We start at noon!

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Pridefest is Saturday, August 26! We'll kick things off with workshops at Monroe County Public Library. From there, we'll gather near the main stage on Kirkwood Ave for the Pride Rally before spending the rest of the day celebrating culture and community with live music, performances, and more.

Suggested donation: $5. This will go to support Bloomington PRIDE programs, outreach, and events throughout the year. 


Monroe County Public Library, Noon–2:50pm

  • Noon–12:50pm
    My body, my choice: A consent workshop for children and their caretakers
    with Sam Harrell and Peg Smith, Middle Way House

    Location: Meeting Room 1B
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    "My body, my choice: A consent workshop for children and their caretakers" will engage children and their caretakers in interactive lessons that explore bodily autonomy, identity, and boundaries. Children will understand their right to control who engages with their bodies, how they identify, and what boundaries they set. Caretakers will understand the importance of consent in their day-to-day interactions with their child, including how to respect the boundaries their children set. Children and caretakers will learn strategies for asking consent, as well as resources they can access when their consent has been denied. Middle Way House On-Scene-Advocates will be present to support participants. Ideal for caretakers and children ages: 5–8

  • Noon–12:50pm
    Stigma and sexual health among diverse LGBTQ+ Americans: Lessons learned and next steps
    with Professor Brian Dodge, IU School of Public Health-Bloomington

    Location: Meeting Room 1C
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    "Stigma and sexual health among diverse LGBTQ+ Americans: Lessons learned and next steps" will provide an overview of recent research at the Center for Sexual Health Promotion that explores the ways individual, interpersonal, and structural-level stigma (socially devalued identity) impact sexual health among diverse segments of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and other sexual and gender minority population in the US—in particular focusing on NIH-funded studies of bisexual men, bisexual women, and a new nationally representative study of structural stigma and HIV risk among sexual minority men.

  • 1–1:50pm
    Financial planning for the LGBTQ+ community
    with Ron W. Hodge, Financial Advisor, Raymond James Financial Services

    Location: Meeting Room 1B
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    Marriage rights brought us into a more mature age as a community, but on average we are less prepared for the future than the general population. It's time to change the clichés of the past and wisely manage what we have. That starts with knowledge. "Planning with PRIDE: Challenges and solutions for financial planning for the LGBTQ+ community" will be an interactive workshop that helps LGBTQ+ individuals and families plan financially for the future.

  • 1–2:30pm
    Trans in Indiana: A Bloomington Conversation
    with ACLU of Indiana and Bloomington PRIDE's Trans & Allies Support Community

    Location: Meeting Room 1C
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    Want to #TakeAction and #JoinTheFight to protect transgender Hoosiers? Want to advocate for the transgender people in your workplace, family, or neighborhood? Interested in learning more about the experiences of the transgender people in your community? Join a panel of representatives from Bloomington's transgender community and the ACLU of Indiana for "Trans in Indiana: A Community Conversation" and get involved in making our state a more welcoming place for all people! Visit the this link to learn more about ACLU's efforts fighting for transgender rights.

  • 2–2:50pm
    Cuddles, condoms, and coitus: An inclusive safer sex workshop
    with Lizzy Bartlet and Ashley Townes

    Location: Meeting Room 1C
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    "Cuddles, condoms, and coitus: An inclusive safer sex workshop" will focus on demystifying the stigma surrounding HIV, PrEP, and making sex safer. Participants will learn this information in a way that is inclusive, nonjudgmental, and free of shame. Q&A included.

HIV Testing with Positive Link

Monroe County Public Library, Meeting Room 2A, 2:30–5:30pm

Pride Rally

3pm: Main stage (Kirkwood Ave)

The following speakers will shine a light on the issues and organizations that are often silenced, forgotten, and ignored (additional speakers TBD):

  • Jeremy Turner, The Damien Center
  • Janae Cummings, Bloomington PRIDE
  • Shelly Dobson, All-Options Pregnancy Resource Center
  • Evelyn Smith, Middle Way House
  • Elizabeth Cullen Dunn, Bloomington Refugee Support Network
  • Stanley Njuguna, student
  • Rally emcee: Alex Hollett

pridefest live show hosted by pat yo weave

4:30pm: Sam Tolson

indie pop
with pride


Two of the hottest DJs around will pop it off on the main stage as the sun sets on B-town. 

7pm: PRIDE DRAG show

Featuring: Pat Yo Weave, Mocha T. Debeauté, Tia Mirage Hall, Envy Debeaute, Oriana Perón, and Bendovah Plenti

9pm: The Vallures

sweet soul and Motown music with a twist and a shout!

10pm: Big Dipper

the ultimate big boy of rap