The Columbus Pride festival isn't until June 17 and 18, but this year marks the 30th anniversary of the annual celebration of LGBT equality. That's a big milestone, and one worth celebrating early.

The Columbus Pride festival isn't until June 17 and 18, but this year marks the 30th anniversary of the annual celebration of LGBT equality. That's a big milestone, and one worth celebrating early.

Today there are two pre-Pride art events shaking down: a reception for an exhibition at Spinelli's Deli Downtown that features the work of five local gay and lesbian artists, and a showing of the documentary "Making the Boys" at the Gateway Film Center.

At Spinelli's Pride Art Show, see the work of photographers Taryn Cook, David Monseur and Matthew Vant, and check out the spiritual paintings of Heather "Squish" Cornelius and the contemporary brushstrokes of Dan Givens. Their muses include acts of nature, cityscapes, athletic fields and busty broads.

Spinelli's and Stonewall Columbus (the group behind Columbus Pride) will provide free food, alcohol and music. The art will hang on the deli's walls until late July.

After the reception, head north on High Street to the Gateway for this month's edition of Out Takes, a presentation of films by and about the LGBT community. Proceeds benefit Stonewall.

This month's selection is "Making the Boys," a movie about the complicated history of the play "The Boys in the Band."

The theater production about gay men attending a birthday party came out in 1968, a time when, even as sexual upheavals thrived, closets remained tightly shut. It was honest about the confusion, denial and hatred that demands of cultural uniformity can conceive.

"Making The Boys" looks behind the scenes of the story and includes insight from Edward Albee, Dan Savage and Dominick Dunne.

Historical footage from the time period is interesting, too. A shocking amount of progress has been made in the years since "The Boys in the Band" premiered. As it has in the 30 since Columbus Pride began. How apropos.