How and where to celebrate Pride Month
👋 Annalise here. There's much to do in metro Detroit during Pride Month — here's some ideas to start you off.
- 🐺 Catch me there, probably wearing a shirt with wolves on it because…express yourself.
Saturday: 🚗 Check out the Bears in Speedos Car Wash. The fundraiser for LGBTQ+ nonprofits Affirmations and the Ruth Ellis Center is 11am-3pm at 22635 Woodward Ave. in Ferndale.
- Artist Vagner Whitehead's performance 3pm Saturday
- Poetry and performance night at 6pm on Wednesday
- Or a film discussion at 4pm on June 25.
Sunday: Queer Arts and Crafts Show, 11am at 567 Livernois Ave. in Ferndale
June 26: Berkley Pride Block Party, 12-4pm
July 15-17: It's not in June, but Hotter than July is a long-running Black LGBTQ+ Pride event. Its headliner, rapper Da Brat, performs July 16 at Motor City Casino Soundboard.
Worthy of your time: Local LGBTQ+ magazine Pridesource has a Pride Month calendar.
💭 My thought bubble: When it comes to rainbow-laden Pride merch, corporate retail America has gone hard.
- Whether or not money from these sales goes to LGBTQ+ causes is mixed. So one thing you can do for sure for these causes is support local queer-owned businesses this month (and, y'know, other months).
Don't forget: Have fun, but that's not what this is all about. Pride events are rooted in the 1969 Stonewall Riots — also known as the Stonewall Uprising — after New York police raided a gay club and gay and transgender people fought back.
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