Pride celebrations are in full swing across the country this month, with lots of parades as well as events and exhibits showcasing the LGBT community and its history — most notably the Stonewall riots 50 years ago.
Here are just a few (also check with your AARP state office; many are participating in parades or hosting events of their own):
Out Here Now LGBT Film Festival (Kansas City, Mo.)
Experience 50 films in five days at Out Here Now, one the Midwest's premier LGBT film festivals, now in its 20th year. Running June 21-25, the festival will showcase everything from foreign dramas to comedy shorts to feature-length documentaries made for, by or about the LGBT community. Don't miss a special June 28 screening dedicated to the anniversary of Stonewall. Tickets are available online, from $5 to $9 per showing or $45 for an all-access pass.
Trans Intergenerational Brunch (San Francisco)
Transgender and gender-nonconforming community members and allies of all ages are welcome at this community brunch, San Francisco Pride's main intergenerational gathering. Share a meal in Dolores Park before the city's 16th annual Trans March on June 28, one of the largest trans events in the world and a kickoff in advance of the main San Francisco Pride parade June 30. To RSVP, call 415-259-4140 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
WorldPride NYC (New York City)
More than 3 million visitors are expected in New York City for the monthlong WorldPride, the first time the international celebration has been hosted in the U.S. It ends with the NYC Pride Parade on June 30, but there's plenty to explore in the meantime: Visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art for an exhibit celebrating the “camp” sensibility; commemorate history with a June 28 rally in honor of the Stonewall riots; and don't miss performances by Madonna and Melissa Etheridge. Event details and a full calendar are available online.
NY LGBT Center
Stonewall Forever Digital Monument (accessible from anywhere)
Can't make it to New York? Explore the Stonewall National Monument and the birth of the LGBT movement from your computer or smartphone with Stonewall Forever, a “living monument” developed by New York's LGBT Community Center and the National Park Service with support from Google. Download the app or go to stonewallforever.org to uncover six “collections” that use video interviews and archival images to trace LGBT history from the pre-Stonewall era to the present day.
The Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia/Jonathan Bari
LGBT History Walking Tour (Philadelphia)
Take a deep dive into Philadelphia's LGBT history with a walking tour that showcases landmarks such as the rainbow street signs of the Gayborhood; an original mural by Keith Haring; and the home of Barbara Gittings, a groundbreaking lesbian activist. The tour isn't part of official pride festivities (the city's Pride Parade will take place on Saturday, June 9), but you can call 215-525-1776 or email info@TheConstitutional.com to arrange a private tour. Or visit the Constitutional Walking Tour website to create a self-guided route.
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
Stonewall 50 at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (Houston)
Explore the work of LGBT artists and allies with this exhibit, on view through July 28 in honor of the 50th anniversary of Stonewall. Photographs, paintings, performances and more works by LGBT artists and allies explore sexuality and gender around the world in relation to other facets of identity, like age, race and ability. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays (hours vary); admission is free.