What to know about 30 Days of Pride in Des Moines for 2022 – Des Moines Register

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Throughout the month of June, Capital City Pride will be providing 30 Days of Pride with events and activities to celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month.
Before 2020, Capital City Pride would typically only schedule a few days of events to celebrate Pride month. While the pandemic caused the cancelation of in-person celebrations in 2020, Capital City Pride decided to return in 2021 with events spread throughout Des Moines over the course of the month.
This proved to be a popular enough approach to festivities that organizers at Capital City Pride decided to repeat that style of programming.
“The board and all our volunteers have been working hard to plan events that will celebrate and support the LGBTQ+ community in Des Moines,” said Capital City Pride president Jen Carruthers in a news release. “Our hope is that these events will also introduce others in the community to different perspectives that help make Des Moines a more inclusive place to live, work and play.”
June 10-12 mark the weekend of Pride Fest, with festivities kicking off at 5 p.m. that Friday on the Community Stage in front of Raygun, 505 E. Grand Ave.
In addition to the events listed below, the weekend will also see performances from Todrick Hall and musical-duo Matt and Kim.
Matt and Kim are an indie-pop music duo based out of Brooklyn, New York, launched to national fame with the 2009 release of the song and music video, “Daylight.” Since then, the pair have maintained a dedicated fan base, the group’s latest album “Almost Everyday” came out in 2018 and the duo released “Be Kind Rewind” with PG-14 last year.
Hall began his rise to popularity as a contestant on the ninth season of “American Idol.” From there he gained traction on YouTube, became a recurring judge on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and has released multiple albums. He’s also been in Broadway productions of “The Color Purple,” “Chicago” and “Kinky Boots.”
Matt and Kim will perform at 9 p.m. on Friday, June 10, and Todrick Hall will take the stage the day after at the same time. Both performances will be held on the main stage, located in the East Village in the LifeServe parking lot at Fourth and Locust streets.
Beyond that, from Iowa Cub’s games and concerts to brunches and bingo, here are more than 30 events scheduled by Capital City Pride for 2022 nearly every day in June.
More information about this year’s events can be found at capitalcitypride.org.
Isaac Hamlet covers arts, entertainment and culture at the Des Moines Register. Reach him at ihamlet@gannett.com or 319-600-2124, follow him on Twitter @IsaacHamlet.


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