It's great to support LGBTQ-owned businesses and creatives year-round. But if you want to show a little extra love for the LGBTQ community this month, there are plenty of ways you can join in celebrating Pride Month — from art exhibits to lectures. Here's a look at a dozen options, including several that you can enjoy for free.
"LGBTQ: Rights & Justice" ExhibitThrough Sunday, June 30
Burton Barr Central Library
1221 North Central Avenue
Head to the second floor of Burton Barr Central Library to check out an exhibition of artwork reflecting the struggles and accomplishments of the LGBTQ community. The free exhibition organized by Alwun House continues through the end of the month during regular library hours.
LGBTQ: A History in ArizonaThursday, June 6
Peoria Main Library
8463 West Monroe Avenue, Peoria
Phoenix-based creative Marshall Shore, best known as the "hip historian," is exploring the long arc of LGBTQ culture in this part of the Southwest, using storytelling, music, video clips, and photography. The free event at the Peoria Main Library happens from 6 to 7 p.m.
"southwestNET: Shizu Saldamando"Friday, June 7
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
7374 East Second Street, Scottsdale
See drawings, mixed media, and video works by artist Shizu Saldamando, whose works spotlight often-overlooked communities of color — including activists, artists, punks, and queers. The opening reception at SMoCA happens from 7 to 9 p.m. The exhibition continues through October 13.
Point of Pride: LGBTQ Business SummitTuesday, June 11
ASU Memorial Union
301 East Orange Street, Tempe
Learn about Arizona's LGBTQ community and best practices in myriad areas from creating and sustaining inclusive workplaces to marketing to a diverse consumer demographic. Topics also include religious freedom, public accommodations, and youth advocacy. Tickets to the 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. event at the ASU Memorial Union are $75.
Rocketman Brunch with Phoenix Pride
Wednesday, June 12
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
1140 East Baseline, Tempe
See a special screening of Rocketman, the new biopic of legendary entertainer Elton John, presented by Phoenix Pride at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. Partial ticket sales from the 1:15 p.m. event will benefit the nonprofit's community grants program. Tickets are $11.75, and you should be 18 or up to attend. Bring extra money if you want to enjoy brunch, including movie-inspired food and drinks, during the film.
Queer Me Out: Breaking Barriers in BusinessFriday, June 14
7277 East Camelback Road, Scottsdale
Hear LGBTQ professionals talk about how they broke barriers while facing discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation. The gathering at the W Scottsdale hotel kicks off with cocktails at 6:30 p.m. and the panel discussion starts at 7 p.m. Admission is free with advance event reservations.
One Night OnlyFriday, June 14
Phoenix Art Museum
1625 North Central Avenue
One Community Foundation is celebrating Pride Month at Phoenix Art Museum, where presenters will be sharing stories about the influence of LGBTQ friends, family, and community members on their lives. The 6:30 to 10 p.m. event includes live music by The Instant Classics, drinks, appetizers, and an auction. Tickets are $75.
Naturally Tan: A MemoirFriday, June 14
203 West Adams Street
Changing Hands Bookstore presents a conversation with Tan France, an author whose claims to fame include starring in the Emmy-winning Netflix series Queer Eye. He'll be talking about his life and new memoir at the Orpheum Theatre at 7 p.m. Seating-only packages (which include a signed copy of his book) start at $36.40. Meet-and-greet tickets are sold out.
Phoenix Mercury Pride NightFriday, June 14
Talking Stick Resort Arena
201 East Jefferson Street
Tucson Pride is presenting Pride Night as the Phoenix Mercury take on the Los Angeles Sparks at Talking Stick Resort Arena, where the tip-off time is 7 p.m. Tickets run $40 and they benefit a local pride organization.
Priscilla, Queen of the DesertSunday, June 15
Tempe Center for the Arts
700 West Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe
Haul out your best spandex and glitter and get ready to dance your little heart out during the upbeat musical that follows the adventures of three performers traversing the Australian outback. It's being performed by the Phoenix Metropolitan Men's Chorus at 7 p.m. at Tempe Center for the Arts. Tickets start at $30.
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D-backs Pride NightFriday, June 21
401 East Jefferson Street
Celebrate Pride Month as the Arizona Diamondbacks take on the San Francisco Giants at Chase Field. The $25 Pride Pack includes a ticket to the game and a D-backs Pride baseball shirt. The game starts at 6:40 p.m., and you can stay after to enjoy free fireworks
Pride StorytimeSaturday, June 29
Barnes & Noble at Metrocenter Mall
10235 North Metro Parkway East