This is a Community Announcement from the Downtown Ithaca Alliance. It was not written by The Ithaca Voice. To submit community announcements, please send them to Matt Butler at mbutler@ithacavoice.org.

DIA Events & Activities

June 9 – PRIDE Parade and Dance Party. 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Press Bay -> Bernie Milton Pavilion.

*6 p.m. Pedestrian march from Press Bay Alley to the Bernie Milton Pavilion. 7pm Opening Remarks followed by a Dance Party until 9 p.m. This event and route is mobility device accessible.

June 10 – PRIDE Block Party. 12 p.m.-6 p.m. Press Bay + 100 Block of West State Street.

Community Events & Activities

Thursgay at The Range Drag Bingo with Pole Posse

Location: The Range 119 E State Street (above Trader K’s old location, now William Jane Dispensary)

Date: June 8th

Time: Doors 9:00 p.m., Show 9:30 until close

Description: Join your Thursgay family for some BINGO! There will be prizes, poles, and perfectly crafted drinks from The Range! Bingo games will have pole and drag performances between games, each round will have a prize donated from one of our lovely sponsors.

Young Adult Book Club
Tompkins County Public Library
Friday, June 9th 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Join us in the Schwarz Jacobson Room to discuss the YA graphic novel Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu. Pick up a free copy of the book at either the Teen Center Reference Desk at TCPL or at Buffalo Street Books.

Press Bay Court Enchanted Pride Forest

Location: Press Bay Court – 114 W Green Street

Date and Time: June 10 from 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Queen Tessential has cast a magic spell on Press Bay Court transforming it into the Enchanted Pride Forest. Join the friendly denizens in picnicking in the forest while enjoying family-friendly performances, story readings, poetry, crafts, and friendly competitions that show off your pride spirit. Victorious competitors will be granted boons of the realm from Queen Tessential herself! Picnic Baskets can be preordered at mybeautifulboards.com and picked up at The Gallery!

Pride Family Storytime and Dance Party
Saturday, June 10th 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Tompkins County Public Library – BorgWarner West
Join us for a celebration of Pride – family style – with LGBTQTIA+ Stories, make a festive pride fairy flower crown, and then join us for a fun dance party with DJ Woodrow!

ORGULLO ITHACA PRIDE DRAG BRUNCH

Location: Zócalo Mexican Bar and Grill

Date and Time: 6/11/23 from 12 p.m.-3 p.m.

Come celebrate Ithaca 2023 Pride with an all Spanish drag show & brunch at our favorite Mexican restaurant. The best drag performers in town will bring you around the world of latino music. Tickets at Eventbrite /// Únanse a celebrar Ithaca 2023 Pride con un drag show y brunch de nuestra favorita comida mejicana. Los mejores transformistas drag de Ithaca te llevarán a través de los sonidos latinos. Entradas a la venta en Eventbrite.

Saturgay at The Range Pride Week kick-off Drag Show

Location: The Range 119 E State Street (above Trader K’s old location, now William Jane Dispensary) Date: June 11th

Time: Doors 9:00 Show 9:30 p.m. until close

Description: Join your Thursgay host Tilia Cordata after the block party for a rainbow filled night you are sure to remember!

Cocktails for a Cause

Location: Bar Argos – 408 E State St Ithaca, NY

Date and Time: 6/13/23 from 4-10 p.m.

On Tuesday, June 13th, 100% of Bar Argos bar proceeds will be donated to the Transgender Law Center and Planned Parenthood of Greater NY. Doing something charitable has never tasted so good, sipped so sumptuously, lounged so lavishly…!

Stand-Up for Pride
Cinemapolis on 6/13/23 from 7-9 p.m.
Get ready to burst with laughter at the Pride Week Comedy Show in Ithaca, NY! Join us for an evening of side-splitting hilarity as renowned comedians Madelein Smith and Kendra Dawsey take the stage. Link to the event site.
bit.ly/PrideStandUp

Healthy Queer Relationships
Tompkins County Public Library – BorgWarner East
On 6/13/23, from 5:30-7 p.m., join Crissi Dalfonzo from Cornell’s LGBT Resource Center for a workshop about starting, ending, and maintaining queer relationships! We’ll cover communication methods and techniques, relationship red (and green!) flags, and leave plenty of time at the end for Q & A. Free workshop.

LGBTQ+ Fiction Writing Workshop
Tompkins County Public Library – BorgWarner East
Wednesday, June 14 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Registration required – This practical workshop will help you develop a work-in-progress or begin a new project in a safe, encouraging environment. Through discussion of writing exercises and prompts we will cover elements of craft—structure, character development, dialogue—as well as process, deadlines, critique guidelines, even writer’s block.

*These workshops are meant to be taken as a series. Registering for the first date will automatically enroll you in all three meetings.

Elisabeth Nonas is the author of 3 published novels and the forthcoming Grace Period; Story Workout: Exercises to Help You Connect to the Stories You Want to Tell; and co-author with Simon LeVay of City of Friends: A Portrait of the Gay and Lesbian Community in America. She taught screenwriting and writing for emerging media in the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College.

Open Mic Night Celebrating Queer & BIPOC Joy

Location: The Gallery at Press Bay Court 

Date and Time: 6/14/23 from 6-8 p.m.

Poetry, spoken word, and other acoustic performances welcome. Open to the public. Sign up at the event. FREE. This open mic event will inspire writers and artists to create and share work which celebrates joy which is underrepresented in prominent art by marginalized groups. It is hosted by The Gallery and current exhibiting artist, Brooke Lange, in conjunction with the current exhibition LIFTING BOTANICALS, which is a celebration of queer joy and honoring what inspires happiness in our lives. This event is part 1 of a 2 part open mic series, presenting poetry and spoken word about queer and BIPOC experiences at The Gallery.

Awesomely Queer Movie Night
Tompkins County Public Library – BorgWarner East
Thursday, June 15 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Join us at TCPL for Awesomely Queer movie Night on Thursdays in June from 6 until 7:30ish in the BorgWarner Room.

June 8, a documentary about transgender Jazz Musician Billy Tipton.

June 15, a comedy based on Emily Dickinson’s romance with another woman.

June 22, a documentary revisiting NYC’s underground ballroom scene

June 29, a 90s gem about 3 drag queens who get stranded in the Midwest and find themselves changing minds…

Thursgay at The Range Taste the Rainbow Hosted by Tilia Cordata and Noah Phence

Location: The Range 119 E State Street (above Trader K’s old location, now William Jane Dispensary) Date: June 15th

Time: Doors 9:00 Show 9:30 until close

Description: Thursgay keeps the pride party going with Tilia Cordata and Noah Phence hosting this talent-filled show! Special Guest Jayden Jameson plus a cast of your favorite local performers.

Pride Send-Off Party

Location: Deep Dive 415 Old Taughannock Blvd

Date: June 16th

Time: Sapphic Happy hour hosted by Femme de Violette 4-8, Pride Party 8:00 – until close

Description: It’s an all-day event! Join Femme de Violette for a Sapphic happy hour from 4-8 with music and pop up drag performances, then stick around for the all-night party! With multiple stages, shows and hosts it’s going to be a send-off to remember!

Young Adult Book Club 

Location: Buffalo Street Books 

Date and Time: 6/17/23 from 4-5:30 p.m.

Join us in the reading room to discuss the YA graphic novel Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu. Pick up a free copy of the book at either the Teen Center Reference Desk at TCPL or at Buffalo Street Books.

Whiskey Tango Sideshow
Located at Deep Dive on 6/17/23, from 9 p.m.-1 a.m.
Ithaca’s own burlesque troupe brings will “THROW BACK” with performances paying tribute to the early 60’s to the early 80’s featuring special guests Ghula Mortisse and Athena Merlot. Bust out those bellbottoms and platform shoes! All the sassy fun plus games and a booty-shaking dance party. $10 in Advance/$15 Day of Show.

Drag Story Hour

Location: Buffalo Street Books 215 N Cayuga St

Date: June 18th

Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Description: Join Miss Tilia and Miss Coraline for an hour of children’s stories and games