June is fast approaching, and you know what that means: Pride is upon us.
Did you know most major Pride events in the US occur in June to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City? More than just a parade, Pride is a celebration of civil rights and social strides achieved by the LGBTQ community since joining together after the riots — and an invitation to continue the vital work that still needs to be done. This year is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, so Pride 2019 is set to be a celebration for the record books.
Wondering how to celebrate Pride this year? Here are just a few of the best 2019 Pride parades and events across the country:
World Pride NYC - June 30th
New York City’s Pride parade for the LGBTQ community will take place on June 30th, but the city is on a mission to celebrate the largest pride celebration in the world. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, New York will be hosting 50+ events throughout the month of June. Whether you join the Stonewall commemoration rally, follow the LGBT parade route, cycle in the New York Pride Ride, or march through the streets with a rainbow flag in hand, there are many ways to celebrate pride in NYC. Come and check out the annual New York pride festival to show your support for the LGBTQ community.
Phluid Pop Up (NYC) - June 1-30
If you’re in NYC for Pride, make sure to pop by TomboyX's Phluid Pop Up at The Phluid Project, a store that exists to empower individuals to live authentically. So you can live your truth while trying on their World Pride x Stonewall 50 x Phluid collection — plus your favorite TomboyX styles. And make sure to follow @ThePhluidProject to join a community both free of gender norms and full of possibilities.
LA Pride Parade - June 8th
Take to the streets of West Hollywood and you’ll be stepping into history: The first LA Pride Parade,which took place in 1970, was the world’s first permitted parade advocating for gay rights. In addition to the parade, there will be a number of pride events celebrating and promoting conversations within the LGBTQ+ community, including the 2nd annualTrans Brunch (June 1st). Aside from the annual Pride Parade and brunch, there are a variety of LGBTQ events to partake in as well. A music festival, silent disco, and a sporting event with the LA Dodgers are all apart of the LGBT pride week. Whether you march in the Pride Parade, celebrate at the pride festival, or take on the city with fellow members of the LGBTQ community, there are endless ways to join in on the LA celebration.
Seattle Pride - June 30th
Seattle is TomboyX’s home, sweet home and we are excited to represent at Seattle Pride this year. Seattle celebrated their first gay liberation week in 1974, making this year the 45th anniversary of Seattle Pride. And don’t miss out on Seattle’s family-friendly Volunteer Park Pride Festival June 18th, which will include queer arts, music, performances, and cultural celebrations all day long. This city’s annual Pride Parade will be taking place in Downtown Seattle on Fourth Avenue. The parade route will finish on Second Avenue and Denny Way near Seattle Center and last around 4 hours. If you can’t make it for the Seattle Pride Parade, make sure to check out the other local pride events which include the Volunteer Park Pride Festival and other regional pride events.
Chicago Pride Fest - June 22nd & 23rd
The weekend before Chicago’s Pride Parade takes place in Boystown, the city joins together to celebrate queer pride and culture at Pride Fest — a two-day street festival featuring live music, dancing, drag shows, and more. Over 100,000 people are expected to attend to celebrate LGBTQ + life, culture, and community. And don’t miss the official Pride Parade in Boystown on June 30th. Come and enjoy live music, pride events, food and drinks, and a variety of fun festivities!
We’ll have a tent at Chicago Pride selling all the gayest most rainbow underwear you could ever need, and we’ve got a little something special.
Keep an eye on our IG stories for our 2019 Pride Find the X treasure hunt. On June 21, we’ll post five X’s around Chicago with hints in our IG stories as to where to find one. The goal is easy: find an X, post a picture of the X and yourself, tag @TomboyX and use the hashtag #TomboyXMarkstheSpotThe first person to find each X will win five pairs of free underwear.
Houston Pride - June 22nd
If you’re in Texas, don’t hesitate to say “howdy” to Houston Pride. Unlike many annual pride parades, Houston hosts an evening march throughout the city from 8-11pm. You can celebrate at Houston Pride Festival during the day and then join over 500,000 individuals as they parade throughout the city that night. And don’t miss out on other fun events throughout the month, like Rumba with Pride: Official Pride Latinx Night (June 7th & 8th) and the Genderless Cocktail Party (June 14th). Houston's month-long pride celebration hosts a variety of fun festivities and events that support the local LGBT community. Attendees will be able to enjoy a music festival, the annual Pride Parade, and even a Houston Film Fest. Everyone is welcome to come together and celebrate Houston Pride.
Whether you’ve never been to a Pride parade or you’re a regular on the route, just remember: ALL are welcome. It’s a celebration of being openly and unapologetically who you are. What’s not to love about that?
Will you be in Chicago, Houston, or Seattle for Pride? Make sure to stop by TomboyX to say hi and tag us at @TomboyX.