You Should Go: Autostraddlers Are Meetin’ All Over The World for Pride!

Hello, glitterbombs! I just spent a weekend standing outside with my arms outstretched hoping for mardi gras beads and free candy, which means Pride hath officially arrived in my ‘hood. Luckily, the celebration is going on all month long around the world as Autostraddlers come together to meet, fall in love, play board games, and be total weirdos together as part of a month-long pridestravagaynza of meet-ups!

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Last week, I put out a call using this really big, gay horn called Autostraddle for brave souls willing to host meet-ups around the world for the better half of LGBT pride month, so that the world’s best online destination for all things your exact life experience (this website) could become the world’s happiest community — in real life!

Now, I come bearing the ultimate gift: a selflessly and tirelessly compiled list of those future meet-ups care of Editorial Assistant Chelsey that has all the information you’ll need to hop on this crazy train of life and ride it right into Hangin’ Out With Cool Strangers Or Maybe Event Old Friends station. Simply find your city and be on your merry way!

If you don’t see your city — and want to — or would like to plan another meet-up for the month, there’s still time! You can email carmen [at] autostraddle dot com and chelsey [at] autostraddle dot com at any point to make updates to the list. But do it soon! There’s only so many eyeballs we can trick into clicking on these things, and the sooner you get your meet-up finished up, the more likely that someone else will ever know about it.

It’s time to get proud, motherfuckers. Why do it alone?

PS: While you’re galavanting around with your fellow Autostraddlers this month, remember to use the hashtag #AutostraddlePride on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to share your photos, quotes, and amazing notes full of feelings. If you’d like to send us a ton of photos, you can email me at carmen [at] autostraddle [dot] com. We’d really love to publish these publicly, so please don’t take photos at these events of people who would really not like to be a part of that bullshit!


New York City / Brooklyn, New York

Pride Dates: 6/24-6/29 (Manhattan), 6/9-6/14 (Brookyln)
Parade Date: 6/29
Manhattan Website, Brooklyn Website

AS Meetups:

Drinks & Parade Watching
Host: Jana Fisher
Date: Saturday, June 14
Location: Bar Reis (375 Fifth Ave., Brooklyn, New York 11215)
Time: 6pm – ?
Special Instructions: Meet up at the bar and we’ll watch the parade together! I’ll be wearing my light blue A-Camp 4.0 shirt with “You Do You” spray-painted on the back (of course).
RSVP: FB event page

All-Ages Picnic in Astoria Park
Host:
Kaitlyn
Date: Saturday, June 28
Time: 1-4pm
Location: Astoria Park
Event Info: An all-ages picnic and afternoon of activities in Astoria Park! We’ll be in a (totally gorgeous) public park, so this will be a sober event, but everybody is encouraged to bring snacks and non-alcoholic beverages! Once I have a good idea how many people are coming, I will post a list of foods I’m providing and what y’all can bring. Expect snacks, outdoor games and general pride and mirth!
RSVP: FB event page

Marching in NYC’s Dyke March!
Host: Georgina Stuart Oram
Date: Saturday, June 28
Time: 4:30pm
Location: North West Corner of Bryant Park
Special Instructions: Be sure to rsvp to the fb event so you get any updates and we know to look out for you!
RSVP: FB event page


Boston, Massachusetts

Pride Dates: 6/6-6/15
Parade Date: 6/14
Website

AS Meetups:

Pre-Dyke March Meetup
Host: Cassandra
Date: Friday, June 13
Time: 2:30pm
Location: Diesel Café (Cambridge, MA at davis square. Red line station)
Special Instructions: Since its a cafe the activity will be just a meet up with drinks and there is food there as well. Plenty of space in the cafe and its a well known queer space.
RSVP: FB event page


San Francisco, California

Pride Dates: 6/28-6/29
Parade Date: 6/29
Website

AS Meetups:

DapperQ Pride Dapper Fashion Show
Date: Thursday, June 26
Location: California Academy of Sciences
Time: 6-10pm
Tickets: Can be purchased here

Bonfire / Picnic
Host: Rachel Becker
Date: Friday, June 27
Location: Ocean Beach
Time: 7pm
Special Instructions: Bring food and blankets, lots of blankets it will be cold.
RSVP: FB event page

The House of Babes Dyke March After Party
Date: Saturday, June 28
Location: Public Works (162 Erie St.)
Time: 7pm-3am
Tickets: Can be purchased here


Chicago, Illinois

Pride Dates: 6/21-6/22
Parade Date: 6/29
Website

AS Meetups:

Host for All Events: Kay Just Kay

Chicagostraddle Classy As Fuck Cocktail Party
Date:
Friday, June 20
Time: 8:30pm – 2am
Location: 6834 N. Ashland #2 Chicago IL 60626
Special Instructions: Since Chicago has so many events and afterparties, we are doing ours on a Friday this year! Instead of our traditional No-Pants party we are switching things up, getting fancy and doing a cocktail party! Come dressed to the nines, (Or the sixes, or the threes, or whatever you feel best in! If you feel fancy in a dress, if you feel fancy in tailored slacks and a vest, if you feel fancy in overall jorts with one strap loose, YOU DO YOU, is basically what we are getting at here.) There will be a fun photobooth to commemorate your cocktail attire, and as usual it is BYOB. There will be people drinking fancy drinks if that is your bag, or cheap beer and three buck chuck, or tap water if that is how you get down! *allergy warning: Tiny Fluffy Dog
RSVP: FB event page 

Speed Friending and Beach Day
Date:
Sunday, June 22
Time: 12pm
Location: Montrose Beach, Chicago IL
Special Instructions: What better way is there to meet lovely new ladyqueer friends and catch up with old ones than a day of Speed Friending on the beach? It is just like speed dating, but without the expectation anxiety and palm sweat! Bring a blanket or towel, your beverages and snacks of choice, and we will spend two-minute rounds saying words at each other. After everyone has met, we will have a beach day with lounging, snacking, swimming and sports-ing!
RSVP: FB event page

There will also be Chicagostraddle meet ups at the following official Chicago events, and we hope to see you all there! We will be obnoxiously visible with an Autostraddle sign and will post all additional details in the Chicagostraddle Facebook group.

Meetup at Pridefest Chicago
Date:
Saturday June 21
Location: Halsted Street between Belmont and Addison Avenues. Meet in front of Whole Foods/Center on Halsted.
RSVP: FB event page

Meetup at Chicago Dyke March
Date:
Saturday, June 28
Time:
1:30pm
Location:
Humboldt Park. Meet at the march starting area.
RSVP: FB event page
Official Event Link:
FB event page

Meetup at Pride Parade
Date: Sunday, June 29
Time: 12pm.
Location: Meet in front of Whole Foods/Center on Halsted.
RSVP: FB event page


Indianapolis, Indiana

Pride Dates: 6/7-6/14
Parade Date: 6/14
Website

AS Meetups:

Coffee, Booze & Food at a Local Cafe
Host:
Brandalynn White
Date: Friday, June 13
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Thirsty Scholar (111 E 16th St)
RSVP: FB event page


Cincinnati, Ohio

AS Meetups:

Bonfire Night with Chatting, S’Mores, Games, Smiles
Host: Claire Suer
Date: Friday, June 20
Time: 6pm
Location: Claire’s yard in Pleasant Ridge (see facebook event for address)
RSVP: FB event page 


 

Cleveland, Ohio

Pride Date: 6/28
Parade Date: 6/28
Website


 

Seattle, Washington

Pride Dates: 6/1-6/29
Parade Date: 6/29
Website


 

Portland, Oregon

Pride Dates: 6/14-6/15
Parade Date: 6/15
Website


 

Baltimore, Maryland

Pride Dates: 6/13-6/14
Parade Date: 6/14
Website


 

Houston, Texas

Pride Dates: 6/20-6/29
Parade Date: 6/28
Website


 

New Orleans, Louisiana

Pride Dates: 6/20-6/22
Parade Date: 6/22
Website


 

Denver, Colorado

Pride Dates: 6/21-6/22
Parade Date: 6/22
Website

AS Meetups:

Host For All Events: Lily
RSVP for All Events: Join the Colorado Straddlers Facebook group to access the FB event page

“Lost Worlds” (Babes Around Denver) – Toga Party
Date: Friday, June 20
Time: 9pm
Location: Meet at Tracks (3500 Walnut St.)

Dyke March
Date: Saturday, June 21
Time: 2pm
Location: Meet at Blush and Blu (1526 E. Colfax Avenue)

PrideFest Parade
Date: Sunday, June 22
Time: 9:30am
Location: Cheesman Park -> Civic Center Park


 

Providence, Rhode Island

Pride Dates: 6/5-6/21
Parade Date: 6/21
Website

AS Meetups:

QUEER Beer, Bourbon & Burger Night
Host: Chrissie
Date: Wednesday, June 18
Time: 8pm
Location: Cook & Brown (959 Hope St., Providence, RI 02906)
Event Info: On Wednesday nights at Cook & Brown, you can enjoy a beer, bourbon, & burger for just $20. It’s amazing. Trust me. Come feast with us and meet up with other AS fans. Make some new friends before the Pride action really begins! Note: If you are vegetarian, vegan, or under 21, there’s plenty of other food/drink available other than the aforementioned beer, bourbon & burger option. So please come!

R
I Pride “VIP” Kickoff Party
Host: Lindsey McColl
Date: Friday, June 20
Location: Deville’s (345 S Water St)
Special Instructions: Let’s join the RI Pride VIP Party at Deville’s! There is a cover unfortunately, but it includes a buffet and live music. (If people are opposed to the location/cover, we can come up with an alternative via the Facebook event page.)
RSVP: FB event page


 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pride Dates: 6/1-6/30
Parade Date: 6/28
Website


 

Columbus, Ohio

Pride Dates: 6/1-6/22
Parade Date: 6/21
Website


 

Nashville, Tennessee

Pride Dates: 6/13-6/14
Parade Date: 6/14
Website

Dallas, Texas

Pride Date: 9/21
Parade Date: 9/21
Website

AS Meetups:

Queerbomb Dallas
Host: Yvonne
Date: Saturday, June 28
Time: 8pm
Location: Deep Ellum
Special Instructions: Meet at Julius Schepps Park. I’ll be wearing an Autostraddle t-shirt and sitting pretty on a unicorn. Jk, I’ll probably be holding an Autostraddle sign of some sort.
RSVP: FB event page


Austin, Texas

Pride Date: 9/20
Parade Date: 9/20
Website

AS Meetups: 

Swimming at Barton Springs
Host: Joelle
Date: Wednesday, June 18
Time: 5pm
Location: Barton Springs
Event Info: Swim for dear life in a pool of magic water! And look very sexy while doing so. Way better than watching MTV’s “Faking It.”
Special Instructions: We will literally have an enormous rainbow flag, possibly on a flagpole. Bring $3 cash to get into the pool.
RSVP: FB event page


Minneapolis, Minnesota

Pride Dates: 6/13-6/29
Parade Date: 6/29

St. Louis, Missouri

Pride Dates: 6/28-6/29
Parade Date: 6/29

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Pride Dates: 6/14
Parade Date: 6/14
Website

San Diego, California

Pride Dates: 7/18-7/20
Parade Date: 7/19
Website


Albany, New York

Pride Dates: 6/10-6/27
Parade Date: 6/14
Website

AS Meetups:

QueerBomb Hollywood
Host:
Em
Date: Sunday, June 15
Location: Cafe Hollywood
Time: 3pm
Special Instructions: Head to the back patio
RSVP: FB event page


 

Madison, Wisconsin

AS Meetups:

Picnic in the Park
Hosts:
Dana & Hannah
Date: Saturday, June 21
Time: 12pm
Activity: Picnic in the park
Location: Tenney Park (more detailed whereabouts to be provided in the facebook event)
Time: 12 pm
Special Instructions: Bring a dish to share! (Or don’t! You do you.)
RSVP: FB event page


 

Louisville, Kentucky

AS Meetups:

Kentuckiana Pride Festival
Host: Kaylah Wilson
Date: Saturday, June 21
Time: 12pm
Location: the Belvedere
Special Instructions: 18+ for festival / 21+ for after party
RSVP: FB event page


 

St. Pete, Florida

Pride Dates: 6/27-6/29
Parade Date: 6/28
Website


 

Rochester, New York

Pride Dates: 7/18-7/20
Parade Date: 7/19
Website


 

CANADA

Toronto

Pride Dates: 6/20-6/29
Parade Date: 6/29
Website

AS Meetups:

Picnic Potluck
Host: Camilla
Date: Sunday, June 22
Time: 4pm
Location: Christie Pits Park (Bloor and Christie, exact location within park TBC)
Special Instructions: Bring a dish/frisbee/puppy. Please, someone bring a puppy.
RSVP: FB event page


 

Victoria, BC

Pride Dates: 6/29 – 7/6
Parade Date: 7/6
Website


Halifax, Nova Scotia

Pride Dates: 7/17-7/27
Parade Date: 7/27
Website

AS Meetups:

OUTeast Whip It Screening + Roller Skating Party
Host: Monika
Date: Thursday, June 12
Time: 8pm
Location: The Emera Oval
RSVP: FB event page


 

EUROPE

London, England

Pride Dates: 6/15-7/14
Parade Date: 6/28
Website

AS Meetups:

Post-Parade Picnic/Pie + Party
Host: Fikri
Date: Saturday, June 28
Time: 4:30pm (picnic/pie) / 7pm (party)
Location: Victoria Park (meet at Mile End station) OR Black Cat Cafe (76 Clarence Road, London E5 8HB) + Hackney Picturehouse
Special Instructions: E-mail me at fikri[at]autostraddle[dot]com if you’re not on FB. Bring mats/food/guitars! Plans might change according to the weather, in which case I’ll update the event page and keep you in the loop if you tell me how to contact you in advance.
RSVP: FB event page or email Fikri at fikri [at] autostraddle [dot] com!


Paris, France

Pride Date: 6/28
Parade Date: 6/28
Website

AS Meetups:

Brunch
Host: Paris Straddlers
Date: Saturday, June 28
Time: 12pm
Location: Parc Montsouris
Event Info: brunch (and potentially tshirt making)
RSVP: FB event page


Hamburg, Germany

Pride Dates: 7/25-8/3
Parade Date: 8/2
Website

AS Meetups:

Talking and Things
Host: Rose
Date: Saturday, 5 July
Time: 8pm
Location: “Frau Müller” on Lange Reihe
RSVP: FB event page


 

AUSTRALIA

Sydney

Pride Dates: 6/13-6/30
Parade Date: 6/22
Website

AS Meetups:

Teddy Bear Picnick Brunch
Host: Max Whitby
Date: Saturday, June 28
Time: 10:30am
Location: Prince Alfred park (near central) Sydney
RSVP: FB event page 


CHINA

Beijing

AS Meetups:

Rooftop Drinks / Hanging Out
Hosts: Willa, Karina, and Jess
Date: Thursday, July 3
Time: 9pm – late
Location: Funky (朝阳区工体西路8号 六楼的 / Sixth floor, 8 Gongti Xilu, Chaoyang District, Beijing)
Special Instructions: Funky is a little tricky to find, so if you see Bellagio and Coco, you’re close. More information on the venue can be found here.
RSVP: Event page


JAPAN

Tokyo

AS Meetups: 

Summer Meetup at Gold Finger 
Host: Savannah
Date: Saturday, July 5
Time: 9:30pm
Location: Gold Finger
RSVP: FB event page

 

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    I noticed there is no Seattle Meet-up planned.
    I’m happy to be an organizer if there are other NW ladies interested in getting together.

    I’m already hosting a Pride Special Women In Kink night at the Center for Sex Positive Culture on the 20th (it’s a member organization, but guesting in is possible).

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    Brussels pride was a couple of weeks ago. (Amazing day,and a record turn out)

    Antwerp pride is the week from August 4 till 10,with the parade at August 9. Guest of honor will be Conchita Würst,winner of the Eurovision song contest.

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      I don’t think it would fit the timeframe for this particular thing, but I was thinking we could start an Autostraddle group on fb if there are enough people that are interested? Then maybe we could plan another get-together for Rainbow Pride next year!

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    I’m from Sydney (Australia) but I’m heading to Chicago and the New York on the 24th of June… Which means I’ll be in New York for the parade! I don’t know anyone in NYC/don’t know what afterparties are on and would love it if I could tag along with some people or get some recommendations… please :)

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      Don’t worry, I feel you. I live in SC and our Pride events are not in June either. They should be later than they are, but hypothetically the goal is to avoid months like June because it’s too god awful hot down south, even for the half dressed Pride outfits. Because nobody is proud of their swamp ass.

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    maybe you guys have some sort of political agenda, but you constantly ignore Tel Aviv and the fact that there is gay culture here. I don’t know why the Pride event isn’t listed.
    In fact, for a long time Israel was like the only country in the Middle East to have a lesbian bar, ONLY ONE. Mind. Blow.
    Actually i think it still it.

    like honestly there was a queer city guide for Moscow…

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      If you write a queer city guide for Tel Aviv, I will read the shit out of that. But honestly saying “you constantly ignore Tel Aviv and the fact that there is gay culture here” probably is not purposeful and has more to do with the fact that most of us will never get the chance to go there and have no clue. It’s not like there’s 3 full-time Autostraddle staff who get paid to just go around and experience the cities. Most of the information about the places is provided by the people who live there. You can be the change! Tell us about Tel Aviv.

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        funny you should say that!
        me and a friend wrote a queer city guide for Tel Aviv that was never published.
        i realize Tel Aviv is a little far away, but i thought it common knowledge that it is a very liberal city and the Gay Hot Spot of the middle east.
        I would totally love to spread more info on how awesome this city is, but it’s not up to me.

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        We actually did wite one about Tel Aviv over a year ago and they never published it. i am not sure why…if AS editors have an issue with something or multiple things we wrote, I would have liked them to approach us about it.We had a two week deadline to write it and we took studying time off in the middle of finals to do it. Would happily make changes in order for it get published or at least know why it wasn’t. Tel Aviv is a great city for LGBTQ travel and has a lot of queer and social justice movements going on from both the Arab and Jewish populations that would interest a lot of AS readers.
        For anyone here pride is tomorrow!!

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    This is probably a long shot, but anybody in the Kansas City area? Their Pride festival is next weekend (June 20-22) and it’ll be my first year going :) Not really capable of hosting an official event, but if anybody is gonna be there it would be awesome to meet you!

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