5 Ways To Do Pride
A Pride Month Checklist
It’s Pride Month! As we move through June and our calendars fill with fab queer events across the city it’s incredible to think we’re 50 years on from the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York, and 41 years since the original 1978 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras. It really is the time of year to wave your flag proud and recognise the LGBT+ activists that have come before us, to celebrate our colourful community and unite against the ongoing issues we face.
When it comes to Pride, it’s easy to get caught up in buying sequinned shorts and rainbow everything (*cough, guilty) and miss some of the other fabulous things to do in Pride Month. But never fear! The Impy team has compiled a handy to-do list to get you in the Pride spirit – and maybe expose you to something a little new…
1. Watch a LGBT+ Film
Queer film is making a major mainstream resurgence since recent box office hits like Carol and Love, Simon. Take a trip back in time and revisit some classics that shaped LGBT+ audiences and culture. Iconic documentaries like Paris is Burning (1990), The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson (2017) and The Queen (1968) examine the complex intersections of race and queerness and are compulsory viewing for any queer cinephile.
Other contemporary classics include Tangerine (2015) and Moonlight (2016).
Go catch a contemporary take on LGBT+ cinema at this year’s Sydney Film Festival. Running until June 17th, the festival features new queer work including Australian film Sequin In A Blue Room (dir. Samuel Van Grinsven) about a young boy whose hook-up app obsession sends him down a dangerous path.
2. Get Baking
We must admit, we have a sweet tooth and firmly enjoy feeding time! Host your own Great Queer Bake Off or for savoury fans a Pot Luck Dinner with your chosen fam, a dress theme and party games are highly recommended.
Check out this colourful recipe from Eugenie’s Kitchen for these cute rainbow heart cookies, perfect with cups of tea or dessert. Caution: Results may be delicious
3. Get Tested
No matter your sexual orientation, awareness and conversations around sexual health is vital! Pop into your local clinic and ask some questions, have a checkup or routine test. You’ll feel a lot more comfortable when engaging in lovin’ this Pride if you know everything is in order.
Have a read of ACON’s website for more resources!
4. See a Drag Show
L-R: Miss Understood at The Oyster Club, The Magda Szubanskis, Lady Fur at Canned Fruit, The Imperial Family
Often regarded as the gatekeepers and culture vultures of the LGBT+ community, drag queens and queer performance artists are wonderfully talented and incredibly passionate about what they do. Support your local queens who are keeping your parties extra camp this Pride (and every other month of the year)… We’re spoilt for choice in Sydney with so many inclusive groups providing free or affordable events throughout the week. Our top picks are Canned Fruit Parties at Secret Garden Bar, Heaps Gay Newscastle, Honcho Disko Melbourne, The Bearded Tit, The Oyster Club and of course our Oxford Street fam!
Closer to home is our own Drag N’ Dine from Wednesday to Sunday in our fabulous Priscillas restaurant, a delicious culinary adventure accompanied with some of the city’s finest drag artists serving you a flavourshow like no other >> Book A Table
But the party doesn’t end there. On the 29th of June, our special one off pride party Rainbow Resistance is taking over the Imperial basement! With performers like Marlena Dali, Lou P Scarlett and The Magda Szubanskis, come join the rainbow resistance!
Basement, 10pm $10 entry, with $1 from each sale going to ACON.
5. Check in on your Friends
Pride can be an emotionally draining time for members of our community. Make sure you’re checking in on your friends, offering to invite them to events and spending some booze-free nights in (see suggestions 1 and 2!). At the end of the day, our community is what we’re most proud of – and despite our differences, the more we stand together, the stronger we’ll all be.
If you do need any support this Pride, LifeLine has a 24/7 crisis line: 13 11 14 and Beyond Blue has a counselling service on 1300 22 4636
From the Imperial Erskineville Family, we wish everyone a happy and safe Pride!
Written by: Oliver Levi-Malouf & Erin Carroll