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2019 Pride Month Calendar
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JUNE (various dates, to be announced) - CENTER ON HALSTED - during Pride Month the center will feature a variety of different LGBTQ+ events. 3656 N. Halsted in Chicago. .

JUNE (various dates, to be announced) - GERBER/HART LIBRARY and ARCHIVES - during Pride Month, the library will host several events and displays, including one display that contains all the Pride pins (buttons) since the first parade in celebration in 1970. The pins are being provided by the library and PRIDEChicago (parade coordinators). 6500 N. Clark in Chicago. .

JUNE (various dates, to be announced) - WOMEN & CHILDREN FIRST BOOKS - during Pride Month the bookstore will host various events. 5233 N. Clark in Chicago. .

JUNE (various dates, to be announced) - CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY - during Pride Month, the library will host various events at the main library and branches throughout Chicago. .

JUNE (various dates, to be announced) - CHICAGO COALITION OF WELCOMING CHURCHES - during Pride Month, the coalition and some of their member churches, will sponsor church services and various other events at numerous locations in the metro Chicago area. .

JUNE (various events and dates): PRIDE FILMS and PLAY - the group has scheduled various events during June Pride Month. 773-857-0222.

EXACT DATE EVENTS (June 1 to 30).

JUNE 1 - CONCERT - "Stonewall: Love and Liberation" presented by 90.9 FM WDCB- at Center on Halsted, 3656 N, Halsted in Chicago. 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM. On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, the Lakeside Pride Jazz Orchestra reflects on this momentous occasion with an exploration of the immediate lead-up to the riots as recorded in first hand accounts of the people who were there. Come and take a step back in time to understand the world of the Stonewall Inn, experience its beautiful community, and celebrate the birth of the Pride movement.

JUNE 1 - EXHIBIT - "About Face: Stonewall, Revolt and New Queer Art" will feature historical and contemporary works by international artists that, viewed together, provide a nuanced picture of the evolving meaning of queerness. Location: Wrightwood 659 at 659 W. Wrightwood in Chicago. Wrightwood 659 is hailing the Stonewall Rebellion—which spurred the modern-day LGBTQ- rights movement—with a major exhibition marking the 50th anniversary of that historic event. (Exhibit will run May 22-July 20). Curator is: Jonathan David Katz, Ph.D, visiting professor, Gender,Sexuality, & Women's Studies, University of Pennsylvania and Chair, Doctoral Program in Visual Studies, University at Buffalo. Tickets: online only, starting May 13, and may be purchased for $20 throughout the run of exhibition. A limited # of free tickets are released each Monday for the current week. Walk-ins are not accommodated.

JUNE 1 - EXHIBIT OPENING - "Out of the Closets and into the Streets: Power, Pride & Resistance in Chicago's Gay Liberation Movement" by/at Gerber/Hart Library and Archives, 6500 N. Clark in Chicago. 7 PM. Opening tickets start at $15. Drinks and desserts will be served. (After opening night the exhibit will run through Sept. 19 for free). The exhibit will trace the Gay Liberation Movement's presence in Chicago from it's beginnings in the late 1960's to the Anita Bryant protest in 1977. Opening night will feature remarks by Gary Chichester, co-founder of the gay liberation group, the Chicago Gay Alliance, and the exhibit's curators.

JUNE 1 - NORTH SHORE PRIDE FEST - 7th Annual event in downtown Highwood, Illinois by Celebrate Highwood. A benefit for the LGBTQ North Shore School District 113 Spectrum Club. The full day of activities will feature a Pride Family Picnic, Family Friendly Drag Show and Taste the Rainbow (adult only pub crawl) that includes pubs and restaurants.

JUNE 1 - OUTING - by Chicago Prime Timers to watch Movies in the Park: "Home Alone" 8 PM. Free. All welcome.

JUNE 2 - BUFFALO GROVE INAUGURAL ILLINOIS PRIDE PARADE (& FESTIVAL) - 1st Pride Parade for Buffalo Grove, Illinois.Coordinated by Pinta Pride Project, an organization formed by Molly Pinta, a 12 year old LGBTQ youth with help from her friends and family. Molly attended last year's First Aurora Pride Parade and was so impressed that she wanted to coordinate a parade for her town, too. The parade will feature more than 80 organizations with floats, walkers, trolleys, etc. 10 AM to 12 PM. A post-parade Festival will take place at 12 PM in Mike Ryalko Park featuring entertainment, food trucks,drag entertainment, a D.J., a beer & wine tent, vendors, etc.

JUNE 2 - EQUALITY ILLINOIS PRIDE EVENT - at Venue West, 221 N Paulina in Chicago. 11 AM to 1 PM. $35.00 supports the LGBTQ Civil Rights work of Equality Illinois. The event includes a guest speaker, brunch stations, coffee, Bloody Marys, mimosa bars and entertainment.

www.equalityillinois/us/events/2019-pride-kickoff-brunch .

JUNE 2 - TELEVISION SHOW - "The Day it Snowed in Miami" 5 PM on channel 11.2 WTTW Prime. The Dade County/ Anita Bryant issues in Miami in the 1970's that affected the gay movement at that time and for years after. (Repeated twice on June 12) For exact times go to:

JUNE 2 - TELEVISION SHOW - "Penny: Champion of the Marginalized"6:30 PM on channel 11.2 WTTW HD. This documentary deals with the life of Penny Cooper, a celebrated criminal defense attorney, art collector supporter of female artists and protector of the underdog. (Repeated twice on June 12) For exact times go to:

JUNE 4 - BUSINESS EXPO - "Chicago Pride Business Expo" hosted by the LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois and the Mid-America Club at The Mid-America Club, 200 E. Roosevelt Rd. in Chicago. 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. To register as a vendor and for more information:

JUNE 4 - TELEVISION SHOW - "Stonewall Uprising" 7:30 PM on channel 11.1 WTTW HD. When police raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in NYC on JUne 28, 1969, the street erupted into violent protests that lasted for the next six days. The Stonewall riots, as they came to be known, marked a major turning point in the modern gay civil rights movement in the U.S and around the world.( Repeated at 11 PM).

JUNE 5 - Panel Discussion - about the Stonewall Riots led by Tree Sequoia who was a bartender the Stonewall Inn that night. Chicago Prime Timers will have a contingent of people attending and all are welcome. 7 PM. Free

JUNE 5 - TOUR - "Celebrate Halsted Street; Celebrate Pride" A Tour of Halsted Street, sites and shops including Legacy Project History Panels, Gay Veterans Memorial, Out of the Closet Thrift Store by Chicago Prime Timers. 3 PM. Free. www.ChicagoPrimeTimers .

JUNE 6 - 20 - PLAY - "Desire in a Tinier House" by Pride Films & Plays at Pride Arts Center, 4139 N Broadway in Chicago. Times &Ticket prices: 773-857-0222.

JUNE 6 - TELEVISION SHOW - "Vicious" 6 PM and 6:30 PM on channel 11.1 WTTW Prime every Thursday in June. Elder gay couple and their friends. (Repeated at 11 PM on June 6 & June 9 at 5:30 PM.)

JUNE 7 - 28 - PLAY - "Afterglow" by Pride Films & Plays" at Broadway Arts Center, 4139 N Broadway in Chicago. Times & Ticket prices: 773-857-0222.

JUNE 7 - 30 - PLAY - "Sweet Texas Reckoning" by Pride Films & Plays at Broadway Arts Center, 4139 N Broadwy in Chicago. Times & Ticket prices: 773-857-0222.

JUNE 8 - BBQ -"Flag Day Beer Bust & BBQ"- Annual fundraiser for American Veterans for Equal Rights (AVER) at Replay Bar, 3439 N. Halsted in Chicago. 3PM to 7 PM. $10. 773-752-0058.

JUNE 8 - MOKENA PRIDE FEST - 2nd annual event hosted by Instill Pride and Southwest Suburban Activists organizations at Yunker Farm in Mokena, Illinois.12 PM to 8 PM. The festival includes live entertainment, LGBTQ+ speakers, drag performers & shows, food vendors & trucks, children games play area, local arts & crafts, etc. or

JUNE 8 - OPALGA'S DONUT DAY - Volunteer with Oak Park Lesbian and Gay Association (OPALGA) and PFLAG to make and sell donuts at Oak Park Farmer's market as a fundraiser for OPALGA's scholarship fund. 3:30 AM to 1:30 PM. Location provided upon registration. Sign up and information : (Steve Angus).

JUNE 8 - OUTING - by Chicago Prime Timers to meet for lunch at Old Town Ale House, then visit the Old Town Art Fair or Old Town Garde Walk. 12 PM. All welcome.

JUNE 8 - OUTING - by Chicago Prime Timers to see "Six" musical at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Navy Pier. 6 PM. All welcome.

JUNE 8 - STORY TIME - with Drag Queens at Women & Children First Books, 5233 N. Clark in Chicago. 11:30 AM. For more information: 773-769-9299.

JUNE 9 - AURORA PRIDE PARADE - 2nd annual parade coordinated by Indivisible Aurora. 12 Noon. or

JUNE 9 - BOLINGBROOK PRIDE COMMUNITY PICNIC - 2nd annual event hosted by Bolingbrook Pride. 12 PM to 6 PM at James S. Boan Woods. Picnic includes puppy rescue/animal adoption, LGBTQ resource tent, LGBTQ story telling, art activities, library bus, Mom/Dad/Clergy Hug tent. Family friendly activities. Food & alcohol available for purchase.

JUNE 9 - LGBTQ FAMILY PICNIC DAY- at Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted in Chicago. 12 PM to 5 PM. $15.00 per family. RSVP.

JUNE 9 - OPEN SOCIAL/BUFFET DINNER - by Chicago Prime Timers at Ann Sather restaurant, 909 W. Belmont in Chicago. 6 PM. All welcome. $20.00.

JUNE 9 - PRIDE MOVIE NIGHT - "Signature Move" directed by Jennifer Reeder at Gallagher Way (next to Wrigley Field), 3635 N. Clark St. in Chicago. Gates open: 6 PM. Movie starts at 7 PM. Free admission. Guests encouraged to bring take-out food from Gallagher Way restaurants. NO outside alcoholic beverages permitted. Beer,wine, non-alcoholic beverages, candy, popcorn and other snacks are for sale in the park. Guests are welcome to bring blankets if they prefer to lay on the grass. Full Spectrum Films developed four distinct themed movie nights to highlight producers, writers,directors and actors with ties to Chicago minority filmmakers and highlights themes not typically seen on the big screen. ( to be presented once a month at Gallagher Way—including: July 8: Women in Film Night; Aug.12: Chicagoland Shorts Night; Sept. 9: LatinX Shorts Night). 773-388-8260.

JUNE 9 - WOODSTOCK PRIDE - 10 AM to 5PM includes a festival in Historic Woodstock Square and a parade. ; or ; .

JUNE 10 - 16 - PLAY- "First Read" co-produced by Hal Constentino and Denise Yvette Serna of Pop Magic Productions at The Martin, 2515 W North AVe. in Chicago. Cost; Pay what you wish. The events will feature readings of: Quemado by Lucas Garcia (6/12, 7:30 PM); Ashana (A Native Play) by June Thiele (6/14, 7:30 PM); prefer not to answer, or other by Gavin D. Pak (6/15-7:30 PM); Dig by Theo Germaine (6/16- 5 PM). . ; .

JUNE 10 - PRIDE OPEN MIC - Annual event hosted by Sappho's Salon at Women & Children First Books, 5233 N, Clark in Chicago. 7 to 9:30 PM. For more Information about cost, featured performers, food.drink, open mic requirements, etc. 773-769-9299.

JUNE 11 - PLAY - "It's Raining Men" at Pride Arts center, 4139 N Broadway in Chicago. Times & Ticket prices: 773-857-0222.

JUNE 12 - DISCUSSION: "Quiet as a Riot" by the Chicago History Museum- one of their "OUT at CHM" events. 6:30 PM. Admission: $20./$15 for members and students. Details of event will be forthcoming.

JUNE 12- CORONATION - "Coronation of the Cacique King & Cacia Queen of the Puerto Rican People's Parade, 2019 coordinated by the Puerto Rican Cultural Center-Vida/SIDA at the Baton, 4713 N. Broadway in Chicago. Information: Ricardo Jimenez 773-698-7438.

JUNE 12 - GATHERING - "Gay Women's Gathering: An Evening on Lesbian Pregnancy" sponsored by the Family Equality Council at Women & Children First Books, 5233 N. Clark in Chicago. For more information: 773-769-9299.

JUNE 14 (to July 28) - PLAY - "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" at Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre, 721 Howard St in Evanston, IL Times & Ticket prices: 773-347-1109.

JUNE 14 - TELEVISION SHOW - "Terrence McNally: American Masters" 10 PM on channel 11.1 WTTW HD. Explore 4-time Tony winning playwright Terrance McNally's six groundbreaking decades in theater. The film delves into McNally's pursuit of love and inspiration, LGBTQ activism, triumph over addiction, and the power of the arts to transform society. (Repeated June 19 at 3 AM).

JUNE 15 - EXHIBITION OPENING HOUSE - A free exhibition open house at/by Gerber/Hart Library and Archives, 6500 N. Clark in Chicago. 11 AM to 3 PM. Exhibits will include: "Out of the Closets and into the Streets: Power, Pride & Resistance in Chicago's Gay Liberation Movement," "Gay is Good: Homophile Activism before Stonewall," "SportsDykes & GirlJocks," and LGBTQ Slogan and Pride Parade Pins." Additional one day exhibits for the open house will include an exhibit of large and oversize items, and an interactive exhibit of publications from Special Collections (items going back to the 1950's that you can pick up and look through.

JUNE 15 - FILM SCREENING & DISCUSSION - "The Lavender Scare" presented by WTTW & DCASE at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington in Chicago. 2 PM to 4 PM. FREE screening and discussion of the film. This is the first documentary film to tell the little known story of an unrelenting campaign in the 1950's by the federal government to identify and fire all employees suspected of being homosexual. Harvard trained astronomer was the first person to fight his dismissal. This is a compelling story of one man's fight for justice.....and it is a chilling reminder of how easy it can be, during a time of fear and uncertainty, to trample the rights of an entire class of people in the name of patriotism and national security. 773-509-5551.

JUNE 15 - LGBTQIA PRIDE STORY TELLING SHOW - "You're Being Ridiculous" at Women & Children First Bookstore, 5233 N. Clark in Chicago. 7 PM doors open; 7:30 PM show starts, $10 suggested donation. For more information: 773-769-9299.

JUNE 15 - OUTING - by Chicago Prime Timers at Johnny's Beef and Gyros dinner at 5:30 PM, followed by a trip over to Windy City Gay Chorus concert at DePaul Center at 7 PM. All welcome.

JUNE 15 - PARTY - "Pride on the Fox" Second Annual Pride celebration at Bleuroot, 98 W. Main St. in West Dundee, IL for drinks and dancing. 8 PM.

JUNE 15 - PRIDE BRUNCH - "50 and Forward in Solidarity and Strength" by the Chicago Coalition of Welcoming Churches (CCWC) at Grace Lutheran Church, 1430 South Blvd. in Evanston. 10 AM to 12 PM. Free; Donations welcome.Consisting of 80+Open and Affirming congregations in the Chicagoland area, the CCWC will hold a (light) brunch to celebrate Pride Month and provide an opportunity for celebrating our past and joining together to build a stronger, more inclusive future.

JUNE 15 - PRIDE CHORAL CONCERT - "Colors of Us" by the Windy City Gay Chorus and Windy City Treble Quire at Gannon Concert Hall of DePaul University, 2330 N. Halsted in Chicago. 7 PM. Songs of inspiration are more important now than ever. The choruses will perform an eclectic variety of songs, that will touch and inspire, reassuring the audience of their cherished place in the community, and giving the audience hope to face the challenges before them. Tickets: Advance from DePaul Ticketing office; $35 reserved seating, $20 general admission. At the door: $25 general admission, $15 seniors 65+, $10 students w/i.d. & young people 6-17, free for children (5 and under).

JUNE 15 - PRIDE CONCERT/DANCE - "We Sing What Sparkles" Choral concert by the Artemis Singers, Chicago's Lesbian Feminist Chorus. Black activist poet e nina jay reads from her new book, "Bricks, Blood and Water." Dance with DJ OCD (Wanda Rodriguez) follows. Location: First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn in Chicago. 7 PM to 10 PM. Cost: Donation (sliding scale): $20 in advance; $25 at door. Seniors/students/children 12 and younger: $15. 773-764-4465.

JUNE 16 - CABARET SHOW - "Mad About the Boy" - A Celebration of Sir Noel Coward with Robert Rodi at the Pride Arts Center, 4139 N. Broadway in Chicago. 6:30 PM. For the 50th anniversary of Noel Coward's knighthood, Rodi looks back at the extraordinary career, trailblazing style, enduring influence "...and above all his songs that rival Cole Porter's for emotional range and irresistible melody." Featuring "Mad Dogs and Englishmen," "A Room with A View," "If Love Were All," and many others. He's joined by Julian Chin on piano and Matt Gold on bass.

JUNE 16 - OUTING - by Chicago Prime Timers to see Cirque du Soleil's Volta under the big top at Soldier Field Parking Lot. All welcome. 1:30 PM.

JUNE 16 - TELEVISION - Independent Lens # 1820- "Real Boy" at 6 PM on 11.2 WTTW Prime. This is a moving and interesting story of a family in transition that follows the transition of trans teen Bennett as he navigates adolescence, sobriety and the physical and emotional ramifications of his changing gender identity. Through the process, his mother Suzy makes her own transformation, traveling a difficult road toward accepting that the daughter she raised as Rachael is now her son Bennett. Filmed over four years, "Real Boy" is a love story about a mother and son who rediscover connection with each other and find support from their communities. (The show will be re-aired June 21 at 10 PM on WTTW HD).

JUNE 18 - WORKSHOP - "What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up ?" Maybe you aren't sure what your dream job is. This workshop could help you identify your special skills and define your new direction, allowing you freedom to explore. Facilitated by Judi Lansky of Lansky Career Consultants. Loop location. 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Reservations required, NO COST. 312-494-0022.

JUNE 18 - TELEVISION SHOW -"The Lavender Scare" 9 PM on channel 11.1 WTTW HD. This show delves into the firing of thousands of federal workers in the 1950's that stirred outrage in the gay community. (Repeated on June 19 at 7 AM & 3:30 PM on WTTW Prime and June 20 at 1:30 AM & June 22 at 3:30 AM, both on WTTW HD).

JUNE 19 - OUTING - by Chicago Prime Timers to see "Ms. Blakk for President" at Steppenwolf Theatre. Beverages afterward at the theatre cafe and nearby gay bar. All welcome.

JUNE 19 - PAPERBACK LAUNCH PARTY - "Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Upstairs Lounge Fire and Rise of Gay Liberation" by Robert W. Fieseler at Women & Children First Books, 5233 N. Clark in Chicago. 7 PM. For more information: 773-769-9299.

JUNE 19 - TRANS COMMUNITY ICE CREAM SOCIAL - 4th Annual event on Center on Halsted's rooftop deck, 3656 N. Halsted in Chicago.5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. Join Chicagoland's trans community & celebrate Pride Month, meet new friends listen to live music from Lakeside Pride and enjoy complimentary ice cream. FREE- no RSVP required.

JUNE 20 - BOOK RELEASE PARTY - "Bricks, Blood & Water" by Black Lesbian poet nina jay at Mary's Attic, 5400 N Clark in Chicago. Author e nina jay performs live. Special guests, songstress Nikki Patin and emcee Kru Mackdo. Book signing follows. 7 PM to 9 PM. ; 773-758-2360.

JUNE 20 - TELEVISION SHOW - "Coming Out: A 50-Year History" 8 PM 11.1 WTTW HD. Transgender teen Jazz Jennings narrates this one hour documentary exploring the exploring the history of public gay identity in the LGBTQ+ community, from the '50's through today.

This show is repeated on June 23 at 6 PM on 11.2 WTTW Prime).

JUNE 20 - TELEVISION SHOW - "Out & Proud in Chicago" 9 PM on 11.1 WTTW HD. Encore presentation of the critically acclaimed show filmed several years ago featuring historical coverage of LGBTs in Chicago. Narrated by Jane Lynch.

JUNE 21 - SENIOR PRIDE PARTY - at The Breakers at Edgewater, 5333 N. Sheridan, 3rd Floor, in Chicago. 2 PM to 3:30 PM. Entertainment, appetizers, drink. FREE.

JUNE 22 - CHICAGO PRIDE FEST - A street festival with vendors and entertainment by the Northalsted Business Alliance (NBA). 11 AM to 10 PM. Location: Halsted (from Addison to Grace) in Chicago. $10 suggested donation, all ages. Two day festival continues on June 23. For updated information:

JUNE 22 - THEATRE/SOLO PERFORMANCE - "You Only Live Once More: Pride Spectacular (4th Annual) by Solo Crowd at The Frontier, 1106 W. Thorndale in Chicago. 11 PM (doors open: 10:45 PM). FREE: BYOB. Solo Crowd returns with their LGBTQIA+ pride-themed installment of their bi-monthly salon, where a dozen performers, writers and artists create autobiographical solo performances. We are us, we are you, and there is no fourth wall—so come live with us once more ! ;

JUNE 22 (&23) - MONARCH ART AND WELLNESS FAIR - by Monarch Art and Wellness at the Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell in Chicago. 10 AM to 5 PM both days. FREE & open to the public, and all ages are welcome. For information on other Pride Months events coordinated by Monarch Art and Wellness, go to their web site. For info on the fair: or 502-221-5066.

JUNE 23 - CABARET - "50 Years of Pride—A Cabaret" at the Pride Arts Center, 4139 N. Broadway in Chicago.

JUNE 23 - CHICAGO PRIDE FEST - A street festival with vendors and entertainment by the Northalsted Business Alliance (NBA). 11 AM to 10 PM. Location: Halsted (from Addison to Grace) in Chicago. $10 suggested donation, all ages. Updated information:

JUNE 23 (to July 28) - PLAY - "Grindr" The Opera (An Unauthorized Parody) by Pride Films & Plays at The Buena, Pride Arts Center, 4147 N Broadway in Chicago. Times & Tickets: 773-857-0222.

JUNE 23 - READER PRIDE BLOCK PARTY - by the Reader newspaper with Marz Community Brewing Co. Location: 3630 S. Iron St. in Chicago. 1 PM to 9 PM. Wheelchair accessible. Free Parking. LGBTQ+ artists and organizations will be on hand (incl. workshops, performances, etc.) All ages welcome. $10. Benefit: 25% of the day's ticket sales and food and beverage profits will be donated to Chicago organizations whose mission is to support LGBTQ communities of color, including Brave Space Alliance, Affinity Community Services and Chicago Black Gay Men's Caucus.

JUNE 23 - TELEVISION SHOW - "Man in the Orange Shirt" on Masterpiece at 9:30 PM on channel 11.1 WTTW HD, Two love stories, sixty years apart, chart the changes and challenges in gay lives in England—-from the era of jail terms to the onset of dating apps. (Repeated on June 25 at 2:30 AM).

JUNE 24 - TELEVISION SHOW - POV: "Gospel of Eureka" 10 PM on 11.1 WTTW HD. (No information on this Point of View program on

JUNE 25 - VETERANS SALUTE - "Salute to LGBT Veterans" by the American Veterans for Equal Rights (AVER) at Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington at Clark in Chicago. 12 noon to 1 PM. 773-752-0058. No cost. Public is invited.

JUNE 26 - AWARDS CEREMONY - "30 Under 30 Awards" by Windy City media Group. Location to be announced. Reception: 5:30 PM; Program , 6 PM to 7:30 PM. The awards honor 30 outstanding young (under 30 years old) LGBT individuals and allies who have made substantial contributions to the Chicagoland LGBT communities. WCT Managing Editor Matt Simonette coordinates the awards program for the paper. Information:

JUNE 27 - DISCUSSION - "Tell Me About It" authors Sukie de la Croix and Own Keehnen discuss their new oral history book, "Tell Me About; LGBTQ Secrets, Confessions and Life Stories" 6:30 PM. Gerber Hart Library & Archives, 6500 N Clark in Chicago.

JUNE 28 - FESTIVAL - "Chicago is a Drag Festival" with RuPaul's Drag Race winner Raja and Tiffany Pollard plus a wide variety of performers at Cheetah's Gym parking lot, 5248 N Clark in Chicago. 4 PM to 11 PM.

JUNE 28 - OUTDOOR WOMEN'S MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT FESTIVAL - "Backlot Bash 2019". Location: 5238 N. Clark in Chicago (behind Cheetah Gym). The 16th Annual festival continues on June 29 and June 30. More information:

JUNE 28 - PRIDE CELEBRATION - annual Pride celebration by the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted in Chicago. 12 NOON. 773-472-6469.

JUNE 28 (& 29) SHOW - " (P)ride (C)omedy (P)arty - Pt.2" by GayCo Productions at Playground Theatre, 3209 N Halsted in Chicago. 10 PM. Cost: $15.

JUNE 28 - TELEVISION SHOW - "Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart" on American Masters. 9 PM on channel 11.1 WTTW HD. The first black woman to author a play on Broadway, the award winning, "Raisin in the Sun." The documentary is the first in-depth presentation of Hansberry's complex life, using her personal and archives, including home movies and rare photos as source materials.

The film explores the influences that shaped her childhood, future art and activism. It also shows her lifetime commitment to fighting injustice and explores her concealed identity as a lesbian and the themes of sexual orientation and societal norms in her works. (Repeated on June 30 at 2 AM.) For other showings go to:

JUNE 29 - DYKE MARCH CHICAGO - annual event. For more information:

JUNE 29 - JOLIET PRIDE FEST - at Bicentennial Park, 201 W. Jefferson, in Joliet, IL, 12pm - 4pm. Food, music,vendors. Family friendly. .

JUNE 29 - PRIDE TEA DANCE - "Pride & Pyaar" by Trikone Chicago at Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. in Chicago. 10 PM to 2 AM. No Cover. ; .

JUNE 29 - RUN & WALK - "Proud To Run"- 38th Annual event includes 5K and 10K and Half Marathon. The half marathon is at 7 AM; the 10K and 5K at 8 AM from Montrose Harbor. Benefit for community organizations including About Face Theatre; Gender Cool Project; H.O.M.E. (Housing Opportunities and Maintenance For the Elderly); and the LGBT Chamber of Commerce. The event is presented in association with Frontrunners/Frontwalkers Chicago. For fees, exact location and registration information: .or

JUNE 29 - NAVY PIER PRIDE - "Navy Pier's 4th Annual Pier Pride" at 600 E. Grand in Chicago. Noon. Performers, booths etc. to be announced. Presented by American Airlines. This all day event will feature family friendly activities in honor of the LGBTQ+ communities. More information to be announced. .

JUNE 29 - FEST - Pride in the Park Chicago w/ ENTERTAINMENT & FOOD VENDOR - coordinated by Dreambrite (Dusty Carpenter, a manager at D.S.Tequila Company on Halsted Street heads the group). Location: Grant Park at Butler Field. Includes entertainers and food vendor. Time: 1 PM to 10 PM. General admission: Tickets will start at $50. and VIP tickets start at $100. Kids under 11, will be admitted without a ticket, but must be accompanied by a ticket holding adult, with a limit of 2 kids per adult.

A portion of all ticket sales to Pride in the Park Chicago will be donated to the Center on Halsted. Additional contributions will be made to Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Stonewall Sports Chicago, who will be donating their time working at the festival.

For more information contact:

JUNE 29 - OUTDOOR WOMEN'S MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT FESTIVAL - "Backlot Bash, 2019." Location: 5238 N. Clark in Chicago (behind Cheetah Gym). The 16th Annual festival continues on June 30. More information:

JUNE 30 - PRIDE PARADE - Chicago 50th Annual Pride Parade coordinated by PRIDEChicago group- 12 Noon. 773-348-8243

JUNE 30 - PARADE COVERAGE ON TELEVISION - every year ABC 7 Chicago tapes a portion of the Pride Parade for airing later on parade day. Also, it streams each year on the ABC 7 Chicago web site. For more information:

JUNE 30 - PICNIC - "Chicago Urban Pride Picnic" - by TruBeach Ent. in Jackson Park, 6300 E. Hayes Dr. Groves 19A and 19B. (by the basketball court) in Chicago. 12 Noon to 7 PM. ( Showtime: 3 PM ). FREE. Family friendly, w/all LGBTQ families, friends and allies welcome to attend. Fun while also enjoying activities for children and empowering young minds of the LGBTQ communities. Includes free food, games, prizes, live entertainment, bring your BBQ grills, tents and chairs. also: an After Party for individuals 21+ years old at The Grand Ballroom, 6351 S. Cottage Grove in Chicago, 10 PM to 3 AM. For questions (and/or donations): 773-910-6220 or 773-386-5700 FB/TrubeachEnt.

JUNE 30 - OUTDOOR WOMEN'S MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT FESTIVAL - "Backlot Bash, 2019." Location: 5238 N Clark in Chicago (behind Cheetah Gym). More information:

JUNE 30 - FESTIVAL - "Pride North"- live entertainment, dance floors, d.j.s, food and drinks for purchase, etc. Location: Glenwood Ave. between Morse and Lunt in Chicago. Right off the Morse stop on the CTA Red Line. and

JUNE 30 - WRESTLING MATCHES - "Rise— Pride & Joy" - A Pro-Wrestling Celebration of Pride ! presented by Pro Wrestling Tees at Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N. Kedzie Blvd., in Chicago. 5 PM to 8:30 PM. Must be 21 yrs. old+; $20./$60. Event features men vs. men, women vs, women and intergender matches.

JUNE 30 - CHICAGO BLACK PRIDE - There will be various events starting this week for the LGBTQ+ -Black communities and allies. or ; 404-246-9000.


June 2019

Website for all events:

Contact for all CPL Pride events (unless otherwise noted): Amy Diegelman

Program Title: Drag Story Time

Description: ÃïÃïïÃïïStories, songs, boas, and glitter will dazzle everyone at this special Drag Story Time! All are welcome!

Audience: Babies, Toddlers, Preschoolers, Families

Location: Hall Branch

801 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60615

Date/Time: Saturday, June 8 at 11 a.m.

Location: Bezazian Branch

1226 W Ainslie St, Chicago, IL 60640

Date/Time: Thursday, June 6 at 10:30 am

Location: Sulzer Regional Library

4455 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

Date/Time: June 12 at 10 a.m.

Location: West Loop Branch

122 N Aberdeen St, Chicago, IL 60607

Date/Time: Saturday, June 22 at 10:30

Location: Albany Park Branch

3401 W Foster Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

Date/Time: Saturday, June 1 at 11 a.m.

Program: Rainbow Story Time

Description: Stories, songs, and a craft will focus on the rainbow of families and children in our community. ÃïÃïïÃïïAll little ones and their families are welcome at this story time!

Audience: Babies, Toddlers, Preschoolers, Families

Location: Thurgood Marshall Branch

7506 S Racine Ave, Chicago, IL 60620

Date/Time: June 4 at 10:30 a.m.

Location: Pullman Branch

830 W 119th St, Chicago, IL 60643

Date/Time: June 26 at 10:30 a.m.

Location: West Belmont Branch

3104 N Narragansett Ave, Chicago, IL 60634

Date/Time: June 26 10:30 a.m.

Location: Kelly Branch

6151 S Normal Blvd, Chicago, IL 60621

Date/Time: June 10 at 10:30 a.m.

Program: Performance Art: Lizard Lunch

Description: A piece by artist Charley Gupta. A lizard enters the room and interacts with the audience, then begins acting strangely. The lizard stands upright and transforms into a cooking show host who shows guests how to make a delicious summer-y appetizer.

Charley is a 20-teens housewife without children or a husband who makes laminated drawings, elaborate breakfasts, and clothes. He or she also enjoys long walks to far-flung locations and talking on the phone. Find Charley on Instagram @charfee

Audience: Adults/Teens

Location: North Pulaski

4300 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60639

Date/Time: June 18 at 6 p.m.

Program: Performance Art: They Are Still Smiling

Description: This piece by artist Izah Ransohoff is composed of moments of dance, physical dialogue, and movement inspired by animals, birthing bodies, and birds, to name a few. The narrative is a feeling to allow ourselves and our bodies to exist in this play space, outside of assumptions and expectations, to take up space as the playful other in a commodified world.

Izah Ransohoff takes play very seriously. They value discovery, exploration and enthusiasm, and are deeply inspired by birth, sea creatures, birds, mushrooms, and empty spaces.

Audience: All ages

Location: Lozano

1805 S Loomis St, Chicago, IL 60608

Date/Time: June 27, 3pm

Program: Movie Screening : Before You Know It

Description: Profiling trailblazing LGBT seniors and their stories of surmounting prejudice and defying expectation to form communities in assisted living, activist enclaves and wacky queer bars.

Audience: Adults and/or Teens

Location: Uptown Branch

929 W Buena Ave, Chicago, IL 60613

Date/Time: June 29, 1pm

Location: Bessie Coleman Branch

731 E 63rd St, Chicago, IL 60637

Date/Time: June 5th at 6:00pm

Location: Jeffrey Manor Branch

2401 E 100th St, Chicago, IL 60617

Date/Time: June 13 at 5:00 p.m.ÃïÃïïÃïï

Program: Movie Screening: Tab Hunter Confidential

Description: A film tracing Tab Hunter's dizzying and manufactured rise to Golden-Era Hollywood super-stardom, his secret life in an era when being openly gay was unthinkable, and his ultimate triumph when the limelight finally passed him by.

Audience: Adults / Teens

Location: Near North Branch

310 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60610

Date/Time: June 15, 2pm

Location: Beverly Branch

1962 W 95th St, Chicago, IL 60643

Date/Time: June 26, 6pm

Location: McKinley Park Branch

1915 W 35th St, Chicago, IL 60609

Date/Time: June 6, 1pm

Program: Movie Screening : The Year We Thought About Love

Description: What happens when a diverse group of LGBTQ youth dares to be "out" on stage talking truthfully about their lives? ÃïÃïïÃïïAs they create a play about love, a theater troupe of Queer youth celebrates the fullness of their lives as young artists and activists.

Audience: Adults / Teens

Location: Humboldt Park Branch

1605 N Troy St, Chicago, IL 60647

Date/Time: June 24, 6pm

Location: King Branch

3436 S King Dr, Chicago, IL 60616

Date/Time: June 13, 6pm

Location: Canaryville Branch

642 W 43rd St, Chicago, IL 60609

Date/Time: June 5, 3pm

Program Title: Chicago LGBTQ History from 1924 to Mid-70s Traveling Exhibit

Description: This special exhibit will consist of Chicago-based LGBTQ history from Henry Gerber's 1924 Society for Human Rights to the Gay/Lesbian Liberation era in the mid-70s.

For questions contact: Stuart Griner at 312-742-1945 or email at

Location: Harold Washington Library Center, 8th Floor

400 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605

Date/Time: June 1-30

Program : Drag Queen Reader's Theatre

Description : Kick off Pride Month with a very special all ages program! Local drag queens will delight us with several fun and funnyÃïÃïïÃïïreadings from children's and adult literature. Reading never looked so glamorous!ÃïÃïïÃïïÃïÃïïÃïï

Date/Time : Sat. June 8th 1-2 pm

Branch : Independence Library

4024 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

Audience: All Ages

Program : GlitterGuts Photo Booth

Description: Stop by the LGBT Heritage Committee's information table in the lobby for flyers and information about our June Pride Month events. Pose with a giant library card in the GlitterGuts photo booth, and check out photos and artifacts from Chicago Public Library's very own Special Collections department.

Location : Harold Washington Library Center, Lobby

400 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605

Date/Time : June 3rd, 3-7 pm

Audience : All ages

Program : Rainbow Stickers

Description : Celebrate Pride Month by making stickers with all the colors of the rainbow. Show you're out and proud or signal that you're an ally with our pre-made patterns. Or bring your own idea to life with help from our teen librarian!

Audience : Teens 13-18

Branch: Northtown

6800 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60645

Date/Time: Tuesday, June 4, 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Program : Adult Book Club: The Female Persuasion

Description : Join us for a discussion ofÃïÃïïÃïïMarriage of A Thousand LiesÃïÃïïÃïïby SJ Sindu.ÃïÃïïÃïï

Branch : Jeffrey Manor

Date/Time: 6/12/19 4:30-5:30pm

Program : Ship of Tolerance

Description : The mission of the Ship of Tolerance is to educate and connect youth of different continents, cultures, and identities through the language of art. Join us to paint fabric panels that will be displayed in Chicago and sewn into a sail for the ship's launch from Navy Pier on September 16, 2019. No registration required.

Audience: All ages, kids, tweens, teens, families, adults.

Branch : Sulzer Regional Library

4455 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

Date/Time : Sat., June 1, 10 am-noon

Program : Pride Month and Hyde Park Authors Series — Orbit

Description : Leigh Hellmanis, a queer/asexual and genderqueer writer from the suburbs, who now makes their home in Hyde Park/Kenwood will present a book talk and discussion about their new science fiction book title.

Branch : Blackstone Branch

4904 S Lake Park Ave, Chicago, IL 60615

Date/Time : Wedensday, June 26, 6:30 p.m.

Audience: Adult

Program : Rainbow Party Snack

Description : Come celebrate Pride month with a colorful sweet treat. Chex mix, and chocolate, and sprinkles, oh my!

Date/Time : Monday, June 10th @ 4:30-5:30pm

Branch : Pullman Branch

11001 S. Indiana Avenue, Chicago IL 60628

Audience : Kids

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