This year, New Britain Pride is hosting a series of events through June that Board says are designed to showcase different facets of gay culture, like collaborations with a local diner and with the New Britain Museum of American Art. On June 22, the New Britain Bees baseball team will play a game where they split the proceeds (tickets are $15) with New Britain Pride. Board says around 250 people have already said they’ll attend.
“But it’s an open game, people can come without signing up [online],” Board says. “Hell, I would love to have that whole stadium packed, if we could get the community, all 70,000 people, to come down.”
Bonus round! We may be the only country with a Mike Pence, but we are not, of course, the only country with LGBTQ citizens and allies working to pull off their first Pride parades. Up in the Arctic Circle, the Canadian town of Inuvik just held its first Pride parade on April 21. Lugano, Switzerland, just held its first parade on May 28, and Dundee, Scotland, will have its first on September 22. Aberdeen, Scotland is expected to see its first parade this summer as well.