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BLK w/ BEAR. Photo by Chester Hawkins

It’s Gay and Lesbian Pride Month, and D.C.’s Capital Pride has already begun, with the much-anticipated parade set for next weekend. The annual celebration has taken place in the District since 1975, and lately it’s been partnering with local healthcare providers, political advocates, and even religious organizations. Pride’s always a great and educational time, but it’s also become, well, an institution. And while there are plenty of folks who like to celebrate decades of queer progress with disco balls and infinite iterations of Lady Gaga, this roundup is for the rest of us.

Over at Woolly Mammoth, you can check out Booty Candy all month long. Loosely based on writer/director Robert O’Hara‘s childhood, the raucous blue comedy centers around growing up black and gay—-a unique challenge, as recently out CNN anchor Don Lemon can surely attest.

If you’re deep into San Francisco house grooves, Honey Soundsystem will be shaking up RAW‘s monthly dance party on June 4. Prepare for fog, lasers, and go-go dancers amid an enormous, scuzzy warehouse.

Brightest Young Things, purveyors of the finest queer hipster debauchery, will be hosting its official Capital Pride party on June 10 at the Newseum. There will be endless make-out sessions, boundless booze, and ridiculous dancing, all of which will end up photographed and tagged on Facebook, so bring your game face.

Punk rock icon (and former City Paper contributor) Bob Mould is hosting a Pride edition of his bear-centric DJ night, Blowoff, on June 11. As I’ve written before, head to the 9:30 Club for hairy, shirtless dudes, lots of leather, and electronic music curated by the legend himself.

For the avant-gay, Queering Sound 11 is going down at Artisphere this year on June 11, featuring BLK w/ Bear, Arthur Loves Plastic, U.S. Girls, and more. Expect extended drones, hazy lo-fi, spoken word, abstract video art, and all sorts of blurry, sonic explorations.