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Guide to 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. 

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 25+ local entertainers and other special guests, it’s giving extravaganza. It’s giving equal-rights realness. It’s giving acceptance for exceptional Memphians. Take a look at what you can expect from this year’s Mid-South Memphis Pride Fest ↓ 

Drag N Drive | Thursday, May 30th
Time: 7 PM
Summer Drive-In
Kick off the weekend with an evening of fabulous storytelling at the vintage Summer Drive-In. Get more details here!

Big Gay Dance Party | Friday, May 31st
8 PM
Details: Gear up with the perfect prelude to an amazing weekend with a real Memphis party. Get more details here!

The Pride Festival | Saturday, June 1st
11 AM-5 PM
Location: Robert Church Park
Deets: Join over 50,000 attendees from far and near for a day filled with 175+ vendors, live entertainment on TWO stages, a kids’ area, educational sessions, and interactive activities, celebrating unity and diversity. Get more details here!

The Pride Parade | Saturday, June 1st
Time: 11 AM
Location: Parade steps off at 4th and Beale)
Deets: A grand parade through Beale Street with 110 units and 2,500+ participants from various community groups, businesses, and organizations. Get more details here

Drag Brunch with the Grand Marshals | Sunday, June 2nd
11 AM-2 PM
Location: Cossitt Library
Deets: Wrap up your Pride Fest Weekend with a vibe at brunch celebrating the Grand Marshals of the Memphis Pride Parade. Get more details here

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 legendary lineup of events features educational sessions, a music festival, and a drag brunch! Check out an overview of the festival here ⇣

A Night of Xcellence | Thursday, June 13th
Time: 6:30 PM
National Civil Rights Museum
Celebrate the commencement of the weekend festivities with a beautiful opening ceremony. Get more details here!

Education Sessions | Friday-Saturday, June 14th-15th
Time: 9 AM
Sheraton Memphis Downtown Hotel
Attend a variety of free educational classes on topics like vaccine shots, HIV/AIDS awareness, mental health, trauma-informed care, and more. Register for the sessions here!

Kiki Ball & Cowboy Carter Day Party | Saturday, June 15th
6 PM-11 PM
Location: M.O.S.H. Museum (The Pink Palace) 
Deets: Experience a two-party takeover of the Pink Palace with a good old-fashioned kiki. Get more details here!

TSB Pride Music Festival | Sunday, June 16th
11 AM-5 PM
Location: The Jefferies
Deets: Celebrate the weekend with live music headlined by singer, songwriter, and actress Syleena Johnson. Get more details here!

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. 

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