June is Pride Month. This annual commemoration pays homage to the 1969 Stonewall uprising in Manhattan, N.Y. which served as a defining moment for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. Pride Month celebrates the invaluable contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) Americans and works to achieve equal justice and equal opportunity for this community.

Increase your cultural awareness by learning more about Pride Month history and LGBTQIA+ life and culture:

  • Read more about the history of Pride Month.
  • Explore Smithsonian’s exhibit and resources highlighting LGBTQIA+ culture.
  • Learn more about the Resource Center and their impactful advocacy work in support of the LGBTQIA+ community.

Celebrate with our Dallas Symphony Pride Community group at the following events:

  • Saturday June 1st Fairpark Pride Music Fest 11AM-9PM
  • Sunday June 2nd Fairpark Pride Parade & Fest – DSO will be walking in the parade. Be on the lookout for a sign-up form.
  • Saturday June 8th- Colorwaave Pride Event: Celebrating Pride through a creative lens.
  • Saturday June 8th- Arboretum Pride in Bloom – We will have musicians playing from 10-11AM. https://www.dallasarboretum.org/events-activities/pride-in-bloom/
  • Sunday June 9th – Arboretum Pride in Bloom – Visit our DS Pride table
  • June 20th – Workshop LGBTQIA+ Ally Training
  • June 21st – Dallas Arts District Pride block party

Please feel free to contact Dallas Symphony Pride Co-Chair Natalie Kreidler for details regarding any of these events at n.kreidler@dalsym.com.

Pride Month Reflections

Ted Soluri

Principal Bassoon,
Dallas Symphony Orchestra

Why is Pride Month important?

Pride Month gives us this amazing opportunity to remind people that we are just like them. We live, love, and work like everyone else and we all share the same dreams and aspirations!

Natalie Kreidler

Graphic Designer
Co-Chair, Dallas Symphony Pride Community

What brings you joy as an ally or member of the LGBTQIA+ community?

I love being a part of spaces that bring joy, whether organizing community events or concerts that encourage people to arrive as they are. I find joy in seeing how we build community through big and small gestures that validate the people around us.

Carlos Vargas

Cello Instructor,
Dallas Symphony Young Strings

Is there a notable figure, film or story about LGBTQ struggles that has impacted you?

The black trans community and the ball room scene in the film Paris is Burning. This was a monumental film that shed light on this particular movement and the early struggles of young queer people of color navigating their way in the world.