Eight Artful Ways to Celebrate Pride

Honor and celebrate the diverse LGBTQ+ community in art, history and culture – whether from home or in-person.

J une marks Pride Month, a chance to commemorate the history, art and culture of the modern LGBTQ+ movement. To honor the countless artists and advocates who have fought for equal rights, representation and recognition, we're highlighting several upcoming virtual and in-person events that showcase the beauty and diversity of the LGBTQ+ community. From art bingo and historic walking tours to films and panel discussions, these various events will take you on a journey through LGBTQ+ experiences and expression.

Happy Together

Image courtesy of Janus Films.

For the month of June, Smithsonian's National Museum of Asian Art will stream the 1998 film Happy Together. Directed by Wong Kar Wai, the film is a raw, stylized portrait of a queer relationship set in 1997 Hong Kong, when the country’s LGBTQ+ community suddenly faced an uncertain future.

Admission: Free. Friday 11 27 June 2021. Online event.


Art History from Home: Queer Belonging

PaJaMa, Glenway Wescott, Fire Island, c. 1940. Gelatin silver print, sheet: 4 5/16 × 6in. (11 × 15.2 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Promised gift of Jack Shear P.2020.10

Honoring Pride Month, the Whitney Museum invites art historian Grant Johnson to discuss the presence and perspectives of LGBTQ+ artists and ideas found in the museum’s collection before 1968.

Admission: Free. Tuesday 15 June 2021 at 6:00pm EST. Online event.


A Conversation with Poet and Performer Pamela Sneed

Pamela Sneed

The Stonewall Museum & National Archives in Fort Lauderdale will host a panel discussion with poet and performer Pamela Sneed and museum executive director Hunter O’Hanian. Sneed will share selections from her book, Funeral Diva, which reflects on the impact of AIDS and COVID-19 on the Black Queer community.

Admission: Free. Tuesday 15 June 2021 at 6:30pm EST. Online event.


Youth in Action: Indigenizing Pride

A muxe (pronounced mu-shay) youth takes part in a procession during the Vela de las Intrépidas festival in Oaxaca, Mexico. Muxe identities are diverse and layered and have been part of Zapotec society since pre-colonial times. Jan Sochor/Alamy Stock Photo Photo: Jan Sochor/Alamy Stock Photo.

Celebrate Pride Month with a panel discussion exploring the spectrum of gender and sexuality from the perspective of America’s Indigenous community. Hosted by the Smithosnian’s National Museum of the American Indian, the panel will bring together Indigenous youth working in the fields of education, health, cultural heritage and art to discuss LGBTQ+ voices and issues.

Admission: Free. Thursday 17 June 2021 at 4:00pm EST. Online event.


Virtual Drag Queen Art Bingo Night

KC B. Yoncé

Take part in a virtual art bingo night, featuring artworks from American artists in the LGBTQ+ community. The evening is hosted by DC drag diva KC B. Yoncé and sponsored by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Space is limited, so there’s no time to waste.

Admission: Free. Friday 18 June 2021 at 7:00pm EST. Online event.


A Conversation with Writer and Filmmaker Patrick G. Lee

Photo: Felicita “Felli” Maynard for the 2020 QueerArt Community Portrait Project.

Join a discussion between filmmaker, writer and community organizer Patrick G. Lee and the Stonewall Museum and National Archives Executive Director Hunter O’Hanian. Lee will discuss his career as a documentary filmmaker and his approach to archiving queer and trans Asian American history.

Admission: Free. Wednesday 23 June 2021 at 6:30pm EST. Online event.


Christopher Street Walking Tour

New York City is a living, breathing memorial to LGBTQ+ history – you just need to know where to look. Take a tour of historic neighborhoods and monuments with Christopher Street Tours and learn about how generations of LGBTQ+ New Yorkers shaped the modern movement.

Admission: Tickets: $35; free for youth under 21. Saturday 26 June 2021 at 2:00pm EST. In-person event.


Stuart Timmons West Hollywood LGBTQ History Tour

New York is far from the only US city with a rich LGBTQ+ history. On 30 June, catch the video release of the acclaimed West Hollywood LGBTQ+ History Tour, a performance written by author and historian Stuart Timmons. The tour is being recorded as a collection of short films that will be released on June 30 at 9am and hosted indefinitely on YouTube.

Admission: Free. Wednesday 30 June 2021. Online event.


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