Raise the rainbow flags, it’s National Pride Month!
Las Vegas’ City Hall illuminated with rainbow colors on June first to commemorate National Pride Month. Activities and gatherings to embrace and uplift the LGBTQ+ community are taking place all month long such as hikes, shows, pool parties and more.
Here are six ways to celebrate Pride Month in Las Vegas.
1. The LGBTQ+ Center Pride Events
PrEP RALLY is a local event created to engage with the community and promote wellness at The Center. The Rally includes HIV/STI testing, PrEP navigation, education on harm reduction, immunizations of Hep A, Hep B and HPV plus music and food. Saturday, June 11, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The Center at 401 S. Maryland Pkwy.
Big Valley Wrestling showcases LGBTQIA+ wrestlers and allies by hosting matches featuring some of the West Coast’s most popular wrestlers. Saturday, June 11 at 6 p.m. The Center at 401 S. Maryland Pkwy. Tickets start at $20.
Broadway in the Hood presents the musical “Rent” at The Center from June 28 to July 4. An hour prior to each show, they will host a pre-party, “The Life Cafe,” which includes food, performances and HIV/STI testing. This production is ran by one of the best show troupes in town. Tickets start at $25.
Did You Know? On June 28, 1970, the first Pride march was in New York City in honor of the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising (1969). The Stonewall Uprising was a six-day sequence of events when LGBTQ+ protesters fought back as police raided the gay bar, Stonewall Inn, according to The Library of Congress.
2. Las Vegas PRIDE Festivities
Las Vegas PRIDE OUTside Hike is an event for all ages. Meet up to hike the Mary Jane Falls trail on Mount Charleston. This is part of their new monthly outdoors events. Bring snacks and water to stay hydrated. Participants hike at their own pace. It is described as “a short but strenuous” trail, which takes about 2-hours to complete. There are no fees required to participate. Free. 98 Mary Jane Big Falls Rd, Mt Charleston, NV. 10 a.m.
A Beautiful PRIDE Celebration with PRIDE cocktails, giveaways and DJs will be at The Cosmopolitan. Party on the pool deck and participate in activities for LGBTQIA+ History Month. Saturday, June 18, 7:30 p.m., 3708 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV. Tickets start at $20.
Pride Family Picnic and Splash Pad Meet Up invites LGBTQ+ parents and children to come to an inclusive picnic. Bring a blanket, snacks and drinks to the Pride playdate. The event staff will wear rainbows, which will make them easy to spot. COVID-19 vaccinations are required to attend the event. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Free. Spring Valley Community Park, 7600 W Flamingo Rd. June 25, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Play Hot Shot Bingo at Red Rock Casino and Santa Fe Station this month. Part of the proceeds from both Bingo events go to benefiting The Center. The event includes prizes ranging from $100 to $1000, music and drinks. Attend Rainbow Bright at Santa Fe on June 24 hosted by Shannel from RuPaul’s Drag Race. Doors open at 10 p.m. and the event starts at 11 p.m. Another bingo benefit, Live, Love, Be, will be at Red Rock Casino on June 30, which is also hosted by Shannel. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the event starts at 9 p.m. The minimum buy-in is $25 per person.
3. More Nevada Pride Parties and Celebrations
Temptation Sundays are LGBTQ+ pool parties on the Strip. Las Vegas PRIDE partners with owner of The Garden Las Vegas, Eduardo Cordova, to throw a lively celebration. The festivities include guest DJs, guest celebrity appearances and more. Temptation Sundays will be held at the Luxor on June 12 and June 19 from noon to 6 p.m. 3900 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV. Reserve a spot on the guest list.
Starfire “Taste The Rainbow” Pride Celebration is a nightlife event hosted by Beverly Chillz, a local entertainer. The party features exotic dancers, performers, digital art and immersive videos. Come out to party with C.C. Elise, Erotica Eva Soriano and Company, Jazmine Black, Joss Amor, Justin Wes, Prodigy Cole and many other talented performers. Dance under the disco ball while immersing in the inclusive, uplifting atmosphere. Don’t miss out on Starfire’s first-ever lip sync battle. June 18. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Free. StarBase 3905 W Diablo Dr.
Henderson PRIDE Fest hosted by Henderson Equality Center will be celebrating with entertainment, vendors, food, drinks, nonprofits and include a kids area at the celebration. Come out to the Galleria Mall to join in on the festivities. 18 and under is free. 18 and over is $5 per ticket and includes both days. Friday, June 10 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday, June 11 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Galleria Mall 1300 W Sunset Rd.
Pride Night at Cowabunga Bay is a pool party featuring DJs, live entertainment, food, VIP cabanas and more. Friday, June 10 from 8 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 on event day. 900 Galleria Drive
2-Year Anniversary Weekend and Pride Month at The Garden Las Vegas features international DJs Jesus Montanez and Arno Diem on Friday, June 17 from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. VIP Bottle services include a table for up to six people, drink mixers and presentation. Event tickets are now available. The Garden, 1017 S 1st St #180, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Join The Center for Pahrump Proud for family-friendly festivities with the community featuring entertainment, games and outreach at Pahrump Nugget. June 26, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Pahrump Nugget, 681 S Hwy 160 89048
Mesquite Pride Weekend will be a three day event in Mesquite, Nevada celebrating Pride Month with a bar crawl, Drag show, food, beverages, Drag Bingo, Pride family night and more. Friday, June 24, 2022 at 4:30 p.m. to June 26, 2022 2:00 p.m., 100 E Old Mill Rd, 100 East Old Mill Road, Mesquite, United States, find tickets here
4. Enjoy Festive Food and Drink Specials
DTLV’s Golden Fog Coffee
Golden Fog Coffee is serving two different colorful Pride-themed tea flights all month long for $6 each.
Try sipping on these two colorful tea flights.
- Red Tea Latte (Rooibos)
- Raspberry Moon Latte (Raspberry Blue Fog)
- Strawberry Tea Latte (18 Ruby)
- Golden Tea Latte (Sticky Rice)
- Clove Matcha Latte (Matcha)
- Blue Fog (Tropical Coconut)
In downtown Las Vegas, Golden Fog is located at 1300 S. Casino Center Blvd., Unit 110. The coffee shop is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Beast by Todd English inside Area 15
The Beast by Todd English inside Area 15 is serving Pride Sliders starting on Monday, June 13 through Friday, June 19 from noon to midnight.
Pride Sliders will be a special colorful barbecue trio made with one brisket slider, one hot link slider and one pulled pork slider served on bright blue, red and yellow buns wide a side of pickled vegetables.
The dish costs $19. On behalf of The Beast, $5 of every purchase will go towards benefiting The Center LV.
Drag Queen Brunch at Hamburger Mary’s
Hamburger Mary’s throws an unforgettable party at Drag Your Sass to Brunch! every Saturday at 11 a.m. The weekly event is hosted by the former Miss Gay America Tiffany Bonet along with a cast of dancing divas. The brunch menu includes avocado toast, chicken and waffles, huevos rancheros, burgers, sandwiches and more. For only $65, guests may enjoy bottomless mimosas. Hamburger Mary’s, 1700 E Flamingo Rd, Call (702) 592-0208 for reservations
5. Donate to Local LGBTQ+ Non-Profits
Can’t Cancel Pride is a virtual benefit event sponsored by Proctor and Gamble and iHeartRadio. The online fundraiser will feature special guests, performances and present an award to Sir Elton John. June 14, 5 p.m.
The LGBTQ Center of Southern Nevada a.k.a The Center is an inclusive haven celebrating diverse communities offering resources, programs and services to provide a safe space for the LGBTQ+ community. Learn ways to get involved like training to become an ally.
Las Vegas Transpride is a non-profit organization bringing awareness, support and empowerment to the Trans community. Some of the services they offer include assistance with filling out the name change documents, providing chest binders, individual spiritual pastoral counseling, providing healthcare treatment advocacy and more.
Gender Justice Nevada describes itself as an organization that “champions the healing, dignity, and justice for LGBTQ+ people including: transgender, non-binary, gender non-conforming, intersex, and other gender diverse people.” The non-profit advocates to change laws and policies so that all Nevadans, regardless of gender identity and expression, have the right to live authentically and safely.
The Pride Tree is a local non-profit organization providing LGBTQ+ youth after school and summer programs. Some of their programs include Club Pride Tree, a safe space for LGBTQ+ to discuss everything from navigating the coming out process to LGBTQ+ representation in pop culture; Pride Tree Parent Programming, a non-judgmental space for parents and allies of LGBTQ+ youth to ask questions, connect with the community and access resources to support their child and Camp Tree Pride, a summer camp experience for LGBTQ+ youth and allies to build leadership skills, confidence and the chance to make friends for life.
Henderson Equality Center a philanthropic institution that is dedicated to empowering the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, allies and queer community of Henderson, NV. The Henderson Equality Center offers a safe space for LGBTQ+ locals to receive support through resources like a food pantry, wellness clinic, support groups, scholarship program and job assistance classes for at-risk youth LGBTQ+ youth and adults.
Another non-profit to consider donating to is the Trevor Project. The Trevor Project is the largest suicide prevention and crisis center for LGBTQ youth in the world. The non-profit’s mission is to “end suicide among lesbian, gay, transgender, queer and questioning young people.” By the end of the organization’s 25th year, the non-profit’s goal is to serve 1.8 million crisis contacts yearly as well as innovate ways to continue their advocacy work.
6. Watch LGBTQ+ Documentaries
Another way to honor Pride month is by learning more about the LGBTQ+ community through watching documentaries. PBS features free documentaries centering around the LGBTQ+ community as well as other streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and more. Below is a list of programs that serve as educational resources to consider watching this Pride month.
LGBTQ+ Documentaries on PBS are free and offer a variety of short documentaries to hear more stories centered around the LGBTQ+ community including “Ballerina Boys,” “Queer Latine of Teatro Pregones,” among others.
“The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson” (Netflix)
In this documentary, Victoria Cruz investigates the death of Marsha P. Johnson, a Black LGBTQ+ rights activist and Stonewall veteran. Johnson died mysteriously in 1992. Cruz takes an in-depth look at both archival interviews and more recent interviews with Johnson’s family, friends and other LGBTQ+ activists.
“Pride” (Hulu and Disney+)
“Pride” is a six-part documentary detailing LGBTQ+ struggles for civil rights from the 1950s through the 2000s in America.
“Changing the Game” (Hulu)
This documentary follows the lives of three transgender athletes in high school that are all at competing to be the top champions in their field.
“Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen” (Netflix)
This Netflix film examines how transgender people are portrayed in Hollywood and the way that impacts their lives and American culture.
For more information on Pride Month 2022 events, visit Gay Out for World Gay events.