NYC Pride Events 2022: Where to Celebrate

On June 11, the New York Irish Center in Long Island City will host a screening of “Who We Love” Graham Cantwell’s tender coming-of-age dramedy about a young woman who navigates Dublin’s gay scene with her flamboyant best friend. After the screening, stick around for a chat with Cantwell and one of the film’s stars, actress Amy-Joyce Hastings.

The lesbian bar may face an uncertain future, but it’s alive and well at the Metrograph Theatre. On June 17, the Lower East Side cinema opens its doors Muff Dives: The Dyke Bar at the movieshis series exploring real and fictional lesbian watering holes as seen in films like Robert Aldrich’s “The Murder of Sister George” (1968) and Dee Rees “Pariah” (2011). Also beginning June 17, the theater will host a week of Leilah Weinraub’s documentary “Shakedown” on the black lesbian strip club scene in Los Angeles. The film hits theaters after PornHub released in 2020 as the website’s first non-pornographic film.

Celebrate Judy Garland’s 100th Anniversary with the 10th Edition “Night of a Thousand Judys” at Joe’s Pub (June 5). Written and hosted by Justin Elizabeth Sayre, the event will feature skits and songs from a roster of Garland enthusiasts, including Tony-winning singer Frances Ruffelle and Grammy winner Nathan Lee Graham, the all in honor of Garland’s rainbow-colored musical repertoire on stage and on screen. The show benefits the Ali Forney Center, an agency dedicated to helping homeless LGBTQ youth.

RoomQUEER, an organization that shines a light on historically underrepresented LGBTQ figures in classical music, will perform two shows at National Sawdust in Brooklyn (June 10-12). The program for the first evening includes pieces by emerging composers Connor D’Netto, Alexis Lamb and Rosśa Crean; night two features a string septet performance of “Gay Guerrilla,” a minimalist work by queer composer Julius Eastman. Both concerts will also be available live for free on the ChamberQUEER website.

On June 17, DJ Honey Dijon and singer Tinashe will headline Lady Land, an outdoor music festival that returns this year to the Brooklyn Mirage. Organizers describe the night as an “intentionally queer space,” and they promise “stunts” from fan-favorite “RuPaul’s Drag Race” alum Vanessa Vanjie Mateo.

On June 8, historian George Chauncey, who teaches American history at Columbia University, will present a lecture entitled “Gay New York: 1930-1970” at the New-York Historical Society. Chauncey will draw on the decades covered in his long-awaited follow-up to his groundbreaking 1994 book “Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940.”

Maria R. Newman