Gay Dad Life

June Family Pride Events!

Pride month is officially here! All month long, hundreds of cities will be celebrating Gay Pride with parades and marches all across the country. While these can be a fun an empowering experience for LGBTQ families, sometimes we also need some additional kid-friendly way to show our gaiety. (Read: just a little bit less glitter.) Check out our roundup of LGBTQ family events happening all across the country! Know of a June Pride Family event that's not listed? Email us at dads@gayswithkids.com

Boston, MA: Guy Next Door Film Screening

Join Green for a screening of "Guy Next Door" in Brookline, MA. This film focuses on family, friendship and gay rights. Enjoy this uplifting film as part of Boston Pride. Post-screening panel to follow with Emily McGranachan, East Coast Regional Manager and Jen Childs-Roshak, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood League of MA.


Los Angeles, CA: LGBT Night at Dodgers Stadium

On Friday, June 9, the Los Angeles Dodgers will play host to their fifth annual LGBT Night at Dodger Stadium! A special event ticket package that includes a game ticket for the Dodgers’ June 9 game and an exclusive Dodger LGBT T-Shirt is available for purchase now!

 


Newark, NJ: Family Equality Rainbow Sock Hop

On Saturday June 3rd in Asbury, NJ, join the Family Equality Council at the Family Equality Rainbow Sock Hop! Enjoy rainbow socks, balloon animals, face painting, treats, and fun 50's and kids dance music.

 


New Orleans, LA: Family Equality Day

On Sunday, June 11, join other LGBTQ families at Longue Vue House & Gardens for Family Equality Day! This event will bring the community together with children’s activities, food, drinks, vendors and more.

 


New York, NY: Family Pride Picnic

On Saturday, June 24th, join the LGBT Community Center's longest running family Pride celebration---Family Pride Picnic! Come enjoy, games, music, a puppet show, face painting, lunch and lots more.

 


Minneapolis, MN: Family Pride Picnic

On June 18th, Family Equality Council is partnering with Twin Cities Pride for this family-friendly picnic.  Come and enjoy free hot dogs, corn on the cob, chips and beverages!

 


Portland, OR: Family Day at the Museum

On Saturday June 10th, Join Pride Portland at the Children’s Museum! Admission is free! Refreshments are available as well as access to the entire museum.

 


Philadelphia, PA: Park and Playground Meet Up

Meet up with other LGBTQ families at Wynnewood Valley Park on Saturday, June 3rd from 10am-12pm!  The playground has some shady areas. There is also a small creek and hiking trail nearby for the adventurous.

 


San Francisco, CA: Book Launch and Pride Party for Families

On June 3rd, join author Beth Reichmuth and illustrator Nomy Lamm to celebrate the launch of their new children's book, I'm Jay, Let's Play. It's a sweet story about Jay's morning at preschool playing with friends that models gender fluidity as a normal part of kids' lives.

 


Seattle, WA: Family Pride

On Saturday, June 25th, enjoy family pride in Seattle! The event includes: Drag Queen story time, a bounce house, educational and engaging activities, all in a kid-friendly environment!

 


Washington D.C.: Family Fun Zone at the Parade

Enjoy fun crafts, water inflatables, yard games, and more at the annual D.C. pride parade! Presented by Capital Pride, Friends of Stead Park, Artspace DC, DC Roller Girls.

 


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"Dad," Jonathan said. "Would you just get out of the house and go on a date already?" (You may remember wise-beyond-his-years Jonathan from this post that went viral of a tattoo he got commemorating his adoption day.)

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Richard and Kevin married on March 30, 2019 back at the scene of the crime — in Palm Springs, at the Frederick Loewe Estate. Jonathan was Richard's best man, and also walked him down the aisle (awwww.....). Kevin's brother Bobby served as his best man.

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