Pride Month 2022: LGBTQ+ events in Bristol

Pride Month 2022: LGBTQ+ events in Bristol

Posted on: 10 Jun 2022

Don't miss vibrant Pride Day celebrations, club nights, creative workshops and much more.

 

Pride Month is in full swing, and there's another vibrant selection of events taking place this year as part of Bristol Pride 2022.

 

As always, Bristol has an extensive selection of music events, book readings and theatre performances running throughout the month to celebrate and show solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community.

 

With so much going on, it can be difficult to keep abreast of what’s happening. With that in mind, we've put together a rundown of some of the standout Pride events coming up this year.

 

 

Pride March 2022 @ Castle Park | Saturday 9 July

 

With 2022 marking the 50th anniversary of Pride marches, this looks to be one of the biggest marches yet. On Pride Day, as always, thousands of people will be gathering to parade through the city in support of LGBTQ+ human rights.

 

The parade will gather at Castle Park from 10:00 before leaving at 10:45.

Pride Day 2022 @ The Downs | Saturday 9 July

 

The multi-award-winning festival, one of the biggest Pride events in the UK, will once again be welcoming 40,000 people to The Downs. Multi-platinum 80s legend Carly Rae Jepson headlines with the main stage and she will be joined by previous X Factor winner, Alexandra Burke.

 

With plenty of other stages (catering for dance parties and welcoming a whole heap of spectacular drag queens) on offer, this looks set to be a triumphant return for Pride Day 2022 after two years of cancelled events. 

The Official Bristol Pride Afterparty 2022 @ Bristol O2 Academy | Saturday 9 July

 

Always one of the highlights of Pride Day, this special fundraising night is returning once again this year. Bristol Pride is taking over 3 rooms of the venue and filling it with top international talent, local DJs, dancers and plenty of glitter.

 

The afterparty will feature Scissor Sisters’ Ana Matronic, Bristol DJ DTYM, Cardiff’s Dirty Pop and the diverse dance music of Trans Pride South West.

Camp Kingz – Draguation Showcase! @ Exchange | Saturday 11 June

 

With a graduation showcase worth camping out for, these spectacular drag queens are fresh from a 5-week course on all things King in a display of some of the city’s best up-and-coming Kings comes from some of Bristol's best drag minds.

 

Following the showcase, there will be dancing until the early hours.

Friends With Benefits EP-9 @ Strange Brew | Monday 13 June

 

The monthly series of queer social focusing on beautiful bodies is back next week. Starting at 18:30, Friends With Benefits keeps it simple with untutored but prompted drawing – materials are provided but attendees are free to bring their own.

CROTCH – Late Night ‘Lyle!’ Special @ Lost Horizon | Thursday 16 June

 

CROTCH aims to provide a safe space for all, whether you’re a member of the LGBTQ+ community or an ally. The club night aims to give everyone the opportunity to realise and harness their potential, creating a safer environment for everyone in the process.

 

Resident DJs Princess Koko, DJ Emmy and PHAT Guardians will be providing the soundtrack for the night. 

Jessica Jungle Presents: I’m Gonna Be A Star @ Strange Brew | Sunday 19 June 

 

Local international pop sensation is hosting a drag talent show later this month. The new competition features a showdown between 13 of Bristol’s up-and-coming drag stars performing in front of an iconic panel of judges for a £200 cash prize.

 

The judges include Bristol staples: Slauterhaus Bristol’s Dee Ryder, Isaac Dix and Dominique Fleek.

Queer Space Bristol: Queer Reads @ The Watershed | Saturday 25 June              

 

Tickets are running low for this event run by Queer Space Bristol, a Community Interest Company that arrange a wide range of creative workshops for Bristol’s extensive LGBTQ+ community.

 

This free event will see a reading of On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong, a beautiful coming of age story told in the form of a letter to the speaker’s mother.

OUTspace LGBTQ+ community Day @ Strange Brew | Saturday 25 June

 

This Pride warm up is OUTspace’s first quarterly community day of the year, an opportunity to celebrate the wonderful diversity of Bristol’s LGBTQ+ communities with all money raised going to the OUTspace LGBTQ+ centre.

 

From 12:00 till 18:00, Strange Brew will host stalls and sellers from a range of small LGBTQ+ owned businesses and organisations. 18:00 till 21:00 sees food, art and socialising – a chance for community members to talk over OUTspace’s café food.

Health & Beauty – Ambient Babestation & More @ Strange Brew | Saturday 25 June

 

It’s once more time to break out the essential oils because Bristol’s regular 100% organic queer club night is back, featuring house, techno, electro, and much more is back at Strange Brew. 

 

The upcoming night features electroclash/oddball disc jockeys Ambient Babestation (Ryewax/Club Glow), London’s dancing diva HENDERSON, Health & Beauty’s Ophanim and MICA as well as CEO of Hun HQ, Kate Havoc.

Movement Workshop with TIM LYTC @ St George’s Bristol | Sunday 26 June

 

Hosted in collaboration with Bristol Trans Portraits and presented by TIM LYTC, this workshop focuses on trans and non-binary folk connecting with their own bodies. Attendees will be able to explore different ways to think about and move their body. 

 

This workshop is open to anyone who identifies as transgender or non-binary.

Bristol Pride Presents: Murder, He Didn’t Write @ The Wardrobe Theatre | Tuesday 28th June

 

Bristol Pride and Degrees of Error come together to present a gender-swapping improvised whodunit, created on the spot with help from the audience.

 

Head to Old Market to revel in the hilarity of this special Pride fundraising show that has previously been a smash-hit sell-out show at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Grrrl Crush Official Pride Afterparty @ Basement 45 | Saturday 9 July

 

Another Pride afterparty featuring a DJ set from one of Bristol's best-loved artists, GROVE, is set to take revellers on a journey of fiery and bass-heavy beats, with an underlying emphasis on producers who are queer and/or people of colour.

 

Taking place a Basement 45 and running till late, Itchy Bitch Disco and the Red Rash Inn of Boomtown fame are collaborating to present two sweaty dancefloors (one disco, one rave), followed by GROVE's foot-stomping set.

Bristol has a diverse, thriving schedule of Pride-related events coming up over the next month or so and this list is only a drop in the ocean of the city’s upcoming LGBTQ+ events.

 

So, if you think we’ve missed anything from the list then please let us know here.


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Article by:

Stanley Gray

Stan is a born and bred Bristolian, recently graduated from studying English Literature in Sheffield. His passions are music and literature and spends the majority of his time in venues all over the city immersing himself in Bristol’s alternative music scene. A lifelong Bristol City fan, Stan’s Saturday’s are spent watching his team both home and away.