Celebrating Pride Month 2019 in Dallas
June 1, 2019
BY MIA SIMON
"The beauty of standing up for your rights is others see you standing and stand up as well." - Cassandra Duffy
Did you know that Dallas has the 6th largest LGBTQ population in the nation? We encourage you to put in the extra love, effort and support this month towards celebrating Dallas Pride.
Here’s a look at some of the activities taking place over the next few weeks that you can participate in to celebrate all things Pride here in Dallas!
The biggest Pride event in Dallas takes place the first full weekend in June. And big news—it has a new home! Dallas Pride 2019 will be held in Fair Park this year, instead of near the Cedar Springs and Oak Lawn neighborhoods. We hear that the area is getting a massive makeover, which is super exciting!
SATURDAY, JUNE 1
Dallas Pride kicks off with the Miller Lite Music Festival on Saturday, June 1. Guests can start entering at 11 a .m. Along with music, there will be teen and family-friendly activities. There’s a list of prohibited items listed on the Pride website, so make sure to check it out before you make your way to the fairgrounds. You’ll also need to buy a ticket to get into the festival. It’s $10 for adults, $5 for teenagers (13-17), and kids aged 12 and under can get in for free. Parking costs an additional $10 (this applies all the weekend long). If you don’t feel like driving, you can take the DART (but be aware because some downtown stops are closed right now) or use a rideshare service. If you look here, you can find a discount code!
SUNDAY, JUNE 2
The Alan Ross TEXAS Freedom Parade takes place on Sunday, June 2, and admission is free! Parking lots will open up at 9 a.m. but the parade, which is in its 36th year, won’t start until 2 p.m. Grab your pride flags, put on your best outfit, and join in on all fun!
FAIR PARK I DIRECTIONS I @dallasprideorg
MARICÓNX PRIDE EXHIBIT
If you speak Spanish, you probably know that the term “maricón” is an offensive word used to belittle LGBTQ+ individuals. The Latino Cultural Center is partnering with Arttitude, a nonprofit using art as a unification tool for underserved groups including the LGBTQ+ community, to “reclaim” the derogatory word at a free art exhibition meant to bring people together during Pride Month.
The MaricònX Pride Exhibit will be open to the public on June 7. Artists will showcase pieces at that are centered around a number of cultural themes including of politics, religion, and sexual and gender identity. Ultimately, the event organizers hope the art will encourage attendees to hold what they call a “dialogue rather than a debate.” This event starts at 7.p.m and ends at 10 p.m.
LATINO CULTURAL CENTER I DIRECTIONS I @arttitude_dfw
DALLAS WINGS PRIDE NIGHT
If you haven’t been to a WNBA game yet, it’s time to make a change! Head on over to the College Park Center at The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) to watch the Dallas Wings play in their Pride Night Game. You can purchase tickets for as low as $15, but people who pay at least $25 for a seat will get a Human Rights Campaign (HRC) t-shirt that they can wear on game night. There is also parking onsite at the College Park Center. You can find spots for as low as $5, depending on which lot you park in. Tip-off is at 7p.m. on June 20.
COLLEGE PARK CENTER I DIRECTIONS I @dallaswings
Arts District Pride Block Party
The Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) holds special late-night events once a month. In honor of Pride Month, they’re teaming up the Dallas Arts District and the Nasher Sculpture Garden to throw the Dallas Arts District Pride Block Party on June 21. For $10, you can get into the DMA and see some of its exhibits (some of the special exhibits will have an added fee attached to them). If you’re a student, make sure to bring your ID so you get a discount on your entry fee! The DMA has an underground parking garage, so don’t stress about parking on the street before you get to the block party. There will be food, drag shows, and much more from 6 p.m. to midnight, so don’t miss out!
DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART I DIRECTIONS I @dallasmuseumart
June 21-July 7
This group of performers uses the arts to help others grow in their understanding and acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community. The Uptown Players were founded in 2001 and have since put on a number of shows that have received raving reviews. Starting later this month, the Uptown Players will begin showing “The View Upstairs.” Make sure to visit the website if you want to purchase tickets or learn more about the Uptown Players!
UPTOWN I DIRECTIONS I @uptownplayers
The PRIDE jam is a chance for those from the LGBTQIA community to try improv in a casual and non-judgmental environment. Come meet like-minded people and artists and spend the evening creating scenes from scratch! All skill levels are welcome. Plus, it's FREE and BYOB.