Break out the white shoes and rainbow flags. Memorial Day is Monday, and gay Pride season isn't far behind. June brings long days and LGBT events across the land.
Pride celebrates our freedom and promotes equality in this great country. With support for marriage equality growing from coast-to-coast, "RuPaul's Drag Race" being renewed for a seventh season and an NFL player kissing his boyfriend(!) on national television, the LGBT community has plenty of reasons to be proud.
Start researching your Pride getaway here. And then pack your bags and let your flag fly high.
Quick tip: Some of the dates listed are for the actual Pride parades, but LGBT events fill the calendar in the days and weeks before.
Brooklyn Pride - June 9-14, 2014
As it does most things, the borough puts its own distinct spin on Pride. The more laid-back, neighborly vibe is a pleasant departure from the norm.
Key West Pride - June 11-15, 2014
Relaxed and tropical, Key West Pride is part-vacation, part-celebration, all amazing.
Rhode Island Pride (Providence, RI) - June 21, 2014
The country's smallest state proves that size isn't everything. Sometimes it's the smaller cities that have the bigger Prides.
San Francisco Pride - June 28-29, 2014
I recognize that San Francisco is an obvious choice but you really should experience Pride in a very gay city--one that gets even gayer at the end of June. It feels like the entire destination is in on Pride.
Pride All Over:
Jersey Pride Celebration (Asbury Park) - June 1, 2014
Santa Cruz Pride - June 1, 2014
Sonoma County Pride - June 1, 2014
Utah Pride Festival (Salt Lake City) - June 5-8, 2014
Capital Pride (Washington, DC) - June 6-8, 2014
LA Gay Pride - June 6-8, 2014
Capital City Pride (Des Moines, Iowa) - June 6-8, 2014
PrideFest Milwaukee - June 6-8, 2014
Circle City IN Pride (Indianapolis) - June 6-14, 2014
Boston Pride Week - June 6-15, 2014
Honolulu Pride Parade - June 7, 2014
Motor City Pride (Detroit, Michigan) - June 7-8, 2014
Alaska PrideFest (Anchorage) - June 7-15, 2014
Philadelphia Pride - June 8, 2014
Nashville Pride - June 13-14, 2014
Baltimore Pride - June 13-15, 2014
California's Capital Pride (Sacramento) - June 14, 2014
Long Island Pride - June 14, 2014
Spokane Pride Parade & Rainbow Festival - June 14, 2014
Pride Northwest (Portland, Oregon) - June 14-15, 2014
Pittsburgh Pride - June 15, 2014
Columbus Pride Festival - June 20-21, 2014
Kentuckiana Pride Festival (Louisville, Kentucky) - June 20-21, 2014
New Orleans Pride Festival - June 20-22, 2014
OKC Pride (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) - June 20-22, 2014
Pride Houston - June 20-29, 2014
Knoxville PrideFest - June 21, 2014
Denver PrideFest - June 21-22, 2014
Harlem Pride - June 22-29, 2014
NYC Pride - June 24-29, 2014
St. Pete Pride (St. Petersburg, Florida) - June 27, 2014
Cleveland Pride - June 28, 2014
Santa Fe Pride - June 28, 2014
Twin Cities Pride - June 28-29, 2014
Pride St. Louis - June 28-29, 2014
Pride Chicago Parade - June 29, 2014
Seattle Pride Parade - June 29, 2014
You can wave your flags all year long thanks to events sprinkled throughout the calendar. Here are some notable Pride events after June:
Pride & Promote (LA Black Pride)- July 3-6, 2014
Pride San Antonio - July 5, 2014
Tacoma Pride - July 11-16, 2014
Pacific Pride Festival (Santa Barbara, California) - July 12, 2014
Rochester Pride - July 18-20, 2014
San Diego Pride - July 18-20, 2014
Charlotte Pride - August 16-17, 2014
Silicon Valley Pride (San Jose, California) - August 17, 2014
Oakland Pride - August 31, 2014
Las Vegas Pride - September 5-6, 2014
Boulder Pride - September 14, 2014
Pride Vermont (Burlington) - September 14, 2014
Austin Pride - September 14-20, 2014
Dallas Pride Parade & Festival - September 21, 2014
Mid-South Pride (Memphis, Tennessee) - September 27, 2014
Come Out With Pride (Orlando, Florida) - October 6-8, 2014
Atlanta Pride - October 11-12, 2014
Greater Palm Springs Pride - November 8-9, 2014
To discover more about these gay-friendly cities and to plan and book your gay Pride travels, visit fagabond.com.