Pride Month is upon us! This month, which was created to honor the historic Stonewall Riots of 1969, is dedicated to celebrating and supporting the LGBTQIA+ community. But regardless of whether you identify asLGBTQIA+ or consider yourself an ally, Pride Month is a time when everyone can celebrate love.
We’ve rounded up a few ways you can celebrate Pride in the Omaha area this month, from festivals to drag brunches, along with a few ways you can take a moment to support Omaha’s queer community. Happy Pride!
Make Omaha sidewalks brighter and more colorful with a chalk walk outside Edge of the Universe on June 4th at 6 p.m. Draw messages supporting Pride Month, rainbows and maybe even a few unicorns and llamas too! Chalk will be provided.
Kick-off Pride Month with a Drag Brunch at Blackstone Social on June 6th! This party of all parties will feature several incredible, local queer and drag performers, including Lady Etta Mommy, Dren Kennedy, Matthew Steele, Amelia Park-Shakers and more. There will also be great food and drinks and live music from DJ Silkee. General admission tickets cost $40 and include unlimited well drinks and mimosas! For all the information and to purchase your tickets, click here.
Join Caddy’s Kitchen & Cocktails this month for a Pride celebration for all ages! This block party on West Broadway in Council Bluffs will be held on June 12th, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. and will include a variety of family-friendly activities, adult drinks, brunch and entertainment by the cast of Caddy’s Kitchen and Cocktails Drag Yourself to Brunch! Click here for all the information.
Get social this Pride Month at Blackstone Social! Queer Bar Takeover takes over a new bar every month and Pride Month is no different. This special event will be held on June 18th from 6-9 p.m. and give you the chance to meet and mingle with members of Omaha’s LGBTQIA+ community. There will also be prizes, drink specials, live music and much more. Follow Queer Bar Takeover on Facebook for more information on this month’s event as well as others coming up this year!
For the first time ever, Star City Pride, Lincoln’s local LGBTQIA+ non-profit organization, will be hosting a Pride parade! What is now planned as an annual event, this parade and festival will run from June 18th through the 19th. For as little as $100, you can participate with an entry float, walk, car or group organization—dressed up and showing the Nebraska capitol what Pride means to you! The festival itself will feature lots of food, drinks, live music, shows and so much more. Visit Star City Pride’s website for more information and updates on festival events as they are announced.
Omaha’s Heartland Pride Festival is one of the largest LGBTQIA+ festivals in the region! Unfortunately, you’ll have to wait just a bit longer to attend since this year’s event will be held in July. But you can still use this time to plan your colorful outfit, and RSVP to local events like Youth Pride at Baxter Arena, the massive parade in Old Market, and then the massive festival complete with live music. Click here for all the information and to add it to your Google calendar!
Grab your bike and head to Trek Bicycle on June 27th for a ride to celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community! The ride will end at Seymour Smith Park and participants will each receive free refreshments and a free Trek T-shirt. Click here for all the information.
Before a new Miss & Mr. Heartland Pride can be crowned at the Heartland Pride Pageant in August, the current king and queen have to step down! Attend the ceremony at The Max on June 27th and enjoy some great dancing and drinks while you’re at it. You can find all the information, here.
Other Pride Activities
Donate to a local LGBTQIA+ organization
This month, consider making a donation to one of the many local LGBTQIA+ organizations that work toward making a difference in the lives of gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning teens and adults. From preventing homelessness and advocating for legislative change, to pioneering HIV/AIDS research (and more), these organizations are tirelessly working to make the world a truly equal space for everyone. Heartland Pride, OutNebraska, PFLAG Omaha, the River City Gender Alliance and Star City Pride are great places to start.
Support a localLGBTQIA+ business
While making a point to support LGBTQIA-owned businesses is important all year long, we like to show them a little extra love during Pride Month. Plus, now that we’re coming out of the pandemic, many local businesses are struggling to find their footing after months of closed doors.
If you want to support some Omaha-area LGBTQIA-owned businesses this month (and always) head to Heartland Pride’s LGBT Community & Business Directory of Omaha and Council Bluffs. There, they have a business directory search so you can find exactly what you’re looking for, from queer-owned barbershops and bars to photographers and catering businesses.
Educate yourself on LGBTQIA+ issues
While a big part of Pride Month is dedicated to celebration, another huge part of Pride is community outreach and education. That means educating yourself on past and current LGBTQIA+ issues in our community. Reading is a great start and we recommend picking up a few titles from The Bookworm’s LGBTQIA+ section. If you have Netflix, we also recommend putting on a few documentaries about LGBTQIA+ experiences like A Secret Love and The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson. FX also has a great new documentary covering six true LGBTQIA+stories called PRIDE, out now on Hulu.
Visit Stonewall from home
Before the parades, there was Stonewall. It’s the reason we have Pride Month today, and one way you can support the movement at home this month is by educating yourself on the history of Pride. While you can’t visit the Stonewall National Monument this year, you can visit virtually via Stonewall Forever.
This interactive online exhibit takes visitors through the history of the monument, including what life was like before Stonewall, the riots, and the first year of Pride. The powerful webpage is full of photos along with soundbites of protests and iconic media interviews. After you’ve finished exploring and learning, you’ll have the chance to add your own memory to the exhibit.
Love is love.
How are you planning to celebrate Pride in Omaha this month? Chat with us in the comments!