Expect to see a lot of rainbows and pink triangles throughout June as LGBT Pride Month brings events from the solemn to the celebratory. It ends in one of the biggest gay pride parades in the country on the streets of St. Petersburg.
It was in June of 1969 that the gay community stood up to a police raid on the Stonewall Inn in New York’s Greenwich Village neighborhood. The series of sometimes violent demonstrations is considered a turning point in the gay rights movement.
Here are some events to mark Pride Month in Tampa Bay.
Rags: A Survey of LGBT Periodicals: The Gulfport Library on Wednesday will hold an opening reception at 7 p.m. for “Rags: A Survey of LGBT Periodicals.” The exhibit of gay news weeklies documents the role they played in bringing LGBT people together. It remains on display through June 30 at 5501 28th Ave. S, Gulfport.
Pride Art Show: There will be an opening reception Saturday at 6 p.m. at St. Petersburg’s Cider Press Cafe for an exhibition featuring the work of five local LGBT artists, with light hors d’oeuvres and drink specials. The exhibition remains on display through June 30 at 601 Central Ave., St. Petersburg
LGBTQ + History in St. Petersburg: Monday brings the opening of an exhibit at USF St. Petersburg’s Nelson Poynter Memorial Library as part of the Thinking About Pride series. It will remain on display through June 30 at 780 Third St. S, St. Petersburg
Tales of Transformation: American Stage on Monday brings theatrical monologues based on two community members’ experiences of performing drag and transitioning in an era of intolerance. Part of American Stage’s Pride Series at 7 p.m. Monday. $12. 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 823-7529. americanstage.org.
A Tale of Two Cities: Pride Night: The one-man comedy at American Stage recreates Dickens’ story with a drag queen who discovers a baby on his doorstep. The show runs through June 26, but June 8 is Pride Night, with a special happy hour at 7 p.m. before the 8 p.m. performance. With a special presentation by scenic designer Jerid Fox and Suncoast AIDS Theatre Project’s Garry Bruel. $39-$49.
LGBTQ Pride Month: Lunch and Learn: Matthew Knight, assistant director of special collections at the University of South Florida, presents “From Gay Surfers to Old Lesbians Organizing for Change: Developing an LGBT Initiative at a State University in Florida.” June 9, noon, at Gulfport Library, Free.
Scott and Patti: On Broadway! The popular cabaret act has created an all-new salute to Broadway. Part of American Stage’s Pride Series at 8 p.m. June 13. $20.
Pride Night at the Trop: On June 17, the Tampa Bay Rays will donate proceeds to the local LGBTQ community when the Rays take on the San Francisco Giants. For $30 ($50 value) the ticket package includes a seat in the Lower Box and a T-shirt. Groups of 10 or more will receive an additional discount, preferred seating and a scrolling scoreboard welcome. raysbaseball.com/specialevents.
Local LGBTQ: Preserving Our Stories: University of South Florida librarian James Schnur gives this talk as part of the campus’ Thinking About Pride series at 6:30 p.m. June 20 at Nelson Poynter Memorial Library, 780 Third St. S, St. Petersburg. Free.
Goosed! The show subtitled Fairy Tales is part of American Stage’s Pride Series at 8 p.m. June 20. $20.
The Sexuality of Oliver Stone’s ‘Alexander’: Jonathan Perry, professor of history, gives this talk as part of the Thinking About Pride series June 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library. Free.
Stonewall Commemorative Reception: The Museum of Fine Arts in downtown St. Petersburg previews St. Pete Pride Weekend with this sponsor and friends reception featuring all museum galleries open, catered food and full bar service June 22 at 7 p.m. 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. Price: $30. (727) 342-0084. stpetepride.com.
RFRA Madness and the Law of Unintended Consequences: As part of the Gulfport library’s Lunch and Learn series for Pride Month, hear a talk by Gulfport author Susan Gore June 23 at noon. Free.
LGBTQ Short Films: Part of Thinking About Pride series. June 24 at noon, with a feature film at 1 p.m. Nelson Poynter Memorial Library. Free.
SP2 Concert: DJ L-Mo, Karmic Tattoo and Jennifer Real warm up the crowd June 24 at 7 p.m. before Deborah Cox takes the stage for the St. Pete Pride premiere concert. Purchase a pit pass for a guaranteed spot right in front of the stage. Free, $20 pit pass. St. Pete Pride Promenade Route, Central Avenue and 28th Street S, St. Petersburg. (727) 342-0084. stpetepride.com.
St. Pete Pride Block Party and Night Parade: The popular parade hits the streets of Grand Central June 25 starting at 5 p.m. The block party, on Central between 22nd and 27th streets, brings DJs, food and drinks. The parade steps off at sunset, about 8:30 p.m. Free, $40-$1,500 glamstand seats.
St. Pete Pride Festival: The daytime festival June 26 starts at 8 a.m. and this year expands another block, covering Central Avenue from 22nd Street to 28th Street with more than 350 vendors, multiple stages, a wellness pavilion, art and food. Free.
Times staff writer Kelly Stefani contributed to this report. Contact Sharon Kennedy Wynne at [email protected] Follow @SharonKWn.