The Center on Colfax is hosting a hybrid Denver PrideFest celebration this year.
It takes place June 26-27.
For more information on any of this year’s virtual or in-person Denver PrideFest events, visit https://denverpride.org/.
To learn more about The Center on Colfax, 1301 E. Colfax Ave., visit www.lgbtqcolorado.org.
There are many Pride events taking place throughout the metro area in June. Here are a couple suggestions.
Loud & Proud: A Celebration of Pride Bands from Coast to Coast
This live-stream concert will feature 13 LGBTQIA+ bands part of the international Pride Bands Alliance, including Colorado’s own Mile High Freedom Bands — MHFB Winds, MHFB Swing and MHFB Corps & Guard.
Performances for Loud & Proud will range in musical genres including pop, symphonic, classical, modern, soundtrack and more.
Loud & Proud will be broadcasted twice on June 26. In mountain time, the times are 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
It is free to live-stream view the concert, but donations are appreciated. All proceeds will be split evenly among the 13 bands to support their missions of building pride and inclusivity through music.
Loud & Proud is being coordinated by the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band. Registration is required, and can be done by visiting www.sflgfb.org and clicking on the registration link from the home page, or by visiting https://loudandproudconcert.sflgfb.org/.
To learn more about the Mile High Freedom Bands, visit https://mhfb.org/.
Bands participating in the Loud & Proud concert:
- Blazing River Freedom Band (Ohio)
- Central Florida Sounds of Freedom Band and Color Guard (Florida)
- DC’s Different Drummers (Washington DC)
- Desert Winds Freedom Band (California)
- ENCANTADA - The Band of Enchantment (New Mexico)
- Gay Freedom Band of Los Angeles (California)
- Mid America Freedom Band (Missouri)
- Mile High Freedom Bands (Colorado)
- Queen City Freedom Band (Ohio)
- San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band (California)
- South Florida Pride Wind Ensemble (Florida)
- The Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps (New York)
- Triangle Pride Band (North Carolina)
Loving You: Documenting Kia Lopez and Chella Man
This solo exhibit inside Union Hall in Denver features the photography of MaryV Benoit — known as MaryV — who is a queer femme photographer and performance artist.
MaryV, 23, is a Denver native who currently resides in Brooklyn, and the Loving You exhibit is her first solo exhibit outside of New York. Her work “focuses on the documentation of self-identity, bodies, intimacy, compassion, relationships, sexuality and self-love,” states a news release.
The Loving You exhibit documents the lives and transitions of Kia Lopez (she/her), who is MaryV’s childhood friend; and Chella Man (he/him), who is MaryV’s partner.
MaryV hopes that viewers of the exhibit “find within themselves a new connection with their mind, their heart or their bodies,” she said, “or the people they see in the images.”
She also wants to remind people that vulnerability is OK, and hopes that the exhibit might inspire people to “find their power within their vulnerability,” MaryV said.
Loving You opened on May 14 and will run through July 10. Union Hall is open from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.
It is free to attend the Loving You exhibit and its coinciding programming. However, reservations are required. To make a reservation or learn more about coinciding programs, visit https://unionhalldenver.org/.
Union Hall is a non-profit arts exhibition space located inside The Coloradan at 1750 Wewatta St., Suite 144, in Denver.
Proceeds from the sales of Loving You prints, t-shirts and stickers will benefit Union Hall and a to-be-determined Denver-based queer organization.
The Loving You exhibit contains sensitive images, mature content and nudity. All forms of photography and documentation is strictly prohibited.
This year, it’s all about uniting.
And so that everyone can do so safely, The Center on Colfax is hosting a hybrid Denver PrideFest celebration this year with both in-person and virtual events.
“We believe it’s crucial to provide the community with a range of options to safely connect and celebrate PrideFest this year,” said The Center’s CEO Rex Fuller. “While some people might feel comfortable interacting in small gatherings, others may feel safer staying at home. We hope our hybrid approach offers something for everyone.”
Denver PrideFest takes place June 26-27.
It will feature a virtual parade — which will be broadcasted at 9:30 a.m. on June 27 on Denver7’s and The Center’s social media channels — a virtual marketplace, a 5K and Pride Hubs.
Those who wish to participate in the 5K can do so in their own neighborhood by registering to participate virtually, or they can participate in-person at Cheesman Park. Both the virtual and in-person 5K will take place on June 26.
Micro-events — being called Pride Hubs — will take place at a variety of venues throughout the city. Just a few examples include a Saturday night pool party a with a deejay at the Jewish Community Center, family-friendly activities at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and a mini festival in The Center’s parking lot featuring food trucks, exhibitors and rooftop entertainment.
Admission to most Pride Hubs events are free, but there will be capacity limits. Some require pre-registration and some venues will be using a ticketing system to manage attendance. Denver PrideFest’s website has links to each Pride Hub for people to register for the events.
“Pride events are an important opportunity for community members to come together and speak out on issues that are important to the LGBTQ+ community. Pride is also an opportunity to celebrate one’s identity without fear or shame,” Fuller said. “I’m so proud of our PrideFest committee members and staff who have been so creative in finding safe ways to celebrate pride.”
Denver PrideFest is The Center’s largest fundraiser that supports the nonprofit’s programming for LGBTQ+ youth, seniors and Colorado’s transgender community. Getting its start as a march, and now in its 44th year, Denver PrideFest is the largest pride celebration in the Rocky Mountain Region.
Last year, Denver PrideFest took place as an all-virtual event, and reached about 3 million people, said John White, events director for The Center.
Whether virtual or in-person, the Denver PrideFest celebration always offers something to forward to, White added.
But “pride is not just one weekend, or one month,” White said. “It’s all year long.”
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