Courtesy of Summer Pride, June 2017 Issue.
As part of LGBT Pride Month, Tucson is hosting a series of community events that all come together under the umbrella of Summer Pride.
Summer Pride, which will take place June 2-12 at various locations throughout Tucson, is an event concept developed by Pete King, owner of summerpride.com. His vision for Summer Pride, according to the website, is to create a week of exciting events that appeal to a wide cross section of the community.
“Summer Pride is a fantastic week of LGBTI community events that celebrate the spirit of liberation and equality ignited by the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion,” the website explains. “It is a collaboration of organizations, businesses and social groups.’
However, King clarified that Summer Pride is not intended to be a replacement for Tucson Pride, which will observe its 40th anniversary Sept. 30.
“Like many cities, Tucson is big enough to support lots of events,” the website explains. “It just so happens that many Tucson organizations plan events to take place the first week of June … [which] is a traditional time for many communities around the world to have celebrations. Now Tucson does, too.”
The Benefit | June 3
TIHAN celebrates the 20th anniversary of their signature event, Treasures for TIHAN, with “An Evening Under The Stars” beginning at 6 p.m. at the Tucson Marriott University Park Hotel, 880 E. Second St. in Tucson.
One of the community’s premiere annual fundraisers turns 20 with a sparkling evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, festive entertainment and live and silent auctions. Proceeds benefit TIHAN’s programs and services for people affected by HIV/AIDS.
For more information on “An Evening Under The Stars,” visit tihan.org/treasures2017/treasures_event_info.htm.
The Movie | June 8
Join Out At The Movies for a screening of To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar beginning at 7:30 p.m. at The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd, in Tucson. Tickets are $15 and proceeds support Habitat for Humanity’s Rainbow Build (habitattucson.org/get-involved/events/rainbow-build).
For more information on the screening, visit loftcinema.org/film/to-wong-foo-thanks-for-everything-julie-newmar.
The Happy Hour | June 9
Tucson’s most popular monthly gay outing, the G3 Gay Happy Hour, is celebrating its fourth anniversary from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Mercado San Agustin, 100 S.
Avenida del Convento, in Tucson.
G3 is a social event for gay men and their friends that takes place the second Friday of every month, and the courtyard at Mercado San Agustin will provide the backdrop for G3’s birthday bash, which will include cocktails, food offerings, music and a festive crowd ($9 cover). For more information, visit tucsong3.com.
The Brunch | June 10
Join the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF) for Out Brunch 2017 beginning at 10 a.m. (registration) at Tucson University Park Hotel, 880 E. Second St., in Tucson.
Hosted by “RuPaul’s Drag Race” veteran and Echo Magazine Hall of Fame inductee Tempest DuJour (pictured), and featuring entertainment from Bryan Safi and Erin Gibson of TV Land’s “Throwing Shade,” this inaugural event honoring the 2017 Godat, Steve Hall and Dr. Jean Baker Community Ally award recipients.
Ticlets are $65 in advance and proceeds benefit SAAF’s LGBT Initiatives Program. For more information, visit outbrunchaz.saaf.org.
The Parade | June 10
The Rainbow Parade, an electrified costume parade comprised of six contingents – one for each color in the Rainbow Flag is going to sashay through the streets of downtown Tucson (projected route: along Congress Street, between Fourth and Church avenues), beginning at 8 p.m.
At this parade even the street will play a part in the show, with sound and lighting effects bouncing off the buildings blurring the line between parade participants and spectators.
For more information, or to sign up to be in the parade, visit summerpride.com/parade.
The Concert | June 11
Tucson and Phoenix LGBT choruses are joining forces for “Celebrating the Spectrum,” beginning at 3 p.m. at Tucson Temple of Music and Art, 220 S. Scott Avenue, in Tucson.
Desert Voices, together with Reveille Men’s Chorus and the ReVerb Ensemble, welcome The Phoenix Metropolitan Men’s Chorus, Voices of the Desert and The Phoenix Women’s Chorus to the Temple of Music for this semiannual concert that’s empowerment through song.
Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door, and proceeds benefit Desert Voices. For more information, visit desertvoices.org.
For additional details, including information on the The Opening, The Mixer and The Memorial stay tuned to summerpride.com.