Flint Pride holds 12th annual celebration at Riverbank Park in downtown
Flint celebrated its 12th annual Pride celebration, “Pride in the Park,” on Saturday, June 25, at Riverbank Park in the city’s downtown area. (Jenifer Veloso | MLive.com) Jenifer VelosoScenes from Flint Pride Festival at the Riverbank Park in downtown Flint on Saturday, June 25, 2022. (Jenifer Veloso | MLive.com) Jenifer VelosoScenes from Flint Pride Festival at the Riverbank Park in downtown Flint on Saturday, June 25, 2022. (Jenifer Veloso | MLive.com) Jenifer VelosoScenes from Flint Pride Festival at the Riverbank Park in downtown Flint on Saturday, June 25, 2022. (Jenifer Veloso | MLive.com) Jenifer VelosoScenes from Flint Pride Festival at the Riverbank Park in downtown Flint on Saturday, June 25, 2022.mlive.com
Pride in the Park in Flint, hosted by Furillostar, takes place Saturday
FLINT, MI -- Flint’s Pride Month celebration is just hours away. The Pride in the Park festival will take place from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at Riverbank Park, 328 Saginaw St., in downtown Flint. Beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday, there will be a Flint Pride Mini-Ball that will award trophies and cash prizes to the winners in four categories: Pride Best Dressed, Flint’s Got Talent, Runway and Vogue - Let’s See Those. More information and flyers are available on the Flint Pride Facebook page. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Pride Service is also set to hold a Pride Service on Saturday.mlive.com
Michigan Dems call out ‘toxic’ legislature as Republicans block Pride Month resolution
With Pride Month coming to a close, Michigan Democrats in the legislature are continuing to push for recognition of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Michiganders. The resolution, introduced by Moss, would recognize June as the annual LGBTQ Pride Month in the Michigan Senate. As of Wednesday, the Senate Resolution still has yet to be approved, even after being introduced twice earlier in the month. “This agenda that they have of division prevents us from getting work done on behalf of the state of Michigan,” Moss said. House Resolution 322, which officially recognizes Pride Month in the state House, was approved on Tuesday, June 21.mlive.com
June is officially LGBTQ+ Pride Month in Bay City this year, after mayor issues proclamation
BAY CITY, MI - Bay City took a step to celebrate Pride Month by issuing a special proclamation to recognize the LGBTQ+ community. Mayor Kathleen Newsham issued a proclamation during the Monday, June 20 meeting declaring June LGBTQ+ Pride Month in Bay City. Great Lakes Bay Pride is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year as well as the return of the Great Lakes Bay Pride Festival after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In Newsham’s proclamation, Bay City residents were encouraged to celebrate the upcoming anniversary and celebration for Great Lakes Bay Pride with the LGBTQ+ community. Read more on MLiveGreat Lakes Bay Pride Festival returning for Pride Month 2022Great Lakes Bay Pride celebrates Pride Month and 20 years of advocacy, communitymlive.com
Most can’t drive yet, but these teens brought Pride to small-town Dexter
DEXTER, MI -- While most Pride Month events in Washtenaw County are run by nonprofits or adults with organizing experience, the Dexter festival is a little different — it’s run by a group of teenagers. The 10-person group -- ages 14 to 18 -- is primarily made of students from Dexter High School.mlive.com
Have you tried the local grilled cheese Oprah and Gayle King raved about?
Who doesn’t like a good grilled cheese sandwich? Cafe Muse in Royal Oak made a big splash with its own take on the American classic. It was named one of the best by Esquire Magazine in 2008 and quickly grabbed the attention of Oprah and Gayle King.
WNBA celebrates Pride Month with multiple events around the league
The WNBA will celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride Month in June with activities and initiatives that empower players, teams, fans and employees to share their voices and create a more inclusive environment around the game and in their communities.
Progressive Pride flag flying at Muskegon City Hall this month
MUSKEGON, MI – The “Progressive Pride” flag will fly at Muskegon City Hall throughout the month of June after a debate among city commissioners about its appropriateness. Muskegon City Commissioner Michael Ramsey presented a motion to raise the “Progressive Pride” flag at city hall, which after debate last month was approved on a 5-2 vote. The Progressive Pride flag adds to the rainbow colors additional arrow-shaped stripes in black and brown to include communities of color and pink, light blue and white, which are used on the transgender Pride flag. The city commission in 2020 approved a resolution declaring June Pride month and recognizing it by flying the Pride flag at city hall. Those are not parallel issues.”The Progressive Pride flag will fly at city hall on a pole normally used to fly the city’s official flag.mlive.com
Rainbow Flap: Biden Pride tweet draws objection from Kuwait
A U.S. Embassy tweet of a rainbow-flag-festooned message by President Joe Biden in support of Pride Month has drawn a face-to-face diplomatic protest from Kuwait and sparked a rare Twitter fight between the two close allies. On Friday, U.S. diplomats were doubling down with rainbow flag postings and statements in support of LGBTQ rights on social media. The messages appeared in response to the Kuwaiti government's official objection the day before to what Kuwait's state news agency called the “pro-gay rights post” of the U.S. Embassy there.news.yahoo.com
Celebrate Pride Month in Washtenaw County with these picnics and festivals
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI -- June is Pride Month, which means the Ann Arbor area is gearing up to celebrate LGBTQ people and history with a variety of events. Although Ypsilanti’s pride festival was canceled and Ann Arbor’s was postponed, there are plenty of other fairs, flag raisings and other festivities to celebrate Pride Month. YpsilantiAlthough Ypsi Pride is not taking place this year, a variety of drag shows, art exhibitions and other events are kicking off Pride Month the first week of June. Related: Kick off Pride Month with these Ypsilanti eventsHamburger Mary’s Ypsilanti, 701 W. Cross St., is hosting a series of drag performances, vendors and karaoke starting at noon Saturday, June 4. Drag brunch at noon and 2 p.m. Sunday, June 12, at Hamburger Mary’s, 701 W. Cross St.Find Boylesque Drag online.mlive.com
Kick off Pride Month with these Ypsilanti events
YPSILANTI, MI -- Although Ypsi Pride is not taking place this year, a variety of drag shows, art exhibitions and other events are kicking off Pride Month the first week of June. Ypsilanti typically sees a broader festival in June, but organizing group Ypsi Pride announced in March it would be suspending the festival for 2022. “Given that we’re all going into the third year of a global pandemic, our small team is unable to host Ypsi Pride on Washington Street for 2022,” Ypsi Pride organizers wrote on social media in March. “This was a hard decision to come to, because each one of us fiercely loves this community and what Ypsi Pride stands for. We are taking this next season to rebuild our Ypsi Pride team, to restructure the organization’s operations, and to nourish partnerships with community members and businesses that are in alignment with our values”You can still celebrate Pride Month with these Ypsilanti-area events.mlive.com
Grand Blanc church to celebrate Pride Month with ‘pride Sunday’ worship service
GRAND BLANC, MI — A church in Genesee County is planning to celebrate Pride Month with its first-ever Pride Sunday worship service to welcome members of the LGBTQ+ community and let them know where they can find a church home. St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, 9020 S. Saginaw St., in Grand Blanc is hosting a Pride Sunday worship service at 10 a.m. Sunday, June 27. That includes members of the LGBTQ+ community, who have experienced exclusion from so many sources. The LGBTQ+ Community is made up of people like you and me.”If the LGBTQ+ Community has an agenda, it is to have the same rights as everyone else, Lasley added. The Episcopal Church has often been on the frontlines in the struggle for social justice.mlive.com
How to Watch Tonight’s Miley Pride Special
Join Miley Cyrus on Peacock tonight at 8pm ET to celebrate Pride Month and good music. This vibrant Pride special will feature an endless amount of glitter, humor, and irresistible Miley pizzazz. You definitely don’t want to miss this virtual concert, especially if you were cheated out of a Miley Cyrus live show during the pandemic. For only $4.99/month, you can stream The Miley Pride Special at 8pm ET. In the meantime, you can watch clips of the show on Miley Cyrus’ Instagram.mlive.com
Detroit Pistons recognize LGBTQ+ community with week of virtual events
DETROIT The Pistons will host a series of virtual events from Monday through Thursday for Pistons Pride Week. The Pistons programs are an extension of the Pistons Equality platform and are meant to support the LGBTQ+ community. Pride week events are free and open to the first 1,000 participants to register online. READ: Benched: Greg Kelser discusses the end of Detroit Pistons season, praying for social changeOn Tuesday at 6 p.m. the Pistons will host an interactive discussion with Free Mom Hugs founder Sara Cunningham and her son Parker. Through the Pistons Pride Week events and discussions, we look to recognize and advocate for inclusion for the LGBTQ+ community, said Erika Swilley, Detroit Pistons senior director of community relations.
Gov. Whitmer: June 2020 is Pride Month in Michigan
LANSING, Mich. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared June 2020 Pride Month in Michigan. The month is to celebrate LGBTQ+ individuals and acknowledge the work that must be done to create a more equitable state for all identities, genders, races, ethnicities and ages.This pride month, we are reminded that the beginning of Pride was not a celebration, but a protest to be seen, heard, treated equally, and allowed to live fully and authentically, Whitmer said. More needs to be done to ensure every Michigander can experience equality and freedom from discrimination, Whitmer said. We must continue to support the rights of every citizen to experience equality free from discrimination and recognize the continued need for education and awareness to recognize the basic rights of all Michiganders.READ: Michigan deal prohibits LGBT discrimination in state adoptions
Ann Arbor Film Festival to kick off Pride Month with virtual happy hour June 4
ANN ARBOR, Mich. The Ann Arbor Film Festival will celebrate Pride Month by hosting a virtual happy hour at 7 p.m. on June 4. Taking place through Zoom, the virtual happy hour will feature Rusty Tidenberg, subject of the documentary Why Cant I Be Me? Around You focuses on the eight years of Tidenbergs life after she comes out to her family and friends. Leslie Raymond, director of the Ann Arbor Film Festival and Martin Contreras and Keith Orr, former owners of \aut\ Bar will host the celebration. The documentary won the \aut\ FILM Award for Best LGBTQ Film at this years virtual Ann Arbor Film Festival.