LA PRIDE News:
It’s June, LGBTQ+ Pride month and across the country, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer+ folks and their allies celebrate with events in cities large and small, and for some Americans, it is the only occasion where they can be out and proud in their community.
Pride festivals and parades are a celebration of the progress the LGBTQ+ community has made, but also a time to recognize the distance still to go to achieve full equality.
Join the community June 10-14 to celebrate the second annual Los Alamos Pride Week and Festival.
Pride Week events
Community Potluck + Quinn Fontaine’s One-Man Show
5:30-9 p.m. • Monday, June 10 • Unitarian Church
Celebrate with a community potluck sponsored by One Los Alamos, followed by a one-man show from comedian/artist/writer Quinn Fontaine, Santa Fe Pride King 2018. ($15 suggested donation for 7 p.m. show)
Los Alamos Historical Society: History Adventures
Tuesday, June 11 • 1st–3rd grade 9:30-10:30 a.m., 4th–6th grade 10:45-11:45 a.m. • Ashley Pond Park
The Historical Society brings in Ken Nebel for a free program for students about diversity and self identity through reading about Walt Whitman and his poetry and creating one’s own written word art.
Middle School Jazz Band + Hella Bella Performances
Tuesday, June 11 • Middle School Jazz Band 6:30 p.m., Hella Bella 7:30 p.m. • Ashley Pond Park
New Mexico’s favorite drag rock cover band has been riveting audiences since 2016 with performances that go from dance party to comedy to dramatic performance art and back again.
Family Story Time
10:10-10:40 a.m. • Wednesday, June 12 • Mesa Public Library
Pride themed books, stories and songs for ages 18 months to 4 years. It’s family story time, so story time starts with simple, easy stories for crawlers and transition into longer picture books for older kids.
LGBTQ+ Friendly Teen Book Give Away
Wednesday, June 12 • Morning • Los Alamos Teen Center
Teens join the library at the Los Alamos Teen Center for a LGBTQ+ friendly book give away.
Interfaith Panel Discussion
6 p.m. • Wednesday, June 12 • Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church
This discussion with Los Alamos faith leaders seeks to confront barriers to faith and will challenge misconceptions and misuses of religious texts, with the goal of fully embracing the LGBTQ+ community.
Music and Literacy Skills for Toddlers
10:30-11 a.m. • Thursday, June 13 • Mesa Public Library, 1st Floor
A half hour of Pride themed stories, songs and play for toddlers who are developing their early literacy skills. Suggested for 2- and 3-year-olds.
4-7 p.m. • Friday, June 14 • Central Park Square Lawn
The theme of this family-friendly festival is “Be Your Own Hero.” The celebration, with emcee Quinn Fontaine, will be full of heroic activities and educational opportunities for all ages — including performance and creative outlets.
7-10 p.m. • Friday, June 14 • Ashley Pond Park
Hill Stompers, the local community street band, and Shamarr Allen & The Underdawgs, the definition of New Orleans, and one of the best trumpeters out there, will continue the celebration with music and performance.
Pride Paint Night
4-6 p.m. • Tuesday, June 25 • Pig + Fig Cafe
Relax and paint your pride with artist and instructor Susanne Harrison. ($30 fee + tax)
Tuesday, May 28, the Los Alamos County Council made an official proclamation recognizing the second week of June as annual LBGTQ+ Pride Week. Several LGBTQ+ community members and allies were present to receive the proclamation: click here, for details.
Follow and listen for updates
Stay tuned to Friends of Los Alamos Pride’s Facebook page and the LA Pride website for more information and updates.
Listen to the KRSN 1490 AM morning show at 8:40 a.m. today for an interview with Quinn Fontaine; 8:30 a.m., Monday June 10, for an interview with Hella Bella and 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 11, for an interview with panelists from the interfaith discussion.
Support LA Pride with a donation
Visit Friends of Los Alamos Pride’s GoFundMe page to donate — funds are still needed to pay performers, buy supplies for festival activities, and more to make this the best LA Pride yet.