Visit Alexandria Shares Events Celebrating Pride Month in June



Pride flags in the market square (Phoot: Misha Enriquez for Visit Alexandria)

ALEXANDRIA, VA-Throughout the month of June, residents of Alexandria are welcome and are encouraged to celebrate Pride Month by participating in various events. Visit Alexandria, the city’s tourism board, today released information on virtual and in-person events in partnership with local LGBTQ + organizations.

Alexandria is a place known for its acceptance by all. In recent years, the city has received a 100% score for LGBTQ + equality by the Human Rights Campaign Municipal Equality Index,. It has been recognized as an LGBTQ + travel destination by Pride Journeys magazine and Instinct magazine.

Phoot: Todd Wright for VTC

FEATURED EVENTS

Celebrate Alexandria Pride Workshops
June 3 to 5, 2021
Admission: free (registration required)
Virtual
alexandriava.gov/LGBTQ

Alexandria LGBTQ Task Force and Library of Alexandria are hosting Celebrate Pride of Alexandria workshops online from June 3-5. Twelve workshops will be offered over three days. Some workshops are creative and some are educational, but they all celebrate the resilience and beauty of Alexandria’s LGBTQ + community. Presenters and moderators include members of the Alexandria LGBTQ Task Force and other local and state partners including Alexandria Library, Safe Space NOVA, Center for Black Equity, Heard Program, Virginia Anti-Violence Project, Drag Queen Story Hour, Equality Virginia, Impacto LGBT, Visit Alexandria promotional partners and more. Also, don’t miss the Progress Pride flags which will fly around Alexandria Town Hall in June.

The Late Shift: ALX Pride at Torpedo Factory Art Center
June 11, 2021, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Admission fee
Virtual and in person outside the Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria, VA 22314

703-746-4570

torpedofactory.org

Celebrate Pride Month with the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Take advantage of both in-person programs at the Art Center and online virtual programs. The in-person programming will take place outside the Art Center on N. Union Street and by the waterfront. Outside the Art Center on Union St., explore the ‘UHAULED’ exhibit, which features five U-Haul trucks, each containing galleries with works by regional queer women and lesbian artists, curated by the Northern Virginia artist Cat Baker.

Growing pride in the garden
June 27, 2021, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Admission: free (recommended donation of $ 5 for Safe Space NOVA *)

The Garden at Building Momentum, 5380 Eisenhower Ave., Suite C, Alexandria, VA 22314

703-566-9000

thegarden.net

This family-friendly event at the Garden on Eisenhower Avenue, in partnership with Alexandria Makers Market and Safe Space NOVA, will feature 15 local LGBTQ + manufacturers and allies set up throughout the garden with locally made products available for sale. Enjoy local food trucks (including snow cones!), Live music, and kids’ crafts available throughout the event. The event will take place inside the event space, the state-of-the-art workshop and outside on the patio. * Safe Space NOVA is dedicated to providing a safe, welcoming and supportive environment to combat social stigma, bullying and other challenges faced by LGBTQ + youth.

Queens on King Street Reunion Event

July 13, 2021, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Admission fee
The Light Horse, 715 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314
facebook.com/queensonkingstreet

After a hiatus of over a year due to the pandemic and COVID-19 restrictions, the Alexandria’s Queens on King Street group will meet again on Tuesday, July 13 at the Light Horse from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. the group’s fifth anniversary. In 2015, co-founders Timothy McCue, Nathan Sell, and Alex Rodriguez-Rozic established Queens on King Street to provide space for LGBTQ + people who live, work, or just enjoy visiting Old Town Alexandria. Through March 2020 and the pandemic, Queens bi-weekly meetings on King Street attracted, on average, over 50 attendees and thousands of dollars in business to King Street establishments! Co-Founder Timothy McCue said: “We are delighted that The Light Horse will serve as the launch pad for the next chapter of Queens on King Street events. We missed everyone and can’t wait to bring the events back starting this summer.

Photo: Todd Wright for VTC

MORE EVENTS AND OFFERS

Kids’ Pride Pajama Story Time

June 2, 2021, from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Admission: free (registration required)
Virtual
alexlibraryva.org

A bold and inclusive selection of bedtime stories that offers a cheerful glimpse into Pride Month and the vibrant community that celebrates this day every year.

Drag Queen Storytime with Citrine
June 5, 2021 at 10 a.m.
Admission: free (registration required)
Virtual
alexandriava.gov/LGBTQ

Co-sponsored by the Alexandria LGBTQ + Task Force as part of Celebrate Alexandria Pride 2021. What do drag queens and kids have in common? They love to dress up and anything shiny and chic! Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH) is exactly what it sounds like: drag queens reading stories to kids in libraries, schools, and bookstores. Enjoy songs and stories for children ages 3 to 8. Check out other Celebrate Alexandria Pride events and register on alexandriava.gov/LGBTQ.

From the heart: the story of a transgender Virginian

June 21, 2021, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Admission: free (registration required)

Virtual

alexlibraryva.org

Join a member of Equality Virginia’s Transgender Advocacy Speakers Bureau for an evening of community and learning while sharing their story as a transgender person followed by questions.

HOTEL AGREEMENT

Enjoy the Love your summer in Alexandria hotel package with rates starting at $ 83 per night, including up to $ 200 of added value.

For complete information on the celebration of Alexandria Pride Month, visit visitalexandriava.com/lgbtq/pride-month.

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