Ah, May. With Winter (finally) in the rearview, it’s time to bust out of hibernation and get with the getting on. Here’s a wide range of ideas, including a few you can do from your cozy cocoon at home, if you’re not quite ready to emerge to enjoy the season just yet. We won’t tell.
1. Celebrate Agender Pride Day
Celebrate an oft-overlooked group within the LGBTQ+ spectrum on Agender Pride Day May 19. This day was designated to shine a light on people in the community who do not identify as any particular gender. Spend some time learning about the many ways agender folks express their identities (The Trevor Project website is a great place to start). It’s also the perfect day to check out Detroit-based Angel Haze, an agender, pansexual, Black and Native American rapper and singer.
2. Get Bitchy (or Brunchy) with Drag Queens
Southeast Michigan has become a hot spot for excellent drag entertainment, including two not-to-be-missed events. Musical Bitchy Bingo is exactly what it sounds like. Join Jadein Black every Wednesday evening at Hamburger Mary’s at the Tower Inn in Ypsilanti for some highly spirited bingo (proceeds benefit a variety of charities).
You’ll also want to mark your calendar for Michigan Drag Brunch, your chance to eat eggs with several gorgeous, glitzy entertainers. Bobcat Bonnies in Ypsilanti will host Michigan Drag Brunch queens on May 22.
Reserve tickets for Musical Bitchy Bingo at ypsireal.com. Michigan Drag Brunch tables can be reserved at midragbrunch.com.
3. Honor an Important Local LGBTQ+ Trailblazer
The University of Michigan’s Spectrum Center invites the public to the Jim Toy Celebration of Liberation at 7 p.m. May 20 at the Michigan Theater. Toy, who died on New Year’s Day, was a co-founder of the Spectrum Center and served as a prominent leader in the Michigan LGBTQ+ community for decades. “As a queer, Asian American activist,” the event page reads, “Jim inspired those who knew him and knew of him. He sparked a rebel flame, urging us to continue to question authority, make space for those most vulnerable, and speak out against injustice whenever and wherever we encounter it.”
Pride Source spoke with Toy last year when he received an honorary doctorate from UM. “I think it’s absolutely necessary for all of us to come out. And so I am grateful to everybody who takes that step,” he said.
Reservations are welcome, but not required. Visit spectrum50th.studentlife.umich.edu/events/ to learn more.
4. Grab Tickets for Lil Nas X
Lil Nas X loves Detroit so much that he’s not only launching his “Long Live Montero” show here but he’s also performing back-to-back concerts in the Motor City. Both shows at The Fillmore on Sept. 6 and 7 are sure to sell out, so be sure to snag those tickets like, yesterday! While you’re impatiently waiting for the concert dates to arrive, revel in all things Montero at welcometomontero.com.
Tickets available now through Ticketmaster and other outlets.
5. Share Thoughts with This Latinx LGBTQIA+ Group
LGBT Detroit invites Latinx LGBTQIA+ community members to help the organization identify issues impacting this unique group. Join the conversation at 2 p.m. May 17 via Zoom. The organization will use the insights provided by participants to help shape its ongoing efforts to advocate for and offer services to every member of the community.
Sign up at https://bit.ly/3OZToj1 before the meeting.