The City of Pasadena Celebrates Pride Month

PASADENA, CA – Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month (LGBT Pride Month) is celebrated annually in June to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall riots and to honor work to achieve equal justice and equal opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) Americans. In June of 1969, patrons and supporters of the Stonewall Inn in New York City staged an uprising to resist the 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 nation honor June as Pride month and dedicate celebrations, ceremonies, and memorials in recognition of the impact LGBTQ individuals have on history – locally, nationally and internationally. The City of Pasadena is celebrating Pride throughout June with a variety of virtual programs and workshops for teens and adults as well as free take-and-make creative crafts and events for all ages.

COMMUNITY EVENTS
For all ages to enjoy and participate in unless otherwise specified.

• Ceremony – Pride Flag Raising
The Progress Pride Flag, designed by Daniel Quasar and made in California by the first Queer-owned flag company, will be raised by Mayor Victor M. Gordo and the Pasadena City Council in front of City Hall. Join us for a memorable event.
Wednesday, June 1, 12:30 p.m., Pasadena City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave.

• Workshop – 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 co-workers. Learn about gender spectrum, the coming out process, allyship and affirmation, creating safe spaces, and more! Limited to 25 attendees per event.

To attend this workshop, sign up at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYvduGorTouHd1HojmmE9qI9tvI3BS9JyG3
Thursday, June 16, 2-4 p.m., Zoom

To attend this workshop, sign up at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIlceuoqzMrGt1ujtZcv1vwYGgCmC1P3KRX
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. To attend this presentation, sign up at https://pasadena.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails?EventID=5962.
Thursday, June 16, 5 p.m., Zoom

• Workshop - Bold Voices, Authentic Choices: Writing Workshop for Teens
Explore writing fiction while incorporating diversity into fantasy worlds. Special guest speaker. For ages 12-18. To attend this workshop, sign up at https://pasadena.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails?EventID=5770
Wednesday, June 22, 4-6 p.m., Zoom

• Community Aid – 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.

• Celebration – Love, Loud & Proud
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.

• Craft - Take & Make: 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 at https://cityofpasadena.libwizard.com/f/crayon while supplies last. Sign-ups begin June 1. Kits can be picked up at Hastings Branch Library, 3325 E. Orange Grove Blvd.

• Craft - Take & Make: Rainbow Pride Bracelet
Express your pride with a colorful woven friendship bracelet – to wear or give! Sign up for your kit at https://cityofpasadena.libwizard.com/f/bracelet 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.

• Craft - Take & Make: 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 at https://cityofpasadena.libwizard.com/f/PPLprideweaving while supplies last. Sign-ups begin on 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.

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