Phoenix Councilwoman Yassamin Ansari hosts first LGBTQ+ block party

By Christina Estes
Published: Friday, October 22, 2021 - 1:52pm

3 people standing next to rainbow crosswalk
Maria Lopez
Councilwoman Yassamin Ansari (center) stands with her chief of staff, Maria Lopez, and R.J. Price with Downtown Phoenix, Inc., which provided the power washer for rainbow sidewalks on Oct. 21, 2021.

A Phoenix city councilwoman is hosting an inaugural block party this weekend to support the LGBTQIA+ community. 

 It’s called “Pride On the Block”, a free block party in Portland Park. Councilwoman Yassamin Ansari says she chose Central Avenue and Portland Street because it has a cluster of queer-owned and queer-friendly businesses and nonprofits.

Sunday’s event will run from 3-8 p.m. and feature live music, performances by drag queens and a resource fair. 

In early November, the Phoenix Pride Festival will take place at Steele Indian School Park.

About Pride On the Block

The following information was provided by Ansari’s office:

First 100 attendees will receive a free commemorative T-shirt.

Pride On the Block will be hosted by Mya McKenzie and will have live music by DJ Lezbein.

Performing drag queens include Aimee V Justice, Sir Nate, Ivy Foxglove, Frankie Fahrenheit, Owen Michael Parker and Tyra Marie.

Resource fair featuring Aunt Rita's Foundation, Downtown Phoenix Inc., Equality Arizona, One-n-ten, Phoenix Gay Flag Football League, Plumaje, Southwest Center for HIV & Aids, the Tea Phoenix and Trans Queer Pueblo.


What: Hyperlocal block party spotlighting local businesses, nonprofits and artists.

Who: Phoenix City Councilwoman Yassamin Ansari, District 7, and Mercy Care.

When: Oct. 24, 2021, 3–8 p.m.

Where: Portland Parkway Park, 10 W. Portland St., Phoenix 85003


woman standing and watching crosswalk being washed
Maria Lopez
Phoenix Councilwoman Yassamin Ansari organized the power washing of two rainbow crosswalks on Central Avenue and Portland Street ahead of 'Pride On the Block' event to be held Oct. 24, 2021.
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