PRIDE CALENDAR

Events are happening throughout the month!

All Month Long

Watch York County Pride Anytime!

York County Pride, presented by WellSpan Health, celebrates the full inclusion of ALL wonderfully diverse citizens in ALL aspects of civic life; regardless of race, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, mental or physical ability, social status, or economic status. This virtual event features speakers, music, dance, theater, poetry, spoken word, and performance art, retail vendors, history, and education. It can be enjoyed anytime online through the link below!

 With Open Heart and Open Arms: LGBTQ Cuban Refugees and the LGBTQ Community’s Response to the Mariel Boatlift

Open for viewing
York College Center for Community Engagement
59 East Market Street in York

Monday through Thursday 9 am-4 pm
Friday 9 am-11 am
and by appointment

For York’s First Friday on June 4 it will be open from 9 am-8 pm.

June 2 - June 30

A new traveling exhibit presents a little-known story of Pennsylvania’s past. With Open Heart and Open Arms: LGBTQ Cuban Refugees and the LGBTQ Community’s Response to the Mariel Boatlift chronicles the story of LGBTQ+ Cuban refugees who came to Pennsylvania more than 40 years ago.

The exhibit, produced by the LGBT Center of Central PA History Project, will be on display from June 2 – 30 at the York College Center for Community Engagement, 59 East Market Street in York. The Rainbow Rose Center, serving York County’s LGBTQIA+ community, is also a co-sponsor.

Pride Pet Challenge

Show off how your furry, feathery, and scaly family members show their PRIDE!  

Now through June the Rainbow Rose Center is accepting photo entries for the 1st Annual York County Pride Pet Challenge.  

Winners will be selected for each of the following nine categories:

  • Best of Canines: Large Dog, Small Dog, Pet & Parent(s)
  • Best of Felines: Use of Rainbows, Use of Pride Flags/Colors, Pet & Parent(s)
  • Best of Other Critters: Use of Rainbows, Use of Pride Flags/Colors, Pet & Parent(s)

Prize Baskets Sponsored By: Central Bark, Go Away Pet Sitting, Doggie Dolittle, I-Ron-Ic Coffee Shop and Art Boutique, Didi and Smiling John

Get Your Rainbow Cake!

During Pride Month, order your PRIDE Cake from Preferred Partner The Left Bank to celebrate inclusivity and the LGBTQ community. A delicious rainbow pound cake that is one of their best-selling desserts of the year. Every cake purchase benefits the Rainbow Rose Center.

Cakes may be ordered a week in advance, as every cake is time-intense to create. Order your cake for pick up next week.

PRIDE Drinks at the Handsome Cab

During Pride Month, order your PRIDE Drinks from Preferred Partner The Handsome Cab. Please celebrate responsibly by enjoying a PRIDE Peach, PRIDE Parade, or PRIDE Mocktail. Every drink purchase benefits the Rainbow Rose Center.

PRIDE Drinks at the Cantina

During Pride Month, order your PRIDE Drinks from Preferred Partner The Cantina. Please celebrate responsibly by enjoying a Taste the Rainbow Cocktail or an Evil Genius #LoveisLove Strawberry Blonde draft. Every drink purchase benefits the Rainbow Rose Center.

UPCOMING EVENTS

June 26 Clothing Closet & Opera

Clothing Closet at Union Lutheran

Fashion is an important part of life. It can mean the difference between finding a job and being sidelined during an interview, between feeling confident and authentic and feeling out of place in your own skin. For members of the LGBTQIA+ community, finding clothing can be a huge challenge. We are more likely to struggle with self-worth, less likely to feel safe in clothing stores and changing rooms, and experience poverty at a higher rate than our peers. We believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to find a look that reflects their inner selves in a safe and supportive environment.

Rainbow Rose Center will be hosting the first Clothing Closet on June 26 at Union Lutheran Church 408 W Market St, York, PA 17401 from 11:00am-5:00pm

Sempre Libera! An Operatic Celebration of Pride 

On June 26th, Opera Susquehanna is thrilled to perform some of the “top 40 hits” of Italian opera!  Some of those titles include “Nessun Dorma,” from Puccini’s Turandot, “Vesti la Giubba” from Pagliacci (the one about the murdering clown!), “Sempre Libera” from Verdi’s La Traviata, and “Anchio” from Verdi’s Nabucco!  Duets from Puccini’s Tosca, Verdi’s Don Carlos, and Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, just to name a few! 

Join us to support the Rainbow Rose Center on June 26 at 7:00 at the Appell Center for the Performing Arts Strand Theater, and be whistling the familiar melodies for weeks to come!

Mask are required when entering, exiting and moving through the facility and may be removed once seated. Read about our COVID-19 policies here.

Silent Auction at the Opera

We invite you to join us for a silent auction to benefit the Rainbow Rose Center during
Sempre Libera! A Night of Italian Opera Celebrating Pride!
 
Incredible artwork created by members of York County’s LGBTQIA+ community will be available, as well as fun experiences, and Pride items. This is truly a one-of-a-kind auction you won’t want to miss!

More details to follow. You can stay up-to-date with auction items and event details by going to our Event page on Facebook.

WHEN: Sunday, June 27
TIME: 12 – 4 pm
WHERE: The Handsome Cab (street will be closed for event) 
106 N. George St. York, PA 17401

June 27 Drag, hiv testing, and more drag!

The “Living a Positive Life” event, in conjunction with Pride Month, strives to increase awareness of HIV, educate the public on HIV, available treatment and preventable options to stop the spread. The event will also empower individuals to seek treatment and those who do not know their status to get tested.
 
The event will include:
  • Free on-site, confidential HIV testing
  • Free Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccinations
  • HIV mural unveiling by artist Stephen Michael Haas
  • Drag queen bingo
  • Food, cocktails and entertainment
  • Giveaways and more!
RSVP for drag bingo starting at 2 PM: https://fb.me/e/Hb6V2skX.
 
Presented by Family Health Council of Central Pennsylvania (FHCCP) in partnership with Family First Health, The Handsome Cab, and the Rainbow Rose Center.

White Rose Bar & Grill Drag Event

June 27th- Drag/Pride Party at 8PM
Location- White Rose Bar and Grill

White Rose Bar & Grill, a Preferred Partner of the Rainbow Rose Center, is hosting a Drag and Pride Party. The event will have a raffle table, face painting, and other fundraising efforts for the Rainbow Rose Center. Featuring a DJ and drag show at 8pm in the Philly Street bar. Karaoke and drag show in Stogies starting at 8 as well. Wear your rainbows or just come as an ally, all are welcome!

Events Earlier this Month

June 4 - First Friday

Rainbow Rose Center Downtown

The Rainbow Rose Center will have a booth during First Friday from 5pm to around 9pm. Stop by for free miniature Pride flags, stickers, buttons, and more! Learn about our services and programs, talk to a Resource Specialist, and get ready for Pride month!

 PRIDE Drag Show in the Street

Join us for our first Drag Show since Covid-19 to celebrate the kick-off of PRIDE month, Friday June 4th at 8:00pm. Please reserve your tickets together in order to sit together. There is limited seating. Cost is $10 per person or $15 at the door. Rain date is Friday June 18th at the same time. Proceeds benefit The Rainbow Rose Center in York. Covid-19 protocols are in place. Masks required when standing or going indoors. Masks not required when seated. Tables are 6ft apart. Ticket pricing goes to the Rainbow Rose Center. We will also have a PRIDE cocktail with half the proceeds go to the center.
 
Drag shows at Handsome Cab are intended for mature audiences. At this event, the queens have the artistic freedom to be themselves, which may not be appropriate for all ages. While this show may be alright for those ages 16-18, parental discretion is advised.

Where: Streamed across iHeartRadio stations and Facebook; additional platforms to be announced closer to the event

When: June 4 at 9:00 pm Eastern Time

Can’t Cancel Pride

Can’t Cancel Pride 2021 is a virtual event benefitting the LGBTQIA+ community. LGBTQIA+ individuals have always shown great bravery and resilience in the face of uncertainty. Pride represents passion, joy, color, and freedom, even in the presence of uncertainty and fear. And as always Pride must use its color, passion, and prevailing attitude to drive hope, distract from fear, and uncertainty and help us illuminate our days – just like we always have!

We get to do what we always do – shine bright and act as an example for all, showing that brighter days are not only coming – they are here! Join us for this amazing event and donate to help LGBTQIA+ organizations across the country!

june 5 York County Pride!

York County Pride, presented by WellSpan Health, celebrates the full inclusion of ALL wonderfully diverse citizens in ALL aspects of civic life; regardless of race, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, mental or physical ability, social status, or economic status. The event, held virtually on June 5, 2021 at 11:00AM and streaming on demand, features speakers, music, dance, theater, poetry, spoken word, and performance art, retail vendors, history, and education.

York County Pride Livestream at the Capitol Theatre

See York County Pride in person at the Capitol Theatre for FREE!
Seating at limited capacity on a first come, first serve basis. Mask are required when entering, exiting and moving through the facility and may be removed once seated. Read about our COVID-19 policies here.
 
Doors open at 10:30AM.

june 6 Pancakes for Pride

Join us for Pancakes for Pride, a service project presented by York BBYO and supported by J-Serve. All proceeds benefit The Rainbow Rose Center and Keshet.
Sunday | June 6 | 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM | $10/Brunch Box
Brunch Box Includes: Three pancakes, fresh fruit cup, rainbow sprinkles, syrup, butter, and utensils
WE SOLD OUT ALL 150 BOXES!
Take your brunch box to go, or stay and enjoy festivities of the day, including a family friendly drag story time, drag show, obstacle course, bubbles, and more.

JUNE 11 PRIDE AT THE BALLPARK AND AFTERPARTY

Pride at the Ballpark by UPMC
York Revolution vs Long Island Ducks

Gates open at 5:30pm
Game starts 6:30pm
 
Wear rainbow, bring your friends/family, and help us celebrate Pride Month and show support towards the area’s LGBTQIA+ Community!
 
Fundraiser for the Rainbow Rose Center with 50% of all ticket sales returned to the group.
A celebration of the LGBTQIA+ community and of York as a welcoming place.
Entertainment before and during the game.
Pre-game parade for all guests and a pre-game awards ceremony.
Pride merchandise & drink special.

PRIDE in the Park After Party at the Handsome Cab

Join us after Pride in the Park after party and enjoy a signature cocktail (1/2 cost donated to Rainbow Rose Center) or a Can of House Wine – $1 donated per can to the Rainbow Rose Center.
Sarabesque and friends will be on hand after the PRIDE in the Park.
 

June 12 The 5 Year Remembrance of Pulse

The National Discussion focused on The Tragedy at Pulse: 5 Years Later.
June 12 – 5:00PM ET
Followed by the National Moment of Silence on June 12 at 6:00pm ET

Honoring the memories of the lives cut short at Pulse five years ago—and the many other members of the LGBTQ+ community whose lives have been taken or forever changed by hate and violence—means taking action to strengthen our nation’s gun safety policies.

As we mark five years since the tragedy at Pulse nightclub, we must reflect on the progress made, grieve the lives taken, and recommit to honoring them with action. The time is NOW to act on gun violence and LGBTQ+ equality.

 

June 19 Pride Skate

Roller Goth (a not-for-profit organization) has been hosting private roller skating parties since 2018 and, for the first time, we are dedicating an event to LGBTQ Pride month. Above all, Roller Goth has always been about inclusion and providing a safe space for all regardless of age, race, religion, gender identification, sexual orientation, and the various disorders or conditions many of us struggle with from social anxiety to Autism. At our events, please feel free to just be yourself. No one is going to judge you here. We celebrate individuality.

So, please join us for an early evening of roller skating. The playlist for the event is a work in progress, but we expect a lot of classic Synth Pop and Hi-Energy club anthems of the 80’s. Admission is FREE. Donations are greatly appreciated & all go to The Rainbow Rose Center. Skating is not mandatory – there is plenty of seating & space for dancing or just hanging out. Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. No outside food or drink is permitted, but there is a large snack bar area. Roller Skate Rental is $1.75. Rollerblade rental is $3.00.