Shades: A Celebration of Black, Queer Identities & Expression
Thursday, June 6, 6 p.m.-midnight; $15-$50
New Voices for Reproductive Justice hosts this two-part event in support of its mission to promote health and well-being among female-identifying members of the black queer community. The evening begins with a discussion panel on the intersectionality of gender and reproductive justice followed by an awards ceremony recognizing movers and shakers in the Black LGBTQ-plus community, such as Erin-Aja Grant (Abortion Care Network), Christian Lovehall (Philly Trans March) and Shani Akilah (Black & Brown Workers Cooperative). The lights go down at 8 p.m. for the main event, which features tunes by DJ Marceline and live performances from Black Rapp Madusa and Magui Fe.
SOMO SoPhi, 3101 S. 13th St.; 267-365-7120; newvoicespittsburgh.org
Gender Blender Pride Kick-off
Thursday, June 6, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., $5 suggested donation
Philly activists and performance artists Icon Ebony-Fierce and Sa’Mantha SayTen are using Pride weekend to kick off their brand-new monthly dance party that provides transgender and nonbinary folx a safe place to boogie in the Gayborhood every first Thursday of the month. Guests can expect contests, a photo booth, DJs and a live performance from Beary Tyler Moore at the inaugural event. Organizers tell PGN that the $5 suggested donation goes toward “making sure all performers are paid a fair wage for the work they put into their performance.”
Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar, 254 S. 12th St.; 215-964-9675; tabuphilly.com
“Expanding the Queer Perspective” Preview Party
Friday, June 7, 6-9 p.m.
Fishtown gallery and workshop for womxn and nonbinary artists The Common Room hosts a monthlong art exhibition that tackles what it means to view the world through a queer lens. The multimedia showcase spotlights local LGBTQ-plus artists, many of whom will be on hand at the June 7 preview party for an open discussion on queer culture and history during the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.
The Common Room, 1509 N. Front St.; 267-273-0086, thecommonroomphilly.com
Gender Queery: A Trans and Nonbinary Drag Show
Friday, June 7, 8-11 p.m.
This uber-welcoming monthly drag show returns to Stir Lounge during Pride weekend for a showstopper featuring a handful of local transgender and nonbinary queens, including Paula Deen White. The party touts a double message: to obliterate the notion that trans people shouldn’t do drag and provide a performance platform for oppressed and underrepresented minorities — especially queer and trans people of color.
Stir Lounge, 1705 Chancellor St.; 215-732-2700; stirphilly.com
Transcend: A Qunify Pride Party
Friday, June 7, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., $3-$15
Pay tribute to the unsung heroes of Stonewall at this bash that celebrates the black, brown and transgender rabble rousers who kickstarted the game-changing riots 50 years ago this month. Attendees can catch performances by musician Kareem Anthony, dancers Renaissance Noir and Amede Brenellie and pumped-up DJ setlists courtesy of Rana Ransom and DJ Love.
Ulana’s, 205 Bainbridge St.; 215-922-4152; qunify.org
Philly Dyke March
Saturday, June 8, 1-4 p.m.
The OG of alternative Pride events returns for its 21st year of marching through the streets of Philadelphia in the name of equality for dyke-identifying individuals in the LGBTQ community. As always, the march begins and ends in Kahn Park and is bookended by fiery oration from local leaders and performances by spoken-word poets, drag kings, musicians and more.
Louis I. Kahn Park, 328 S. 11th St.; phillydykemarch.com
Saturday, June 8, 5-11 p.m.
Millennial- and Gen Z-led artist collective MOVES transforms a West Philly community center into a unique Pride celebration that organizer Daiyon Kpou said aims to “affirm and expand opportunities for QTPOC” and “imagine what the experience of an arts- and community-centered Pride festival may look like.” The result is an art-forward affair featuring live performances by musicians Ivy Sole, BXI JXY and Kacy Carmen, a bazaar-inspired vendor’s space and a screening of Amaris Mitchell’s short film “An Uber Ride,” which catches up with three young people whose stories intersect while sharing an UberPool.
One Art Community Center, 1431-39 N. 52nd St.; movesphilly.com
Sunday, June 9, noon-9 p.m., free
Indie-rock bar and music venue MilkBoy and a slew of gender-bending performance artists come together for a free queer Pride festival and dance party that gives folx an alternative to the regular Pride festival at Penn’s Landing. Icon Ebony-Fierce hosts, welcoming a lineup of edgy drag and burlesque artists, such as Bugalú Boogie, La Deva Arazel and the oddest ball of them all, Pretty Girl. DC Brau Brewing Company will be on hand pouring up its 2019 Pride Pilsner. Sales of the beer benefit The Blade Foundation, which funds enterprise-journalism projects focused on the LGBTQ community and other underrepresented groups.
MilkBoy, 1100 Chestnut St.; 215-925-6455; milkboyphilly.com
Sunday Tea: The Philly Pride Day Party
Sunday, June 9, 4-9 p.m., $5-$12
Back to Basics and SWAY Philly team up for a sexy Pride Day soiree that’s all-inclusive in nature but primarily focused on QTPOC. DJs Deluxx and Sammi Blendz provide the soundtrack of hip-hop, dancehall and trap tunes while guests sip $5 drinks and enjoy go-go dancers who’ll be shimmying from start to finish.
Chatayee Thai, 1227 Walnut St.; 215-923-8208; chatayeethai.com n