Pride Month is here!

Know Your Neighbour: Pride Month

June is arguably the most colourful month of the year. Flowers are blooming everywhere one looks, the combination of rain and shine means an abundance of rainbows, and perhaps the most colourful of all are the rainbow flags hanging out of windows and flying from flag poles. June is Pride Month in Canada, which is a 30 day celebration of the LGBT community and a recognition of their historical oppression and continued struggle for equal rights. In celebration and support of Pride Month, we’ve compiled a list of Pride events happening in Calgary this June.

Queer Community Dance Classes -- June 10 , 17, 24 from 8PM-9PM  ( All Ages)  

Get ready to boogie, because Raymond Johnson-Brown is offering FREE dance classes. These classes will teach a variety of styles and will take place at Decidedly Jazz Danceworks. Johnson-Brown’s purpose is to create an inclusive space for people in the LGBT community regardless of age or economic standing. More details here.

WE ARE NOT AN ISLAND Queer Zine Fair -- June 22, 23 from 11AM-4PM (All Ages)

Put on by Sled Island, this event unifies self-identified queer folk with a passion for creating zines, comic books, and other printed media. Stop by to support members of the LGBT community as they make their voices heard through their art. This event will take place at the #1 Legion. Allies are welcome. More details here.

Drags Benny -- June 23 from 11:30 AM-2:30PM (18+)

Do you love brunch? Do you want to support Calgary Pride? Do you want to see the endlessly talented alum of Ru Paul’s Drag Race, Jade Jolie, perform? If you answered yes to any of these question, check out Drags Benny, a brunch and cocktail hour accompanied by a performance from drag queen Jade Jolie. Tickets are $65, and the event is taking place in the Crystal Ballroom of the Fairmont Palliser. More details here.

Calgary Pride Parade -- August 23-September 2 (All Ages)

We know, we know. This event isn’t taking place in June, but we couldn’t resist including the biggest Pride event Calgary has to offer. Throughout these days, multiple events will be taking place to celebrate the LGBT community, including the titular parade. More details here.

Whether you are part of the community or an ally to it, we hope you have fun and stay safe! Happy Pride, neighbours!

Dagan Cardinal