HARTFORD, Conn. — June is recognized as Pride month after the riots at the Stonewall Inn, a tavern in New York City's Greenwich Village which was the site of a 1969 uprising widely viewed as the start of the modern gay civil rights movement.
A police raid on June 28, 1969 triggered a riot by a group of transgender, lesbian and gay patrons objecting to the continuing harassment by authorities. That night they blockaded officers in the building for a time.
The event triggered several nights of riots and the following year, LGBT groups staged a parade to mark the anniversary.
Since then, Pride events around the country have grown. In some cities, the Pride parade is one of the largest events of the year.
Traditionally, Hartford Pride has been scheduled in September so as not to conflict with larger events in Boston and New York City.
Here are the Pride events happening in Connecticut this month:
Foxwoods Resort Casino
Join the Queen Diva herself, Big Freedia, on June 20 from 12pm-6pm at the Fox Tower Pool as she turns it up and puts the BIG in Big Pride Party. Guests are invited to spend the day celebrating their authentic selves, proudly, while enjoying Bounce music, sipping colorful cocktails and lounging by the pool. Tickets start at $30 and can be purchased here.
Pride Flag raising ceremony to be held at Town Hall in Bloomfield Center on Monday, June 14 at 10am, in celebration of Pride Month, as a tribute to those who were involved in the Stonewall Riots.
Southington Pride is launching the first-ever town-wide Pride Celebration in 2021
June 5: Family Craft Day
Pride Flag raising at Town Hall on Tuesday, June 1 at 9:00 a.m. to recognize Pride Month in a ceremony in support for the LGBTQ community.
Out Film CT
Out Film CT is hosting its annual LGBTQ+ film festival for the 34th year. The festival will be a hybrid virtual and in-person event running from June 4 through June 13.
June 1 at 1 p.m.: Virtual Pride Parade
June 5 at 5-8 p.m.: Talent showcase
June 6 at 2-6 p.m. - Talent showcase
Two socially distant Middletown Pride Showcases featuring performers, live music. The South Green will be sectioned off for each group of up to 6 individuals. Reservations required.
Ridgefield Pride in the Park
June 26 at 12 p.m.: Family-friendly celebration with music, games, and much more.
West Hartford Pride
June 1 at 8:30 a.m.: Flag raising at Unity Green in West Hartford Center
June 26 and 27 Mini Film Fest with Out Film CT
In recognition of LGBTQ Pride Month, The Hartford stag sign on the Tower Building in downtown Hartford will light up in a rainbow color scheme beginning at dusk on June 1st through dawn on June 8th. In addition, we will proudly display a Pride banner on our Home Office Building for the month.
The Branford Town Hall and the James Blackstone Memorial Library will be lit up with the rainbow lights on the weekend from June 11 through June 13, starting anytime after sunset.
Branford's Main Street will be lined with Rainbow Flags again and Town will debut one as well.
Stop & Shop
Hartford Pride is scheduled for September 2021
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