Hot Rabbit in all of its Hot Rabbit glory. (Photo by Maro Hagopian)
Only two years ago, Marty Markowitz dubbed Brooklyn “the lesbian capital of the Northeast.” While NYC Pride might get more attention, Brooklyn Pride has surged ahead in recent years, with a fantastic selection of film screenings, storytelling nights, and actually great parties with actually great music (that don’t cost a hundred dollars). There’s even a Pride run to celebrate people who want to celebrate queerness via exercise. God bless them. Check out the list below for the best of Brooklyn Pride this week.
THURSDAY, 6/11. Matt Shephard Is A Friend Of Mine.
Featuring a screening of the film that documented the terrible hate crime, followed by a discussion. Brooklyn Museum. Free.
FRIDAY 6/12. Queer Memoir: Strength
. The famous monthly storytelling series, led by Kelli Dunham, presents an evening of stories based on strength. Out of the Closet, 6:30pm.
SATURDAY 6/13. Pride 5K Run
. Run for pride–or maybe just watch your friends run. Bartel-Pritchard Square, 10am
SATURDAY 6/13. Brooklyn Pride Twilight Parade.
The only twilight parade in the Northeast. March along Fifth avenue, from Lincoln Place to 9th street. 7:30 pm.
SATURDAY 6/13. Lions Rule
. Cute queer Brooklyn boys, drag queens, shots, dancing, happiness. LoveGun
SATURDAY 6/13. We Are Brooklyn Pride
. Featuring DJ Whitney Day, Amber Valentine, Sveta, M.O., Robi D. Light, and Coby D. Two floors means double the dancing, with performances by performance art collective House of YES. $20, Verboten, 10pm-4am.
SATURDAY 6/13. Be Cute at Brooklyn Pride
. Matty Beats and Horrorchata present, “a Dance Party for Homos and Aliens from Outer Space that like to shake it on the dance floor.” Littlefield, 10 p.m.-4 a.m., $5 advanced tickets, $10 at the door.
SATURDAY 6/13. Hot Rabbit Presents… Bad Habit Brooklyn Pride Official After-Party
. Featuring: DJ Jessamess, DJ Roze Royze, DJ RosyQ, and performances by AB Soto and lesbian pop phenomenon, Sizzy Rocket (of the song “Bestie” fame). Huge party in a huge venue, featuring drink specials and endless dancing (or from 10pm-4am). Lot 45, $10, a percentage of proceeds to go Brooklyn Pride.
SATURDAY, 6/20. North Brooklyn Pride Festival
. A big family picnic, followed by a classic Brooklyn block party with food, music, killer DJs, and dancing. Proceeds from the festival benefit LGBTQ youth who are homeless or in foster care. 12-9pm