Pride Month is celebrated every June in tribute to those involved in the Stonewall Riots, and we’re getting ready to dust off our rainbow flags, douse ourselves in glitter, and go join in the fun. With parades, festivals and concerts going on across the globe, there’s always some way for you to get involved — as well as learn some important social history along the way.
Join us here in SOMA as we celebrate Pride 2021 with a month of activities and celebrations. From poetry readings and educational opportunities to family picnics and Drag Queen Bingo, SOMA organizations and community members have partnered to create a memorable month for all.
Scroll down for a list of all South Orange events and visit www.somapride.com for a list of those events happening in Maplewood and other communities. Check back as more events will be listed throughout the month of June.
PRIDE MONTH FLAG RAISING
When: Wednesday, June 2, 7pm
Where: Flag Pole @ South Orange Ave & Irvington Ave
Join South Orange and Maplewood elected leaders as we raise the flag commemorating Pride month. We'll honor those involved in the Stonewall Riots, stand against bigotry and hatred, show support for LGBTQ+ issues and celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of the members of the LGBTQ+ community.
SOMA LAVENDER GRADUATION 2021
When: June 3rd • 6:30pm
Where:Columbia High School Auditorium
Lavender Graduation is an annual ceremony held in many schools and communities across the country to honor and celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, non-binary, queer, asexual, intersex and allied students, and to acknowledge their achievements and contributions in school and community.
In Honor local LGBTQIA+ and allied High School Graduating Seniors from 2021 and the class of 2020.
Sponsored by Township of Maplewood, South Orange Village, South Orange - Maplewood Board of Education., SOMSD, Columbia High School, CHS Spectrum Club, Township of Maplewood PRIDE Committee.
SOPAC PRIDE TRIVIA NIGHT
When: Thursday, June 17 at 7:30pm
Gay Trivia night with Gamemaster Alicia on Thursday, June 17 at 7:30PM. Virtual event. FUN, GAMES, PRIZES
More details TBA
FAMILY PHOTO DAY
When: Saturday, June 26 1pm to 4pm
Where: Farrell Field, South Orange
SOVCA & SOUTH ORANGE VILLAGE PRESENT DRAG QUEEN BINGO
When: Sunday, June 27 1pm to 4pm
Where: Sloan Street Parking Lot
Try your luck at a game of bingo with the fabulous Harmonica Sunbeam, step and repeat to the beat of DJ Redline and enjoy a fun filled day of activities for the whole family.
Sponsored by Lichtman Rabney Group of Hearth Realty and supported by Sparkhouse Toys and Pet Wants
BROTHER OUTSIDER: THE LIFE OF BAYARD RUSTIN - with a Q&A following the movie
Since its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and national broadcasts on PBS and Logo, BROTHER OUTSIDER has introduced millions of viewers around the world to the life and work of Bayard Rustin — a visionary strategist and activist who has been called “the unknown hero” of the civil rights movement. A disciple of Gandhi, a mentor to Martin Luther King Jr., and the architect of the 1963 March on Washington, Rustin dared to live as an openly gay man during the fiercely homophobic 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.
This very special Q&A will include the film's co-director, Bennett Singer, and Bayard Rustin's partner, Walter Naegle, Robt Seda-Schreiber, Chief Activist, Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice and the Q&A will be moderated by Audrey Rowe from the Community Coalition on Race, with other special guests.
Tuesday June 15, 3pm - Juneteenth in Stories (outdoor, in library garden) - kids
Bring a blanket and a friend for some read-aloud of stories celebrating Juneteenth with Beth Halliday, Head of Children's Services.
Thursday June 17, 6pm - Virtual for all ages
"Envisioning Freedom, a Juneteenth Celebration" with Mia White, Assistant Professor of The New School (NYC) (hybrid; outdoor/virtual*, in library garden) - all ages.
*use the same Zoom info (above) for this program.
NJ Pride Movie Night Thursday, June 24th, 8pm New Waterlands Park
South Orange Village and North Jersey Pride invite you to a very special outdoor screening of Love, Simon. This romantic comedy shares the story of 17-year-old Simon Spier who hasn't told his family or friends that he's gay.
Join us for this fun, family-friendly LGBTQ film with movie snacks and concessions available for purchase on site at Waterlands Park.