Pride Month events to keep in your radar

Each June, in honor of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan, Pride Month is commemorated. At the one year anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, a turning point for the movement, the first Pride march in New York City took place. What originally started as a one-day festivity, has turned into a month-long celebration. To support and highlight members of the LGBTQ community in New York City, here are two special events coming up.

If you want to have a laugh:

Courtesy of The New York Comedy Festival: Pride Month.

The Greenwich Village Comedy Club is hosting a series of special events in celebration of Pride Month. 

On Wednesdays June 19 and June 26 at 7:30 p.m., The New York Queer Comedy Festival in collaboration with Chicago, the musical on Broadway is presenting Pride Comedy. 

“The New York Queer Comedy Festival is the biggest Queer Comedy Festival in the world and is held annually at major venues across New York City. The festival features the world’s funniest LGBTQ comics and is also the launching pad for many up and coming LGBTQ comics,” according to the festival’s website. 

On June 19, a special show celebrating Juneteenth will host an all-queer Black lineup and ally guest Saturday Night Live staff writer, Vanessa Jackson. 

Participants of the show include Slim, top three finalist in the New York Queer Comedy Festival comedian, actor and wirter Calvin Cato, comedian and writer Sheria Mattis from the Strapdown Podcast, Adrian, Devon Arnold and Whitney Chanel.

On June 26, the final Pride Month show includes the likes of drag queen aunt Sylvia, David Mills (BBC), Drew Tessier host of the (mostly) queer comedy show podcast, Sunny LaPrade and Gus Constantellis. 

Tickets are available online with a chance to win tickets to Chicago, the musical on Broadway.

When: Wednesdays, June 19 and June 26, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Greenwich Village Comedy Club,  99 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

If you’re feeling inspired:

The famous art installation by lesbian and Southern-born Artist V.L. Cox, “End Hate Doors” is going to be on display at the United Methodist Church, the art series’ first time in New York City. 

“The series was created in response to Arkansas HB1228 which made it out of committee in March of 2015. This discriminatory bill would have brought back Jim Crow days where hatred and repression were the law of the land,” according to the artist’s official website. 

Artist V.L. Cox working.St. Paul & St. Andrew United Methodist Church.

The artists will also make an appearance on Sunday, June 23 at 112:15 p.m. to discuss her work with church member, Karen Erren. This event is open and free to the public with no reservations required.

The exhibition marks the church’s newfound mission of inclusivity and support for the queer community after it voted in early May to remove 52 years of discriminatory language against them. 

When: June 21 to June 23, 2024 (exhibition). Sunday, June 23, 12:15 p.m. (artist discussion)

Where: At the steps to the sanctuary at St. Paul and St. Andrew United Methodist Church 263 W 86th St, New York, NY 10024