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Pride is the time of year when our community displays to the world — in its most extravagant way — just how fabulous we really are."

Juanita MORE!

Pride is the time of year when our community displays to the world — in its most extravagant way — just how fabulous we really are."

Juanita MORE!

About

Every June, people around the world come together to celebrate Pride. For the first time since 1970, Pride events have had to cancel their in-person marches, parties, and celebrations. The queer community has risen to the challenge and are moving the movement online, but we continue to remember the grassroots foundation it was built upon.

"We celebrate Pride because of the Stonewall Riots in 1969, a six-night series of demonstrative, violent protests that occurred between the LGBTQ community and the police, led by black and brown trans folks,” says Michael Venturiello, an LGBTQIA+ historian and founder of Christopher Street Tours. “While June typically commemorates this important event in a celebratory manner, I encourage you all to reflect on the original meaning of ‘Pride’ — a radical, political stance on liberation for all people."

In light of the global protests against racial injustice, we’ve postponed our online pre-Pride celebration to June 12. We stand in solidarity with and support the black community, and will make space for this important social justice moment. We’re working to create space for both the celebration and remembrance of Pride, as well as a way to honor the black communities fighting for their lives and freedom. We know that everyone processes, celebrates, and grieves differently. We offer this festival as a time to come together to learn, to listen, to laugh — and even to dance. We hope you’ll join us.

Festival Schedule

All Times listed are in Pacific Standard Time

Ambassadors

SF PRIDE

San Francisco Pride is the largest gathering of the LGBTQIA community and its allies in the nation. “We feel the responsibility to create a full calendar of online events this spring and summer,” says Peter Lawrence Kane, SF Pride’s communications manager. “The hunger for togetherness is real, and queer solidarity is forever.”

NYC PRIDE

This year was supposed to commemorate the 50th anniversary of June’s annual NYC Pride March. Instead, the festivities will be scaled down to a series of online programs. “We are looking at everything like a new opportunity,“ says David A. Correa, NYC Pride’s interim executive director. “We can never replace the feeling of millions of LGBTQIA+ people coming together to express their pride, but we can use this time to connect in different ways — and strengthen our global pride bond.”

Juanita MORE!

Iconic San Francisco queen Juanita MORE! does it all: drag performer, fashionista, chef, DJ, podcaster, philanthropist. The ultimate hostess with the mostest, MORE! views Pride celebrations as a way to give back to a thriving community. “While it’s important to live our best personal lives,” MORE! says, “I have always considered Pride an especially great opportunity to give back.”

THE STUD

A San Francisco queer institution that’s been around since 1966, The Stud is a worker-owned cooperative that hosts drag and burlesque shows, community events, and parties. “While we are a local venue, we have a very wide outward focus welcoming performers, DJs, and guests from around the world,” says Mica Sigourney (aka VivvyAnne ForeverMORE). “This event gives us a chance to reach beyond our physical walls and encounter like-minded and inspiring folks from all over.”

“The Fathers Project”

“The Fathers Project” director Leo Herrera travels across America to document instances of queer utopias. “You can find examples of utopia anywhere, especially in a virtual space where people might be more comfortable to express themselves and their art,” Herrera says. The same goes for online Pride celebrations. “Pride really is about the self, so it can be captured anywhere. We will be missing the physical closeness but the emotional closeness will always be there.”

SF QUEER
NIGHTLIFE FUND

This committee came together to provide economic relief to the queer nightlife community in the Bay Area during COVID-19, including drag queens, bartenders, event producers, and DJs. “The response we’ve seen from the community to the San Francisco Bay Area Queer Nightlife Fund really shows what real San Francisco is all about,” says producer Mark O'Brien. “We care about each other, we cherish our queer culture, and we want our community to continue to thrive, even in the face of this pandemic.”

GOOD NEIGHBOR FESTIVALS

As the founder of Good Neighbor Festivals, Jack Davis has helped organize Nashville Pride for the last seven years and created the city’s premier queer music festival, OutLoud. ”We are in the business of bringing people together to celebrate,” Davis says. “Any chance we have to collaborate with a diverse group of people focused on building a sense of community [means] we are all in.”

SF PRIDE

San Francisco Pride is the largest gathering of the LGBTQIA+ community and its allies in the nation. “We feel the responsibility to create a full calendar of online events this spring and summer,” says Peter Lawrence Kane, SF Pride’s communications manager. “The hunger for togetherness is real, and queer solidarity is forever.”

This year was supposed to commemorate the 50th anniversary of June’s annual NYC Pride March. Instead, the festivities will be scaled down to a series of online programs. “We are looking at everything like a new opportunity,“ says David A. Correa, NYC Pride’s interim executive director. “We can never replace the feeling of millions of LGBTQIA+ people coming together to express their pride, but we can use this time to connect in different ways — and strengthen our global pride bond.”

NYC PRIDE
Juanita MORE

Iconic San Francisco queen Juanita MORE! does it all: drag performer, fashionista, chef, DJ, podcaster, philanthropist. The ultimate hostess with the mostest, MORE! views Pride celebrations as a way to give back to a thriving community. “While it’s important to live our best personal lives,” MORE! says, “I have always considered Pride an especially great opportunity to give back.”

A San Francisco queer institution that’s been around since 1966, The Stud is a worker-owned cooperative that hosts drag and burlesque shows, community events, and parties. “While we are a local venue, we have a very wide outward focus welcoming performers, DJs, and guests from around the world,” says Mica Sigourney (aka VivvyAnne ForeverMORE). “This event gives us a chance to reach beyond our physical walls and encounter like-minded and inspiring folks from all over.”

The Stud
The Fathers Project

“The Fathers Project” director Leo Herrera travels across America to document instances of queer utopias. “You can find examples of utopia anywhere, especially in a virtual space where people might be more comfortable to express themselves and their art,” Herrera says. The same goes for online Pride celebrations. “Pride really is about the self, so it can be captured anywhere. We will be missing the physical closeness but the emotional closeness will always be there.”

This committee came together to provide economic relief to the queer nightlife community in the Bay Area during COVID-19, including drag queens, bartenders, event producers, and DJs. “The response we’ve seen from the community to the San Francisco Bay Area Queer Nightlife Fund really shows what real San Francisco is all about,” says producer Mark O'Brien. “We care about each other, we cherish our queer culture, and we want our community to continue to thrive, even in the face of this pandemic.”

SF Queer Nightlife Fund
Good Neighbor Festivals

As the founder of Good Neighbor Festivals, Jack Davis has helped organize Nashville Pride for the last seven years and created the city’s premier queer music festival, OutLoud. ”We are in the business of bringing people together to celebrate,” Davis says. “Any chance we have to collaborate with a diverse group of people focused on building a sense of community [means] we are all in.”

KEEP THE PRIDE GOING