Celebrate Pride Month With These Metro Detroit Events

While the area’s biggest bashes have been postponed, there are still plenty of local happenings
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Moving its in-person festivities in downtown Detroit to September, Motor City Pride will instead host a Virtual Celebration of Pride this month. // Photograph courtesy of Motor City Pride

The term “Pride Month” conjures up images of colorful parades and lively parties that celebrate the LGBTQ+ community . But for the second year in a row, COVID-19 concerns have prompted organizers of some of metro Detroit’s biggest Pride celebrations — including Motor City Pride and Ferndale Pride — to postpone their events until later in the year. Thankfully, there are still many ways to observe the 51st anniversary of Pride month in metro Detroit thanks to these local events.

30 Days of Pride at Ann Arbor District Library 

In honor of Pride Month, the Ann Arbor District Library is offering a different virtual LGBTQ+-friendly activity every day for the entire month of June. The schedule includes poetry readings, craft workshops, history lessons, and more. No cost. Virtual events; aadl.org/30daysofpride

Behind the Seen: Art Pride Plymouth

Teaching volunteers with the Detroit Institute of Arts lend their knowledge to this virtual event, which features modern and contemporary pieces by LGBTQ+ artists. The program will examine the artists’ contributions to the world of fine art as well as their experiences with overcoming stereotypes and discrimination. No cost; register online. June 3. Virtual event; plymouthlibrary.evanced.info

Stride for Pride: The Ruth Ellis Legacy Walk

The Ruth Ellis Center, a local nonprofit that provides support and services for LGBTQ+ youth of color, is inviting you to walk, run, or bike in support of young LGBTQ+ people in metro Detroit. Participants can register to fundraise online and can complete their activity anywhere in the world, with all proceeds benefiting the center’s support and outreach services. No cost to register; walkers are encouraged to create a campaign to accept pledges. June 4-6. Virtual event; ruthelliscenter.networkforgood.com

Motor City Pride Virtual Celebration of Pride 

Although Motor City Pride elected to move its parade and full-scale celebration to September this year, the organization is offering a way to celebrate Pride month virtually. From 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. on June 5, Motor City Pride will broadcast a live Celebration of Pride on its website to highlight the vibrance of metro Detroit’s LGBTQ+ community. For the duration of the month, Motor City Pride’s website will feature local artists, vendors, entertainers, and resources from community-based groups. No cost. June 5. Virtual event; motorcitypride.org 

Ferndale Pride Takes Over Ferndale Project

Ferndale Project is hosting Pride events all month long. On June 5, the brewery will welcome guest bartenders, including Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and Oakland County Commissioner Dave Coulter, to its space to serve up Ferndale Proud Sour, a craft beer inspired by the Pride rainbow. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Ferndale Pride, an organization that promotes the celebration of LGBTQ+ communities in metro Detroit. No entrance cost. June 5. Ferndale Project, 567 Livernois Ave., Ferndale; 248-556-5512; facebook.com/events for more on this event and others  

Celebrating Pride Month with Artist Thorgy Thor

New York City-based drag queen and former RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant Thorgy Thor brings her outrageous show to Clawson’s Whiskey Taco Foxtrot for this Pride Month event. Two showtimes are available — one in the afternoon and one in the evening. $25; call to purchase tickets. June 6. Whiskey Taco Foxtrot, 28 S. Main St., Clawson; 248-629-7067; facebook.com/events

Howell Pride Parade

All are welcome at this Pride celebration in Howell. The parade, which begins at the Howell Courthouse at 1 p.m., will pass through downtown Howell and end in a decorated alley space between Michigan Avenue and State Street. Guests are invited to dress festively. No cost. June 20. Livingston County Courthouse, 101-199 N. State St., Howell; facebook.com/events

Pride to be Scene

Get your glam on at this Pride-themed photoshoot. Hosted by Macomb County Pride at Vino and Vibes wine bar, this evening event encourages guests to don their Sunday best as they enjoy a special menu and small bites while a local photographer snaps photos. A decorative backdrop will be provided. No cost. June 21. Vino and Vibes Wine Bar, 7740 Auburn Road, Utica; 586-803-3705; eventbrite.com

Grosse Pointe Pride March

Starting at 10 a.m. on June 26, We GP, a community-based nonprofit, will invite guests to participate in a festive circular Pride walk around downtown Grosse Pointe. Although there is no official meeting point, the event will span 2.5 miles of sidewalk throughout the town. Pride-themed banners and temporary tattoos are available for pick-up prior to the march at Maire Elementary School’s parking lot. Guests are encouraged to bring friends, family, neighbors, and even furry companions. No cost. June 26. Downtown Grosse Pointe; we-gp.org 

Affirmations Pride Telethon

Affirmations, an LGBTQ+ community center located in downtown Ferndale, will host its second annual telethon from noon to 6 p.m. on June 26. The virtual event will feature live entertainment, surprise guest appearances, and Affirmations’ Community Awards presentation ceremony. Funds raised during the telethon will help support Affirmations’ wide array of LGBTQ+ community services, including youth programs, support groups, inclusion training, and health and wellness resources. No cost to attend. June 26. Virtual event; goaffirmations.org/telethon 

Painting for Pride

Get the creative juices flowing at this in-person afternoon painting event. Guests can enjoy raffles, light refreshments, and live music as they create their masterpieces. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Ruth Ellis Center. $25; register online. June 27. D-Loft, 23315 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; eventbrite.com

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