June is an important month for the LGBTQ+ community. It’s when – 53 years ago – the Stonewall Uprising occurred in New York City, inspiring the modern LGBTQ+ rights movement.

On the first anniversary of this historic event, gay activists in New York organized the Christopher Street Liberation March as part of the city’s first Gay Pride Week. Activists in other cities followed suit and organized Pride celebrations that would continue throughout the nation and mark what is now known as Pride Month.

Every year, the recognition of Pride Month – designated at both a state and federal level – grows to include many more allies and supporters. 

Locally, that includes the 2nd Annual Fenton Pride Night, which will be held June 16. Organized by the Fenton Pride Collective, the event aims to make Fenton a safe and welcoming place for everyone, regardless of gender expression or sexual orientation.

From 5-9 p.m., there will be shopping, live music, food and drink specials, face painting and more in downtown Flint. Visitors will also be able to listen to a concert in the park and shop the Fenton Farmer’s Market. A Pride Walk is scheduled to take place at 7 p.m. on the sidewalks in downtown Fenton.

On June 25, Wellness AIDS Services is teaming up with local partners to present the 12th Annual Flint Gay Pride Festival. The event will be held from 2-8 p.m. at Riverbank Park in downtown Flint. The event aims to celebrate diversity in the city, affirm gay and transgender individuals, increase visibility and build a sense of community. There is a suggested $5 donation.

Additionally, the Flint Repertory Theatre has reinvented the classical musical, The Fantasticks, by re-imagining the young lovers at the center of the story as two young men. Performances are scheduled for June 9-12 and June 17-19. For the background behind the new interpretation, click here. For tickets, click here.

Know of an event, activity or exhibition recognizing Pride Month that’s not included here? Submit the details to the Explore Flint & Genesee Events calendar here.