Southern Illinois is gearing up for it’s first Pride Weekend this year, taking place from June 1 to June 3. According to The Southern Illinoisan, after successfully raising $700 campaign on GoFundMe, the committee behind the event is preparing a multitude of internal events for the three-day umbrella event including a pride walk, Drag Queen Bingo, a benefit concert for The Rainbow Cafe, live music, and film screenings. The event kickoff will take place on Friday, June 1st at 6 pm at The Varsity Center with a welcome reception, followed by a screening of the film, Milk.
More than 20 organizations are slated to participate in the event, including The Big Muddy Crew! Taking place on Sunday, June 3rd from 7-9pm at Longbranch Cafe and Bakery will be a screening of the film, Tongues Untied. Directed by Marlon Riggs, Tongues United, is a ground-breaking, documentary film that explores the intersectionality between race and gender. It’s a poetic film that is known for “rising above the deeply personal” to tap into and investigate what it means to be black and gay and it aids in opening up and embracing the discourse of the issues across the communities of the marginalized.
This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited!
The full schedule of events and more information about the event and the committee behind it can be found here.