Pride has expanded over the years to encompass far more than a march, a parade or a festival. Pride is a season for the LGBT community that stretches way beyond the typical June dates, now celebrated from spring to fall in various cities, and it is a way of life that is gradually expanding beyond the large and mid-sized urban centers.
Nashville Pride (June 23–24), Mid-South Pride (September 28–30), and Knoxville Pride (June 23) used to be the opportunities for LGBT citizens of Tennessee’s Grand Divisions to congregate and celebrate our diversity and strength. But recent years have seen many smaller cities make additions to this list: Cookeville (June 2), Murfreesboro (September 8), and Chattanooga (October 7) are some of the most recent and popular.
And within Nashville, Pride has grown as well, both in terms of official Pride month events and unofficial additions to the calendar of celebrations. Below some of the major events leading up to the Festival in Nashville that will give you the chance to really get your Pride spirit amped up!
Nashville Sounds Pride Night
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Join the Nashville Sounds for Pride Night at First Tennessee Park on Tuesday, June 5th at 7 p.m. Use the code PRIDE18 to access the Pride seating and discounts. https://oss.ticketmaster.com/aps/nashvillesounds/EN/promotion/home
Nashville Pride Turn About
Friday, June 8, 2018
Join Nashville Pride and members of the community as they Turn About to raise money for the annual Nashville Pride Festival. Doors at PLAY Dance Bar open at 8 p.m., with the show starting at 9 p.m. All door and tips help raise funds for the Nashville Pride Festival.
Nashville Pride Pageant
Sunday, June 10, 2018
Come out to PLAY Dance Bar and watch the competition to crown Ms Nashville Gay Pride. Doors open at 8 p.m.
Nashville Pride Spirituality Night
Monday, June 18, 2018
This annual night of story and song allows LGBT people to celebrate their Pride and their spirituality, to remember those lost or disenfranchised, and to inspire the community to move forward. The event, held at Benton Chapel at 7 p.m., features a joint choir, local LGBTQ+ artists, leaders, and allies, and an introduction of inclusive faith communities of Nashville, as well as non-religious yet spiritual communities, and individuals.
Family Feud for Pride
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
The top 100 answers are on the board! Grab your friends and join us for a zany game of Family Feud supporting Pride! This is a free event, and teams representing Nashville LGBT groups will be participating, so come out to Tribe at 7 p.m. and enjoy the show!