Pride Week 2020 Calendar of Events: LGBTQ Theater, Festivals, Festivities

Loud, Proud and Virtual: If the 50th anniversary NYC Pride March has been canceled due to COVID-19, this year’s LGBT+ Pride Week events are as varied as the community, from rallies to parties to cooking shows to gay neighborhood tours – and lots of theater. Many of these events require advance registration; most are free. All are online. (The pictures above are from previous years.)

Ongoing Productions

The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey. 92nd Y Through June 30

Jemima Jones: Black Light

Criminal Queerness Festival Dixon Place. Bringing together renowned queer playwrights from around the world, from countries that treat them like criminals. Through June 29

Pride Music Video festival

10 world premieres from the feath3r theory and the Invisible Dog  released weekends throughout June

“PRIDE is actually NOT a parade, it is NOT a circuit  party, and it AIN’T a Carley Rae Jepsen or Beyonce secret release. PRIDE is a celebration of the culture that we make and put out into the world so that the  world can celebrate us.”

The Queerly Festival  FrigidNY. Through July 2

Monday June 22

6 p.m. The Garden Party at the LGBT Center kicks off Pride Week, as it does every year, but this time it’s virtual – offering appearances and performances, a playlist, and even recipes for “delicious bites and beverages that you can craft from home”

6:30 p.m. Savor Pride: Chef Kate Pelayo, Sous Chef at TAO in Los Angeles,  will showGinger honey glazed salmon. The first of this culinary web series through June 27

Five Lesbian Brothers

7 pm  Brave Smiles…Another Lesbian Tragedy, from the Five Lesbian Brothers, on Playbill’s Pride Plays page

8 p.m. Criminal Queerness Festival: The House of Joy. Roger Q. Mason and Ianne Fields Stewart lead an evening of art-based connection and queer community building.

8:15 p.m. Queerly Festival: Big Gay Love Story, The Musical 

9:30 p.m. Queerly Festival:  It’s Not Me, It’s You A queer take on the story of Lucifer’s fall from grace and the War in Heaven

Tuesday June 23

2 p.m. The Gay Pride (Online) Tour of LGBT History in Greenwich Village. $10

6:30 p.m. Savor Pride: Chef Renee Blackman, born and raised in Barbados, Chicken thighs seasoned with ginger and cilantro Confit potatoes and charred broccoli

7 p.m. Criminal Queerness Festival: Panel on LGBTQ human rights in Latin America

Wednesday June 24

6:30 p.m. Savor Pride, Amanda Freitag, author and food TV personality, Lamb Burger with Mint Yogurt

7 p.m. Queer Fiascos! Share your story on the theme of queer fiascos (if you want), and listen to others share theirs.

7 p.m. Queerly Festival: Blessed Oil and Brown Liquor From brown liquor-fueled basement parties, and spirit-filled churches: A black queer journey.

Pride Run.

For 38 years, Front Runners NY has organized a 5-mile race to celebrate LGBT Pride. This year’s LGBT Pride Run, historically taking place in Central Park, has been transformed into a virtual 5-mile race.

Thursday June 25

9:30 am – 6 p.m.Human Rights Conference A series of panel discussions and breakout sessions (it begins with an online workout session)

7 p.m. Queerty Festival: Coming Out, A New Musical

7:30 p.m. Savor Pride: Chef Sicily Sierra,  co-founder of Pinky & Red’s and Chef Mavis-Jay Sanders, director of operations at The Brownsville Community Culinary Center: Pan-seared fish with green sauce and white bean salad


8 pm Falsettos Live From Lincoln Center has teamed with the subscription service BroadwayHD for a free screening of the 2017 production of William Finn and James Lapine’s pioneering gay musical that follows Marvin, who left his wife to be with a male lover, and his friends and family, portrayed by Christian Borle, Stephanie J. Block, Andrew Rannells, and Brandon Uranowitz. Available for 48 Hours

Friday June 26

5 to 8 p.m.  NYC Virtual Pride Rally  with trans journalist Ashlee Marie Preston and trans actor Brian Michael Smith as hosts

6:30 The second day of Fractures of Pride, a three-day festival, begins with MusicTalks Celebration of LGBTQ Composers: Live concert with Cellist Elad Kabilio and special guests


7 p.m. Global Pride 2020 24 hours of performances and speeches!

7 p.m. The Men from the Boys. Mort Crowley’s sequel to The Boys in the Band, showing what happens to the characters, directed by Zachary Quinto and shown on Playbill’s Pride Plays page

7 p.m. Criminal Queerness Festival: vichitra: an anthology of queer dreams

8 p.m. Queerly Festival: The Reparations Show, a variety show that will center stories created by and about Black and Indigenous artists. Kevin R. Free is the host at this performance.

8 p.m.

8:00pm Brick by Brick: STONEWALL As part of the Fractures of Pride festival, a reading of a television pilot written by Eric Ulloa and performed by Robin De Jesus,  Doreen Montalvo, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Julius Rubio, Daniel Reichard, Jason Veasey, Max Chernin,, Sis, Samyra James, Stephen DeRosa, Danny Burgos


9 p.m. “Stonewallin’.” From Iowa’s Mirrorbox Theater: “Stonewall Jackson coughs, and out comes glitter.” Stonewallin’ is a queer coming-of-age story in the American South full of witchcraft, war re-enactors, and ghosts.

Saturday, June 27

2 p.m. The Bloomsbury Set and Queer Soho: a tour of London’s gayest neighborhoods/ $10

3 p.m. PrideFest 2020 Brooklyn’s second annual concert, on two virtual stages

4 p.m. Family Pride Dance Party

6:30 p.m. Savor Pride Chef Liz Alpern, creator of Queer Soup Night,

7 p.m. Masculinity Max. A play by MJ Kaufman, directed by Will Davis and shown on Playbill’s Pride Plays page

8 p.m. The House Party with Everybooty. Pride celebration from BAM and New York Live Arts. With hosts Andre J., Tyler Ashley, aka the Dauphine of Bushwick, and Raja Feather Kelly, this free digital event features talent from across New York City

8 p.m. Queerly Festival: The Gay Card. Three young gay men are searching for love and connection

Sunday, June 28

6 to 9 p.m. On Top of the World, a Global Pride Celebration. Tickets $10 – $35

7 p.m. The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me, at Provincetown Playhouse.  A streaming of the 2013 production of David Drake’s play, featuring Drake (who initially performed it in the 1990s as a solo show), André De Shields, BD Wong, Robin De Jesús, Rory O’Malley, Anthony Rapp, Wesley Taylor, Chad Ryan, Donald C. Shorter, Jr., Aaron Tone, Brandon Cordeiro and Claybourne Elder

7 pm Criminal Queerness Festival Maid in America  Conceived by and starring Migguel Anggelo

Author: New York Theater

Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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