Why We Celebrate Pride in June
For the last fifty three years, June has been dedicated to celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride all month long. It began with years of oppression and unrest bubbling to the surface as The Stonewall Riots started in the summer of 1969 in New York City. This pivotal event is often credited with being the catalyst for the larger gay rights movement through the 70s and into today. An extension of this movement led to the creation of Equality Utah in 2001. In the twenty two years since, Equality Utah has worked tirelessly toward their vision of a fair and just Utah. As we ring in our twenty second Utah Pride month, we have created our own Equality Utah Guide to Pride to make sure you make the most of June.
Equality Utah’s Guide to Pride Weekend
Thursday, June 1st
Join us for the Cosmic Disco Pride Kick Off Party! Ticket sales help support the Equality Utah Political Action Committee. Headliner performance by RuPaul’s Trinity the Tuck and hosted by RHOSLC’s Lisa Barlow. The event will highlight and boost the EU PAC Fight against anti-LGBTQ+ legislation. Show times are at 9:30 & 10:30 PM. Meet and greets available at 8:30 PM, tickets sold separately. Additional performances by local queens programmed as well! Check out M I L K + for a full list of their events this weekend.
Friday, June 2nd
Join us at Piper Down for the Piper Pride Rainbow Party! Rock your rainbows loud and proud, best dressed is taking home $100. Expect raffles and prizes galore! Proceeds benefit Equality Utah.
Pride March + Rally | Free
The 2023 Utah Pride Pep Rally Kickoff and March starts at 6:00 PM! Featuring all things, “Unapologetic”, it will be led by local Queerleaders and Foolsballs Players to get you pumped and ready to ra-ra-rally. Music, chants and powerful speakers (including our own, Olivia Jaramillo, Director of Public Outreach) will stun and set the tone for the festival this year. All are welcome!
Loud and Queer Concert | $30+
Featuring Icona Pop, head to the Loud and Queer Concert at Washington Square! Be some of the first to step foot on the brand new and improved Utah Pride Festival grounds to enjoy a stacked evening of music and fun. Joining Icona Pop, performances by Trixie Mattel, Anabel Englund, DJ Raffa Mafra and more expected!
Saturday, June 3rd
Utah Pride Festival | $15+
The Utah Pride Festival is back and bigger than ever! Open from 1:00p – 12:00a, be sure to review the full schedule of events and start planning your fest now. Want extra credit? They still are in need of volunteer support. Head here for details!
Sunday, June 5th
Utah Pride Parade | Free
The Pride Parade is Utah’s largest LGBTQIA+ event! Free and open to everyone on the streets of Salt Lake City, join nearly 150,000 spectators and participants to create a spectacular change to be unapologetic! Be sure to check out the new route and plan for fun!
Celebrating Equality All Year Long
When June comes to a close, have no fear – there are ways to support us all year. Start planning your night now for our annual Allies Gala October 14th, 2023! Sponsorship opportunities are available now, more information on how to get involved is linked here for you.
Note from The Shop – We are proud to support Equality Utah as one of our Annual MyCommunity partners and have them as members in Salt Lake City! See you around town this weekend for Pride 🏳️🌈.