You Should Go: The Bronx LGBTQ Pride Festival & Health Fair

Oh hello, foxy queers, I’ve got a gay thing ya’ll should check out this weekend. First, I must warn you…it’s in the Bronx. Gasp – yes, the Bronx, that place above Manhattan that’s home to Yankee Stadium, all the numbered trains (‘cept the 7. Whatever, even the Mets need a train) and is the place where I was born and raised.

This weekend the Bronx is getting it’s homo groove on with a Pride Festival in Crotona Park. The festival is also serving as a LGBTQ Health Fair and is presented by the new Bronx LGBTQ Center (I’m an ex-oficio member of the Board of Directors — transparency, yo). With over 30 acts ranging from comedians, drag queens, a clown and all the other awesome and talented weirdos, including one of my favorite queermo comedians: Kelli Dunham. This pride festival is gonna be fun as hell. Also, Christine Quinn, Speaker of the NYC Council, and political power lesbian is set to attend.

Apolonia Cruz, performer and host of the Bronx Pride Festival with Hon. Chrstine Quinn. (also, this pic is amazing just cuz)

Apolonia Cruz, performer and host of the Bronx Pride Festival with Hon. Chrstine Quinn. (also, this pic is amazing just cuz)

Some of you might be like “Um the Bronx is super far and crazy violent and I promised my parents that if I lived in the city that I’d never go to the Bronx.” Forget all that this weekend  — and most of that is some racist shit anyway. Let it go, baybays. And for those of us who love the BX, come spend the day at Crotona. I live in the Bronx. Life is crazy but life is crazy everywhere. In order to build a community, the people need to come out and support it. All the people. Right now the gay community in the Bronx is all over the place and nowhere at the same time. There isn’t one place to go and feel safe on a consistent basis. The new Bronx LGBTQ Center is looking to change that perception and utilize this year’s Bronx Pride Festival and Health Fair to showcase the strength and beauty in a unified, safe and connected queer Bronx.

The Bronx GLBTQ Center at NYC Pride 2013.

The Bronx GLBTQ Center at NYC Pride 2013.


So come be gay in the Bronx with me this weekend.

this is what awaits you at bronx pride, basically

this is what awaits you at bronx pride

also this

also this

The annual Bronx LGBTQ Pride Festival & Health Fair will take place this Saturday, July 20, 2013 from 12:00pm to 6:00pm (PDT) at Crotona Park.

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Gabrielle Rivera is an awesomely queer Bronx bred, writer, spoken word artist and director. Her short stories and poems have been published in various anthologies such as the Lambda Award winning Portland Queer: Tales from the Rose City and The Best of Panic! En Vivo from the East Village. Her short film "Spanish Girls are Beautiful" follows a group of young Latina and Caucasian girls who like girls as they hook up, smoke up and try to figure sh*t out. She also freelances for while working in the film and television industry. Gabrielle is currently working on her first novel while bouncing around NYC performing spoken word and trying to stick it to the man.

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  1. Oh noo I am out of town this weekend. But a shoutout to my fellow Bronxite Autostraddlers!

  2. “OMG a HEALTH festival? It’s like…a Pride celebration that cares about people more than selling crap. WHOA.” said all the Toronto queers.

  3. Hey Gabrielle and fellow Autostraddlers, I’ll be at Bronx Pride at the GO Magazine table..come by and say “hi”! (C;

  4. I used to live in East Tremont for like, 5 years!

    I totally want to come! But my law school journal has me running all over the damn place tomorrow looking for rare books that some dumb article author decided to cite in order to look cool. I may not be done until it’s too late :(

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