Pride All Around Us: Pride Events in and Around the Midsouth

Amazing Pride Events in and Around Memphis and the MidSouth

This story was featured in our print and virtual May/June PRIDE issue.

Here are a few wonderful Pride events in and around the MidSouth, and Tennessee at-large, that show us southern LGBTQ+ folks are truly loved.

Franklin Pride: June 1
Harlinsdale Farm – Franklin, TN

Pride events. Franklin Pride 2023 in which a big, mixed crowd of all ages sits on park benches
Franklin Pride 2023, via Franklin Pride Facebook page

Franklin Pride takes over historic Harlinsdale Farm to bring LGBTQIA+ people together in a safe and (super fun!) setting. Last year’s fest had nearly 60 entertainers, 103 vendors and 7000 attendees! 

Memphis Pride Fest: May 30 – June 2 
Memphis, TN, various locations 

Memphis Midsouth Pride Fest LGBTQ people smiling on Beale Street
Midsouth Pride Fest, courtesy MidSouth Pride

Memphis Pride Fest draws the largest crowd of LGBTQ+ people and their allies in the Mid-South. The four-day celebration includes the annual Drag N Drive, a dance party, live music festival and drag performances, the amazing Pride parade, and a fun and casual Sunday drag brunch.

TriState Black Pride: June 13 – 16
Memphis, TN, various locations

Pride events image, Black drag performer in rainbow jumpsuit takes tips from excited patrons
TriState Black Pride brunch, courtesy founder and executive director Dr. Davin D. Clemons

This year’s TriState Black Pride is all about “Black Xcellence.” The 2024 experience jump starts with an opening ceremony featuring keynote speaker, Shelby County Division Director for Health Services. Dr. Michelle Taylor. Following events include a job fair, TriState’s annual, iconic ‘Draggin’ You to Brunch’, parties, a music festival, and so much more!

OUTMemphis Queer Prom: June 29
Memphis, TN- Crosstown Concourse

Pride events image of Tinted photo of queer folks at queer prom
OUTMemphis Queer Prom 2023, by Ariel Colbert

So many people from LGBTQ+ communities don’t get to experience prom in highschool—at least not how they would like to. Memphis-based nonprofit OUTMemphis is working to change that with its annual 18+ Queer Prom, a time to come dressed to the nines and celebrate exactly who you are!

Little Rock Black Pride: July 19 – 21
Little Rock, AR — various locations

Little Rock Black Pride image, courtesy of executive director Antoine Ghoston of Arkansas Black Gay Men’s Forum

Little Rock Black Pride creates safe spaces fo Black and brown LGBTQ folks in Arkansas’ capital to learn, commune and celebrate together. This year, LR Black Pride builds community with thoughtful panels, a Trans Townhall, and a highly entertaining Advocacy Ball featuring the legendary Jrock Ebony as its master of ceremonies. 

Nashville Pride Festival & Parade: June 22 – June 23
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park in Downtown Nashville, TN

Nashville Pride, via @nashvillepridefestival

The first official Nashville Pride took place in 1988. Since then, Nashville Pride Festival & Parade has become the largest LGBTQ+ event in Tennessee, with more than 120,000 people in attendance last year. While no two Nashville Pride fests are the same, Nashville Pride’s commitment to creating a safe, welcoming space where the LGBTQ+ community persists.

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