Let’s Get Proud: It’s Almost Autostraddle Pride Meet-Up Month!

Do you hear that sound? It’s the rattling of parade floats yet to come and the laughter of triumphant queers around the world known collectively as the rumble of LGBT Pride Month, and we want you to get in on the action and bring your whole crew — of fellow ‘straddlers, that is! Because as of right now, June — that special time when summer heat, extremely gay things, and big ol’ parties become one — is hereby Autostraddle Pride Meet-Up Month, and we want y’all to hang out all month long and be here, queer, and getting others used to it!


We’ve been hosting pride meet-up months for years, and every time y’all have a gay ol’ time. All the magic is made possible by queers like you — yes, you in the cute crop top with the ALH! — who step up and plan the Autostraddle meet-ups you want to see in the world. But have no fear, my qualm-filled queer! Corralling the queermos in your city is as easy as making homemade hummus. All you have to do is decide on a time, place, and activity, figure out how people should RSVP, and submit your event details to us. (If you need any help putting your event together, check out our handy-dandy events portal!)

The options abound, and the limit does not exist. Host as many meet-ups as you want! Go to as many or as few of the local pride events happening near you as you want, or make up your own totally rad event and tell people to come to that instead. You could have everyone show up in scissoring tees at the pride parade’s northwest corner; pick a brunch spot and have people e-mail you to RSVP for a seat at the table; or create a Facebook event and gather the queers at your house before the fundraiser in the park happening next weekend for your LGBT center.

We’ve created some graphics for you to keep things easy peasy lemon squeezy, too: A Facebook event banner, a Twitter image, and an Instagram image to help you promote the heck out of your super-amazing meet-up! (Bless you, Intern Raquel.)

If you’re not trying to be a hero and you’d rather show up at a stranger’s house before the parade then invite the weirdos over to yours, that’s okay, too! We’ll be posting all the events that come in under this tag on the site to help you keep tracks on what’s going on, and we’ll do our best to post events on Twitter and Facebook when they come in. You can also use our #AutoPride hashtag to connect with other queers in your city, lurk your fellow community members as they walk in their local pride parades, and brag about your own exploits like the Twitter celebrity you are. In fact, I encourage it. (And if you post tons of qt pics to that tag on Insta or Twitter, you may just find yourself in a future post on this very website! NEAT!)

Okay, kids. Go on and do what you do best: Make nice with each other! I’ll just sit back and watch and be in awe of your nice hair.

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Carmen spent six years at Autostraddle, ultimately serving as Straddleverse Director, Feminism Editor and Social Media Co-Director. She is now the Consulting Digital Editor at Ms. and writes regularly for DAME, the Women’s Media Center, the National Women’s History Museum and other prominent feminist platforms; her work has also been published in print and online by outlets like BuzzFeed, Bitch, Bust, CityLab, ElixHER, Feministing, Feminist Formations, GirlBoss, GrokNation, MEL, Mic and SIGNS, and she is a co-founder of Argot Magazine. You can find Carmen on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr or in the drive-thru line at the nearest In-N-Out.

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  1. Hey, will anyone be in Madrid for Pride? I just realized the other day that the day I get there from Sevilla (for archival work) falls right in the middle of Madrid Orgullo. I’ve never been to a Pride parade or whatnot, and I’d love to know a face in the crowd.

  2. Long Beach pride(which I think is just as big as LA) already happened over the weekend. If I could make a suggestion for next year, maybe you can post this earlier in May? But, then again there also smaller prides going on in September and even October.

  3. Man, next year I have to make a point to be on the ball and start making noises about a Phoenix Pride meetup, since ours happens so much earlier (this year it was the first weekend of April- by the time Pride Month rolls around, it’s way to hot to really want to do anything outside for that long).

  4. NOLA???

    Classes start up for me in June so I doubt my ability to be super available and on the ball enough to organise anything, but I can try to show up.


    I will be attending Greekfest and Sunday if your fun budget is low you can get in for free if you wear a toga. If anyone wants to try to meet up or run into each other there let me know. My Hermes costume isn’t happening this year but I can still make myself stand out from a crowd.
    Not as drunken and colorful as Pride, but delicious and good time

    Baklava Sundae, gyro, souvlaki, feta fries, lamb by the pound, 3 vegetarian(one of them is not salad but like plate thing) and like twenty something Greek pastries. You can buy a big box, a medium box or little box with all kinda combinations of those pastries
    There’s always ouzo and elders sipping wine amusedly watching the young try to drink it.

    And yes the Baklava Sundae deserved to be capitalized always.

  5. I’m lucky to be going to both DC & London Prides (yay for inadvertently extra Gay vay-cay!)

    Would love to find out more about the happs in London as my friends & I have never been and are super hyped to visit. Thanks!!

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