Pride Family Zone

A photograph of a figure with a rainbow fan

June is National Pride Month, when we celebrate the strength, dignity, and achievements of people who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and other gender-fluid designations (LGBTQ+), and with this community continue to make a stand for basic human rights.

Why does Pride Month matter? Throughout history, LGBTQ+ people have faced discrimination, bullying, and even violence because of who they are. While LGBTQ+ people still many face obstacles today, they have greater rights and freedoms thanks in part to brave leaders like those celebrated during Pride Month. You can learn more in the exhibition from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, Illegal to Be You: Gay History Beyond Stonewall.

Visit this page throughout the month for more updates as we celebrate Pride. We are inclusive in our celebration and welcome families of all kinds to explore the contributions of LGBTQ+ communities to American art and culture. Since we can’t admire your creativity in person, please share a picture of your completed creations by using #SAAMFamilyZone on social media. We look forward to celebrating with you online.

Media sponsorship provided by the Washington Blade.

Crafting

Enjoy a series of special Pride crafts all month long. Since we can’t admire your creativity in person, please share a picture of your completed creations by using #SAAMFamilyZone on social media. 

Rainbow Windsock

A photograph of a winsock

Supplies needed:

  • Cardboard tube (paper towel or toilet paper works well)
  • Ribbons, streamers or tissue paper in rainbow colors
  • Paint
  • Hole Punch
  • String
  • Optional: Gems, glitter, stickers

- Paint the cardboard tube and decorate with gems, glitter, or stickers, if you want
- If using tissue paper, cut into wide strips. Cut ribbons or streamers to a length slightly longer than your tube.
- Glue ribbon, streamers, or tissue paper strips to the inside of one end of the tube in rainbow order (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple).
- Punch holes on either side of the top of the tube. Pull the string through and tie at the top.
- Hang up your windsock.

Rainbow Salad-Spinner Art

An artwork with multicolor paint radiating from the center of the page.

Supplies needed:

  • Paper
  • Liquid washable paint
  • Salad spinner

- Place the paper in the center of the salad spinner. You can cut it to fit, or gently press the paper against the sides.
- Drip the paint onto the paper in rainbow order (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple) in concentric circles.
- Put the lid on the salad spinner and press repeatedly—see how fast you can get it!
- Let the spinner slow down and help it stop. Take off the lid.
- Carefully pull your paper out and let it dry.

Design Your Own Pride Flag

A photograph of a homemade flag

The Rainbow Pride Flag was designed in 1978 by Gilbert Baker to represent the diversity of LGBTQ+ communities. Since then, many other Pride flags have been designed. Create your own flag to celebrate what makes your family different and special.

Supplies needed:

  • Bamboo skewer or craft stick
  • Paper
  • Markers/Crayons
  • Tape

- Design and color a flag for your family. What is special about your family? What are you proud of?
- When you’re done with your flag tape it to your skewer or craft stick and wave with Pride.

Coloring Pages

Enjoy these coloring pages of artworks by artists who identified as LGBTQ+ from SAAM’s collection. Since we can’t admire your creativity in person, please share a picture of your completed creations by using #SAAMFamilyZone on social media.

Print these coloring pages or use your favorite coloring app to bring these works to life.

Marsden Hartley, Pink Begonias1928-1929, oil on wood panel

Romaine Brooks, Una, Lady Troubridge1924, oil on canvas
 

Romaine Brooks, Self-Portrait1923, oil on canvas
 

DJ Tezrah

Award-winning DJ Tezrah reigns in her seventh year of DJing in the Washington DC area, specializing in Top 40, electronic dance music, and hip-hop. She is hailed as one of the brightest stars in DC and in the LGBTQ+ community.

DC’s Different Drummers

DC’s Different Drummers is a LGBTQ+ music organization that fosters pride, inclusivity, and engagement with the greater Washington, D.C. region through music.