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Your Guide To London Pride 2021

Today’s London Pride is considered the largest and most diverse Pride in the United Kingdom. Though its annual parade has been postponed to September, here are some of the many Pride events taking place in the months until then.

The Glory

Queer venue The Glory makes every month Pride month by hosting regular LGBTQ+ performances. On June 2, witness a musical production by the Non Binary Cabaret. On June 4, Bolly-Illusion will perform a based-on-true-events storytelling through dance. Later that night, catch 3-way drag anarchy in Trouble! And on the 7th, an advocacy for trans rights will manifest in F*gwartz, a magical, musical quiz responding to problematic author she-who-must-not-be-named.

Backyard Cinema

Backyard Cinema will host screenings of iconic queer movies throughout Pride Month. Starting with June 3’s “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” to “Carol” on July 4, there will be something for everyone to celebrate LGBTQ+ stories through film. Other titles include “Moonlight,” “Call Me By Your Name,” and “Paris is Burning.” This won’t be your average night at the movie theater, either — Backyard Cinema is known for its extravagant backdrops that are crafted to represent the film that is being played.

Palace Theatre

Over two dozen queer entertainers will grace the Theatre’s stage on June 7 in a concert celebrating the LGBTQ+ community. With the help of a 12-piece band, these artists from London and beyond will perform cherished queer bops in the Theatre that’s home to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The night will raise funds for the Terrence Higgins Trust, the UK’s leading HIV and sexual health foundation. This all-ages event will adhere to the government’s latest COVID-19 guidelines.

Wellington Arch

London Trans+ Pride will host a march calling on the government to protect the rights of transgender people. The march will start at 2 p.m. on June 26 and will be unsponsored to stay true to the grassroots spirit of the movement. The route will be accessible for all, with legal observers and first aid responders in attendance. Attendees will be provided with food, water, and personal protective equipment during the peaceful protest, and the organization is accepting donations for the event.

St Mary Magdalene Church

Candlelight Pride will blend all of the best queer musicals into one unique performance, offered at 7 and 9 p.m. on June 29. Featuring two LGBTQ+ artists accompanied by pianists, the show will be lit by candlelight and include songs from “Rocky Horror Picture Show,” “Mean Girls,” “Hairspray,” and more. This 18+ theater offers accessibility accommodations, free admission for carers, social distancing, and a bar.

Proud Cabaret

Proud Cabaret is known for its extravagant and sexy performances, and this Pride Month won’t be any different. Drag Extravaganza Bottomless Brunch has dates once a month from now until the end of the year, so you can celebrate your pride well beyond Pride Month. The venue also plans to host Proud Late, a mysterious and titillating show for private members. The Cabaret offers wheelchair accessibility and accessible bathrooms.

Greene King – City of Quebec

Get ready for a night of comedy, live cabaret, and drag performances with FunnyBoyz, a 2.5 hour special with almost 30 showtimes from now until the end of the year. Expect special guest appearances from members of Drag Race, plus the chance to win up to £500 in cash prizes. And that’s not all — your entry includes a bingo ticket and a drink. An early session will be available for those older than 14, and a late session is exclusively 18+.

The Clapham Grand

Renovated Victorian music hall The Clapham Grand offers no shortage of variety shows. Queens from Drag Race and beyond regularly light up the venue, offering a year-round Pride celebration. From June to September, there will be dozens of performances from queens such as Crystal, Cheryl Hole, Shay Shay, and Jujubee. The Clapham Grand is wheelchair accessible and offers accessible (and gender-neutral) toilets, step-free access, free tickets for personal assistants, and welcomes service animals.

Dalston Superstore

Queer venue Dalston Superstore is back up and hosting events Thursday through Sunday. During June, find drag brunch shows such as Visa’s IRL Brunch, Showtunes Drag Brunch, and Brunch Realness With A Man To Pet. Other events include Queer House Party and More Melanin, a drag night celebrating artists of color. In July, experience queer dance parties like Happy Endings: Coming Out, Fèmmme Fraîche, and Them Fatale, a bi-monthly event featuring trans and non-binary artists.

UK Black Pride

From July 2 to July 4, UK Black Pride will host a digital celebration of Pride for the second year in a row. Its theme of Love and Rage is a nod to the difficult year and the resilience of the LGBTQ+ community. Through performances and discussion, UK Black Pride offers a space to reflect on these challenges and celebrate strength. The event, which saw over 30,000 attendees last year, will stream live acts recorded at a venue in East London.

The Fly Pit, Stanley Halls

Mama G’s Family Pride Party will take place July 4 starting at noon at Stanley Halls. The day will feature a line-up of queer singers, comedians, and drag artists, plus workshops and other events to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community of all ages. Entry is pay-what-you-can, with all proceeds benefiting Mermaids, a local organization that helps gender-diverse youth and their families. Can’t make it? The festivities will also be streamed via Zoom.