Celebrating Pride in New York City

New York City from the air

By Anna Breuer on 9 June 2019
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June 2019 will be a month of celebration in New York as WorldPride comes to the city to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the historic Stonewall uprising, a major milestone in the gay-rights movement and for civil rights.

The entire month is LGBTQ Pride Month in the city and visitors will have a choice of dozens of events and exhibitions.

While the city is always a major Pride destination, the first U.S.-based WorldPride, dubbed Stonewall50, will offer over 50 major events in the period June 1 through June 30. Organizers expect in excess of three million people – both visitors to the city and locals – to attend the myriad lectures, rallies, exhibitions, commemorations, and parties that will take place.

Museums and galleries across the city are commemorating the Stonewall uprising with multiple thought-provoking exhibitions and events. The New York Public Library’s “Love & Resistance: Stonewall at 50” is based on images from the 1960s and ‘70s taken by photojournalists Kay Tobin Lahusen and Diana Davies that the NYPL says are among its “great queer treasures.”

The New York Historical Society is celebrating World Pride with three exhibitions and installations. “Letting Loose and Fighting Back: LGBTQ Nightlife Before and After Stonewall” looks at the role that bars, clubs, and other spaces played in gay life starting in the 1950s, while “By the Force of Our Presence: Highlights from the Lesbian Herstory Archives” celebrates women in LGBT activism. Finally, “Say It Loud, Out and, Proud: Fifty Years of Pride” looks at how Pride celebrations in New York have evolved.

Things will really heat up with the kick-off Garden Party on June 24, that benefits the LGBT Community Center, and a Human Rights Conference will bring together educators, writers, politicians, artists, and activists on June 24 and 25.

Pride Island, a two-day music festival on Pier 97 in Hudson River Park, will feature Madonna, Grace Jones, and other artists.

Crowning the month will be the Pride March on Sunday, June 30, which will feature more than 550 marching groups and over 100 floats.

Airlines and hotels are planning special offers and activities including Virgin Atlantic’s Pride Fight from London to New York, which will be hosted by Broadway and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” star Tituss Burgess. The flight will feature Drag Queen Bingo and live performances as well as other activities. Meanwhile, United Airlines is hosting multiple events in support of the Trevor Project including a DJ Drag Queen Brunch and a screening of the movie “Coco” at Family Movie Night at the Christopher Street Pier, and Hyatt Hotels is offering curated packages that include tickets to major World Pride events.

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