Summer Pride Calendar

By |2017-06-01T09:00:00-04:00June 1st, 2017|Guides, Pride Guide|

Now thru JULY 28

“Summer of Pride” Exhibit
Pittman-Puckett Gallery Hours: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Affirmations, 290 W. Nine Mile Road, Ferndale
Honors the struggles of the LGBTQ+ community through activism during Ferndale Pride, Motor City Pride, Hotter Than July and Transgender Pride.


Pride Month Proclaimed
7-9 p.m.
Kalamazoo County Administration Building, 201 W. Kalamazoo Ave., Kalamazoo
The Kalamazoo County Government (Commission) will votes to proclaim June 2017 to be LGBT Pride Month across the county.


Family Matters
4-6 p.m.
YMCA, 1915 Fordney, Saginaw
A panel of perspectives of LGBT families. Speakers include youth, caregivers and spouses representing a diverse array of sexual orientations and gender identities.


A Gay Soiree
7-10 p.m.
MKT the market, 1444 Michigan Ave., Detroit or
Officially kickoff Detroit Pride weekend. The evening will feature shopping, cocktails, light bites, music and an opportunity to learn about the empowering work Fair Michigan does throughout the community.

Lipstick & Lipsync
8:30 p.m.
Bell’s Eccentric Cafe – Back Room, 355 E. Kalamazoo Ave., Kalamazoo
Tickets: $10 for the 21+ event hosted by Savannah Hawthorne and Betty Davis featuring Bentley James, Una Legend, Mimi Versace and Jasmine Legend.

Motor City Pride Kickoff Party
9 p.m.
HopCat, 4265 Woodward Ave., Detroit
No cover for the event hosted by MC Sabin Detroit Cooper and DJ Jason Michael. A portion of proceeds from all Batch beers sold benefit MCP.


LGBT Youth Poetry Slam and Open Mic Night
7-9:30 p.m.
Red Eye Coffeehouse, 205 N. Hamilton, Saginaw

Motor City Pride Kickoff Party
Necto Nightclub, 516 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor
Featuring Laila McQueen and Porcelain. Free before 10 p.m., free with college ID before 11 p.m., $5 for 21+, $10 for 18-20.

Kalamazoo Pride
6-11 p.m.
Arcadia Creek Festival Site, 145 E Water St., Kalamazoo
This year’s event offers more entertainment, more vending options and more family-friendly activities. Don’t miss the Miss and Mister Kalamazoo Pride Pageant at 7 p.m.


BTL’s Portofino Pride Cruise
Board 10 a.m., Depart 11 a.m., Return 1 p.m.
The Portofino Luxury Yacht
The Detroit Port Authority, 130 Atwater St., Detroit
A leisurely brunch cruise with BTL and guests. Ad Pop Awards will be presented for excellence in LGBT advertising.

Bears in Speedos Car Wash
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Level One Bank parking lot, 22635 Woodward Ave., Ferndale
Get your car washed by Detroit’s Motor City Bears dressed in their Speedos. Proceeds benefit Affirmations and the Ruth Ellis Center.

Great Lakes Bay Pride Festival
12-5 p.m.
Waterfront Lawn, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 1 Wenonah Park Pl, Bay City
This year’s event is family-friendly and will consist of many vendors, locally-recognized entertainment, community speakers, a beer garden and a children’s area. Food vendors will be available in the streets of the Riverside Art Festival.

Motor City Pride Festival
1-8 p.m.
Hart Plaza, Detroit
Cover: $5
Headling Motor City Pride is BenDeLaCreme

Kalamazoo Pride
2-11:15 p.m.
Arcadia Creek Festival Site, 145 E Water St., Kalamazoo
This year’s event offers more entertainment, more vending options and more family-friendly activities. Saturday’s even features performances by Cazwell and Jinkx Monsoon, winner of Season 5 of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

The 10th Annual Pride Ball – The Sitcom Edition
6 p.m.
The Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit
Hosted by Unified – HIV Health & Beyond to bring greater visibility and strengthen the relationships with Ball Scene members to help guide them to obtain optimal health.

Motor City Pride Vigil
8 p.m.
Hart Plaza, Detroit
Following the close of the festival, Motor City Pride will gather and pay respect to those we lost to violence both within the Michigan LGBTQ community and globally including the 49 lives that were tragically lost at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. The vigil is open to everyone in the community who seeks peace and tolerance. Illumination devices will be provided as supplies permit. Free.

GLBP After-Party Drag Show
9 p.m.
Westown Club, 611 E. Midland St., Bay City
Featuring queens Nikki Chaunte, Mary Magelicious, JonBenet, DeeDee Chaunte, Psyren Aviance and ZuZu Bella.

“Check It”
9:45 p.m.
College for Creative Studies, 201 East Kirby, Detroit
In this real, relatable and truly unforgettable documentary, a Washington, D.C.-area negotiator urges and LGBTQIA gang to fight for their voices and identities instead of fighting back against their rivals.
Tickets: $9-12


Dykes on Bikes Motor City Pride Ride
Lineup starts at 10 a.m.

Inaugural Grosse Pointe Pride March
10 a.m.
GP South High School, 11 Grosse Pointe Blvd., Grosse Pointe
The family-friendly march will conclude with a rally in the parking lot of Maire Elementary School.

Motor City Pride Parade
11 a.m.
This year’s parade is themed “Stronger Together” as the state of Michigan comes together as a community.

Motor City Pride Festival
12-7 p.m.
Hart Plaza, Detroit
Cover: $5
Tony-winning actress Jennifer Holliday will close out the festival.


Pulse Nightclub Candlelight Vigil
9-9:30 p.m.
The Apartment Lounge, 33 Sheldon Ave. NE, Grand Rapids


Family and Children Story Time
6-7 p.m.
Books & Mortar Bookstore, 955 Cherry St. SE, Grand Rapids
Attendees will receive a coupon for a free scoop of ice cream at Furniture City Creamery.

Bingo’s a Drag
Doors at 6:30 p.m.
GoComedy!, 261 E. Nine Mile Road, Ferndale
Tickets: $35 (must be purchased in advance) for the 18+ event featuring drag queen hostess Lauren Jacobs, cash bar available, prizes and appetizers. A benefit for Affirmations and the Ruth Ellis Center.


Lake Effect Pride
7-11 p.m.
Pebblewood Country Club, 9794 Jericho Road, Bridgmann
Tickets: $35

Michigan Pride White Party
7 p.m.
Old Town, Lansing
$10 wristbands provide access to all Old Town bars. Party-goers encouraged to wear white. Sir Pizza featured performer is Alise King with DJ Fudgie.

Pride Prom: Mean Girls Edition
Necto Nightclub, 516 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor
Hosted by Ivy Winters, Chanel Hunter and Jadein Black. Free before 10 p.m., free with college ID before 11 p.m., $5 for 21+, $10 for 18-20. Get in free with prom attire.

3rd Annual White Party
10 p.m.
Rumors Night Club, 69 Division Ave. S, Grand Rapids
Come dressed in your favorite white attire. Tickets: $10 for 21+, $20 for 18-20.


3rd Annual Pre-Pride Rally: Hand-in-Hand
11:30 a.m.
Ah-Nab-Awen Park, 220 Front Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
Hosted by Dave Watt of Mr. Friendly and special guests.

29th Annual Grand Rapids Pride Festival
12 p.m.
Calder Plaza, 300 Ottawa Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
Featuring Billy Gilman, Bonnie McKee, Lipstick Jodi, DJ Keller Shaw, Dymond Denae and the Rumors House Divas.

Michigan Pride Parade and Rally
11:30 a.m.
Adado Riverfront Park, 300 N. Grand Ave., Lansing
Parade will end on the Capitol steps for the rally featuring guest speaker Shane Shananaquet, a transgender 14-year-old sophomore at Adrian High School.

Michigan Pride Festival
1-10 p.m.
Old Town, Lansing
Featuring Starfarm Band, Ty Teon and Miss Amateur PowerDiva 2017 Emma Sapphire

8 p.m.
Slipstream Theatre, 460 Hilton, Ferndale
Tickets: $12


7 p.m.
Slipstream Theatre, 460 Hilton, Ferndale
Tickets: $12


Up North Pride Ride with Norte
5:45 p.m.
F and M Park, 716 E. State St., Traverse City
In partnership with Norte and TC Rides, riders will cruise down Front Street to the Bay then through several TC neighborhoods before ending at Rare Bird Brew Pub. Pride-themed bike decorations and costumes encouraged.

Up North Pride Sign Making Party
7-9 p.m.
Rare Bird Brew Pub, 229 Lake Ave., Traverse City
Supplies provided. Make a sign for Pride March on June 25. DJ Sheree will provide entertainment.


Community Giving Days
Shop at Whole Foods Market in Rochester Hills, Troy and West Bloomfield
Five percent of that day’s net sales will be donated to Affirmations in Ferndale


Motown Invitational Classic Boat Cruise
Board 12:45 p.m., Depart 1 p.m., Return 4-5 p.m.
Atwater St. and Jos Campau, Detroit
Tickets: $30
Riverboat cruise to raise funds for Michigan’s oldest and largest LGBT bowling tournament. 21+.

LGBT Older Adult Summit
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
MSU Detroit Center, 3408 Woodward Ave., Detroit
RSVP online. Free.

Flint Pride in the Park
2-8 p.m.
Riverbank Park, Downtown Flint
Suggested donation: $5

8 p.m.
Slipstream Theatre, 460 Hilton, Ferndale
Tickets: $12


4th Annual Up North Pride Rally and Visibility March
1-3 p.m.
The Little Fleet, 448 E. Front St., Traverse City
Marching down to Clinch Park Beach for a community picnic. Bring posters, rainbow flags and Pride spirit.

7 p.m.
Slipstream Theatre, 460 Hilton, Ferndale
Tickets: $12


National HIV Testing Day
Visit, to find testing events in your area.

9th Annual LGBT & Ally Pride Awards Banquet
6-9 p.m.
Anderson Enrichment Center, 120 Ezra Rust Drive, Saginaw
Tickets are $30 for the event which honors individuals and businesses who have worked to further equality in the Great Lakes Bay Region.


8 p.m.
Slipstream Theatre, 460 Hilton, Ferndale
Tickets: $12


7 p.m.
Slipstream Theatre, 460 Hilton, Ferndale
Tickets: $12

JULY 6-8

8 p.m.
Slipstream Theatre, 460 Hilton, Ferndale
Tickets: $12


7 p.m.
Slipstream Theatre, 460 Hilton, Ferndale
Tickets: $12


Hotter Than July Candlelight Vigil
6-9 p.m.
Palmer Park, 910 Merrill Plaisance St., Detroit
Join LGBT Detroit at Palmer Park as the organization pays respect to loved ones the community has lost and rejoice in life and freedom. Entertainment provided by Charlie B. Keyz.


Hotter Than July Opening Party
5-9 p.m.
Woodward Bar & Grill, 6426 Woodward Ave., Detroit
This year’s theme, “I Am Because We Are” will promote a conversation around identity politics.


Hotter Than July Annual Gathering
9 a.m.
Center for Disparity Solutions and Equity, University of Michigan-Dearborn, College of Education, Health and Human Services, 19000 Hubbard Drive, Fairlane Center South, Dearborn

JULY 29-30

Hotter Than July Palmer Park Picnic
11 a.m.
Palmer Park, 910 Merrill Plaisance St., Detroit


Hotter Than July Sunday Worship Service
11 a.m.
Whosoever Ministry United Church of Christ, 2930 Woodward Ave., Detroit


OUTFest & Pride Picnic
This annual pride celebration, hosted by Jim Toy Community Center, returns to Ann Arbor’s Kerrytown District with an array of activities for the LGBTQ and allied communities of Washtenaw County area. Weekend events including movie night, a morning yoga session, game night and the Pride picnic in Wheeler Park, are open to all attendees.


Transgender Pride in the Park
12-6 p.m.
Donald Red Geary Park, Earle Boulevard at Pinecrest, Ferndale
Celebrate the 51st anniversary of the Compton’s Cafeteria Riot


AIDS Walk Detroit
Registration at 8:30 a.m.
Royal Oak Farmers Market, 316 E. 11 Mile Road, Royal Oak

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Kate Opalewski
Kate Opalewski is BTL's features editor and has been since 2015. She has covered a variety of topics ranging from art, politics and community outreach. Recently, she was honored by the Detroit Police Department LGBT Advisory Board for her work for the local LGBTQIA community.