DeKalb Pride event planned June 18

DeKALB – The Egyptian Theatre, Safe Passage, DeKalb Public Library, Queer-Oriented Rural Resource Network, Prism NIU and NIU Center for the Study of Women, Gender & Sexuality will host a free event for the community during Pride Month.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, June 18, at the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St. in DeKalb. It will feature a short Pride march, viewing of the film “Love, Simon” and post-movie discussion.

Queer artists are invited to help celebrate by showcasing their artwork in the lobby of the Egyptian. Art work can be dropped off at the theater between 3 and 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 16.

“The Egyptian Theatre is so excited to host this great event,” Jeanine Holcomb, marketing and communications director at the theater, said in a news release. “Partnering with other local nonprofits to bring free events like Pride to our community is core the Egyptian’s mission and we hope to see so many different people here celebrating love.”

Attendees are invited to wear their favorite Pride attire, bring a decorated Pride sign for the march, and to come show support for the LGBTQIA+ community.

“Domestic violence and sexual assault affect people of every gender identity and sexual orientation and people in the LGBTQIA+ community often face additional barriers accessing support and resources,” Lynnea Erickson Laskowski, Safe Passage director of prevention and communication services, said in the release. “We’re happy to stand with the LGBTQIA+ community and support this year’s DeKalb Pride event.”

To learn more about the event and how to participate in a Pride social media contest, visit or call 815-756-7930.