The 2019 Nashville Pride Festival is right around the corner. While the entire month of June is meant to serve as a reminder to celebrate all LGBTQ, the weekend of June 21st to 23rd in Nashville is particularly celebratory. If you haven’t already cleared your calendar to partake in some of the following events, please do so.
Downtown Nashville explodes with vendors, musicians, drag queens and all around outdoor enjoyment on Saturday and Sunday (June 22nd and 23rd). Get there by 10am on Saturday for the parade but go all day. Please ignore the idiots screaming outside the festival about religion sins and, instead, enjoy performances from TLC, Neon Trees and a ton more.
Take note of all the official events happening throughout the week; including Tennessee Equality Project Benefit, a Chamber of Commerce Discussion on Diversity, a Night Owl Pre-Party at Bar Otaku and a Drag Brunch at City Winery.
The Belcourt is presenting a film series of classic queer films paired with speakers and conversations throughout July. Sure, it’s not quite PRIDE month but, guess what?, you can (and should) celebrate PRIDE all the time. They’re showing Paris is Burning with a vogue off, Before Stonewall, A Bigger Splash and The Queen. Presented with support from QDP.
Every June, QDP celebrates Pride with two blowout dance parties. This year, the bigger of the two events is taking place at Marathon Music Works and will feature performances by She Haw Nashville, the wonderfully camp drag ensemble. Expect plenty of club hits, sweaty bodies and good vibes; just like a regular QDP but much much larger.
If you haven’t heard the latest episode of My Fantasy Funeral with social activist Tiffany Minton, dive into it at your earliest convenience. It’s an entertaining listen but also unbelievably insightful and inspiring.