A Guide to New York City’s Pride Month Events in 2022

Pride is packed with official and not so official celebrations of gay culture and life, here’s our art-focused June event guide.

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June is proud month meaning New York City is going to be a celebration of queer culture and life for a month! Events every day, it’s important to remember how lucky we are to live in a city where queers can comfortably celebrate our lives! Here’s to that! Sure, there are the official events, but there’s a lot happening in the city this month that’s worth checking out.

Screening of Cult Classic ‘But I’m a Cheerleader’

  • Museum of the Moving Image

This queer canon film from 2000, directed by Jamie Babbitt, will be screened at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria at 6 p.m. on June 4. It’s honestly such a perfect date night movie, but a general content caveat for its conversion therapy-driven plot. Starring Natasha Lyonne, RuPaul, the elegant Clea Duvall, Michelle Williams and an early Melanie Lynskey, it’s a star-studded cast.

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The Official NYC Pride Events

Of course, for the partygoers, don’t forget the billion sponsored events such as the March itself, the PrideFest street market and even a Youth Pride all taking place across the city. The March and Pridefest both take place on June 26, while the youth-oriented Pride is on June 25. And that hardly detracts from the huge range of events available.

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NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 29: Marchers walk down 5th Avenue during the Gay Pride March 2014 on June 29, 2014 in New York City. Thousands of protesters attended the parade route, which began at 36th Street and Fifth Avenue and ended at Greenwich and Christopher streets. The parade ended at the Stonewall Inn, where protesters in New York commemorated the 45th anniversary of the 1969 riots, which are attributed to the launch of the modern gay rights movement. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio were in attendance, along with great marshals Laverne Cox, transgender actress and activist, actor Jonathan Groff and Rea Carey, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. . (Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty Images)

Julio Torres in conversation with Bowen Yang

Actor, writer and co-creator of the hit show Los Espookys Julio Torres talks to actor, writer and Las Culturistas podcaster Bowen Yang. The event can be viewed both online and in person at the Kaufmann Concert Hall. Speaking of their longstanding friendship and career, this would be a fan favorite.

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – JUNE 02: Bowen Yang performs onstage during ‘The Michelle Collins Show: Live!’ at the Room 415 Comedy Club during Colossal Clusterfest at Civic Center Plaza and The Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on June 2, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by FilmMagic/FilmMagic)

Five by Tenn: 5 Short Plays by Tennessee Williams

  • Out of the Box Theater Company

More than excited for this Tennessee Williams focus at Out of the Box Theater Company this June, with several performances from June 9-19 of Williams’ little-seen acts. Staged at the Bernie Wohl Center and directed by Ward Nixon, this is a chance to appreciate the genius of one of our favorite queer icons.

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Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tennessee Williams photographed in 1966. (Photo by Jack Mitchell/Getty Images)

Times Square’s ‘Polar Rainbow’

Polar Rainbow by Latvian-British artist Kristaps Ancāns can be seen in Times Square throughout June. The work, curated by Corina L. Apostol, brings a virtual rainbow over Times Square using an easy-to-download app. Truly the intersection of queers and technology.

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Chloe Chiasson at albert benda

Until June 25, artist Chloe Chiasson can be seen in albert benda gallery. The “Fast Towns and Slow Hearts” exhibition is the artist’s first solo show and yet it is a stunning exploration of queer life with promising potential.

Chloe Chiasson: Fast Hearts and Slow Cities. May 19 – June 25, 2022. Albertz Benda, NY.

Proud in the park

On June 17, the New York City Opera will host its annual Pride in the Park performance, free to the public and at 7 p.m. in Bryant Park. It is a much loved favorite. With a diverse range of performances from old favorites, it’s sure to be a unique day at the park.

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Gender Discard Party with Nayland Blake at the Whitney

The gender throw-away party hosted by Nayland Blake at the Whitney Museum of American Art invites attendees to “BYOB: Bring Your Own Baggage.” Participation is free with registration on June 9 from 7pm to 10pm, with dancing, food and drink. It’s 21+.

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NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 01: Nayland Blake attends 2018 Africa’sOut! celebration at Smack Mellon on June 1, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Chance Yeh/Getty Images)

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