This weekend, Brooklynites can celebrate Pride Month in Dumbo with the arrival of Time Out Pride Market — a shopping hub featuring independent queer vendors and prominent LGBTQ+ artists, with a goal to “bring queer back to Brooklyn, where it belongs.”
The Water Street event is a partnership between Time Out Market and BK Queer Flea, New York City’s premiere LGBTQ+ market.
Ron Sese, the founder of BK Queer Flea, told Brooklyn Paper that they’re hoping the event will give queer artists a platform to reach a broader audience and allow them to share their work on a “mainstream level.”
“To feel acknowledgement from an institution like Time Out has been an absolute joy,” Sese said.
With just over two weeks to prepare for the event, Sese gathered queer creators to set up pop-up-shops, along with DJs and performers “that keep the pulse of nightlife in Brooklyn alive.”
“I managed to pull together a weekend of programming I think truly reflects what people are experiencing in the nightlife spaces of Brooklyn, only now you can see these acts in the comfort of your favorite daytime, family-friendly marketplace,” Sese said.
Time Out Pride Market will have performances each night starting June 25, featuring artists such as drag performers Jupiter Gallaxxi, Psyren, Victoria Holiday, and Robyn Edges, along with DJs including DJ MuuMuse, DJ Logan’s Run, Brooklyn’s very own Aja, and more.
Sese said that one of his top priorities for the event was to highlight entrepreneurs and performers who are BIPOC (Black and Indigenous People of Color).
“So naturally one of the first people I spoke to was Brooklyn trans icon Thee Suburbia, of the famed Suzanne Barscht nightlife family, to find a way to incorporate the always in-demand POC Collective of nightlife performers she founded. And from there, the interest came flowing right in,” Sese said.
Drag performer Robyn Edges hopes that this event is a “moment of representation across the board” for the community.
“We are all so diverse and each of us brings something different to the table,” Edges said. “My hope and intention is to showcase that to the community.”
Edges emphasized that having the opportunity to be a part of Time Out Pride Market is “major” for them and the community as a whole.
“Partnering with Time Out gets us all to that point of being prideful and giving us all a place to go — an event to just dance around at,” Edges said.
Throughout the weekend, visitors will be able to watch various performances and shop at pop-up shops including 3rd and B’zaar, Aliens of Brooklyn, Bella Chadwick, But Is She a Friend Tho, BUYPOC and more.
“Beyond my work with the market, I’ve come to embrace my desire to create large-scale experiential events highlighting and platforming LGBTQQIA+ talent, and I hope this weekend is a good taste of what’s to come from me,” Sese said.
“Time Out Pride Market” at Time Out Market 55 Water Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 in DUMBO] June 25th (5pm-11pm), June 26th (4pm-11pm), and June 27th (11am-6pm).