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Bucks County Beams with Pride During June’s Month-Long Celebration of the LGBTQ+ Community

There’s something for everyone in the array of events happening locally.
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From flag raisings to resolutions, municipalities throughout Bucks County have been busy setting the stage for celebrating Pride Month. On June 1, Doylestown Borough kicked off the month with a ceremony and raising of the Pride Flag and Doylestown Township Supervisor Jennifer Herring introduced a Resolution on June 6 to recognize and acknowledge the month-long celebration that passed unanimously.
 
A highlight of this year’s Pride Month is the rainbow crosswalk recently installed and found in the heart of Doylestown at Painters Alley near State Street. In March Doylestown Borough Council voted unanimously to approve the street art.

Doylestown Pride Festival sponsored and paid for the colorful crosswalk in anticipation of their fourth annual Pride Fest.

Upcoming events throughout Bucks County include:

Switch on the Pride, a burlesque and drag cabaret, is happening June 15 at Puck, 1 Printers Alley in Doylestown. Featuring Jaeda, Fox Mystique, Xiomara Villa, Nicole E’Tage, BruHaHa, Connie Dingus, Bearcat Betty and introducing Frisky Fairy, Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets for the event are $20 in advance or $25 at the door.

Pride Music Party 2023 comes to town June 17 rain or shine at the open lot located at South Pine and Oakland Avenue in Doylestown from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. The picnic area will open at 4:30 with spots available on a first come first serve basis. Bringing chairs and picnic gear from home is encouraged. Tickets for the event featuring Razor Braids and justmadnice start at $17 for students and $20 for general admission.

The County Theater, located at 20 East State Street in Doylestown, will be screening Framing Agnes on June 18 at 7 p.m. “Framing Agnes turns the talk show format inside out in response to media’s ongoing fascination with trans people. The film breathes life into six previously unknown stories from the archives of the UCLA Gender Clinic in the 1950s,” writes IMDb. General admission tickets are $10, members $7 and young people under 25 $5.

Decorate yourselves and your bikes in rainbow colors for the hour-long Doylestown Pride Ride on June 20 at 6 pm. The starting point for the ride is behind Central Bucks West High School at MacFarlane Lane and Lafayette Street. Helmets are required and children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration for the event is promised to open soon.

The screening of the film My Policeman will debut at the County Theater, located at 20 East State Street in Doylestown on June 22 at 7 p.m. “My Policeman follows three young people – policeman Tom (Harry Styles), teacher Marion (Emma Corrin), and museum curator Patrick (David Dawson)– as they embark on an emotional journey in 1950s Britain,” writes Amazon Studios. General admission tickets are $10, members $7 and young people under 25 $5.

June 23 through June 26 Mad Princess Brewing, located at 2537 Bogarts Tavern Road in Buckingham, is hosting a Pride Tap Takeover by offering six different beers representing each color of the rainbow. Opening hours vary and are available on the brewery’s website.

On June 24 PIP’s Perkasie Pride Ally Booth at the Perkasie Farmers Market will offer the new 2023 Perkasie Pride Limited Edition T-Shirt as well as stickers, magnets, pins, resources and more. Located at 1 South 7th Street in Perkasie, the market opens at 9 a.m.

Come to the family friendly Doylestown Block Party being held on State Street between Pine and Main on June 24 beginning at 11 a.m. Food, fun and entertainment are on the agenda.

Rise and Grind Café, located at 1 North 7th Street in Perkasie, will be hosting a fun filled evening of Drag Basket Bingo on June 24. Doors open at 6 p.m. and show begins at 7 p.m. Basket prizes to be awarded to winners of the first five rounds with drag performances in between games. Beverages and appetizers are included in the $50 ticket price and 50% of ticket sales will be donated to a local youth LGBTQ organization. Cocktails will be available on a cash basis.

Sunday is always better with brunch and Genevieve’s Kitchen, located at 19 East State Street in Doylestown is hosting a Pride Drag Brunch on June 25 with three seatings at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. The BYOB $50 prix fixe menu has something for everyone. Eileen O’Brennan and her girlfriends Ginger Alley and Phoebe Mantrapp promise a fabulous dining experience. Reservations are required, call (267) 614-9635.

The BucksMont Pride Festival will host their third annual event on June 25 at the Abington Art Center, located at 515 Meetinghouse Road in Jenkintown. The event offers a fantastic food assortment, an extensive roster of outstanding entertainment, family friendly activities, community resources and more will be available at the free in-and-outdoor event beginning at 12 p.m.

On June 28 at 6 p.m., the The Rainbow Room and PFLAG Bucks County will host the Queer Youth Open Mic pop-up event at The Tile Works, located at 130 East Swamp Road in Doylestown. Featuring uplifting queer youth music, the entire community is invited to enjoy live music performances. Pride merchandise and artwork will be for sale. Attendees are encouraged to bring family and friends along with a blanket or chairs and snacks to the free event.

Pride Alt Faire kicks off at 5 p.m. on June 29 at Energy Ripple, located at 134 Mill Street in Bristol. Oddities, artists, crafts, alternative style clothing, food and entertainment are lined up for event goers.

Events and event times are subject to change.

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Jenny Stephens

Jenny Stephens is a freelance journalist who has written for a variety of publications, including The Reporter. An avid collector of all things vintage, she resides in the Philadelphia area.

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