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The “Philly Lights Up Rainbow” display will happen after sundown on two nights throughout the month: Sunday, June 9, on the evening of the Philadelphia PrideDay Parade and Festival, and on June 30, when New York City hosts its WorldPride march.

In the decade before the Stonewall, queer underground newsletters and small ’zine-style publications began to proliferate across the country, especially in cities with large gay and lesbian populations like New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Philadelphia.

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

Pride shhhOUT! Pride Kick-Off Block Party

Friday, June 7, 4 p.m.

Toasted Walnut is hosting a two-day Pride kick-off party, including a block party on Friday, which includes an all-night after party and a dance party on Saturday, complete with go-go girls.

Toasted Walnut, 1316 Walnut St.; 215-546-8888; toastedwalnut.com

Joseph “Joe” Beam was the editor of the 1986 collection “In the Life: a Black Gay Anthology” — the first compendia of black gay writing. Beam was a board member of the National Coalition of Black Lesbians and Gays and a founding editor of Black/Out magazine. His work appeared in numerous local and national publications, including PGN, The Advocate, Au Courant and Windy City Times. Beam served on the Gay and Lesbian Task Force of the American Friends Service Committee.

In her 21-year legal career, Tiffany Palmer has dedicated herself to helping LGBTQ clients navigate assisted reproduction and maintain relationships with their children, biological or not.

Dr. Marcus Sandling wants to save lives.

As a young African-American physician with a specialty in infectious disease and working at Mazzoni Center, Sandling has a unique perspective on the health of minority men. Whether it’s helping older black men stop smoking and undergo a colonoscopy or young men get tested for HIV (and stop smoking), Sandling said establishing trust is essential.

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