Millions Celebrate WorldPride 2019 and Stonewall 50 in New York City

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United hosted multiple Pride events including a DJ Drag Queen brunch.

United hosted multiple Pride events including a DJ Drag Queen brunch.

In total, there were over 50 major events throughout June and over three million people – both visitors to the city and locals –attended the myriad lectures, rallies, exhibitions, commemorations, and parties that took 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 celebrated 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.


Other events included the kick-off Garden Party on June 24 that benefited the LGBT Community Center, and a Human Rights Conference that brought together educators, writers, politicians, artists, and activists on June 24 and 25.

The star-studded WorldPride Opening Ceremony was hosted by Whoopi Goldberg and featured some of the biggest names in entertainment, including Cyndi Lauper, Billy Porter, Sara Ramirez, Daya, Chaka Khan, and Ciara.

The threat of a rainstorm with lighting that was moving quickly into the city forced the evacuation of Pride Island on Saturday, the first day of a two-day music festival on Pier 97 in Hudson River Park. The event eventually featured Madonna, Grace Jones, and other artists.

Jonathan Spira contributed to this report.

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