As the long awaited heat of the summer starts to roll into June, so does the hottest celebration of the year with PRIDE MONTH! Colorful rays of joy, love, and acceptance shine brightly, bringing a stronger sense of unity and solidarity to our city! Throughout the area you can see how much the locals support the LGBTQ+ Community with rainbow flags, banners, and lights displayed on businesses all over town. Welcoming everyone to feel comfortable being their fabulous selves in Cincinnati!
Exploring any part of town you will find phrases on signs like, “Lead With Love” and “Be Yourself”. These are positive messages of compassion and appreciation for one another that are uplifting visual reminders to live by. Go on a journey through the city to find them and share them with kindness!
The Cincinnati Art Museum and others like it have always represented people of different backgrounds and they continue to feature artists that are diverse. Andy Warhole is the most influential gay man in Pop-Art and we have two of his pieces on permanent display. A way you can honor how far we have come as a society is by visiting this museum and taking a peek at Andy’s Pete Rose Portrait and one of his famous Soup Cans.
Entrepreneur and fashion enthusiast Jada just dropped her new PRIDE collection that features every shade of the rainbow with her luxury sunglass line, called J. Lyshe. Jada’s quality frames are a must have to complete a look that’s unique and fits just right. Her PRIDE collection photoshoot is a spread right out of a high fashion magazine and is a great reference for what to pair your new glasses with. The aesthetic is classic with a modern throwback, vintage vibe that makes you want every pair! PRIDE is officially out!
Selfie Galaxy, a new gallery space that’s opening soon is practicing and promoting self love and inclusivity with their selfie museum that is curated for all types of people to relate too. This black and latino owned business was created by two women that strive to spread positivity by bringing people together and manifesting good energy in harmony. As you walk in you’re greeted with a heartwarming mural that is a rainbow with the words, “Love is Love”. Making this wall piece the best background for all your PRIDE selfies and group photos! Their intention is to encourage people to have fun along with embracing what makes us happy by finding ways to express ourselves through creativity and imagination.
In front of Smale Park, near The Banks are several cascading fountains that are mesmerizing to watch. The rippling water turns into a technicolor waterfall next to the stairs leading down to the riverfront and is a magical sight to see. A little after sunset is a great time to go to the flowing rainbow to see it turn on as the sun goes down over the city and the lights start to reflect off the Ohio river in the distance. The scenery is gorgeous and there’s plenty of additional things to do in the area that are great for all ages.
Coming into Cincinnati is always a stunning sight to see but it’s looking even better these days with all of the colors of the rainbow shining along the cityscape. As you go across the Taylor Southgate bridge you’ll see massive lights going down the sides of Heritage Bank Center that are in the color of the rainbow. This is an incredible addition to the view of the city and there is an easy walking path across the bridge that you can go on to take it all in for a moment.
PRIDE brings a refreshing burst of creativity with performances, fashion pieces, and art of all kinds that are delightfully informative and a whole lot of fun! There’s so much beauty to see, lovely people to meet, and wonderful things to experience in our city. With events happening daily in each neighborhood it’s a perfect time to express yourself and join in on the festivities!