Millions Celebrate WorldPride 2019 and Stonewall 50 in New York City

By Jeremy Del Nero on 1 July 2019
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WorldPride, the largest LGBTQ gathering in the world, concluded Sunday evening in New York City after marchers and spectators flooded the city’s streets in celebration.

The month-long event – the first time WorldPride was being held in the United States – coincided with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, which is credited as being the most significant event that led to the gay liberation movement and the fight for LGBTQ rights in the United States and, subsequently, across the globe.

The Stonewall Uprising, also referred to as the Stonewall riots, started at the Stonewall Inn on June 28, 1969, the day following Judy Garland’s funeral when the now-defunct New York Police Department Public Morals Squad raided the bar and harassed and, in some cases, physically abused its patrons. Earlier this month, the police commissioner publicly apologized for the actions of its officers.

Hilton's Pride Cocktail at Tranzit at the DoubleTree Times Square West

Hilton’s Pride Cocktail at Tranzit at the DoubleTree Times Square West

The designation of New York as a WorldPride site brought tens of thousands of visitors to the city, resulting in sold-out hotels, packed Broadway theaters, and unprecedented lines to get into many attractions.

Airlines and hotels celebrated Pride with a variety of activities. Hilton offered special Pride cocktails in many of its hotels in Manhattan and complimentary glitter stations on Sunday, the day of the Pride March. Virgin Atlantic operated a special Pride Fight from London to New York, hosted by Broadway and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” stars Tituss Burgess. The flight featured Drag Queen Bingo and live performances as well as other activities.

Meanwhile, United Airlines hosted 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.

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