5-Year Pulse Remembrance & Pride Month Take Center Stage in Orlando During June LGBTQ+ Events
June is Pride Month nationwide, celebrating the positive impact of the LGBTQ+ community while working toward a future where everyone can live their truth in an understanding world full of unity, acceptance, and love. In 2021, the month will have an even deeper significance for Orlando, which is set to host the Pulse Five-Year Remembrance Ceremony on June 12 and numerous related events in the lead-up to that date.
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But don’t expect a maudlin affair. Instead, you can look forward to a celebration filled with dancing and lots of one-of-a-kind in-person and virtual events — and you’re invited to the party!
Pulse Remembrance & Pride Month Events in Orlando
Here’s your guide to Pulse Remembrance and Pride Month events being hosted in Orlando this June. Due to logistical uncertainties presented by COVID-19, numerous high-profile events that traditionally take place this month have rescheduled, including Girls in Wonderland (rescheduled to Oct. 14-18, 2021), GayDays® (rescheduled to May 31 – June 6, 2022), One Magical Weekend (rescheduled to June 2-6, 2022), and Tidal Wave Party (rescheduled to June 2022). The full lineup of events is expected to return to the first weekend in June starting in 2022.
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Acts of Love and Kindness (Through June 12, 2021)
In honor of the lives lost on June 12, 2016, One Orlando Alliance encourages everyone to act, love and give. There are many ways to participate, and more information is available from One Orlando Alliance. Share your Act of Love and Kindness on social media tagging @OneOrlandoAlliance and using the hashtag #ActLoveGive. Learn more.
RED Shirt Pride Day (June 5, 2021)
Hosted by KindRED Pride Foundation, and inspired by the original 30 or 40 people with “kindred spirits” that bravely met at Magic Kingdom® Park at Walt Disney World® Resort back in 1991, this annual tradition invites you to wear a red shirt to Magic Kingdom Park on the first Saturday in June. However, it’s also evolved into a virtual celebration where you can invite your friends around the world to take the RED Shirt Challenge. Just post a selfie or video using hashtags #RSPD and #taketheREDshirtchallenge! Learn more.
5th Annual CommUNITY Rainbow Run & AHF CommUNITY Festival (June 5, 2021)
Benefiting the National Pulse Memorial and Museum and onePULSE Foundation, this 4.9K honors the 49 people killed in the Pulse nightclub tragedy, survivors and first responders. In addition to the 4.9K, which begins and ends at Wadeview Park in downtown Orlando, the event also includes a Kids Fun Run at Wadeview Park and a virtual option that runners around the world can join. The AHF CommUNITY Festival is open from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Wadeview Park the day of the run. Admission is free and the festival is open to everyone, including runners and spectators, to enjoy live entertainment, food and family-friendly activities. Learn more.
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Community: Five Years After the Pulse Tragedy — Free Admission Week (June 5-13, 2021)
Hosted by the Orange County Regional History Center in downtown Orlando, this exhibition examines how communities of all kinds were touched by the Pulse tragedy both locally and across the globe. Although the History Center normally charges admission, entry is free for this week. Learn more.
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MCA Presents Straight Men Real Makeup (June 6, 2021)
At this annual onePULSE Foundation event, eight straight men will step out of their comfort zone and individually perform a choreographed routine to a song of their choice while dressed in full drag, with three bona-fide drag queens as judges. They’re competing for bragging rights and cash tips from audience members, all of which benefit onePULSE Foundation and its mission. Learn more.
An Evening of Reflection and Promise — Virtual Event (June 7, 2021)
This evening will acknowledge the religious trauma carried by our LGBTQ+ community and create space to dream of a better future, of harm reduction, and of greater understanding and inclusion. Learn more.
Frontyard Festival™: Orlando Gay Chorus Presents My Portraits of Pulse — The Story of JD Casto (June 8, 2021)
Part of the open-air Frontyard Festival series at downtown Orlando’s Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, this free, first-come/first-seated event presents the story of Pulse through the eyes of professional photographer JD Casto, who captured thousands of images related to the tragedy. Learn more.
United We Dance (June 10, 2021)
Head to the Church Street district in downtown Orlando for this night of music and dance to honor the 49 lives lost, Pulse survivors and first responders, and the resilience of our community. The event is hosted by HÄOS on Church, Hamburger Mary’s and Pepe’s Cantina.
Frontyard Festival™: Pulse Five-Year Remembrance Ceremony Livestream (June 12, 2021)
On June 12 of each year, onePULSE Foundation holds an annual Remembrance Ceremony at the site of the Pulse nightclub, bringing together the families of those whose lives were tragically taken, providing them a space to remember their loved ones in peace, and honoring all who survived, the brave first responders and the trauma teams who sacrificed so much to save so many. Although the ceremony at the Pulse Interim Memorial is by invitation only, the general public is invited to watch a livestream at this free, first-come/first-seated event, part of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts’ Frontyard Festival series. Learn more.
49 Bells (June 12, 2021)
On June 12, people all over the world are invited to solemnly ring a bell or similar instrument 49 times beginning at 12 p.m. at their local time, both in recognition of the 49 lives lost at Pulse and in commitment to advancing full inclusion for the LGBTQ+ community. You can also follow on social media using the hashtag #49Bells. Learn more.
Orlando United Day (June 12, 2021)
June 12 is known as Orlando United Day — A Day of Love and Kindness. It’s dedicated to honoring the memory of the 49 lives taken, supporting survivors, and recognizing the compassion and love displayed by the Central Florida community. The historical day is supported collaboratively by the City of Orlando, Orange County Government, One Orlando Alliance and onePULSE Foundation.
Illusions After Hours (June 12, 2021)
Running from 10 p.m. – 1 a.m., this event provides admission to Museum of Illusions at ICON Park®, plus one ride aboard The Wheel, in support of Orlando’s LGBTQ+ Community and Pride Month. A cash bar will also be available and music will be provided. Furthermore, Museum of Illusions will donate a portion of all ticket sales for the month of June to the National PULSE Memorial and Museum. Learn more.
Orlando Pride Match “Mission Rainbow” (June 20, 2021) & Orlando City Soccer Club Match “Pride in Our City” (June 22, 2021)
Held at Exploria Stadium in downtown Orlando, these Orlando Pride and Orlando City Soccer Club matchups against NJ/NY Gotham FC and the San Jose Earthquakes, respectively, will remember those lost in the Pulse tragedy and celebrate love in Orlando.