June 26-27, 2021
Laramie PrideFest started in 2017 celebrating, honoring, and supporting Wyoming’s LGBTQ+ community while centering on the legacy of the 1969 Stonewall Riots.
The events take place during Pride Week, the last week of June, and include a pride march, drag and burlesque shows, dances, and a Matthew Shepard Candlelight Vigil.
For many in the LGBTQ+ community, Laramie holds a different meaning than a town in Wyoming or the name of a Western TV show. It is "The Laramie Project," a place where the hate of two men shook the nation in 1998 with the murder of Matthew Shepard outside Laramie city limits.
The community of Laramie recognizes, accepts, and acknowledges the need for community healing and love for the LGBTQ+ community here in Laramie. We highly recommend visiting Laramie during PrideFest as well as in April for the annual University of Wyoming Shepard Symposium on Social Justice. This weeklong event centers around keynote speakers, performances, and presentations focusing on community healing and change. Events focus on social justice causes, spreading the principles of justice, equality, and inclusion.
If you find yourself looking for memorials to Matthew any other time of year, we highly recommend the "Hidden Figures of Social Justice" murals behind Speedgoat restaurant, including the angels who shielded the view of Matthew’s funeral protestors. The University of Wyoming also has a bench dedicated to Matthew Shepard outside the Arts & Sciences building front entrance.
Visit our Events Page to find updated dates and highlights for PrideFest and the Shepard Symposium on Social Justice.