Eirann Betka-Pope is an all-around local superstar: She has been an integral part of cultivating the city’s comedy scene, co-founding Funny Girls, a local comedy collective, and The Comedy Project, Grand Rapids’ first comedy theatre, of which she works as a producer. She is also a member of the LGBTQ+ community and one of its most resolute advocates. Below is her personal “Guide to Pride,” featuring events taking place across the city throughout June that celebrate, honor and support our LGBTQ+ citizens. Happy Pride, Grand Rapids!
Then head to SpeakEZ Lounge for Imagine: Pride Night with Circle Theatre at SpeakEZ Lounge brought to you by the lovely people at Circle Theatre Grand Rapids.
June 14 and June 15
Check out Petty’s Pride-A-Palooza: A Comedy Cabaret– One part class. One part camp. Some improv, a lot of music, and great fun. Featuring Petty LuPone, Mary Kate Murnen, Khari Neal, Kelsey Rezmer, and yours truly! Catch it at 8 p.m. at The Comedy Project GR.
Later on dance the night away at the 5th Annual Pride White Party! Hosted by Rumors!
11 a.m.: Take a moment to remember what the first Pride was really about at Take Back Pride March – End Police Violence at Veteran’s Park downtown.
10 p.m.: The official Pride afterglow is happening at the B.O.B. at AFTERGLOW – Pride Festival After Party and it seems some proceeds go to the Pride Center. I SAY go to a local LGBTQ+ bar to after party (Rumors Nightclub or Apartment Lounge).
LoveWins at the Rainbow Bridge – 2019 A free event featuring pop-up drag performances and a groove-infused night of music curated by area LGBTQ and LGBTQ-friendly DJs hosted by LoveWins At The Rainbow Bridge – Grand Rapids, MI.
Get rowdy and join a community of incredible talent at LGBTQ Night – The Drunken Retort! The Drunken Retort has been a queer friendly stop for many famous poets and artists every Monday at Stella’s Lounge.