City of Pasadena Kicks Off Pride Month Celebrations With Pride Flag Raising Ceremony

PASADENA, Calif.—June marks the celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month. Mayor Victor M. Gordo and City Council invite community members to attend the Progress Pride Flag raising ceremony in front of City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave., on Wednesday, June 1, at 12:30 p.m. The flag was designed by non-binary artist Daniel Quasar and made by San Diego-based Pride Flag SD, the first Queer-owned flag company.

LGBT Pride Month commemorates the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City, where activists and patrons of the Stonewall Inn pushed back against police harassment and persecution to which LGBT Americans were commonly subjected. This uprising marks the beginning of a movement to outlaw discriminatory laws and practices against LGBT Americans.

Today, organizations around the country honor June as Pride Month and dedicate celebrations, ceremonies and memorials in recognition of the contributions made by LGBTQ individuals—locally, nationally and internationally.

More Pride Month Community Events
For all ages to enjoy and participate in, unless otherwise specified.

Pride @ Work(shop)
Presented by Te Jay McGrath and the Pasadena Public Health Department. This interactive workshop highlights local organizations and services, provides context and content for implementing affirming practices for LGBTQ+ constituents and coworkers. Learn about gender spectrum, the coming out process, allyship and affirmation, creating safe spaces, and more! Limited to 25 attendees per event.

Sign up to attend this workshop.
Thursday, June 16, 2-4 p.m., Zoom

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Monday, June 20, 2-4 p.m., Zoom

Book Talk: “Don’t You Dare: Uncovering Lost Love” by Gayla Turner
This compelling story weaves together a current-day journey of discovery and a true-life love story between two women that took place over 100 years ago. During a time when newspaper headlines and stories didn’t mention LGBTQ+ people, they loved and lived in the background of society, knowing it was too dangerous to do otherwise. All were hidden, just like the wedding photos belonging to author Gayla Turner’s grandmother, Ruby.
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Thursday, June 16, 5 p.m., Zoom

Bold Voices, Authentic Choices: Writing Workshop for Teens
Explore writing fiction while incorporating diversity into fantasy worlds. Special guest speaker. For ages 12-18.
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Wednesday, June 22, 4-6 p.m., Zoom

Outreach at the Boulevard Bar
Connect with your community and pick-up free giveaways, including at-home HIV test kits.
Friday, June 24, 8-10 p.m., Boulevard Bar, 3199 E. Foothill Blvd.

Love, Loud & Proud Celebration
Join us as we champion our diverse LGBTQ+ community at the City of Pasadena’s inaugural Pride Month Celebration. Enjoy live entertainment, local food trucks, arts & crafts, face painting and more with local LGBTQ organizations, community partners and allies at this fun, free event.
Saturday, June 25, 6-8 p.m., Pasadena City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave.

Take & Make Crafts
Enjoy fun, free take-and-make-crafts that are simple and easy to make. Available while supplies last. Limited one kit per participant. Kits contain the necessary craft materials and instructions to help guide you in creating the craft. Additional household items such as scissors, a stapler, glue or tape may be needed.

Rainbow Melted Crayon Art
Inspired by the book “Red: A Crayon’s Story” by Michael Hall, create rainbow artwork using canvas and crayons to celebrate identity, self-acceptance and Pride Month. For ages 10+. Sign up for your kit while supplies last. Sign-ups begin June 1. Kits can be picked up at Hastings Branch Library, 3325 E. Orange Grove Blvd.

Rainbow Pride Bracelet
Express your pride with a colorful woven friendship bracelet – to wear or give! Sign up for your kit while supplies last. Sign-ups begin June 1. Kits can be picked up at Hill Avenue Branch Library, 55 S. Hill Ave., beginning June 6.

Pride Month Rainbow Weaving
Celebrate your pride with rainbow weaving. Materials include a cardboard loom and rainbow colored yarn. Perfect for creating a rainbow or weaving a unique colorful pattern. For ages 5+. Sign up for your kit while supplies last. Sign-ups begin June 21. Kits can be picked up at the Santa Catalina Branch Library, 999 E. Washington Blvd.

For more information, visit www.cityofpasadena.net or call (626) 744-4755.

Stay connected to the City of Pasadena! Visit us online at www.cityofpasadena.net follow us on Twitter at @PasadenaGov, and Instagram and Facebook at @CityOfPasadena; or call the City Service Center Monday through Friday during business hours at (626) 744-7311.

Pride flag in foreground. Pasadena City Hall in background. Text reads: Mayor Victor M. Gordo and the City Council invite you to attend the City of Pasadena’s PRIDE FLAG RAISING WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, 2022 12:30 P.M. Pasadena City Hall 100 N. Garfield Avenue For more information, please contact: Araceli Mellem at amellem@cityofpasadena.net or call (626) 744-7210.