Speak resistance

The foundation and future of Pride is resistance. That was as true on June 28, 1969 as it is today. There are a lot of ways to resist, but few things beat the art of speaking truth to power. 

On August 25, we're kicking off Bloomington's annual celebration of LGBTQ+ community and culture with the inaugural PrideSlam competition.  

Note: Registration for the slam is closed but spots are still open for open mic! To register for open mic, email Alex at alex@bloomingtonpride.org.


Date: Friday, August 25
Time: 7:30–9:30pm
Location: Rhino's Youth Center (331 S Walnut St, Bloomington, IN 47401)
Cost: PrideSlam is FREE and open to the public. If possible, attendees are encouraged to donate $5 to benefit Rhino's Youth Center. These funds support their free after-school arts programming for teenagers, many of whom identify as members of LGBTQIA+ communities and our allies, in downtown Bloomington Monday-Friday from 3-6 pm year round. To learn more about what they do, check them out on Facebook and online

ground rules

All poets agree to abide by the following rules, terms, and conditions.


  • Be ready to perform three pieces (three minutes each with a 10 second grace period) 
  • Top performers from each round will move on (clean slate) with three poets in the third and final round
  • Judging
    • Five judges chosen from the audience
    • Must be impartial human beings who do not know any competing poets
  • Scoring/points
    • Poets will start each round with a clean slate (zero) with no cumulative scores
    • Based on a 10-point scale (1 low, 10 high) with highest and lowest scores dropped and remaining three scores added together; poets with the highest scores advance to the next round
  • Groups of no more than 4 people welcome to apply
  • Prizes: First, second, and third place finishers will received specialized prize packs from Bloomington Pride
  • Registration deadline: Closed (July 31)

queer open mic

  • Five to eight competitors
  • Each poet performs one 3-minute poem
  • No scoring 
  • Day-of registrants accepted
  • To register early, email Alex at alex@bloomingtonpride.org

GENERAL guidelines

  • Don't engage in fuckery
  • Don't promote white supremacy, misogyny, sexism, transphobia, etc.
  • This competition is open to all ages and backgrounds