June is Pride month around the country and around the world. And since Dallas Pride is held in September, this is a good month to experience the LGBT community in other cities.

Houston Pride is June 27, and you can visit DallasVoice.com for details on this and other Pride celebrations around Texas. That information was also published in the May 29 issue of Dallas Voice.

This week, we are highlighting Pride celebrations in the four states surrounding Texas, and some of the larger events around the country.

We have included information on Louisiana Pride events, although some activists have called for a boycott of the state — and yes, including The Big Easy — to protest Gov. Bobby Jindal’s executive order promoting discrimination against the LGBT community. But New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has done his best to countermand the governor’s bigotry by declaring that discrimination won’t be tolerated in his city and local ordinances prohibiting discrimination remain in place.

Tulsa, Okla.
June 6
Festival & Parade: Dennis R. Neill
Equality Center, 621 E 4th St.
from noon-10 p.m.

June 7

Pride in the Park:
Centennial Park, 6th & Peoria streets
from noon-5 p.m.

Shreveport, La.
June 6
Pride in the Park: Betty Virginia Park,
3901 Fairfield Ave. from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Baton Rouge, La.
June 13
Pride: Baton Rouge River Center,
275 S. River Road from 1-7 p.m.

Albuquerque, N.M.
June 13
Parade: East Central Avenue from
Girard Boulevard
SE to Expo NM – Gate 3 at 10 a.m.
PrideFest: Expo New Mexico – Gate 3,
310 San Pedro Dr NE at 11 a.m.

Oklahoma City, Okla.
June 19
Block Party:
Features the Village People and En Vogue.
Free. 39th & N. Pennsylvania Ave.
Concert at 8 p.m.

June 20-21

Arts Festival: On the 39th Street Strip
between N. Barnes Avenue and
N. Youngs Boulevard.

June 21

Parade: NW 36th and Classen north,
turning west on 39th Street to Youngs Blvd.
at 6 p.m.

New Orleans, La.
June 20
Festival: Washington Square Park,
700 Elysian Fields Ave. 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Parade: Makes a loop through the French
Quarter mostly along Decatur to Canal to
Bourbon streets at 7 p.m.


Orlando, Fla.
June 2-8
Disney Gay Days: celebrating its 25th year.

Los Angeles, Calif.
June 12-14
Features Ty Herndon, Kesha, Wilson
Phillips, Fifth Harmony, Tamar Braxton,
Tinashe and more.
Parade: in West Hollywood along Santa
Monica Boulevard at 11 a.m.
Festival: West Hollywood Park,
647 N. San Vicente Blvd, West Hollywood
on Saturday from noon-midnight and
Sunday from 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Washington, D.C.
June 13
Parade: Dupont and Logan Circle
neighborhoods beginning at 22nd & P
streets from 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Boston, Mass.
June 13
Parade: Copley Square at noon.
Festival: City Hall Plaza from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Philadelphia, Penn.
June 14
Parade: 13th and Locust streets to Great
Plaza at Penn’s Landing at 11:30 a.m.
Festival: Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing,
Columbus Boulevard and Chestnut Street
opens at noon.

July 2-5

National LGBT 50th Anniversary Ceremony
on July 4 at Independence Hall
celebrates 50th anniversary of the July 4,
1965 demonstration for gay equality, the
largest in history at that time.
LGBT history exhibits: at National
Constitution Center, National Museum of
American Jewish History, Independence
Visitor Center, African American Museum
in Philadelphia Liberty Bell Center and Free
Library of Philadelphia Central Library.

July 3

Live Nation 50th Anniversary Concert:
Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing  Blvd.
from 7-11 p.m.

July 4

50th Anniversary Ceremony: James
Obergefell, Edie Windsor, Judy Shepard,
Wanda Sykes, Amanda Simpson speak at
Independence Hall, 520 Chestnut St. at
2:30 p.m.

July 5

Street festival: The Gayborhood,
Chestnut to Pine streets between 11th and
Broad streets from noon-6 p.m.

June 19-28
June 19
Opening party: on Church Street,
between Maitland and Alexander.

June 22

Trans Pride: Norman Jewison Parkette,
Isabella Street from 2-7 p.m. features Chaz
Bono at the Molson-Canadian stage in
Yonge-Dundas Square. March at 8 p.m.

June 26-28
Street Fair: Norman Jewison Parkette on
Isabella Street from 2-7 p.m.

June 27

Dyke March: Church and Bloor streets
from 2-4 p.m.

June 28
Parade: Yonge Street to Yonge-Dundas
Square at 2 p.m.

Chicago, Ill.
June 20-21
Festival: along Halsted strip from Addison
to Grace streets from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. on
Saturday and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. on Sunday.

June 28

Parade: Montrose and Broadway, south on
Broadway to Halsted, east on Belmont,
south on Broadway and east on Diversey
to Canon Drive at noon.

Denver, Colo.
June 20-21
PrideFest: Civic Center Park, E. Broadway
and Colfax avenues.

June 21

Parade: From Cheesman Park down
Franklin Street to Colfax Street into Civic
Center Park at 9:30 a.m.

New York City, N.Y.
June 26
Rally: Hudson River Park Pier 26,
7 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

June 28

PrideFest: Hudson Street between
Abingdon Square and 14th Street from
11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Parade: Actors Derek Jacobi and Ian
McKellan are grand marshals. 36th Street
and Fifth Avenue to Christopher and
Greenwich streets at noon.

San Francisco, Calif.
June 27-28
Celebration: Civic Center Plaza noon-6 p.m.
on Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sunday.

June 28

Parade: Along Market Street from Beale to
8th St. at 10:30 a.m.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition June 5, 2015.