Pride Night at the Museum

Thursday, June 13, 2024

The Gilder Center at the American Museum of Natural History, seen at night. Bright lights emanate from within the curved exterior of the building. Alvaro Keding/© AMNH
Immerse yourself in a kaleidoscope of content as you explore LGBTQ+ contributions to science, culture, and the natural world.

From captivating performances to cutting-edge space visualizations, this event promises to be a fusion of learning, entertainment, and Pride.  

6-7 pm: Happy Hour 

Grab a drink and mingle with the AMNH PRIDE group, a resource group for LGBTQ+ individuals and allies within the Museum community. Explore the Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation’s Solomon Family Insectarium. Learn about the diverse careers of queer scientists and staff at the Museum while taking a peek inside the Museum's scientific collections across three levels of exhibits. 

6:30 pm Food and Beverage Pairing 
*Requires Food and Beverage Pairing ticket.

With the Food and Beverage Pairing, gain access to a 6:30 pm presentation by Brooklyn’s own chef Edy Massih and three free specialty cocktails. Born and raised in Lebanon, Chef Edy is inspired by the flavors and colors of the Middle East. In 2020, he opened Edy’s Grocer, the only LGBTQ+ owned market in North Brooklyn supplying the community with Middle Eastern mezze, prepared foods, and groceries. 

A photograph of chef Edy Massih, seen standing in front of shelves full of spices and dried goods, and squeezing fresh lemon onto a colorful salad.

7-8 pm: STEM Trivia with Math Diva Kyne Santos 

Kyne is a drag performer, author, mathematics communicator, and a contestant from Season 1 of Canada’s Drag Race

After Drag Race, Kyne became a popular figure on social media, attracting over 800,000 followers on TikTok with a series of math tutorials presented in drag.  

Kyne’s math tutorials are inspired both by a desire to present math in a fun and entertaining way, and by a desire to break down barriers, including countering common stereotypes that LGBTQ+ people cannot succeed in math and science.

Between each round of trivia, hear Museum scientists share their stories of breaking barriers, making waves in their fields, and how they got to where they are today.  

A closeup photo portrait of drag performer Kyne, pictured in a bright jacket with color blocks reminiscent of the painter Piet Mondrian.

8:30-9:30 pm: Beyond the Zodiac After Party with OpenSpace 

Join DJ Niara Sterling and OpenSpace Developer Micah Acinapura for an after-hours party with live piloting through the universe courtesy of OpenSpace. 

OpenSpace is open-source interactive data visualization software designed to visualize the entire known universe and portray our ongoing efforts to investigate the cosmos. 

DJ Niara Sterling, photographed from the side, squatting against a grey backdrop.

This program utilizes OpenSpace software supported by NASA under award No NNX16AB93A. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.