The first pride was a riot.

In June of 1969, Black and Brown LGBTQ+ leaders, including Marsha P. Johnson, Stormé DeLarverie, and Sylvia Rivera led an uprising against police brutality.

After police raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular bar in the LGBTQ+ community in New York City, they violently arrested several people for being LGBTQ+. Community members began throwing objects at the police and attempted to set fire to the Stonewall Inn, after police barricaded themselves inside the bar. Riots continued for five days as our community clashed with police and fought back against oppression.

These queer and trans leaders, many of whom were people of color, risked their lives so that the entire LGBTQ+ community could be free to live our lives without constant terror of arrest and persecution from police.

Our BIPOC — and especially Black — community members still don't have this freedom. Every day, the police harass, arrest, assault, and jail countless people for the color of their skin.

On Monday May 25, we witnessed four Minneapolis policemen murder George Floyd.

Tragically, George Floyd wasn't the only one murdered by police in recent weeks. Breonna Taylor was killed by police in March and Tony McDade, a Black transgender man, was murdered by police in May.

Since George Floyd’s murder, a historic week of activism and protesting sparked a nationwide uprising against police violence and racism.

Each year, our community celebrates Pride month in June to commemorate the Stonewall Riots and the Black and Brown trans leaders who led this national awakening of the LGBTQ+ liberation movement.

We would not be where we are today without the Stonewall Riots fifty-one years ago.

Pride is still a protest.

During Pride month, we cannot ignore the injustices happening in our home, we cannot ignore the many Black lives lost to white supremacy, and we certainly will not return to "business as usual."

As our community has been out fighting for justice, we are reconnecting to the roots of Pride. We are thinking about the moments of civil liberation throughout history and the ways in which our ancestors fought for the freedom and protections we have today.

Pride is more than a parade or a festival. Pride is about making the change we need to create an equitable world. Pride is about the progress we have made, both for social acceptance and for self love.

We need to keep fighting for changes to make Minnesota a state that is safe for all of our community, especially our BIPOC community members, many of whom have been at the forefront of the progress made for LGBTQ+ rights throughout our country.

With your help, we can work together to resist oppression and work towards a world where everybody can live without fear of violence, harassment or discrimination.

Please join us for a month of protests, healing, and activism. We have put together these events and activities to give you spaces to process, reflect, and rest so you can restore your energy and power to keep working toward a safer, more equitable Minnesota.

Note: Because the needs of our community are changing each day in Minnesota right now, we may need to cancel or reschedule some of these events. Please RSVP for any events you are interested in attending so we can keep you updated.

OutFront Pride Calendar

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Introduction to Mindful Self-Compassion

Monday, June 8 

Monday, June 22

Monday, June 29

7pm - 8:30pm

 

In this three-part series, participants will learn how to utilize a practice in mindfulness to reduce stress and symptoms of mental illness. The practices will also help participants cultivate a sense of care and kindness toward themselves.

If you’ve never tried mindfulness, if you’ve tried but had a difficult time focusing, if you are a regular practitioner — this course is for you. Please plan to attend all 3 parts of this series, taking place on June 8, 22, and 29 from 7pm - 8:30pm. 

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Vinyasa Yoga Flow with Nic Lincoln

Tuesday, June 9

12pm - 1pm

 

This hour-long workshop will focus on movement and alignment through the building blocks of yoga postures. This class is designed for all levels of students, and welcomes those who are new to yoga. Nic is an award winning dancer, and choreographer, who currently teaches yoga in the Twin Cities.

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LGBTQ+ Community Dismantling White Supremacy: White People Engaging White People

Tuesday, June 9

7pm - 8pm

 

Work for LGBTQ+ equality is inextricably linked to work for racial justice, and it is critical for white LGBTQ+ people to be engaged in anti-racist work.

Convened by white leaders in the LGBTQ+ movement, this conversation will focus on the responsibility and opportunities we as white people have to challenge systemic racism and white supremacy and to hold systems of power accountable.

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Virtual Town Hall: Direct Action from a Distance

Wednesday, June 10

12pm - 1pm

 

Direct Actions have been a tool historically used to fight back against systemic oppression. As we celebrate Pride, we remember the importance of the Stonewall Riots as a form of direct action and hear from community leaders coordinating direct actions at a distance during COVID-19.

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Drag Queen Cookie Decorating with It Gets Batter

Friday, June 12

7pm - 7:45pm

 

Learn how to customize your cookies to look like your favorite drag artist! Join in for this youth-led class where you will learn how to make fondant and dress your drag queen cookies! Please plan to bake your cookies before the start of the class. We will send you the recipe and list of supplies you will need, when you sign up. All ages welcome! 

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Empowerment through Movement

Sunday, June 14

4pm - 5:30pm

 

Movement holds the power to inspire, heal, empower, and connect. This workshop opens with a brief discussion on the how expressing ourselves through movement can be an effective tool in our self-empowerment path; giving us a means to tell our story and move emotions through the body. Participants will then explore a variety of guided mindful movement and dance practices that can help them feel more connected to and grounded in their bodies.

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Vinyasa Yoga Flow with Nic Lincoln

Tuesday, June 16

12pm - 1pm

 

This hour-long workshop will focus on movement and alignment through the building blocks of yoga postures. This class is designed for all levels of students, and welcomes those who are new to yoga. Nic is an award winning dancer, and choreographer, who currently teaches yoga in the Twin Cities.

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"Queer Trivia Night" powered by Questions In Quarantine

Thursday, June 18

7:45pm - 9pm

 

Show off how much you know (or don't know) about LGBTQ+ history, pop culture, policy and more! 

On Juneteenth and throughout the weekend, the Movement for Black Lives is organizing actions for Black Lives across the country. TEXT DEFEND TO 90975 to stay updated on how to take action from Juneteenth and beyond.

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Vinyasa Yoga Flow with Nic Lincoln

Tuesday, June 23

12pm - 1pm

 

This hour-long workshop will focus on movement and alignment through the building blocks of yoga postures. This class is designed for all levels of students, and welcomes those who are new to yoga. Nic is an award winning dancer, and choreographer, who currently teaches yoga in the Twin Cities.

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Virtual Town Hall: A Spicy Lunch: A Conversation on White Supremacy in Relationships

Wednesday, June 24

12pm - 1pm

 

Version 1.0 of our Spicy Lunch was designed to hold space for a conversation on queer sex in the age of COVID, but we’re excited about continuing to take the conversation one step further. Join us for a discussion on racism and bias in hook-up culture, apps and online dating “filters,” and the fetishization of BIPOC bodies as we explore white supremacy in relationships!

Thursday, June 25

7pm - 9pm

 

Join TPT as they present Patient No More, a documentary about LGBTQ+ women’s access to health care. Minneapolis-based filmmaker Diana Fraser will be present for a Q&A after the film.

Patient No More is a feature documentary about the barriers LGBTQ+ women navigate across health care systems and how the never-ending hunt for affirming care affects their lives. Focused on centering the experiences of queer and female-identified people, the film features the voices of 17 LGBTQ+ women as both expert and patient.

Tuesday, June 30

12pm - 1pm 

 

This hour-long workshop will focus on movement and alignment through the building blocks of yoga postures. This class is designed for all levels of students, and welcomes those who are new to yoga. Nic is an award winning dancer, and choreographer, who currently teaches yoga in the Twin Cities.

Until Tuesday, June 30

Run Proud! Sign up to conquer the virtual Love Runs the World 5K by June 30th and earn your commemorative t-shirt, online results, and finisher certificate.

Your participation will help support: The Legacy Project Chicago, Outfront Minnesota, and the San Francisco LGBT Center.

More Ways to Engage

Here is a list of calls you can make, petitions you can sign, emails you can send, and conversations you can join to take action to demand justice for George Floyd. 

We hope these prompts will offer a starting point for you to create a written (or typed) account of what you are thinking, feeling, experiencing, and looking forward to. This can also serve as a time capsule for you to look back and remember the world we are living in today. 

Enjoy this selection of Pride playlists compiled by our new Digital Organizer just for you! 

We know things have been really hard lately. We wanted you to know that we’re thinking about you, so we created a virtual care package for you to enjoy. 

Check out these businesses that are donating part of their proceeds to OutFront during Pride month. We are extremely grateful for the businesses who have financially supported our work to advance LGBTQ+ equity over the past couple of years. Please consider supporting these businesses!

OUTFRONT PRIDE MERCHANDISE

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