Happy Friday, Big Gay World! You’ve survived another week and deserve some fun. Sure, you could call up that guy from last weekend, but it’s Spring, an opportunity (read: excuse) to try out new things and people. To help you out, here’s our rundown of this weekend’s must-do events across the U.S. If you know of, or are planning something we should know about, give us a holla.
Can you believe it’s Pride season already? Three diverse cities kick off their celebrations early this weekend and we’re pretty curious about how Pride will be different after a year of such momentous change for the LGBT community. For those not ready to don rainbows just yet, there’s always the bright lights of Coachella.
4.18 – 4.19
Phoenix Pride Festival
Steele Indian School Park
3rd St. & Indian School
To be honest, Phoenix has always seemed to us to be a great place to pass through on the way to wherever you’re going, but as our many very cute Phoenix-born friends can attest to, the city has a lot to offer in human charm. Phoenix’s Pride celebration focuses mostly on the Pride Festival, a two-day event featuring a market, art, food and a kid’s area. The atmosphere is more ‘gay state fair’ than ‘all-day-dance party’, however if it’s a parade you want, you’ll want to show up at 11am on Saturday where Mayor Phil Gordon and longtime Pride leader (and frequent wearer of red hats) Linda Hoffman will be the Grand Marshals.
Philadelphia Black Gay Pride
Beginning this Sunday with the 2nd Annual Miss Philadelphia Black Gay Pride Pageant, Philly’s prominent and proud black community celebrates and explores the issues of what it means to be gay and black in America with a week of events. Events include a community forum, Praise & worship events, spoken word poetry jams, concerts, speed dating, parties and an awards banquet honoring outstanding members of the community. In short, Philly Black Pride lets you show yours in whatever way you feel best reflects who you are. We wouldn’t expect anything less from the hometown of the Declaration of Independence.
Miami Gay Beach Pride
4.18 – 12pm
Ocean Drive, Miami Beach
Kicking off its inaugural pride event, Miami Beach is determined to bring its A-game and tan lines. Superstar Patti Labelle and super tramp Richie Rich serve as Grand Marshals for the parade, which kicks off at noon as it sashays down the deco-lined Ocean Drive. Miami Beach Mayor Matti Bower will be in attendance and after the parade, a family-friendly festival and concert will be held. Ladies, at long last, this is a pride celebration where you’re the focus: the night heats up at 10pm at Indra Lounge with ‘Celebrate’, the official women’s pride event and for the boy’s the world-famous “morning party” takes off at 10 am Sunday.
Coachella Music Festival
Empire Polo Field
81-800 Avenue 51
The most important music festival in the world or a magnet for deluded hipster poseurs, Coachella Music Festival’s influence on the culture is undeniable. This year’s line-up features gay musicians Morrissey and Anthony Hegarty (who’s never said he was trans, so maybe the gay media will stop saying he is just because he cross-dresses and says nice things about trans people, ok?) as well as The Killers, who are not gay, but probably should be. If you’ve ever wanted to see a shritless Shia La Bouef laying in the grass stoned off his ass telling a passing cloud how frikkin’ rad Fleet Foxes is, get yourself to the desert.