Travel in or out of the country, or stay close to home. Regardless of how or where you celebrate, make this summer a summer of Pride!
Chicago: Chicago Pride. Month long celebration includes discussion groups, a film series, concerts, rallies and the 36th Annual Pride Parade June 26. Visit http://www.chicagopridecalendar.org.
Friday, June 3
Detroit area: Dine Out Detroit to benefit Midwest AIDS Prevention Project. Contact MAPP for list of participating restaurants at 248-545-1435 or visit http://www.aidsprevention.org.
Detroit: Motor City Pride Presents A Garden Party at The Whitney, 1121 Woodward Ave. Featuring Sereena Escavelle and singer/songwriter J. Fortino. Tickets $20 in advance, $25 at the door. 6-10 p.m. Tickets available online; visit http://www.pridefest.net/events.html.
Saturday, June 4
Ferndale: To Love, Honor and be Recognized – Marriage ceremony of same-gender couples co-officiated by Rev. Mark Bidwell of Detroit Metropolitan Community Church and Ferndale mayor Robert Porter in Ferndale. 2 p.m.
Contact 248-399-7741 or email MCCDetroit@aol.com.
Royal Oak: Pride Movie Event: “Slutty Summer: A Somewhat Romantic Comedy.” Main Art Theatre, 118 North Main Street, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $10; order online at http://www.pridefest.net/film.html or call 313-537-3323 x 103.
Sunday, June 5
Ferndale: Motor City Pride Family Picnic. Family pride picnic for LGBT people and the little ones in their lives. Martin Road Park at Martin Road and Orchard. 11 a.m – 12:30 p.m. Call 248-398-7105 x 23 for more information.
Ferndale: Motor City Pride, Noon – 7 p.m. Downtown Ferndale. Featured entertainers include Martha Wash, Barb Payton, Martika, and emcee Trixie Deluxxe. For more information visit http://www.motorcitypride.com.
Grand Rapids: 10th Annual Pride 5K, hosted by The Grand Rapids Front Runners and Walkers. Run and non-competitive walk. Riverside Park, 9 a.m. $20 registration; proceeds go to HAS – HIV AIDS Services and The Network. For information and a registration form visit http://www.frontrunners.org/calendar/grandrapids5k.php.
Friday, June 10
Grand Rapids: LGBT Youth dance at Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain Street NE. Theme is “Caribbean Nights.” Live DJ. Under 21 only; $10 per person. 7-11 p.m. Call The Network at 616-458-3511
Saturday, June 11 – Sunday, June 27
Columbus, OH: Columbus Pride events, including a Run for Pride 5k, film event, “Cruise in the Park,” Pride Parade and Festival, and more. Visit http://www.stonewallcolumbus.org/Pride_2005.
Saturday, June 11
Grand Rapids: Pride Potluck, Westminster Church, 47 Jefferson SE. Brian Damson will perform. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Call The Network at 616-458-3511 or email LGBTCoalition@aol.com.
Ypsilanti: Washtenaw Pride at Frog Island Park, 1-7 p.m. Afterglow Celebration at Frog Island Brew Pub 6 p.m.-1 a.m. The daylong event features local musicians and performers, booths, prize raffles, and food. Visit www..
Sunday, June 12
Grand Rapids: Pride Worship Service, Reconciliation Metropolitian Community Church, 3864 Benjamin N., 3 p.m. Call 616-364-7633.
Sandusky, OH: Sandusky Pride. Featured entertainer Jamie Anderson. Visit http://www.firelandspride.org.
Friday, June 17 – Sunday, June 19
Traverse City: Northern Michigan Pride. Festivities include a June 18 Pride Day Celebration on the Commons at 1200 W. 11th. St. Visit http://www.northernmichiganpride.org.
Friday June 17
Grand Rapids: Pride Night at UICA, 41 Sheldon Ave S.E. Wine & cheese reception followed by the film, “Sex, Politics and Cocktails.” $10 per person. Wine and cheese at 7:30 p.m.; film at 8:30 p.m. Call The Network at 616-458-3511.
Saturday, June 18
Grand Rapids: Pride Fest. Featuring vendors, beer tent, dancing, food, a children’s area and live bands. Calder Plaza, downtown Grand Rapids, 2 p.m. For more information call 616-458-3511 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Traverse City: Northern Michigan Pride 2005. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on the grounds of the Grand Traverse Commons (11th St. West of Division). Performers include Kate Peterson & Sarah Cleaver, Lazy Sunday, Braxton Hicks & Hot Licks, Claudia Schmidt, Scott Free, Monica Sebastian & Friends, and MC C-Note. There will also be family activities, volleyball, art, info, and merchandise. For more information visit http://www.northernmichiganpride.org.
Sunday, June 19
Sandusky, OH: ‘Unofficial’ Gay Pride Day at Cedar Point. Visit http://ajw.freeshell.org/sanduskygaypride.
Toronto: Pride Toronto. Events include Pride Awards Gala, Community Fair & Marketplace, Dyke March, Family Pride and Pride Parade. Visit http://www.pridetoronto.com.
Friday, June 24
Lansing: Annual Pride Comedy Show featuring Rene Hicks. Show begins at 9 p.m. at Brannigan Brothers Restaurant (210 S. Washington Square in downtown Lansing, just off Michigan Ave. on the mall). Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. To purchase tickets online visit http://www.michiganpride.org.
Saturday, June 25
Statewide Pride Festival
Lansing: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.: Riverfront Park, located on Grand Ave. and Saginaw. $5 suggested donation at the gate. Call 517-371-8466, email email@example.com or visit http://www.michiganpride.org.
Statewide Pride March
Lansing: Official line up for the march begins at Noon on Grand Ave. alongside Riverfront park. Arrive a bit earlier to get a prime location, or if you have a float. Call 517-371-8466, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.michiganpride.org.
Civil Rights Rally
Lansing Capitol Steps: Join over 10,000 other supporters of LGBT rights at the Capitol for the largest annual event held on the steps. There will be interesting speakers and plenty of real ways to can get involved to make a difference. Approximately 1 p.m. Call 517-371-8466, email email@example.com or visit http://www.michiganpride.org.
Lansing Capitol Steps: Stand UP and OUT and show your love during a group Commitment Ceremony. Pre-registration is encouraged, but not required. Call 517-371-8466, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.michiganpride.org.
Pride Festival Stage
At 2:30 p.m. the stage will open and feature local and national acts until 8 p.m. Artists include Melissa Ferrick, Ember Swift, Eric Himan, SUPERDUPER and Lazy Sunday. Call 517-371-8466, email email@example.com or visit http://www.michiganpride.org.
Dancing in the Streets
Old Town, Lansing: Free dance party along the Grand River. DJ and light show. 18 & over with proper ID. $6 cover buys 2 drink tickets. Call 517-371-8466, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.michiganpride.org.
Muncie, Indiana: First Pride Day celebration and family festival. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Call Heather or Wendy at 765-282-4491 or 765-286-9049 after 7 p.m.
Chicago, IL: Windy City Pride; representing LGBTs of color. Events include Taste of Chicago – Food Festival & Concerts and an African Carribean International Festival of Life. Visit http://www.thewindycitypride.org or call 312-896-0661.
Sunday, July 16
Ludington, MI: Seventh annual West Shore Pride Picnic. Memorial Tree Park, 1599 N. Washington Ave., 1-5 p.m. Visit http://community-2.webtv.net/dahawley/TheresUNITYin.
Windsor: Windsor Pride! Events include a candlelight vigil, cruise, Drag Queen Bingo, art show, Pride Festival and Parade. Visit http://www.windsorpride.com.
Detroit: Hotter Than July! Family Re:Union. Detroit’s LGBT Pride festival. The Midwest’s oldest black, same-gender-loving Pride celebration. Visit http://www.hotterthanjuly.com.
MIGRA Rodeo, Wayne County Fairgrounds in Belleville. Visit http://www.migraonline.com.
July 29-August 1
Toronto: Toronto Black Gay Pride ’05: “Referencing the Ancestors.” Visit http://www.torontoblackpride.com.
Cleveland, OH: Black Gay & Proud Celebration. Visit http://www.blackgayandproud-cleveland.com.
Indianapolis, IN: Indy Black Pride. Indiana’s first Black Gay Pride. Visit http://www.geocities.com/indianablackgaypride.
Minneapolis, MN: GLBT Soul Essence Pride. Visit http://www.soulessenceminnesota.org.
Saturday, August 19
Ferndale: TransGender Michigan’s Pride in the Park Festival at Geary Park, Noon – 6 p.m. Barbeque, live entertainment and more. Visit http://www.transgendermichigan.org or call 517-420-1544.
St. Louis, MO: St. Louis Black Pride. Visit http://www.stlouisblackpride.org.