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Out & About: San Diego Drag Queens, Stonewall History & Frida Edition

Here is everything there is to do in the community this upcoming week!
Photo credit:
Paris Sukomi Max

The variety of events for LGBT people and their allies in San Diego seems to grow each week especially during June and July when the city prepares for its Pride festivities. This week it's time to celebrate the limitless talent of local drag queens who have entertained San Diego for decades. This falls in place with the 50th anniversary of Stonewall when the LGBT community rose up against authority and demanded their rights. 

In fact, the San Diego Central Library is having an event that explores not only the history of the gay liberation movement but those who spearheaded change and sometimes risked their lives for equality. 

These events and so much more are spotlighted in this week's issue of Out & About which means you will never have a dull summer moment. 

The Real Estate Community Uniting to End Youth Homelessness!

MARYAH (Metro Area Real Estate Professionals for Young Adult Housing) and the San Diego LGBT Community Center invite you to join us on Thursday, June 20 for the  MARYAH Summer Solstice at the Porto Vista Hotel rooftop Deck.

Skate for Your Best Life!

Tired of the same bar routine? Join Impulse San Diego for an (unofficial, but awesome) #BestLife LGBT Skate Night with Impulse San Diego at Skateworld San Diego. $14 covers your skates + entrance fee.

Good Beer and Beats! 

The Porto Vista Hotel is thrilled to present Acoustic Ales & Art Night, a free monthly event that features local artists, musicians and $6 brews at the GlassDoor restaurant every third Thursday.

Top of the World! 

The Porto Vista Hotel has always been one of the gems of San Diego. It's a place for the community to spend some time, have some drinks and socialize just before the weekend. SDPIX Presents Top of the Bay at the Porto Vista Hotel

Drag History

As a part of the groundbreaking exhibition, LGBTQ+ San Diego: Stories of Struggles + Triumphs, the San Diego History Center will shine the spotlight on the performance art of drag. They invite you to experience the Opening Reception: Legendary Drag Queens of San Diego at the San Diego History Center and help commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall rebellion–a pivotal moment in LGBTQ+ history.

Curated by noted LGBTQ+ historian and author Dr. Lillian Faderman, and in collaboration with the Imperial Court de San Diego, the exhibit will feature elaborate, glittering costumes and personal stories of leading drag queens who have made their name not only locally but nationally. San Diego’s First Lady Katherine Faulconer, wife of San Diego’s mayor, will be the Honorary Chair of the exhibition.

Stonewall History Lesson

Join Dr. Lillian Faderman for a lecture and discussion called  History Talk: Stonewall 50 at the San Diego Central Library. Throughout the history of the US., the societal forces of law, religion, the professions, and customs caused unspeakable oppression to LGBTQ people and their rights. LGBTQ were classified as criminals, people who were mentally ill, depraved sinners, and deserving of irrational hatred. This event is hosted by San Diego Central Library. 

Celebrating Frida 

Each year we celebrate the birthday of Frida Kahlo, commemorating the legendary life of one of the most influential Mexican painters of the mid-twentieth century. Attendees will enjoy live music, art exhibits by local Latin artists and vendors, a Frida look-alike contest, great food and tequila! The 12th Annual Pachanga de Frida at the LGBT Community Center is this Saturday. 

This One's Just Right

Be a part of The Golden Bears Weekend for the Goldilocks 2019 Contest at the Merrow. All genders are welcome. This is a benefit for Special Delivery San Diego with a $5 donation at the door. 

THURSDAY

7:00am to 11:45pm Thursday Special at Crest Cafe

4:00pm to 2:00am Thursdays at San Diego Eagle

6:00pm to 9:00pm MARYAH Summer Solstice at the Porto Vista Hotel

7:00pm to 10:00pm Dinner with the Divas at Lips

7:00pm to 12:00am Karaoke Night at #1 Fifth Avenue

7:00pm to 11:00pm BestLife LGBT Skate Night with Impulse San Diego at Skateworld San Diego

9:00pm to 2:00am Vicky Vox at Flicks

10:00pm to 2:00am Lez at Rich's

 FRIDAY

4:00pm to 7:00pm Free Pizza Fridays at Flicks

4:00pm to 2:00am Fridays at the San Diego Eagle

6:00pm to 8:00pm Opening Reception: Legendary Drag Queens of San Diego at the San Diego History Center

7:30pm Glitz & Glam at Lips

9:30pm T.G.I.Flicks Fridays at Flicks

10:30pm What's the T at #1 Fifth Avenue

10:00pm to 2:00am Dirty Pop at Rich's

SATURDAY

4:00pm to 6:00pm History Talk: Stonewall 50 at the San Diego Central Library

7:30pm Glitz & Glam at Lips

8:00pm to 1:00am La Bomba at #1 Fifth Avenue

9:00pm The Underwear Show at Flicks

9:00pm Saturdays at the San Diego Eagle

10:00pm to 2:00am Voltage at Rich's

11:30pm Taboo - The Forbidden Show at Lips

SUNDAY

11:00am Sunday Dragalicious Gospel Brunch at Lips

2:00pm to 2:00am Sundays at The San Diego Eagle

2:30pm to 6:00pm BINGO for RDPSD 2019 at Gossip Grill

3:00pm to 10:00pm Absolutely Sunday Funday at #1 Fifth Avenue

3:00pm to 5:00pm Goldilocks 2019 Contest at the Merrow

4:00pm Burgers and Beer Bust at the San Diego Eagle

7:00pm Showstopper Sunday at Lips

9:00pm Karaoke at Flicks

9:00pm to 2:00am DiscoTeka at Rich's

MONDAY

7:00am to 11:45pm Monday Special at Crest Cafe

4:00pm to 2:00am Mondays at San Diego Eagle

9:00pm Karaoke at Flicks

TUESDAY

7:00am to 11:45pm Tuesday Special at Crest Cafe

2:00pm to 2:00am Tuesday All-Day Happy Hour at Flicks

4:00pm to 2:00am Tuesdays at San Diego Eagle

7:00pm to 10:00pm Turnback Tuesdays at Lips

9:00pm Karaoke at Flicks

WEDNESDAY

7:00am to 11:45pm Wednesday Special at Crest Cafe

4:00pm to 2:00am Wednesdays at San Diego Eagle

7:00pm Bitchy Bingo at Lips

7:30pm Pictionary Night at #1 Fifth Ave.

9:00pm to 2:00am Wellfare Wednesday at Flicks

10:00pm to 2:00am Mischief at Rich's