Pride is all around in New Jersey.
To commemorate LGBTQ Pride Month this June, there will be parties, concerts, parades and rallies across the state.
Here are just some of the ways that members of New Jersey’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities and their allies can celebrate Pride this June.
Minor League Baseball team the Jersey Shore BlueClaws will host the return of pride night on Friday, June 3, when the team takes on the Brooklyn Cyclones at ShoreTown Ballpark (previously FirstEnergy Park), 2 Stadium Way in Lakewood. Sponsored by Coca-Cola, Pride Night will include a Pride Hat giveaway to the first 1,500 fans in attendance, and there will be fireworks after the game. Visit milb.com/jersey-shore for tickets and more information.
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Education and advocacy organization Garden State Equality presents its Equality Ball on Friday, June 3, at Asbury Lanes, 209 Fourth Ave., in Asbury Park. The big night includes a cocktail reception, dinner and an after-party. For more information, visit gardenstateequality.org.
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“RuPaul’s Drag Race” franchise star, comedian and singer/songwriter Trixie Mattel headlines the storied Stone Pony Summer Stage, 913 Ocean Ave. in Asbury Park, for the Trixie Mattel X AP Pride Party 2022 on Saturday, June 4. Tickets and more information are available via stoneponyonline.com/summer-stage.
Christine Martucci and the Band of Love return to the Wonder Bar, Fifth and Ocean Avenues in Asbury Park, for their annual Pride weekend performance at 8 pm Saturday, June 4. For tickets and more information, visit wonderbarasburypark.com.
the REAL Boozy Drag Brunch, with seatings at 11:30 am and 2 pm Saturday, June 4, at Bang Bang at the Berkeley, 1401 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park, will support the Asbury Park-based Project REAL and its work helping LGBTQ young adults. Performers include Savannah Georgia, Divinity Banks, Tastie, Victoria Courtez, Morrigan Von Haunt and Anita Sigg, with music from DJ Philip James. For tickets ($80), visit eventcreate.com/e/realboozybrunch.
The New Jersey LGBTQ Pride Parade, Rally and Festival, an Asbury Park fixture since 1992, returns Sunday, June 5. Musical performers this year include Janice Robinson, Gia Woods and Rich Hennessey; visit jerseypride.org for more information.
Let’s Get Proud! Drag Show will support the Pride Alliance of Pitman at 7 pm Tuesday, June 7, at VFW Post 6469. Advance tickets ($20 to $30) are available via eventbrite.com. The Pride Alliance will also present a Fun Run/Walk at 8 am Saturday, June 11, at the First Baptist Church of Pitman, 30 North Broadway (registration is $25), followed by the Pride in Pitman Celebration at the church until 1 pm Visit facebook.com/PrideAllianceofPitman for more information.
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Trenton Thunder Pride Night returns to the Trenton Thunder Ballpark, 1 Thunder Road in Trenton, at 6 pm Thursday, June 9, with a pre-game happy hour and post-game fireworks. For tickets ($12) and more information, visit milb.com/trenton. For discounted $10 tickets via the New Jersey Pride Chamber of Commerce, visit business.njpridechamber.org/events.
Haddon Township will host a weekend of Pride festivities, including a pride parade from 6 to 10 pm on Thursday, June 9, traveling on Haddon Avenue from Crystal Lake Avenue to Strawbridge Avenue, followed by an after-party at Haddon Square. Pride and Progress Community Night is 5:30 to 9:30 pm on Friday, June 10, at Haddon Square, 51 Haddon Ave., and the 2022 PrideFestival is noon to 4 pm on Saturday, June 11, at the SoHa Arts Building, 1001 White Horse Pike. For more information, visit htpride.com.
enjoy Cocktails on LBI to support the Center for LGBTQ+ Health Care at Cooper University Health Care, 6:30 to 9:30 pm Friday, June 10, at the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences, 120 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach Township. Tickets start at $250, with sponsorship opportunities available. For more information, visit foundation.cooperhealth.org/get-involved/events/lgbtq-health.
Exit 82 Theater Company and the Toms River Pride Committee will present Toms River Pride, Ocean County’s fourth annual lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, asexual/ally, two spirit and plus festival, from 11 am to 5 pm Saturday, June 11, on Washington Street in downtown Toms River. Visit exit82theatre.com/tr-pride for more information as it becomes available.
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The Sixth Annual Pulse Memorial Benefit show supporting Project REAL happens at 3 pm Sunday, June 12, at Georgie’s Bar, 810 Fifth Ave., Asbury Park. The event will feature music from Pedals, Blaise, Heather Hills, Des and the Swagmatics, and Ryan and Shayne of the Shady Street Show Band. Drag performers Pissi Myles, Lady Celestina, Tastie, Morrigan von Haunt, Queen Biqtch, Demi Gawdess, Anita Sigg and reigning Miss Paradise Crystal Envy will take the stage. Emcee is Rai Guerra, with tunes from DJ Tall Speedy and DJ Jay Insult. There is a suggested $10 minimum donation at the door.
Anchor Rock Club, 247 South New York Ave. in Atlantic City, hosts the AC is Burning 2022 AC Pride Ball at 10 pm Friday, June 17. Tickets ($15) and more information is at anchorrockclub.com. This is part of more than a week of AC Pride events happening in town from June 15 to 23; for more information, visit facebook.com/atlanticcitypride.
The Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice’s Princeton Pride parade returns on Saturday, June 18. Its Virtual Pride installation of its Social Justice Power Hour, via Facebook Live, will also happen again later this year. Stay tuned to facebook.com/RustinCenter for details.
Alex Biese has been writing about art, entertainment, culture and news on a local and national level for more than 15 years.