Auburn Pride

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June 20–29

Auburn Pride 2019


The NYS Equal Rights Heritage Center, a facility that welcomes visitors to History’s Hometown and celebrates the State as a leader in advancing equal rights, is proud to bring this event to Auburn for the first time ever and to honor this pivotal historic moment city-wide during the month of June.


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WorldPride, the largest LGBTQ+ Pride celebration, comes to New York City for the first time to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Inn uprising. While millions of visitors will be celebrating in Manhattan, there will be commemorative events all across New York State, including Auburn.




thursday, june 20

8pm - jen kober live

Auburn Public Theater presents nationally renowned stand-up comedian Jen Kober, the 2017 and 2018 winner of NPR’s Snap Judgement Comedic Performance of the Year and who can be seen as a cast member in two new Netflix original shows.

Sunday, June 23

11am - drag brunch

“Sunday’s Are a Drag” Brunch at Cayuga Museum of History and Art’s Carriage House Theater, featuring Ms. Drips, Ivanna Michaels, Triniti, and Tilia Cordata

Monday, June 24

6pm - Stonewall Uprising screening

Film screening of Stonewall Uprising: The Year That Changed America (83 minutes) documentary at Seymour Public Library to learn about the 1969 police raid that lead to the Stonewall riots (Free; open to public)

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Tuesday, June 25

7pm - LGBTQ+ Public Panel

“Meet Your LGBTQ+ Neighbors” public panel at Auburn Public Theater with featured panelists Lithgow Osborne, Blake Chamberlain, Dr. Nina Wright, William Tentiy, Lorraine Austin, Aiden Patch, among other community members; moderated by Rev. Patrick Heery (Free; open to public)

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Wednesday, June 26

7pm - Interfaith Pride Service

“Lift Every Voice: Interfaith Pride Service” featuring musical selections by the Syracuse Gay and Lesbian Chorus and spoken testimony and prayer by faith leaders. at Westminster Presbyterian Church; reception to follow (Free; open to public)

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Thursday, June 27

7pm - Charlotte Cushman discussion

Seward House Museum Directors of Education and Collections will discuss “Charlotte Cushman: Symbol of an Age” at the NYS ERHC. A renowned actress of her time, Cushman was also a Seward family friend and early figure in LGTBQ+ history. Jeff Ludwig and Matt Mac Vittie will explore these stories as well as sexuality in the 19th-century and the complicated ways Cushman subverted “traditional” roles in a Victorian age often associated with repression. (Free; open to public)

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Friday, June 28

1pm & 7pm - Fagbug screening/ q&a

Schweinfurth Art Center presents filmmaker Erin Davies Q&A and screening of the documentary Fagbug (2009) at 1 p.m. and follow-up documentary Fagbug Nation (2014) at 7 p.m. at Auburn Public Theater. Watch as this Volkswagen Beetle vandalized in a hate crime in Albany obtains its rainbow paint job and serves as a catalyst on a road trip to equality throughout all 50 states. (Free; open to public)

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Saturday, June 29

9am-2pm - Saturday Market & Rainbow Rally

Downtown Auburn Saturday Market and LGBTQ+ Pride Rainbow Rally (12 p.m.) at NYS ERHC with artist Blake Chamberlain live painting on site, entertainment by singer/songwriter CC Ryder and the Diana Jacobs Band, noted speakers, and LGBTQ+-themed vendors and merchandise, plus more surprises (Free; open to public)

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3pm - Supporting LGBTQ+ Children forum

Following Our Rainbow: Parents On Supporting LGBTQ+ Children” forum with panelists Kim and Chris Patch moderated by William Tenity at Cayuga Museum of History and Art’s Carriage House Theater (Free; open to public)

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8pm - drag show

Drag Show hosted by Samantha Vega with performances by Cherry Blasé, Aziza Bijoü, Jenna Jacobs, Celeste Lerue, Gloria Schaaft, Lala Savage, Ginger Diamond, and Natasha Champagne, plus DJ Dance Party at Auburn Public Theater (Ticketed event)


don’t miss

Auburn’s First Pride Rally

Saturday, June 29 | 9am-2pm | 25 South St



singer/songwriter CC Ryder and the Diana Jacobs Band


artist Blake Chamberlain live painting on site

pride market

LGBTQ+ themed vendors and merch

And more!

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Art by NYS Equal Rights Heritage Center Artist-in-Residence,

blake chamberlain

Visit the Celebrate Pride Art Trail exhibiting “Trans American History” portrait series from Blake Chamberlain, on display at the NYS ERHC and various historic & cultural sites in downtown Auburn, June 7–June 30.

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