PASADENA, Calif.—June marks the celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month. Mayor Victor M. Gordo and City Council invite members of the community to attend the Progress Pride Flag Raising Ceremony in front of City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave., on Wednesday 1 June, at 12.30 p.m. The flag was designed by non-binary artist Daniel Quasar and manufactured by San Diego SD Pride Flagthe first flagship gay-owned company.
LGBT Pride Month commemorates the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York, where activists and guests of the Stonewall Inn fought back against the police harassment and persecution that American LGBT people were routinely subjected to. This uprising marks the beginning of a movement
to prohibit laws and practices that discriminate against LGBT Americans.
Today, organizations across the country honor June as Pride Month and dedicate celebrations, ceremonies and commemorations in recognition of the contributions made by LGBTQ people, locally, nationally and internationally.
More Pride Month Community Events
For all ages to enjoy and participate, unless otherwise specified.
Pride at work (shop)
Presented by Te Jay McGrath and the Pasadena Public Health Department. This interactive workshop highlights local organizations and services, provides context and content for implementing affirmation practices for LGBTQ+ voters and colleagues. Learn about the gender spectrum, the coming out process, alliance and affirmation, creating safe spaces, and more! Limited to 25 participants per event.
Register to attend this workshop.
Thursday, June 16, 2 p.m.-4 p.m., Zoom
Register to attend this workshop.
Monday, June 202 p.m.-4 p.m., Zoom
Discussion around a book: “Do not dare: discovering lost love” by Gayla Turner
This gripping story weaves together a present-day journey of discovery and a true love story between two women that took place over 100 years ago. At a time when headlines and newspaper articles failed to mention LGBTQ+ people, they loved and lived in the background of society, knowing it was too dangerous to do otherwise. All were hidden, as were the wedding photos of author Gayla Turner’s grandmother, Ruby.
Register to attend this presentation.
Thursday, June 16, 5 p.m., Zoom
Bold Voices, Authentic Choices: Writing Workshop for Teens
Explore fiction writing while incorporating diversity into fantasy worlds. Special guest speaker. For 12-18 year olds. Register to attend this workshop.
Wednesday, June 22, 4-6 p.m., Zoom
Raising awareness at the Boulevard Bar
Connect with your community and get free gifts including home HIV testing kits.
Friday, June 24, 8-10 p.m., Boulevard Bar, 3199 E. Foothill Blvd.
Celebration of love, loud and proud
Join us as we stand up for our diverse LGBTQ+ community in the first celebration of Pasadena City Pride Month. Enjoy live entertainment, local food trucks, arts and crafts, face painting and more with local LGBTQ organizations, community partners and allies at this fun, free event.
Saturday, June 25, 6-8 p.m., Pasadena City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave.
Take and make crafts
Enjoy fun and free crafts that are simple and easy to make. Available while supplies last. Limited to one kit per participant. The kits contain the necessary craft materials and instructions to guide you through creating the craft. Additional household items such as scissors, stapler, glue, or tape may be needed.
Rainbow Melted Pencil Art
Inspired by the book “Red: A Crayon’s Story” by Michael Hall, create rainbow artwork using canvas and crayons to celebrate identity, self-acceptance, and Pride Month. From 10 years old. Register for your kit while stocks last. Registration begins June 1. Kits can be picked up at the Hastings Branch Library, 3325 E. Orange Grove Blvd.
Rainbow pride bracelet
Express your pride with a colorful woven friendship bracelet – to wear or to give as a gift! Register for your kit while stocks last. Registration begins June 1. Kits can be picked up at the Hill Avenue Branch Library, 55 S. Hill Ave., beginning June 6.
Pride Month Rainbow Weave
Celebrate your pride with rainbow weaving. Materials include a cardboard loom and rainbow colored yarn. Perfect for creating a rainbow or weaving a unique colorful pattern. From 5 years. Register for your kit while stocks last. Registration begins June 21. Kits can be picked up at the Santa Catalina Branch Library, 999 E. Washington Blvd.
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