The Egyptian Theatre to host Pride events


Sean Reed

Attendees walking in the DeKalb Pride march

By Daija Hammonds, Lifestyle Editor

DeKALB – Pride Month is coming to a close, but there is still time to show support and attend events before the month is over. 

The Egyptian Theatre, 135 N 2nd St., is hosting two Pride events on June 23 for the DeKalb community to come out and celebrate. Both events are free to attend and all ages are welcome to participate. 

The Pride march begins at 6:30 p.m. and will feature local nonprofits such as Safe Passage, Sycamore Public Library, Grace Place and more. Attendees can arrive early at 6 p.m. to participate in the resource fair to learn more about the local nonprofits that are helping host the pride march. Participants are encouraged to bring decorated pride signs and wear pride attire. 

Jeanine Holcomb, marketing and communications director at Egyptian Theatre, said she is hopeful that citizens who attend the march are moved by it and develop a sense of belonging and feel welcomed.

Immediately following the march will be a screening of the film “Tangerine” beginning at 7 p.m. and is available to all ages to attend. While everyone is welcome, the film is rated R. 

“We have a diverse committee that helps select films because we want to make sure when we’re highlighting pride we have a selection of diverse programs,” Holcomb said. “Last year we showed ‘Love, Simon.’ This year we’re focusing on the trans community and the impact they have.”

“Tangerine” is a film by Sean Baker released in 2015 about a transgender sex worker named Sin-Dee, played by Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, and her best friend Alexandra, played by Mya Taylor, as they embark on a journey to find Sin-Dee’s cheating boyfriend and teach him a lesson. 

After the film screening, The Egyptian Theatre will host a post-movie discussion with a panel that is available to answer any questions the audience may have. Topics related to the film, the LGBTQIA+ community and more will be discussed.