Greater BPT Pride

Greater Bridgeport Pride Celebration Schedule

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Greater Bridgeport Pride 2021 Schedule
We will practice Covid-safe protocol during this indoor/outdoor reception. Facemasks will be suggested to entr the gallery. No food or drink will be allowed in the gallery. We can mingle at the patio reception. Admission is free.  

FRI 7/30/21

6-8:30 pm OUTwork Exhibit Reception at City Lights Gallery, Indoor exhibit/Outdoor Reception, face masks suggested while in the exhibit. OUTworks features 30 artists presenting a range of artforms.

Exhibiting artists: Erik Anderson, Ake Arnerdal, Mario Baez, Lillia Calvao, Darron Copeland, Claude Desir Jr., Marietta Capobianco, Jon Cuoto, Dolores Degage Hopkins, Val Doty, Daniel Eugene, Andrew Graham, Tristan Griffin, Caitlin Harhai, Luis Lopez, Conor Kovatch, Neil Lavey, Iyaba Ibo Mandingo, Cassandra Mendoza, Ricky Mestre, Carine Monteiro, Victor Pigoretti, Michelle Pontes, Adrian Pullido, Barbara Ringer, Jojo Rivera, Julia Rose, Richard Taddei, Victoria Urso, Mischa Vesely

8pm BPT Pride March steps off from City Lights
9-11 pm Pride Variety show at the Bijou Theatre, music, dance drag, Ballet Eloelle debuts a newly choreographed piece, produced by Ricky Mestre, hosted by Dolores Degage, Tix $15
Post party at TREVI Lounge

SAT 7/31 Mingle and meander at venues within 3 downtown blocks
11am-4pm ARTcade, Art + Vintage + Artisanal Vendors
at Arcade Mall- Ursa Gallery, Paradox Ink 1042 Broad St
City Lights Gallery + City Lights Vintage 265 Golden Hill St


Live Music at the Arcade Mall 1042 Broad St.
11-12 Quinn Oneil solo, singing/ acoustic guitar 

12-2 Semaphora 5 piece band “jazzy/indie/prog/rock, sounds like: Steely Dan in Adventure Time cosplay, 10,000 Maniacs giving a TED talk, or Leonard Bernstein’s tiny desk concert”

2-4 Nathan Perez Solo trombone with backup tracks, popular and jazz covers

City Lights Vintage and Gallery 265 Golden Hill St, off the Broad St Steps
12-2 Saxophone with back-up tracks   Popular standards/Jazz   
2-4 Netta Walker duo mellow jazzy/hip hop Original musical poetry 

ARTcade Vendors, 1042 Broad St
Reimagined by Design/Ursa Gallery, Here Comes the Sun art exhibit closing party at 6 pm
Byzantine Brat Aromatics– Artful handmade soaps
Passion and Purpose– Artisanal signature aprons and cloth facemasks
Witch Bitch Thrift– Vintage clothing and accessories
Decaying Poetry– Artful poetry books to read and color
Finn Lockwood– Botanical Jewelry and Prints
Frogspeak -artwork and illustrations
Fae Teasures– Candles and nature inspired illustrations
Stoked CT- Local Bridgeport smokeshop and glass art
risarranged – Photography, prints, postcards

City Lights Vintage and Made In Bridgeport- 265 Golden Hill St

Vintage clothing, accessories, furniture, collectibles

Food and Drink at the ARTcade
Berlinetta Beer at the ARTcade- Whet your whistle with a PERFECT PILSNER… like what you’d get in Prague!
Sankofa café Coffee and Eats 
Funchal Americana Delicious Garb abd Go options

11:30 am – 2pm Bpt Film Fest screening- Curator’s Choice, LGBTQ Original Shorts/Q & A
Variety includes Horror, Science Fiction, Love Story, Comedy, Buy tix, read about featured films
2 pm Feature Film Disarm Hate, Documents the Disarm Hate rally and call to action led by artist Jason Hayes as a response to the Pulse Nightclub shooting, narrated by Harvey Fierstein, directed by Juliana Brudek.

6-7:30pm Pre-Theatre OUTwork wine reception at City Lights Gallery
8-10 pm A Night of Retro Camp & Drag
The Golden Gays with Special Guest David Maiocco as Liberace

Travel back in time to the days of free TV, antennas and when you actually needed to leave your seat to change the channels! Liberace energizes the night. “From the moment he enters, Maiocco captures Liberace perfectly” His “performance as Liberace is often eerily accurate… his reproduction of Liberace’s uniquely embellished sound is remarkable.” – Michael Barbieri – QLife Magazine
The Golden Gays NYC a drag camp comedy trio present a review inspired by the Golden Girls TV Show.

Highlights from 2020

See Bpt Pride 10 yr archives

OUTwork exhibiting artists include: Xavier Alvarez, Mario Baez, Carlos Bautista Biernay, Lester Blum, Marianna Calvao, Lilia Calvao, Marietta Capoblanco, Darron Copeland, Kevin Cox, Luis Dominguez, Daniel Eugene, Doloers Degage Hopkins, Don Houston, Max Kali, Luis Lopez, David Messner, Ricky Mestre, Victor Pigoretti, Valerie Rhodes 

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Read about Ricky Mestre, founder of the Bridgeport Pride art exhibit

Looking Back Over 10 Years
Looking back and realizing we are in our 10th year is an amazing thing. When I first approached Suzanne Kachmar at the City Lights Gallery about an LGBTQ themed show I really didn’t think it would become an annual thing at the time. . .
Read more here

City Lights was honored with a Dorothy Award by New Haven Pride Center, for making a 10yr anniversary of Greater Bridgeport Pride.  

A drag queen dressed up as the yellow brick road. More than one pair of sparkling red slippers made an appearance. The dance floor was rarely empty. Throughout the night, toasts flowed to an organization—and a community—that has grown exponentially in the last three years.
Check out the article here.

Proud moment for Bridgeport Connecticut as they raise the rainbow flag to commemorate LGBTQ+ pride month.

City of Bridgeport, CT – Government City Council Official Citation for LGBT Pride Month signed by Council President Aidee Nieves.

SAMESEX Braves The Rain

The rain didn’t stop us last year, COVID won’t stop us this year!


The skies opened up and the flash mob got cancelled. The march turned into an umbrella-clad stroll. The dressing room flooded. Drag queens worried about melty, smudged makeup and braved puddles in very high heels. But the show went on. There was never a question that it would. Check out the rest of the story here!

Highlights from the 10 exhibits of Bridgeport Pride Art, shown at City Lights Gallery.

Artwork by: Sue Czark
Artwork by: Andrew Graham
Victor Trevino of Ballet Eloelle
Artwork by: Ricky Mestre
SameSex Bpt Pride Variety Show, Final Bow