1. Big Gay Roller Skate: Pride Edition ~ LGBTQ+ Skate Night

Lakeside Prospect Park‘s LeFrak Center will get a rainbow spin this week when the Big Gay Roller Skate rolls in this Wednesday from 6 to 10 PM. Come for the music, stay for the drag show on skates, and make sure to wear something that fits with this month’s Pride theme—colors of the rainbow, unicorns, neon, glitz, and glam are all viable options.

The event’s hosts are organizing several other events this Pride Week, including a Lez Swim event on Thursday the 22nd and a Pride Pool Party on Saturday the 24th. Check out Guy Social and Girl Social‘s websites for more information about upcoming events and more ways to let your queer star shine, in whatever form that takes.

Pride Week is a chance for LGBTQ+ people of every kind to celebrate and come together. In contrast to a society that is still resistant to and often terrifying for the gay community, New York City has always been a mecca of freedom, and this year should be no different. Especially in light of new political challenges, this year’s Pride is a vital opportunity for the LGBTQ+ community to revel in the love and lust for life that it has always been defined by.

To learn more about Pride and queer history, check out this article: 10 influential figures of the LGBT rights movement, and this one: NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project Begins Archiving Sites Across the Five Boroughs