Events have been popping up all over the city in celebration and political protest for LGBTQIA+ rights and we’re excited to share a list of best picks happening in our beloved Bushwick. Here are some proud parties, programs and performances to check out over the next month.
June 7 – August 2
313 Wilson Ave
El Sótano Art Space invites artists to think about queer revolutions and what it means to revolt — not only a series of steps that catalyze liberation movements, but also daily actions and lifestyles that exist in resistance. The purpose of this exhibition is to vocalize and show the different ways in which queer communities and queer individuals enact resistance, revolution and rebellion.
2. O.K., LQQK
Admission: $10 – 12 (TICKETs)
O.K. LQQK. is back with a whirlwind of comedy, drag, music and dance — an unforgettable night of all things queer and wonderful for you to enjoy. Performers include comedians Bowen Yang (SNL) and Lorelei Ramirez (Adult Swim), plus drag queen and artist West Dakota, recently described by Vogue as “understated but powerful, dramatic yet nuanced… [a] drag superstar.”
3. Rebel! Pride
Admission: $5 – $15 (TICKETED)
214 Starr St.
Rebel! Pride is a monthly, radical queer dance party whose proceeds always benefit a good cause. Come and dance to decolonize and heal, moving your body to the rhythms of queer anthems in an accessible and accepting space. This month’s proceeds will be generously donated to the Queer Detainee Empowerment Project.
June 19 & 26, 9pm
Admission: FREE (TICKETED)
17 Wyckoff Ave
Shop from vendors at this inclusive market, which was created to support artists and diverse performers. Next, enjoy a drag and cabaret show, which will carry on the tradition of providing a queer experience that colors outside the lines of every binary imaginable. In Living Color will redefine what you know about drag with exciting and enlightening performances that showcase the beauty, art, talent and diversity within the community.
Admission: $10 – $20 (TICKETED)
1140 Myrtle Ave
Presented by The Spectrum, the Q-Dynasty will celebrate the diversity of queerness and encourage people to come together. Enjoy live performances by Nomi Ruiz and Laskaar at the Market Hotel, which has served as a supportive event space and nightlife hub for over half a century.
Admission: $20-25 (TICKETED)
1140 Myrtle Ave
The Bunker’s sixth annual Pride celebration is being held for the first time at Market Hotel. As is a Bunker Pride tradition, the lineup of artists is exclusively American, paying homage to queer contributions in the United States that helped make dance music what it is today, A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Sylvia Rivera Law Project.
Admission: FREE before midnight / $10 after (TICKETED)
1271 Myrtle Ave
Brooklyn’s most intense “black-and-white” techno party returns for its first anniversary and Pride! The event promises a motley crew of LGBTQIALMNOP+ characters that represent a bright spectrum of attendees, as well as a sonic cornucopia that will make you lose yourself in the music.
176 St Nicholas Ave
Hugh Ryan’s When Brooklyn Was Queer is a groundbreaking exploration of Brooklyn’s LGBT history. From renowned poet and writer Walt Whitman in the 1850s, to Gustave Beekman, a brothel owner at the center of a WWII gay Nazi spy scandal, to other stories in between and beyond, When Brooklyn was Queer brings our borough’s queer past to life.
June 27, 5pm
Admission: Free entry before 9 p.m./ $10 after (TICKETED)
277 Wyckoff Ave
Unwind over drinks with old friends — or make some new ones — after a long day at the office. Sample some of Elmekkah’s savory bites to keep you going and enjoy the beats of two talented DJs.
10. House of Vogue
Admission: $10 (TICKETED)
2 Wyckoff Ave
Ball culture is an intentional space for queer and trans people of color. Come support dancers and performers at this mini ball as they compete and show the audience their fabulous moves and style. Get a glimpse of where Madonna’s “Vogue” originated; those moves were born in marginalised, urban gay and trans communities such as this.
Cover images courtesy of Venue Locations.
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