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It wouldn’t be pride without Queens this weekend
BY MATT TRACY
Gay City News
Special to The Courier
An offi cial partner of WorldPride, the
27th annual Queens Pride festivities are
kicking into gear ahead of the borough’s
June 2 parade and festival.
Pride season in Queens launched on
May 17 with a successful kickoff event at
Katch Astoria, but there is plenty more to
do in the weeks ahead.
We’ve got you covered with a slate of
Pride-related events in the borough.
LGBTQ Youth Prom
When: Th ursday, May 30 from 5 to 8
Where: New York Hall of Science at
47-01 111th St. in Corona. Transportation
will be provided to and from the 7 train at
the 111th St. station.
Under the theme “Honor the past,
defend the future,” Queens Pride’s
LGBTQ Youth Prom off ers an opportunity
for those between the ages of 14 and 20
to enjoy an evening of food, music, DJs,
giveaways, make-up by MAC, live performances,
and a photo booth.
Th ose who are 21 years or older can
sign up to volunteer at the event.
Find out more information and register
When: Sunday, June 2 from 10 to 11:30
Where: Th e Jewish Center of Jackson
Heights at 37-06 77th St.
Join Councilmember Daniel Dromm
for a breakfast fundraiser before you
march in the Pride Parade. Attendees can
march with Dromm’s contingent in the
Pride parade following the breakfast.
Find out more information or RSVP
Suggested donation is $50 and checks
can be made payable to Friends of Daniel
Dromm, P.O. Box 55, Jackson Heights,
Parade and Festival
When: Sunday, June 2. Parade begins
at 12 p.m.; festival starts at 1:30 p.m.,
ends at 6 p.m.
Where: (Parade): Group check-in is
at 37th Ave. at the corner of 89th St.,
where the parade begins. Th e parade
travels west until it ends at 75th St. and
37th Ave. Th e reviewing stand is at 37th
between 79th and 80th Streets.
Where: (Festival): 75th St. and 37th
Ave. Don’t miss Queens Pride’s main
event! Begin your aft ernoon at the
annual parade before heading to a funfi
lled festival headlined by Kristine W
and hosted by Dominique Jackson of
Th e grand marshals for Queens
Pride are HIV/ AIDS advocates Candy
Samples and Jess Pasackow; the Queens
Pride Lions Club, an LGBTQ group dedicated
to community service in the borough;
and Mirror Beauty Cooperative
LLC, a worker cooperative led by trans
Latina women providing cosmetology
Th ose who participate in the parade
will be eligible to receive the Queenie
Award 2019, which is a series of honors
for the best drag performance, best
use of color, best sound, best representation,
and a fi nal award that marks
“Simply the Best Award.”
Th e festival will feature singers, comedians,
drag acts, and dance groups.
Th ere will also be vendors, food options,
and community and social booths.
Visit queenspride.org to register and
fi nd out more information.
Queens Pride After-Party
When: Sunday, June 2; happy hour is
from 4 to 6 p.m.
Where: Kabu Lounge at 8509 Northern
Blvd. between 85th and 86th Sts. in
LasReinas Entertainm ent’s aft er-party
will feature $7 shots, $7 house drinks,
and $20 for a bucket of fi ve beers. Th e
event will be hosted by Cynthia Russo—
KrashNYC & Lexie Peterss and there will
be live performances. Th ere will be free
Tickets are $15 in advance at lasreinas.
a portion of the proceeds will be donated
to Queens Pride.
CUNY Pridefest at
When: Th ursday, June 13. Pride-goers
are asked to arrive at 11:30 a.m. before
the program begins at 12 p.m.
Where: Th e Quad at Queens College
located at 65-30 Kissena Blvd. in
CUNY is celebrating Stonewall 50 in
Queens with drag performances, live
bands, dancers, DJ music, a Pride march,
food vendors, an LGBTQ community
expo. To learn more information or
reserve a table at the expo, visit tinyurl.
Photos by Donna Aceto
Celebration of the LGBTQ Civil
Rights Movement in Queens
When: Saturday, June 22 from 12 to 5
Where: Queens Museum at the New
York City Building in Flushing Meadows
Head to Queens Museum for storytelling,
art-making, and performances
highlighting the work of LGBTQ activists
in Queens. Th e packed aft ernoon
features a variety of options for events,
including drag queen story hour, LGBTQ
youth activities, short fi lm screenings,
workshops honoring black and indigenous
ancestors, plays, community building,
Find out more specifi c information at
Coming Out: Youth Discussion
When: Wednesday, June 26 from 4 to
Where: Queens LGBT Center at 37-18
Northern Blvd., Suite #107 Queens
Join the Queens LGBT Center for a discussion
on celebrating Pride, navigating
the coming out process, and understanding
safety and acceptance. Th is event is
for all LGBTQ youth between the ages
of 13 and 21. Pizza and refreshments will
be served. For more information, visit
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