Now that Pride Month has officially kicked off, we thought it was time to fill you in on some of the city’s rich LGBTQ+ history and share some of our best pro tips for embracing Pride year-round.
For years, the near north side area between 16th + 22nd streets has served as a hub for LGBTQ+ life. Betty K’s — a popular hangout in the mid-60s located in an old Victorian house — could be found in the neighborhood. Plus, Baby’s was once a bar called Talbott Street, which was one of Indy’s most iconic drag bars until its closure in 2016.
Want to learn more about the neighborhood? You’re in luck. Indiana Landmarks is giving a historical tour on Saturday, June 24. Get tickets.
Just last year, a new historical marker was installed on Monument Circle to commemorate the first public Pride festival in Indiana, which took place 33 years ago. The sign, which is titled, “Indiana LGBTQ Pride,” also has information about the 1984 Stonewall protest.
How to celebrate Pride year-round
- Head to the club. There are a number of LGBTQ+ spots around town, including Downtown Olly’s, Metro Nightclub, and Tini.
- Go to one of Indy’s many drag shows. The number of venues hosting these performances is ever-growing. Pro tip: don’t forget to bring a stack of dollar bills.
- Are you a local business owner? Learn about how you can become part of the Indy Rainbow Chamber.
- Indy Pride doesn’t just exist in June. Join the organization as a member or apply to be on the board of directors.
Want the scoop on this year’s Pride Festival schedule? We have a story for that, too.