Anyone who knows Long Beach knows that the pride in our LGBTQ community runs strong year-round.
We don’t need a designated month to honor Pride—and, in fact, the city’s own Pride parade won’t take over the streets until August.
But Pride Month, which commemorates the Stonewall riots that began in June 1969, is still a golden opportunity to let loose and celebrate how far the fight for LGBTQ rights has come—while recognizing how far there still is to go.
There are plenty of opportunities this month to get in on the action. Here are just a few.
Gay Time Pride Party on June 10
Good Time, the cafe-turned-community hub in the Zaferia district, is hosting an event next Saturday, June 10, that’s curated and produced by trans folks. The party will feature a lineup of drag artists, gogos, pole dancers and vendors with an emphasis on Pride’s original revolutionary roots.
The party starts at 6 p.m., and admission is charged on a sliding scale from $10-$20. Purchase tickets and find more information here.
Good Time is at 1322 Coronado Ave.
Firme—A Latine Drag Show: Pride Edition on June 11
If there’s no drag show, is it even Pride?
El Barrio Cantina is hosting a Pride-themed edition of its recurring drag brunch next Sunday, June 11. “Firme—A Latine Drag Show: Pride Edition” will feature a great cast of local entertainers, including the beat curator: DJ Kontrol Freak. Seating begins at 11:30 a.m., and the show starts at 12:15 p.m. Tickets cost $7, and bottomless mimosas are available for $25.
Purchase tickets and find more information here.
El Barrio Cantina is at 1731 E. Fourth St.
San Pedro Pride on June 17
Those who can’t wait for the Long Beach Pride festival in August can make the hop over to San Pedro for its festival on Saturday, June 17. Long Beach’s own Jewels will be a featured entertainer, along with Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles.
The free event, which will take over the San Pedro Town Square, will kick off with a drag brunch at noon, and a flag-raising will follow at the Los Angeles Maritime Museum at 2 p.m.
Find more information here.
The San Pedro Town Square is at Sixth Street and Harbor Boulevard, San Pedro.
So We Are Silent Disco PRIDE NIGHT! on June 25
So We Are Silent Disco, a group that regularly hosts silent disco parties at the beach, will host a Pride-themed edition of the get-together on Sunday, June 25. The drug-free and alcohol-free event, which lasts for an hour and a half, will feature meditation and dance.
Organizers encourage guests to “join us on our sandy dance floor and reconnect to yourself, release all that is no longer serving you, and dance into the embodied version of yourself you dream of being.”
The group will meet next to Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier—guests should look for the yellow flag. Tickets are donation-based, with a suggested contribution of $25.
Check-in will begin at 5:50 p.m.
Find more information and purchase tickets here.
The Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier is at 35 39th Place.