Celebrate Twin Cities Pride Month at These Events

LGBTQ+ Pride will be different in 2020, but you can still celebrate and reflect
Twin Cities Pride has aligned with many social movements over the years

photo by Darin Kamnetz

The Twin Cities Pride celebration, one of the largest in the country, usually draws hundreds of thousands of people to Loring Park to celebrate the occasion.

But, Pride will be different this year—that much is clear. On Wednesday, Twin Cities Pride announced that it will postpone its annual 2020 LGBTQ+ Pride Parade that was planned to be held virtually because of COVID-19. Instead, the organization is turning its support to the countrywide fight for social justice.

The often forgotten, or overlooked, origins of Pride date back to June 1969 in New York City. Police raided a local gay bar, the Stonewall Inn, setting off a series of riots. LGBTQ+ activists clashed with police in the streets of Greenwich Village, demanding liberation. The “Stonewall Uprising” acted as a catalyst for an international gay rights movement.

June, which is Pride Month, has been a time to remember leaders of the movement, like Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera. Both Johnson and Rivera were trans women of color, legendary activists, drag queens, and survivors. They were at the forefront of the Stonewall Uprising and together founded STAR (Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries), a shelter for queer homeless young people.

Despite having no official Pride ceremony, there are plenty of ways to still celebrate in the Twin Cities.

Taking Back Pride March

What: Taking Back Pride: Justice4GeorgeFloyd DefendBlackTransFolks

When: 10:30 a.m.-noon on Sunday, June 28

Where: Loring Park, 1382 Willow St., Minneapolis

A number of local organizations working for racial justice and police reform are hosting this family-friendly march. Participants are asked to march behind a designated banner, wear Pride or your affiliated organization’s attire, and bring sunscreen and water.

Pride at MIA (Virtual)

What: Virtual Third Thursday: Pride

When: 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 25

Where: At this link

This event, hosted on Zoom and free to the public, will feature local activists and community leaders. It will also present the premiere of a new podcast, “Transcripts,” by the Tretter Trans Oral History Project. Speakers include Andrea Jenkins, a local activist, poet, and city council member, LaSaia Wade, founder and director of the Brave Space Alliance, Diamond Stylz, director of Black Trans Women, Inc., and Myrl Beam, a professor at Virginia Commonwealth University and the Oral Historian Fellow for the Tretter Project.

Pride at TPT (Virtual)

What: Pride Tuesdays at TPT: Celebrating Pride

When: Noon-12:30 p.m. Upcoming events June 23, June 27 and June 30.

Where: RSVP here

Twin Cities PBS is presenting a series of virtual events to celebrate Pride week. On June 23, they will share clips from “Stonewall Uprising: American Experience,” hear community members share what Stonewall means to them from “The Wrap,” and take a virtual tour of stonewallforever.org. Other upcoming events include a screening of “Arthur: Mr. Ratburn Gets Married,” and a queer poetry reading and Q&A.

Cabaret Show (Virtual)

What: Transcendence Cabaret – Pride Show! (Virtual)

When: 8 p.m.-10 p.m. on Saturday, June 27

Where: Zoom link

Transcendence Cabaret is at it again—this time with a special Pride show. The two-hour performance will be held virtually via Zoom. Transcendence Cabaret is one of few troupes in the nation whose performers are trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming, and the artists are primarily artists of color. All shows are $5 and open to ages 16-plus.

Rainbow 5K (Virtual)

What: Virtual Rainbow Run 5K presented by UnitedHealth Group

When: Through June 27

Like many events, the annual Rainbow Run 5K has made some logistical changes. Now it is being held virtually and participants can choose any day through June 27 and any location to complete their 5K run. Runners are encouraged to log their times on the event’s Chrono-track registration page to be eligible for prizes (including fastest run and best dressed). Tag social media posts with the hashtag #TCPride2020 to compete for the best dressed prize.

Pride @ Home Parties

What: Lavender Magazine’s Pride @ Home Parties

When: Friday, June 26 to Sunday, June 28

Where: Lowry Hill Liquors, 1922 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

Celebrate Pride at home this year with a party starter kit from Lavender. One hundred kits will be available, and inside each one, there are party decorations, liquor and beer, and swag. Photos from each Pride @ Home party will appear in Lavender‘s Pride in Pictures issue on July 30. Donations made at each party will support the work of Avenues for Youth, an organization supporting Hennepin County youth with housing and education and career goals. Each $25 donation will gain automatic entry in a drawing for a $500 Target gift card.

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