2011 Pride Celebrations

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Celebrating our pride and our community’s triumphs in the realm of equal rights shouldn’t have a set schedule. In fact, the idea of an actual “Pride Season” is becoming somewhat obsolete. Pride-like events take place all over the United States and beyond throughout the year, from Fort Lauderdale’s Atlantis Caribbean Cruise in January to Miami’s White Party Week in November. Fortunately for the LGBTQ community, our pride does not change like the seasons.

Nevertheless, official Pride events in most of the major U.S. cities do take place in the summer months, and these usually tend to offer more to our community than just a sea of scantly clad men and women. While you might still be in recovery from Gay Mardi Gras in New Orleans or Dinah Shore Weekend in Palm Springs, it’s time to throw on your tacones and put on your game face, because summertime’s Pride events are right around the corner. Here’s a quick list:

Long Beach Pride, May 21-22, www.longbeachpride.com
Washington D.C. / Capital Pride, June 2-12, www.capitalpride.org
Black and Latino Gay Pride Albany, New York, June 3, www.blackandlatinogaypride.com
Boston Pride, June 3-12, www.bostonpride.org
Key West PrideFest, June 8-12, www.pridefestkeywest.com
DC Latino Pride*, June 10, www.latinoglbthistory.com
Los Angeles Pride, June 10-12, www.lapride.org
PrideFest San Antonio, June 2, www.pridefestsatx.com
Chicago United Latino Pride*, June 3-11, www.unitedlatinopride.org
Portland Pride, June 17-19, www.pridenw.org
NYC Gay Pride, June 18-26, www.nycpride.org
Gay Pride New Orleans, June 24-27, www.gayprideneworleans.com
Cleveland Pride, June 25, www.clevelandpride.org
Gay Pride Houston, June 25, www.pridehouston.org
Mexico City Pride, June 25, www.grupoorgullo.org.mx
San Francisco Pride, June 25-26, www.sfpride.org
Seattle Pride, June 25-26, www.seattlepridefest.org
Chicago Pride, June 26, www.chicagopridecalendar.org
Pride San Antonio, July 2, www.gaypridesa.org
Portland Latino Gay Pride, July 14-17, www.latinogaypridepdx.com
San Diego Pride, July 15-17, www.sdpride.org
Oakland Gay Pride, September 4, www.oaklandpride.org
Honolulu Gay Pride, September 15-17, www.honolulupff.org
Las Vegas Pride, September 16-17, www.lasvegaspride.org
Atlanta Pride, October 8-9, www.atlantapride.org
Greater Palm Springs Pride, November 5-6, www.pspride.org

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LGBTQ celebrations do not start and end with the above listing of Pride events. If circuit parties are more your style, Inferno in San Juan, Puerto Rico and Sizzle in Miami both take place in the last week of May. For the kids at heart, check out Disney Gay Days Orlando from May 31 to June 6, and Anaheim from September 30 to October 2. I

If your tastes are a bit more specific, Chicago’s International Mr. Leather takes place from May 27-30 this year, Bear Week Provincetown from July 9-17, and San Francisco’s notorious Folsom Street Fair on July 31.

Also worth mentioning is Ripped in Las Vegas from July 1-4. Who says partying has to be so destructive? Combining a health and fitness expo with several circuit parties, the event’s theme this year is “Body and Boyz United: Empowering U2BU.” And finally, in New Orleans the largest LGBT event isn’t Pride; it’s Southern Decadence during Labor Day Weekend. An almost-week long, 24-hour street party now its 40th year, and still mostly free to the public. You can imagine the pure mayhem that awaits!

If you know of other Pride celebrations worth noting, please contact us at: info[at]xQsimagazine.com

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Christian Anguiano

Christian is a health and fitness enthusiast forever dedicated to promoting wellness among Latino and queer communities throughout Southern California and beyond. He currently resides in Hollywood, but will soon be shifting gears to study naturopathic medicine in Tempe, Arizona. When not doing stuff for xQsi, Christian is at the gym, practicing yoga, walking his dog Brüno, or plotting out his next big backpacking adventure

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  • Bamby

    Thank you so much for all the great work that you do Christian to inspire our community. Echale ganas!

  • Scot Fortino

    Great pictures, great people, awesome time