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Pride Month in Memphis

What does it mean to celebrate Pride Month in Memphis? It means you’re invited to sashay this way in support your local LGBTQ+ community! Throughout the entire month of June, many Mid-South businesses and organizations are activating safe spaces for folks to learn and live it up. 

With the current political climate contributing to the continued eradication of queer joy, let the month of June be a launching pad for even louder allyship.

Whether you’re a member of Memphis’ LGBTQ+ community, or a supportive Bluff Citizen, pull up to empower Memphians during Pride Month, and then after. 

Pride Flag Stretched Down Beale Street During Memphis Pride Parade

This annual gathering of gays, hosted by Mid-South Pride,  is the largest, local commemoration of its kind!

With four days full of dance parties, pride performances, a Memphis Pride parade—and drag shows featuring 50+ local entertainers plus Lady Camden and Kameron Michaels of Ru Paul’s Drag Race—and more, it’s giving extravaganza. It’s giving equal-rights realness. It’s giving acceptance for exceptional Memphians. 

Metalwork jewelry made by queer artist Danielle Attoe featured in Memphis Pride Month Art Show at Memphis Metal Museum
Queer artist Danielle Attoe's work will be featured alongside 40 works of art made by 26 LGBTQIA+ metal artists during "We Are Here" at Memphis Metal Museum.

Throughout history, and still today, queer voices have been cropped out of conversations; and even more so been removed from the very framework that has found many infrastructures. 

Thanks to the Metal Museum, and three local jurors—Matt Lambert, Al Murray, and Lawrence Matthews—”We Are Here” seeks to restore balance and “forge a fuller narrative” with forty works of art from 26 LGBTQIA+ metal artists. 

A group of people celebrating Pride Month in Memphis, watching an outdoor concert with a rainbow flag.

Recognized as the official Black Pride of Memphis by the Center for Black Equity, TriState Black Pride doesn’t play when it comes to Pride Month programming!

The lengthy lineup of events features educational sessions, a job fair, a rooftop party, a free brunch… and that’s just one day! You’ve got a whole weekend to witness the “People, Purpose, and Power” of this organization. 

Attending prom is a paramount moment in any adolescents life—and Queer Prom presents an opportunity to reminisce on the good times or re-do the big day entirely.

Since 1989, OUTMemphis has cared for the Mid-South’s queer community—and for the fourth year in a row, they’ve arranged an evening filled with dancing, delicious drinks, and the “radical” determination to do life despite discouraging limitations. 

P.S. Sponsorship opportunities available, too!

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