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Metro East Guide to Pride 2022 by Caseyville Library

Happy Pride Month! Let's celebrate with events near and a bit farther away. In this list you will find something for yourself or family members of any age. Read along with a fabulous Drag Performer at the library or watch a show while out with friends. Learn about LGBTQIA+ history, culture, and activism and pay tribute to those who came before us. Most of all we will celebrate our diverse identities, expressions, family structures, and the PRIDE in being ourselves!

Your Caseyville Library is here to celebrate with you in June and support you year round! Come in and check out stories featuring LGBTQIA+ characters and families or read about the history of Pride and the amazing folks who paved the way for us to create a better world.

You can also come to the library for a sense of community or to gather local resources. You can even speak to a library social worker to get connected to services, programs, jobs, and more!

Be sure to visit Caseyville Public Library District to check out the newest Rainbow Reads in our Pride Display. More books are available for checkout in our Catalog.

Did you know Caseyville Library was the first public library in the metro east to offer a Drag Queen Storytime? Watch this video to see the lovey Chasity Valentino read for last year's Pride!

Metro East Pride Events

June 3 | 12-2pm | All ages

Chasity Valentino returns to the area after last year’s debut Drag Queen Storytime at Caseyville Library. This year she will be reading virtually at Collinsville Library. Books will celebrate identity, love and acceptance. Families can still gather at Collinsville Library to watch together and play games, sing songs, dance, and have snacks as Chasity reads.

June 21 | 10-11 | All ages

Drag Queen Maxi Glamour will be at Glen Carbon Public Library for this drop in Drag Queen Storytime event! Maxi will read and sing songs that celebrate Pride. Special accommodations may be made for those who need them if enough time is given to plan.

June 28 | 1pm | All Ages

Tune in online for a special Pride Day Storytime. Listen in as your librarians read a story celebrating identity, love, and self-expression and the many amazing differences and similarities we all share

June 7 | 7-8pm

18+ Event

Maxi Glamour, nonbinary drag artist and activist will speak on issues of lgbtq+ liberation and rights and talk about art, activism, politics, human rights, and queer life and culture in St. Louis.

June 11 | 6pm-Doors Open, 9pm Show Starts

18+ Event

Metro East Pride offers an outdoor Pride Month Drag Show to benefit Metro East Pride Festival which will take place in October this year.

July 23rd | 5pm Doors Open, 6pm Show Starts

18+ Event

Metro East Pride also offers a Pride Pageant Drag Show as they crown the 2022 King & Queen of Metro East Pride. Admission is $10. Food and drinks are available to buy in Escapes.

June 18 | 1-3

21+ Event

Local wine bar and bistro, Hemingway’s Zen Garden, is having their first Drag Brunch. For $50, Hemingway’s will offer incredible breakfast food, bottomless mimosas, and Drag Show featuring Ivy Tabou, Beth Saltz, and Lady Persona.

Reserve your table for $5 extra to be sure you get a table as space is limited then pay $50 at the door. A full cocktail menu will also be available for purchase.

Don’t forget to bring dollars or cash to tip performers.

September 10 | 12-10pm | All Ages

Alton will host its first Pride Festival on Belle St and will feature vendors and performances, likely including a Drag Show. Follow Alton Pride for details to come!

October 1 | 12-10pm | All Ages

This Fall, check out Metro East Pride Fest’s Block Party and Drag Show outside Escapades in Belleville. Browse booths, vendors, and check out food trucks.

St. Louis Pride Events

As I Am

June 9 | 5:30–8pm

Pride Keynote: "As I Am" with Musician, Tre who released a pop/R&B album that celebrates living authentically. He will talk about making space for black queer voices. The event will host an interview-style conversation and a musical performance.

STL: Gay Liberation in the Gateway City | Accessible Walking Tour

June 18 | 2-4pm

July 14 | 6-8pm

July 21 | 2-4pm

Explore the St. Louis's Central West End's history in LGBTQIA+ community life, activism, and culture. Learn about historic nightclubs and gathering spaces, progressive churches, and the first gay community center.

June 25-26 | 11-7pm

Celebrate downtown with multi-stage entertainment, vendors, food trucks, dancing

Catch the Grand Pride Parade on the 26th at 11 am on Market St. in St. Louis.

June 3 | 7-11pm

After hours Pride Night at Six Flags starts at 7 with the pre-party in DC Circle. JB’s Bar will have music and specialty cocktails and food. At 8:30 the Rehab’s Divas of the Grove will perform in the Palace Gardens. Select rides will be available and you will be able to purchase merchandise as well.

September 24 & 25 | 11-6pm

Enjoy music, drag performances, and entertainment on 3 different stages. Browse booths full of crafts, art, and other wares from LGBT+ businesses. Food and drinks will also be available to buy. Activities will be available for families and pets are encouraged! Everyone is welcome!

Night Pride in the Grove

June 25 | 8pm-1am

The Pride celebration goes into the night with the Grove's nighttime block party complete with vendor booths and entertainment.

Metro Area Resources

Come in to speak with a library social worker for more resources and information with assistance for housing, utilities or help finding jobs, filling out forms, or other inquiries. You can also visit the links below for further learning.

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