2009 Pride Calendar

By |2009-06-04T09:00:00-04:00June 4th, 2009|Uncategorized|

Looking forward to a boring summer? A lack of funds doesn’t have to mean a lack of fun. From Motor City Pride all the way to Windsor Pride, every month is bursting with LGBT-friendly things to do. Here’s BTL’s guide to your summer of Pride, celebrating 40 years since Stonewall, and another season of Pride events for Michiganders.

Motor City Pride
June 5-7
Detroit and Ferndale

Motor City Bear Bash Party
9 p.m. June 5
Food and drink specials, plus contests for bears and their admirers. Cover: $3.
The Male Box, 3537 E. Seven Mile Road, Detroit

Pancake Breakfast
9 a.m.-noon June 6
All-you-can-eat meal with pancakes, sausage, fruit and beverages. Proceeds benefit Ruth Ellis Center and Affirmations. Cost: $6 adults, $3 children
Zion Lutheran Church, 143 Albany, Ferndale

Women’s Golf OUTing
10 a.m. June 6
Day includes 18 holes of golf and dinner. Registration (includes dinner): $99. Dinner only: $50.

Commitment Ceremony
11 a.m. June 6
A mass commitment ceremony for LGBT couples. Cost: $100 per couple.
City Hall, 300 E. Nine Mile Road, Ferndale

Bears in Speedos Car Wash
1-4 p.m. June 6
Scantily clad bears get your car hot and soapy. Proceeds benefit Ruth Ellis Center and Affirmations. Suggested donation: $4.
Paramount Bank, 22635 Woodward Ave., Ferndale

Spaghetti Dinner
6-9 p.m. June 6
All-you-can-eat meal with spaghetti, garlic bread, salad, drinks and desserts. Vegetarian option available. Proceeds benefit Ruth Ellis Center and Affirmations. Suggested donation: $12.
Zion Lutheran Church, 143 Albany, Ferndale

Pre-Pride Beach Bash
8 p.m. June 6
A pride dance for the 18 and older crowd, hosted by Affirmations’ 20-Somethings group. Tickets: $5.
Affirmations, 290 W. Nine Mile Road, Ferndale

Motor City Bear Bash Party II
9 p.m. June 6
A night of food, dancing and socializing at the “home” of the Motor City Bears.
Diamond Jim’s Saloon, 19650 W. Warren Ave., Detroit

Pride Family Picnic
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 7
Sack races, balloon and egg tosses, volleyball and more. A picnic for the whole family.
Martin Road Park, Ferndale

Pride Festival
12-7 p.m. June 7
A Time for Change, featuring vendors, entertainment, food and more.
Downtown Ferndale

For more information, visit http://www.motorcitypride.com.

Divas of the Majestic Pride Show
6 p.m. June 7
A drag show featuring Amanda Lepore, Trixie Deluzze, Electra Lites and more. Ages 18 and older only. Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 day of the show, $25 reserved seating.
Majestic Theater, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit

Jeanne White Ginder Appearance
6 p.m. June 12
A speaking engagement to gain support for renewal of the Federal Ryan White Act.
Affirmations, 290 W. Nine Mile Road, Ferndale

Michigan Pride
June 12-14

White Party
9 p.m. June 12
The Michigan Pride kickoff, happening all night at Spiral Dance Bar, The Chrome Cat, Esquire Bar and Grand Cafe.
Old Town, Lansing

Diversity Festival
11 a.m.-7 p.m. June 13
Booths, food and entertainment, plus a VIP Open Air Bar, moonwalk and Pet Pampering Parlor. Admission: $5 for festival, $20 for VIP bar.
Adado Park, 300 N. Grand Ave., Lansing

State Pride March
12 p.m. June 13
A march to the Capitol to celebrate pride. Registration for floats and vehicles: $25. Walkers are free. Ends with a rally at the Capitol Building.
Adado Park, 300 N. Grand Ave., Lansing

Commitment Ceremony
2:30 p.m. June 13
Stand up and out and show your love during a group commitment ceremony. No fee, but donations to Unity of Greater Lansing Church are appreciated.
Capitol Building, 100 N. Capitol Ave., Lansing

Old Town After Party
7 p.m. June 13
Pride after party with entertainment, held at Spiral Dance Bar, The Chrome Cat, Esquire Bar and Grand Cafe.
Old Town, Lansing

Sunday Tea Dance
11 a.m. June 14
Begins with brunch and “hangover specials.” T-Dance held at 3 p.m. Grand Cafe will also feature noon lunch and drink specials.
Chrome Cat, 226 E. Grand River Ave., Lansing

Wine Tasting and More
6 p.m.-midnight
Wine tasting, plus hair and fashion show and Drag Queens Gone Wild.
Spiral Dance Bar, 1247 Center, Lansing

For more information, visit http://www.michiganpride.org.

Kalamazoo Pride
2-11 p.m. June 13
With entertainment, food vendors and lots to do for the whole family. Day ends with the second annual Zkoo Pride Drag Show at 10 p.m. on the main stage. Features performances by Claire Voyant, Ladonna Divine, Roshelle Rockett and more.
Arcadia Festival Site, 145 E. Water, Kalamazoo

For more information, visit http://www.kglrc.org/pride.

West Michigan Pride
June 19-21
Grand Rapids

Pride Movie Night
6:30-10 p.m.
This year’s featured movie is “Breakfast With Scot,” which tells the story of Sam and Eric, whose lives are changed when a young boy named Scot comes to live with them. Tickets: $10, which includes the movie and a reception.
Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts, 41 Sheldon Blvd., Grand Rapids

West Michigan Pride Festival
2-10 p.m. June 21
With bingo, food and more. Features performances by the Great Lakes Bride Band, Kelly and Rick, Ben Walter and more. Two drag shows will also be held – the Fun and Fabulous Drag Show at 4 p.m. and the Awesome Late Drag Show at 9 p.m.
John Ball Park, Grand Rapids

For more information, visit http://www.westmipride.org.

Hotter Than July
July 18-26

Ruth Ellis Pride March
4:30-7:30 p.m. July 18
Join one of the oldest black gay pride parades in the country for a march Covington Drive near the park. Floats, banners, dogs and drums are encouraged. March ends with a birthday tribute to Ruth Ellis.
Palmer Park, Detroit

VIP Reception
7-9 p.m. July 22
Reception, networking and light refreshments.
Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, 100 Renaissance Drive, Detroit

Interfaith Candlelight Vigil
7-9 p.m. July 23
Light a candle in memory of those who have passed due to HIV/AIDS, cancer and other ailments. Hosted by Pastor Darlene Franklin of the Full Truth Church of Christ.
Palmer Park Pond, Detroit

Genesis Conference Author’s Corner
July 24
Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, 100 Renaissance Drive, Detroit

Hotter Than July! Celebration and Family Picnic
Noon-8 p.m. July 25
The annual picnic features food, music, entertainment, HIV screenings and a kid’s fair. Also returning this year is the Power of Prevention Mini-Ball, hosted by the R.E.C. Boyz of AIDS Partnership Michigan.
Palmer Park, Detroit

Soul Brunch
11 a.m.-4 p.m. July 26
Location to be announced

For more information, visit http://www.hotterthanjuly.com.

Windsor Pride
August 5-9
Dances, picnics, bowling and more. Details coming soon.
Windsor, Ontario

For more information, visit http://www.windsorpride.com.

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