Ten Ways to Celebrate Pride in Denver

There will be no Pride Parade down Colfax Avenue this year.
There will be no Pride Parade down Colfax Avenue this year. Miles Chrisinger
LGBTQ+ Pride celebrations all around the world are looking a little different this year, and Denver is no exception. With most communal spaces closed over COVID-19 and social distancing mandates, many worried that there would be no Pride; in light of recent police killings and the subsequent public outcry, some questioned whether a traditional Pride celebration would even be appropriate.

But Pride itself was born out of a riot in response to police brutality, people of color have always been an essential part of the LGBTQ rights movement, and perhaps the world could use a little joy and celebration.

The 45th official Denver PrideFest, produced by The Center on Colfax, is happening entirely online. Though going digital is pretty standard this year, a few local venues will host small, socially distant events and gatherings in person, too. In an effort to diversify the face of an often-whitewashed Pride month, several organizations are also taking this year's Pride as an opportunity to center BIPOC voices within the queer community.

From your favorite traditions to exciting new events, here are ten ways to celebrate Pride 2020 in Denver: 

click to enlarge Tracks will reopen its outdoor space in time for a Virtual Denver Pride Kickoff Party. - G PHOTOGRAPHY
Tracks will reopen its outdoor space in time for a Virtual Denver Pride Kickoff Party.
G Photography
Official Virtual Denver Pride Kickoff Party: "Together We Rise"
Wednesday, June 17, 9 p.m. to Midnight
Streaming via Tracks Facebook Page
The official kickoff party of Denver Pride 2020, "Together We Rise" will be hosted and live-streamed by Tracks over Facebook. Tracks promises it will be an evening of "Music, drag, and artistic expression celebrating black culture and the LGBTQ roots within it". Tickets for the livestream are $10, with proceeds benefiting the Center on Colfax and a yet-to-be-announced organization supporting Black Lives Matter. Wednesday, June 17, also marks Tracks's grand reopening (just the outdoor area for now), so email [email protected] now to book a reservation for up to eight people.

Zenon TeaVee's Pride Showcase
Friday, June 19, shows at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
The Lobby
2191 Arapahoe Street
If you simply cannot fathom celebrating Pride without leaving the house, drag queen Zenon TeaVee, aka Vivica Galactica, has an option for you. Zenon TeaVee's Pride Showcase includes drag, burlesque and other performances, live and in person at The Lobby. Each of the four performances is limited to fifty people, and attendees will be required to wear a mask when not seated at their tables. Tickets are being sold in groups by table to comply with social distancing, so you must buy at least two tickets. Each $60 ticket includes two drink tickets, an appetizer, an entree and a $5 donation to either the Transformative Freedom Fund (Thursday ticket sales) or the Black Visions Collective (Friday ticket sales).

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Cleo Mirza recently graduated from Kenyon College with a degree in English and anthropology. She enjoys good food, cheap wine and the company of her dog, Rudy.
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