As June unfolds, our city bursts into a vibrant spectrum of colors, love, and inclusivity. Pride Month is here, and Rockford is ready to celebrate with a plethora of events that honor the LGBTQ+ community.

Whether you’re a lifelong resident or a curious visitor, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Here’s a glimpse into the fabulous festivities happening right here in the Rockford area.


June 1 – 30, 2024

Beginning June 1st, all city landmarks will be illuminated in Pride Rainbow colors throughout the entire month of June. This coordinated illumination will include landmarks such as Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens.

Several Rockford region businesses are also celebrating Pride Month with specials and deals throughout June!

Pride Events in the Stateline! 

June 1st:

Rockford Area Pride Parade

Route: The main parade route begins on State Street at Charles Street, marching west through downtown. The route crosses the Rock River over the State Street bridge. The parade then turns north on Main Street and ends at Park Avenue


  • 8:30 a.m. – flag raising ceremony at Veterans Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main St.
  • 10 a.m. – street closures begin
  • 10:45 a.m. – speeches at the main stage near Maze Books, 406 E. State St.
  • 11 a.m. – parade step off
  • 1 p.m. – street closures end

Pride Alley Party

What: The Office Nite Clubs hosts its annual Pride Alley Party, an outdoor celebration with live music, food, drinks and entertainment.

When: 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 1

Where: The Office Nite Club, 513 E. State St., Rockford

Info: Go HERE

Drag Brunch

Head over to The Office Niteclub for a spectacular Drag Brunch hosted by Auntie Heroine! Drag brunches are offered only every quarter at the bar. Your ticket guarantees AMAZING DRAG PERFORMANCES, and an all you can eat brunch (with optional endless mimosas) with Auntie Heroine!
Performing queens include seasoned show director and newly crowned Mister Office 2024 Arsen Killz, Miss Office Niteclub 2024 Elektra Foxx, and show directors Ja’Nyiah Moné Diamond-Banx$ and Barbara Busch Light! Doors will open at 11:30am.
Seating is limited and advanced purchase is encouraged. If buying for yourself but you want to be seated as part of a group, call the bar at 815-965-0344 or email for more information.

LGBTQIA+ activists have been fighting for this for a long time. Same-sex marriage was recognized in Illinois on November 20, 2013, and took effect on June 1, 2014. This law was signed by Governor Pat Quinn. This was two years before the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that every state must allow same-sex unions! Go LGBTQ!

If you’ve found your better half and you’re in the LGBTQ community, you’re probably wondering how you can get married and start planning your dream wedding!

Why do we celebrate Pride Month? Yes, the LGBTQ community knows how to have fun and really throw a party, but the reason Pride month is celebrated in June isn’t because of the weather but because of

Gay rights in the United States dates back to at least 1924, the founding of the Society of Human Rights in Chicago by Henry Gerber. But the event that catalyzed the gay rights movement came in June 1969 in New York City’s Greenwich Village, at the Stonewall Inn.

In the early hours of June 28, the police raided this popular place where young gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender people gathered, arresting the employees for selling liquor without a license, roughing up many of the patrons, and clearing out the bar.

Outside of the crowd, watched the bar’s patrons being herded into police vans became enraged. Previous witnesses to police harassment of members of the LGBTQ community had just stood by. This time the crowd had enough and decided to mock the police by throwing coins and other things at them. This forced the police to barricade themselves in the bar and wait for backup. Meanwhile, hundreds of people rioted. Police reinforcements dispersed the crowd, and riots began outside the bar for the next five days. These Stonewall riots (also referred to as the Stonewall uprising) provided the spark that ignited the gay rights movement throughout the United States.

The process of coming out is different for every person. Some are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender people and normally come out to friends and family at an early age, while others tend to live a more private life.

Coming out to yourself and/or someone you know can be incredibly scary. There is no right or wrong way to do it.

If you need support at this time:

Rockford’s first LGBTQIA+ resource, The Liam Foundation:

Their focus is to encourage, assist, heal and empower our LGBTQIA+ community through respect, advocacy, and passionate hearts to promote thriving in society.

The Trevor Project: (866) 488-7386

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-8255 (online chat available)

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Crisis Text Line: Text START to 741-741

Crisis Text Line is free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text from anywhere in the USA to text with a trained Crisis Counselor.

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender National Hotline: (888) 843-4564

The GLBT National Youth Talkline

(youth serving youth through age 25) (800) 246-7743

Both provide telephone, online private one-to-one chat, and email peer-support, as well as factual information and local resources for cities and towns across the United States.

Trans Lifeline: (877) 565-8860

Trans Lifeline is a trans-led organization that connects trans people to the community, support, and resources they need to survive and thrive.

Youth Information

The National Runaway Safeline: 800-RUNAWAY (800-786-2929)

Provides advice and assistance to runaways, including resources, shelter, transportation, assistance in finding counseling, and transitioning back to home life. NRS frontline staff will also act as advocates and mediators if/as needed.

The True Colors United: (212) 461-4401

The True Colors Fund is working to end homelessness among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth, creating a world in which all young people can be their true selves. True Colors United runs a database of service providers.

Self Abuse Finally Ends (S.A.F.E)

Addresses individuals coping with non-suicidal self-injury, including locally-based information, support, and therapy referrals.

HIV/AIDS Information

AIDS in Prison Project Hotline: (718) 378-7022 (English and Spanish)

This hotline provides HIV and AIDS information for prisoners and accepts collect calls.

National AIDS Hotline 

(800) 342-AIDS / (800) 344-7432 (Spanish) / (800) 243-7889 (TDD)

Other Hotlines

U.S. National Domestic Violence Hotline:

(800) 799-7233 (English and Spanish) (800) 787-3224 (TTY)

They also have an online chat feature available. Operating around the clock, seven days a week, confidential and free of cost, the National Domestic Violence Hotline provides lifesaving tools and immediate support to enable victims to find safety and live lives free of abuse. Highly trained, experienced advocates offer compassionate support, crisis intervention information, and referral services in over 170 languages.

Pride Institute: (800) 547-7433 24/7

Chemical dependency/mental health referral and information hotline for the LGBTQ community.

Rape Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN):

(800) 656-HOPE / (800) 810-7440 (TTY)

The nation’s largest organization fighting sexual violence, RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help victims, and ensure that rapists are brought to justice.

We’re asking the questions to increase awareness and understanding of the LGBTQIA+ community during Pride Month. Click here to read, “I’m Coming Out,” stories from local individuals!