Pride and joy: The best LGBT events happening this month in Brooklyn

Pride and joy: The best LGBT events happening this month in Brooklyn
Kings and queens: The Brooklyn drag collective Switch ‘n’ Play will perform throughout the night at the blowout Pride party Everybooty at BAM Fisher on June 29.

This is your guide to Pride!

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, which kicked off the modern gay rights movement, and the city’s gay community and its allies are ready to celebrate!

Brooklyn’s own twilight Pride Parade happens on June 8, but there are plenty of Pride-related festivities before and after the Park Slope march. We’ve rounded up some of the best events for you here:

Fri, June 7

Film, “Hairspray”: A screening of the 1988 John Waters film starring Ricki Lake and drag queen Divine as her mother. With a dance contest before the show.

Old Stone House [336 Third St. between Fourth and Fifth avenues in Park Slope, (718) 768–3195, www.theoldstonehouse.org]. Free. 6:30 pm.

Nightlife, Queer First Friday Dance Party: Temescal Brewing brings its hit party to Threes Brewing.

Free. 7 pm–midnight. Threes Brewing [333 Douglass St. between Third and Fourth avenues in Gowanus, (718) 522–2110], www.threesbrewing.com.

Sat, June 8

Today is Brooklyn’s official Pride Day — and it includes much more than a parade!

5K Pride Run: Kick off your day with a 5-kilometer Pride Run through Prospect Park! Every runner will receive a Brooklyn Pride Run T-shirt and a custom engraved Pride Run medal after finishing.

$40. 10 a.m. Start at Bartel-Pritchard Square (15th Street at Prospect Park West in Windsor Terrace, www.brooklynpride.org),

Reading, Drag Queen Story Hour: A sparkly queen will don her reading glasses and tell fairy tales to kids.

Free. 11 am. Park Slope Library (431 Sixth Ave. at Ninth Street in Park Slope), www.bklynlibrary.org.

Multicultural Festival: Community organizations and businesses will line Fifth Avenue between First and Ninth streets throughout the day. Each end of the festival will feature a stage with bands, speakers, and drag acts throughout the day, with drag queen Emi Grate emceeing the stage at First Street, and trans cabaret singer Lailah Lancing leading the action at the Ninth Street stage.

www.brooklynpride.org. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Free.

Twilight Parade: The climax of Brooklyn Pride is the annual Twilight Pride Parade — the only nighttime parade in the city! Cheer as gay organizations, businesses, and supporters march down Park Slope’s Fifth Avenue, from Lincoln Place to Ninth Street. Leading the parade will be this year’s Grand Marshals: 11-year-old drag kid Desmond is Amazing and his mom, Wendy Napoles; Alphonso B. David, the first openly gay man to serve as chief counsel to the Governor of New York; and Kate Barnhart, a longtime AIDS activist and supporter of gay youth.

Twilight Parade (Fifth Avenue between Lincoln Place and Ninth Street in Park Slope, www.brooklynpride.org). 7:30 pm. Free.

After the parade, every spot along Fifth Avenue becomes a queer party spot, though the real action will be at lesbian bar Ginger’s (363 Fifth Ave. between Fifth and Sixth streets in Park Slope, www.facebook.com/Gingersbar) and gay bar Excelsior (563 Fifth Ave. between 15th and 16th streets in Park Slope, www.excelsiorbrooklyn.com).

Here are few more post-parade options:

Beer, United by Beer Launch Party: Five Boroughs Brewing debuts its New England-style India Pale Ale, United By Beer, with a party featuring music and food. A portion of sales goes to the Center, a gay community meeting spot.

Free. 2–11 pm. Five Boroughs Brewing [215 47th St. between Second and Third avenues in Sunset Park, (718) 355–8575], fiveboroughs.com.

Comedy, Pass the Aux presents Lady Gaga: The variety show celebrates Lady Gaga with drag performances, singing, and comedy.

$10. 8 pm. Littlefield (635 Sackett St. between Third and Fourth avenues in Gowanus), www.littlefieldnyc.com.

Nightlife, Set It Off: The queer hip-hop dance party joins forces with the Laid Brooklyn Dance Party for a night of revelry and music.

$10. 8:30 pm. Bell House [149 Seventh St. at Third Avenue in Gowanus, (718) 643–6510], www.thebellhouseny.com.

Music, Brooklyn Pride Queer Country After-party: Catch some queer country acts after the parade, including Paisley Fields, Ryan Cassata, Karen and the Sorrows, Mercy Bell, and Goldenchild.

$10. 10 pm. Union Hall [702 Union St. at Fifth Avenue in Park Slope, (718) 638–4400], www.unionhallny.com.

Nightlife, House of Yes Pride Celebration: Whitney Day and DJ Morabito headline a night of queer love, music, freedom, and equality.

$20–$35. 10 p.m. (2 Wyckoff Ave. at Jefferson Street in Bushwick, www.houseofyes.org)

Sun, June 9

Spirit of Stonewall: A community commemoration of a pivotal moment that changed the course of history for the gay community in the U.S. Featuring playwright Lisa Kron, Lavender Light Gospel Choir, Stonewall Ambassadors Betty, queer theologian Patrick Cheng, activist Wazina Zondon, and St. Pat’s for All founder Brendan Fay.

Free. 3:30 pm. St. Ann’s Church [157 Montague St. at Clinton Street in Brooklyn Heights, (718) 875–6960].

Comedy, World Pride 2019 Variety Show: Drag queen host Ducky Sheaboi leads a night of comedy, burlesque, dance, hip hop and drag. With Patsy InDecline, Celah Doore, Edie James, and more.

$10 suggested donation. 7–10 pm. Threes Brewing Greenpoint (113 Franklin St. in Greenpoint), ww.threesbrewing.com.

Tues, June 11

Comedy, The Lesbian Agenda: Sophie Santos hosts a comedy show of queer ladies, including Sami Schwaeber, Melody Kamali, Mindy Raf, and Sabrina Wu.

$12 ($10 in advance). 8 pm. Union Hall [702 Union St. at Fifth Avenue in Park Slope, (718) 638–4400], www.unionhallny.com.

Sat, June 15

Beer, Pride 365 Can Release and Party: Coney Island Brewery teamed up with the NYC Gay Craft Beer Lovers Meetup Group to make a new IPA, which launches today with a party featuring a disk jockey live performances. A portion of sales goes to Seniors in a Gay Environment.

Free. 2–10 pm. Coney Island Brewing Company (1904 Surf Ave. at W. 17th Street in Coney Island), www.coneyislandbeer.com.

Sun, June 16

Tour, Gay Green-Wood: A trolley tour of the graves of important queer figures.

$25. 3:30 pm. Green-Wood Cemetery [Fifth Avenue and 25th Street in Greenwood Heights, (718) 210–3080], www.green-wood.com.

Mon, June 17

Comedy, Ed Sullivan on Acid, Pride Edition: A special Pride edition of Brooklyn’s longest-running free comedy show, featuring queer comedians Bobby Hankinson, Jess Salomon, Eman El-Husseini, and more.

Free. 9 pm. Freddy’s Bar [627 Fifth Ave. between 17th and 18th streets in Greenwood Heights, (718) 768–0131], www.freddysbar.com.

Tues, June 18

Dance, Euphobia: Dancer, choreographer, and Brooklyn native Richard Glover gives an outdoor performance that explores notions of masculinity and race in ballet.

Free. 6 pm. The Hoxton Courtyard (97 Wythe Ave. at N. 10th Street in Williamsburg), www.thehoxton.com.

Wed, June 19

Film, “But I’m a Cheerleader” Drink or Dare: An interactive, drinking game screening of the 1999 queer romantic comedy classic.

$15. 7:30 pm. House of Yes (2 Wyckoff Ave. at Jefferson Street in Bushwick), www.houseofyes.org.

Mon, June 24

Comedy, Black Flame: A spotlight on black queer comedians, hosted by Solange Azor, Walter Kelly, and Mila Myles.

Free. 8 pm. Mood Ring (1260 Myrtle Avenue between Hart and Cedar Streets in Bushwick), www.moodringnyc.com.

Wed, June 26

Music, World Pride Opening Ceremony: The Stonewall 50 celebration starts with a giant benefit concert, emceed by Whoopi Goldberg, and featuring performances by Cyndi Lauper, Chaka Khan, Ciara, Todrick Hall, and more. The show benefits the Ali Forney Center, Immigration Equality, and Seniors in a Gay Environment.

$45–$226. 7 pm. Barclays Center (620 Atlantic Ave. at Pacific Street in Prospect Heights, www.barclayscenter.com).

Fri, June 28

Nightlife, Step Into Pride Drag Show: A free evening of drag, comedy, and dancing, with Tina Burner, Desmond is Amazing, Brenda Dharling, and more.

Free. 6–9 pm. House of Yes (2 Wyckoff Ave. at Jefferson Street in Bushwick), www.houseofyes.org.

Nightlife, This Party is Killing You, World Pride Edition: Dance to music from queer icons, see a performance from drag diva Vanna Deux, and catch a secret guest performer at this wild party.

$20 ($15 in advance). 11:45 pm. Brooklyn Bowl [61 Wythe Ave. between N. 11th and N. 12th streets in Williamsburg, (718) 963–3369], www.brooklynbowl.com.

Sat, June 29

Nightlife, Everybooty: An all-inclusive, all-gender celebration of queer nightlife featuring musicians, dancers, comedians, visual artists, a dedicated piano bar, Brooklyn drag collective Switch n’ Play, and dancing on the rooftop terrace and throughout the space.

$30. 9 pm–2 am. BAM Fisher (321 Ashland Pl. between Hansen Place and Lafayette Avenue in Fort Greene), www.bam.org.

Sun, June 30

Fund-raiser, Backyard Bake Sale for the Ali Forney Center: The Hoxton raises money for homeless queer youth through a bake sale, featuring some of Williamsburg’s best bakeries and drinks from the Ramona canned spritz company.

$25. 11 am–1 pm. The Hoxton’s Backyard (Enter on N. Ninth Street between Berry and Wythe avenues in Williamsburg), www.thehoxton.com.

Reach arts editor Bill Roundy at broundy@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–4507.

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