon, featuring 100 vendors/booths, The Kid Zone, food, drinks, entertainment and education. Free to the Public (donations accepted). The event will culminate with a performance by American Idol and Pop Sensation – Jordin Sparks. Check out the full list of Pride Events –Central Alabama Pride Events In Birmingham,
Shoals PrideFest in Florence is also hosting an impressive list of events this month. It all begins at 8PM on Saturday June 11th when the doors open at the Marriott Shoals Conference Center’s main ballroom with the opening dance party, Olympus Pre-Party Event Guests are encouraged to wear “their best toga/god/goddess/gladiator attire for this Ancient Greece-inspired event” There will also be a special performance by Basement Burlesque.
Monday June 13th Shoals PrideFest will host an interfaith service at Unitarian Congregation of the Shoals. Later that evening will be Pride Night Trivia. The Road to Equality Panel Discussion will be held on Thursday June 16th at UNA Guillot University Center Loft from 7-9pm.
Friday, June 17th at 8PM Marriott Shoals Conference Center, Florence – you won’t want to miss Wig Night Out
“Throwing some glitter and probably some shade, join us for WIG NIGHT OUT, because drag is back, friends. Featuring performances from queens from across North Alabama. Attendees are encouraged to wear a wig as well – silly or stylish.”
Shoals PrideFest will close out the events on Saturday featuring Shoals locals as they go to war in their first-ever Lip Sync Battle – Saturday, June 18 at 8PM
In the capitol city, Montgomery Pride United is inviting everyone to attend their inaugural weekend of PRIDE!
Starting on June 25th from 10am-2pm, Montgomery Medical Aids Outreach will hold a testing event at KRU at 2118 Mt. Meigs Rd. The Pride Festival featuring Vendors, Games, and more will follow from 2-6pm at The Sanctuary. Music, Comedy, Poetry and even a Drag Show will wrap up the Saturday night entertainment
On Sunday, June 26th there will be a pre-march lunch at The Sanctuary from noon to 1pm. After lunch there will be a March to the Alabama State Capitol and Rally to follow, from 1pm-4pm, Please visit Montgomery Pride United for more information.
Somewhere along the way I’m sure you’ll run into Christiane Robinson from LGBTQ Alabama Event and Wedding Photography.
Christiane has worked tirelessly to photo document LGBTQ events in Alabama and beyond. We appreciate your dedication, Christiane!
Take a look at her Facebook page for a peek at some of the past Pride/Rally events across Alabama she has covered.
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