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New Orleans is a mecca for everything celebratory and alive. A place where music, art, history, food, and people of different ethnicities, nationalities, and sexual orientation mix and mingle. Home to one of the oldest gay bars and LGBT Mardi Gras celebrations, GayCities has named New Orleans the world’s second Most Welcoming City two years in a row. We invite you with open arms to revel in the charm and magic for yourself. Everyone’s

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Fifty years after the Stonewall uprising, few places celebrate LGBTQ diversity and pride as openly as Key West. Then again, One Human Family isn’t our official town motto for nothing. Truth is, with everything from gay tours and clothing optional resorts to risqué cabaret, an eclectic art scene and abundant natural wonders, you might say that Key West was out before it was in. f la-keys.com/gaykeywest 305.294.4603


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TABLE OF CONTENTS

LIFE

20

PRIDE BY NUMBERS

22

EATOLOGY: STREET TRENDS

48 LIBATIONS 152

POSH PRIDE PADS

226

50 HOURS AROUND THE WORLD

STYLE COMMUNITY ARTS & CULTURE

38

WE ARE ONE

100

LOVE IS…

133 FIXTURES 170

NAKED BEAUTY

208

PACK THE RAINBOW

60

IDES OF GENDER

119

CAMPAIGN PROFILES

205

PRIDE UNION

223

AIDS MEMORIAL

262

NYC PRIDE GIVES BACK

94

WHAT THE QUEER COMMUNITY MEANS TO BROADWAY

157

A SEAT AT THE TABLE: WITH BLACK PRIDE

160

THE LATEX BALL


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Together we thrive


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STORIES

84

PRIDE: PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE

148

IS FITNESS A REQUIREMENT TO BE QUEER?

179

WE REMEMBER STONEWALL

199

PARTYING, SEX, AND OTHER DRUGS

266

PATRONS OF PRIDE

268

SPORTS: A CONVERSATION WITH AMAZIN LETHI

EVENTS 28

SAVOR PRIDE

176

FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT

31

WORLDPRIDE | STONEWALL 50 MARCH

182

WORLDPRIDE OPENING CEREMONY

36

RALLY: STONEWALL 50 COMMEMORATION

186

GAME CHANGERS

55 PRIDEFEST

189

WORLDPRIDE CLOSING CEREMONY

72

194

FEMME FATALE

YOUTH PRIDE

75 OUTCINEMA

196 MASTERBEAT

80

PRIDE ISLAND

90

HUMAN RIGHTS CONFERENCE

218

THE LGBT COMMUNITY CENTER’S GARDEN PARTY

138

SOLIDARITY WORLDPRIDE WEEKEND

221

NYC PRIDE QUILT INITIATIVE

140

PRIDE LUMINARIES BRUNCH

142 TEAZE 144

VIP ROOFTOP

146

COSPLAY AND PRIDE

245 ALEGRIA 246

PRIDE PARTNERS

260

MASTER CALENDAR

272

THE GAY AGENDA


As partners, Delta and Virgin Atlantic are proud to serve you for WorldPride and beyond, no matter who you love. Official Airlines of WorldPride.

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PRIDE IN FLIGHT.


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MASTHEAD EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Chris Frederick

EXECUTIVE EDITORS Eboni Munn

Britton Hogge

ART DIRECTION AND DESIGN Bellweather Agency

(www.Bellweather.agency) Louis Lee Qadir El-Amin Grace Han Anamika Singh Giancarlo Hernandez

MANAGING EDITORS Ariel Saul

Amanda Younger David Correa Nikkita Thompson Samantha Marie Johnson Zoe Gorringe Shawn Kobetz Casey Lange Brian Marone Cathy Renna

EDITORIAL COVER ADDITIONAL CREDITS:

STYLE DIRECTOR: Gregory Wein STYLIST: Memsor Kamarake

WHOOPI’S MAKEUP ARTIST: Karen Dupiche HAIR & MAKEUP KEY: Shideh Kafei MAKEUP: Elyssa Marie HAIR: Luca Ponce

FASHION CREDITS PRINCESS NOKIA Interior Look Dress by TK 18k gold Tiffany HardWear triple drop earrings, ball bypass bracelets (worn on right hand) and ball wire bracelet (worn on left hand) by Tiffany & Co. Gold sandals by DSQUARED2 Cover Look Bodysuit by Cheng Buddha and The Great Pyramid earrings by LION Ayodele Pumps by Jean-Michel Cazabat TODRICK HALL

Interior Look 1 (black) Tuxedo jacket, shirt and pants by DSQUARED2 24kt gold bow tie by Title Of Work White silk pocket square by Brooks Brothers All jewelry, Todrick’s own Boots by Alexander McQueen Interior Look 2 (All White) Off-white suit and white tuxedo shirt by BOSS Yellow gold python gardenia, camellia and leather rose boutonnières by Fleur’d Pins White silk pocket square by Brooks Brothers All jewelry, Todrick’s own

STYLE DIRECTOR Gregory Wein

CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Rae Ann Walters, Flaminia Fanale,

Melody Melamed, Van Khai Truong, Aydin Arjomand, Zach Oren, Pasha Poosh, Zach Oren, Mamadi Doumbouya

CONTRIBUTING ILLUSTRATORS Susan Haejin Lee

Cover Look Gold tuxedo jacket, shirt and pants by DSQUARED2 24kt gold leaf vertical stripe bow-tie by Title Of Work Black patent camellia boutonnière by Fleur’d Pins All jewelry, Todrick’s own Black leather boots by Alexander McQueen WHOOPI

Interior Look 1 (Black & White) Black bubble coat and white shirt by Issey Miyake Gold glasses and earrings, Whoopi’s own 18k Tiffany HardWear ball bypass bracelets (worn as earrings) by Tiffany & Co. Cycltella dubia tie by Title Of Work

Interior Look 2 (Rainbow) Rainbow Fox Saga Fur Blanket by Victor Glemaud T-shirt by TK White jeans by TK Glasses, Whoopi’s own Cover Look

Gold shirt by DUBGEE White shirt by Issey Miyake 24kt gold bow tie by Title Of Work White jeans by TK Gold glasses and additional jewelry, Whoopi’s own 18k gold Tiffany T square wrap bracelet with diamonds and two hinged bangle with diamonds (worn on right hand) and two hinged bangle in 18k gold with diamonds by Tiffany & Co. Shoes by Irregular Choice IZZY MCCALLA

Interior (Black) Sequined robe and gown by DSQUARED2 18k gold Tiffany HardWear ball hook earrings and Tiffany T two ring by Tiffany & Co. Black platform sandals by Jean-Michel Cazabat Cover Look Gold sequin off shoulder gown by Badgeley Mischka 18k gold Tiffany HardWear graduated chain link quadruple drop earrings and link bracelet by Tiffany & Co. Gold leather sandals by X2B CAITLIN KINNUNEN Interior (Black)

Black tuxedo gown and sequined pants by DSQUARED2 Gold python gardenia boutonnière by Fleur’d Pins 18k gold Tiffany HardWear chain double drop earrings, graduated link necklace, medium link bracelet, Tiffany T True wide ring (worn on right hand) and Two narrow gold ring with pavé diamonds (worn on left hand) all by Tiffany & Co. Black sandals by Jean-Michel Cazabat Cover Look Gold dotted silk chiffon blouse by Kimora Lee Simmons White pants by H&M 18k gold Tiffany HardWear chain double drop earrings, graduated link necklace, medium link bracelet, Tiffany T True wide ring (worn on right hand) and Two narrow gold ring with pavé diamonds (worn on left hand), by Tiffany & Co.

MISSION STATEMENT

Heritage of Pride works toward a future without discrimination where all people have equal rights under the law. We do this by producing LGBTQIA+ Pride events that inspire, educate, commemorate and celebrate our diverse community.

WORLDPRIDE MISSION

WorldPride is a culturally-diverse expression of the quest for equality and liberty of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) people worldwide. It exists to rally the LGBTI communities on a global level, thereby promoting our universal quest for freedom and human rights.


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BRING

LOVE TO LIFE

DURING NATIONAL PRIDE MONTH Macy’s is proud to be a part of the history and vibrancy of New York City, and excited to welcome everyone to WorldPride 2019! Visit our flagship store in Herald Square this June and celebrate with events all month long, and check out the WorldPride Mural Project installations in our Broadway windows featuring international LGBTQ+ artists. Show your love with Pride-themed merchandise, and help support* life-saving crisis intervention for LGBTQ+ youth with The Trevor Project. MACYS.COM/CELEBRATE

*See store for details.


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CO-CHAIRS

Maryanne Roberto Fine David Studinski

SECRETARY Mario Longhi

TREASURER Pierce Durkin

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Chris Frederick

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS Britton Hogge

COMMUNITY RELATIONS DIRECTOR Bruce Pachter

MEDIA DIRECTOR James Fallarino

DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR Stephen Sheffer

GOVERNANCE DIRECTOR Sue Doster

RALLY DIRECTOR Darragh Dandurand

PRIDE ISLAND DIRECTOR Jose Ramos

MARCH DIRECTOR Julian Sanjivan

PRIDEFEST DIRECTOR Lori Roberto Fine

DIVERSITY, ACCESSIBILITY, AND INCLUSION DIRECTOR Jere Keys

STONEWALL 50 DIRECTOR Tommy Hom

COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

EVENT MANAGERS David A. Correa

Amanda Younger

WORLDPRIDE WELCOME CENTER MANAGER Brian Marone

EVENT COORDINATORS Nikkita Thompson

Samantha Marie Johnson Zoe Gorringe Casey Lange

BOOKKEEPER Seleta Harrison

MEDIA CONSULTANT Cathy Renna

Eboni Munn

VOLUNTEER MANAGER Ariel Saul

PARTNERSHIPS MANAGER Shawn Kobetz

HERITAGE OF PRIDE MEMBER LIST

Kevin Abreu • Brigette Christy Agron • Denise Alvarado • Sarah Ashworth • Andrew Baker • Cris Barquero • Emily Bennett • Wanda Bonilla • Kevin Boyette • Evan Brewer • Bradford Carlisle • Andrew Carrillo • Maria Colon • Nelson Colon • Brian Connor • Neil Coppola • Carolyn Curtis • Darragh Dandurand • Levi DesVaux • Dan Dimant • Sue Doster • Pierce Durkin • Philip Ehrlich • Tyler Evertsen • James Fallarino • Leah Felner • Brittany Felton • Sally Fisher • Fluffy Fluffy • Tish Flynn • Andrew Frazier • Yehuda Gidron • Lina Gilmartin • Andres Gonzalez • Lucas Gonzalez • Dennis Gonzalez • Scott Gratson • Eduardo Guerra • Donna Guzzardi • Sarah Hartley • Brian Heck• Ozi Hidalgo Balarezo • Adam Hobbins • Colton Hochhalter • Alexander Holland • Tommy Hom • Tim Horman • Matthew Horowitz • Perin Hurewitz • Michele Irimia • Christine Irizarry • Lisa Marie Phoenix Jackson • Jere Keys • Hillary Kindman • Harriet Kirk • Matthew Kovalsky • Aron-Winston le Fevre • Ariel Lewis • Mario Longhi • Harrison Lugo • Bansri Manek • Vincent Maniscalco • Timothy Marietta • Christa Marino • Jared Markowitz • Krystyan Mazzuca • KP Mendoza • Cary Mitchell • Cesar Monell • Steve Morales • Mari Morimoto • David Murphy • Brent Nicholson Earle • Bruce Pachter • Brian Parker • Andres PellotRamos • Aramael Pena-Alcantara • Jeffrey Pierik-Page • Suzanne Poli • Bruce Poli • Stephanie Ponce • Nick Ponce • Jake Poteat • Marco Pretell-Vazquez • Jose Ramos • Kevin Rehrer • Alan Reiff • Maryanne Roberto Fine • Lori Roberto Fine • Jose Romano • Aris Rosh • Meagan Ryerson • Julian Sanjivan • Paulette Schneider • Zhexi Shan • Stephen Sheffer • Maurice Shirley • Alyssa Shugayev • Hannah Simpson • Darnell Smith • Zachary Splittstoesser • David Studinski • Vlad Sudacov • Maria Tamburro • Gregory Tan • Stephen Therien • Andre Thomas • Vivian Tudela • Alexander Tufel • Cat Valero • Shep Wahnon • George Winters • Harry Zikas Jr

SPECIAL THANKS TO

The ACE Hotel• GMHC• Krishna Stone• Kelsey Louie• J. Correa• Western Michigan University Alternative Bronco Breaks• St. John’s Lutheran Church• Jordan Zev Adler• Enid S. Poole• Ellyn Canfield• Erik Bottcher• Matt McMorrow• Hudson River Park Trust• Jeff Melton• Haus Meltrick• The Stonewall Inn• IMG• ABC7• Ross Levi• David Turley• Sara Emmert• Left of Center Productions• Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative Board of Directors• Owners of Stonewall Inn• Vianne Bell• Cory Wade• David Kleinberg Design Associates• Cathy Renna• AKA New York• Tom Leonardis• Corey Wade• Viannie Bell• G Xtravaganza• Derrick Xtravaganza• Destiny Xtravaganza• Angelica Torres• Luna Ortiz• UK Black Pride• ATL Black Pride• NYC Black Pride• Montego Bay Pride


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to be inclusive of millions of people from across the globe. That task became far more challenging in recent years under the forces and politics that gave rise to the current Presidential Administration. Our visibility remains our greatest tool to push back against those who oppress us. The events of WorldPride 2019 | Stonewall 50 will create moments of visibility for the LGBTQIA+ community like this country and world have never seen. The events in which you’ll find these great moments of visibility are decades in the making, thanks to some very dedicated staff and volunteers. Our sincerest gratitude to our fellow executive board members and Heritage of Pride membership for their years of dedication and effort in making WorldPride NYC 2019 | Stonewall 50 come to fruition. Whether it’s moving boxes to an event or strategizing in meetings year-round, the sum of hours volunteers have given to our cause could fill lifetimes. Add in the 1,000+ seasonal volunteers who will join us at our events, and you have an army of talent and passion that is unrivaled on this Earth.

A LETTER FROM THE CO-CHAIRS

MARYANNE ROBERTO FINE & DAVID STUDINSKI WELCOME TO WORLDPRIDE NYC 2019, THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE STONEWALL UPRISING. Whether you are a lifelong New Yorker, or are visiting the United States for the very first time, have been out since before Stonewall or are just starting to share your truth, we can’t wait to create Millions of Moments of Pride with you. As you walk the streets to dozens of our official events and many more partner events, be sure to take in the surroundings. We speak not only of the tall buildings, yellow cabs and whatever-the-smell-is-on-that-corner, which we all embrace as New Yorkers. Look a little closer at the humanity that surrounds you. This is the World’s largest-ever gathering of LGBTQIA+ community members. More than 4 million people, all in one place, all with a common bond. YOU ARE WITH FAMILY. WE WELCOME YOU WITH OPEN ARMS. While our identities and experiences as LGBTQIA+ people are diverse, we all share one common experience -- coming out to ourselves. That initial thought, that first moment of realization is an experience we all share. It’s a long road for most, and for many there’s still a long way to travel. The headwinds and tailwinds of intersectional oppression change the course, and make it a much more difficult journey for many of us. Still, this distinct, emotional experience of realizing who we really are - or want to be - binds us together as a family Like all families, we have our disagreements, our debates and differences of opinion. The road to this year was not without its bumps. It is no easy task to create a roster of events that needs

Producing WorldPride in concert with Stonewall 50 is not a task that can be solely accomplished in the free time of volunteers. We have an an unbelievable team of staff, led by our dedicated Executive Director Chris Frederick. It makes us proud to watch the staff grow and professionalize since we first claimed the WorldPride title in 2015. These individuals have made careers working with our vendors, community partners, volunteers and each other - all with the goal of delivering an unprecedented series of events for an unprecedented moment in our history. Beyond our organization, none of this would be possible without the commitment of our elected officials, government offices and tourism partners in New York State and New York City. There are countless individuals working behind-the-scenes to help us safely and successfully produce events at this scale. While there is much to celebrate, and celebrate we will, we know there is more work to do. Those of us with privileges within the LGBTQIA+ community must stand shoulder-to-shoulder with with those who continue to bear the brunt of oppression. We must create space, step back, share the platform, especially with our siblings who are people of color, bi+, transgender and gender non-conforming Above all, we must pay our respect to the Stonewall Era Trailblazers. This certainly includes the brave individuals who stood up to police oppression those fateful nights 50 years ago this month. We also recognize the organizations and people who, in the wake of oppression and tragedy, continued to build this movement of equality and liberation. There are too many family members from our community’s history that will not be seen on Fifth Avenue or along Christopher Street during this monumental anniversary. Whether hate crimes, suicides, the AIDS Crisis, or the passing of time, chances are you recall a face who helped you get here, even if they won’t be physically by your side. Remember to give thanks to those who walked before us, so that you could walk here today. And of course, we express our deepest appreciation to you, our siblings, for joining us here in the city we call home. Your presence today will change the future. You’re paying it forward, like a good family member should. THIS IS OUR CITY. THIS IS OUR WORLD. THIS IS OUR FAMILY. THANK YOU FOR SHOWING YOUR PRIDE.


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A LETTER FROM

CHRIS FREDERICK EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Growth can be hard. There is no handbook distributed on how to navigate growing an organization with a mission to commemorate a grassroots riot. There is no shortage of community stakeholders with different opinions and passions that drive their own interests. When one tries to create formalities for a movement that inherently has informal origins, one can expect it is never going to be easy. That, however, does not mean growth is any less important or unnecessary. Growth is a crucial element in allowing the organization to reach more people, create bigger experiences, and give back even more funds to underserved causes. As we look back over the last 50 years, we have to remember the hard fought battles that have brought us to this incredibly important moment in time. We must never forget those we have lost along the way, the incredible success we have achieved thus far, and how much further we have to go to achieve equal rights. The battles are far from over. In fact, what seemed like an era of progress over the last decade is quickly turning into a dangerous new world. Trans women of color are more likely to encounter discrimination and violence. A conservative Supreme Court is taking on a case that will determine if employers can discriminate against LGBTQIA+ employees. Hate crimes against LGBTQIA+ individuals are on the rise after years of declines. NYC Pride’s continued growth has allowed us to take on these issues and be the megaphone for the voiceless, the unreported, and the underrepresented. Creating this unparalleled platform allows us to amplify why we must not let hate win. We have expanded programs such as our Human Rights Conference, which has become a two-day event that speaks to a wide array of topics that affect queer people. We have grown OutCinema into a three-day cinematic journey, showcasing films that speak to a wide array of interests. We served as financial underwriters for new events such as National Queer Theater’s Criminal Queerness Festival as well as Asexual Visibility and Education Network’s new Asexual Conference. Pride no longer is an underground movement, but rather a mainstream tour de force. It is a moment that showcases we can still come together, even in an era of social media isolation,

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anxiety inducing non-stop news, and a dangerous political landscape. It is a singular moment in time where we can HIS WILL MARK MY 10TH PRIDE LEADING NYC PRIDE.

celebrate our wins and grieve our losses.

allowed me to encounter a wide array of highs and lows

Creating this space that balances this duality will continue

Being part of 10 uniquely different Pride experiences has

over the years. I have met the high caliber celebrities, but I have also been covered in sweat, trash, and something we like to call “Pier Juice.” One never really knows what to expect each year when helping to create the largest LGBTQIA+ Pride events in the world. Each year brings forward its own identity that often opens up a whole new personal perspective on life and our community.

to be our focus as Pride inevitably evolves from its humble beginnings. We hope you can take a step back for a moment during the intensity of it all. Reflect on the importance of Stonewall on our movement. Feel a sense of belonging in a world where it is hard to belong. Be inspired to take action on shaping our next generation.

Over the last decade, Pride has continued to grow to meet the varying needs of our diverse community. We have evolved from hosting five annual events to more than twenty, all during the last two weeks of June. We continue to give out more money to more organizations. This year, we are on track to give out a record amount of grants and donations to other nonprofit organizations within the New York metro area. Our budget has grown from $700,000 in 2009 to $12 million this year. Nobody could have predicted that Pride would have turned into what it has as a result of those fateful nights outside of the Stonewall Inn in 1969.

WE HOPE YOU CAN CONTINUE TO JOIN US IN HELPING TO CREATE THESE MILLIONS OF MOMENTS PRIDE!


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LGBTQIA+ couples have an average of

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Over two dozen countries have laws allowing same-sex

guests at their

couples to marry.

of LGBTQIA+ travelers

wedding.

plan trips to urban areas or cities.

In 2018, Mississippi had the highest percentage of LGBTQIA+ individuals raising children.

4.5% of the US population identify as LGBTQIA+ while 9.8%

The median household income of gay couples in the US.

There are approximately

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1.4 MILLION LGBTQIA+

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of Washington, D.C.’s population identify as such, higher than any other state.

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add $1.7 TRILLION to the U.S. economy and create 33,000+ jobs.

nations offer constitutional protections to LGBTQIA+ citizens.

82%

gay, bisexual or transgender.

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PRIDE BY THE NUMBERS

percent of millenials identify as lesbian,


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EATOLOGY

STREET TRENDS


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HOW THE AMERICAN DREAM HAS SHAPED THE WAY NEW YORKERS EAT Written By: Amanda Younger

Living and working in Manhattan can carry with it high stakes, risks, and rewards. The fast-paced social and cultural history is linked to its food. Food vendors date back to 1691 with Dutch oyster carts and have changed with each new immigrant wave. By the 1860s, pushcarts operated by Irish, German, and Ashkenazi Jews filled the streets to make unregulated mini markets. “Lunch wagons” also known as “Owls” grew in popularity by the end of the 19th Century thanks to the Women’s Auxiliary of the Church Temperance Society, serving hot meals and sandwiches well into the 1900s. In the fall of

1930, street carts became popular for the growing unemployed searching for cheap goods and quick profits. But this growth wasn’t favored by the city and Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia created new regulations to eradicate street vendors and even used federal funds to open brick-and-mortar markets and convenience stores. With the rise of delis and bodegas, only 59 street vendors were left by the mid-’80s. With over 10,000 street vendors, they reflect the City’s constant evolution and what brings New Yorkers together.


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NY DOSAS

TONY DRAGON’S GRILLE

Thiru Kumar won the green card lottery in 1995, bringing his

Dipping in and out of high fashion stores near 62nd Street, New

family to New York City. Kumar started his new venture as a

Yorkers stop to see Tony Dragon’s Grille. Born in Greece, Antonio

South Indian vegan food cart vendor, saving up for several years

Dragonas has been running the cart for 33 years in Manhattan,

for a license and permit as well as designing his own cart based

after working in Chicago restaurants for many years. Starting in

on New York’s classic silver hot dog stand. Since 2001, the Sri

a stainless-steel push wagon with hot dogs and pretzels, Tony

Lankan native has been serving griddled lentil-and-rice crepes,

committed to reinventing himself from high-quality burgers to

stuffed with spiced potatoes and vegetables, and served with

the wide menu of gourmet Greek/Mediterranean food he has

coconut curry as NY Dosas. Listed in 45 countries’ guidebooks,

today. His son Konstantinos says, “Food is a love language. We

he was the first vegan dosa cart in the world. Kumar states,

translate our love for what we do through the plates we create

“New York is known to be hot dog or kebab and stuff; no one

for our guests. When we prepare a dish, it’s made with the same

expects from a tiny cart like this, we’re providing good healthy

love, care, and pride that we would take if we were preparing it

food.” Busy New Yorkers running through Washington Square Park

for our own family/friends at home.” Two food trucks now roam

swing by for crunchy, oily samosas; Roti Curry; Lentil soup, and

uptown with fresh ingredients picked out that morning like Wild

the Vendy award-winning Special Pondicherry dosa he invented.

Salmon, Free-Range Chicken, and USDA Choice Rib-Eye Steak

THIRU KUMAR @NYDOSAS

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used in gourmet greek creations, suiting a true Madison Avenue dining experience. Hand-rolled heroes baked every morning from Parisi Bakery in Astoria, Queens round out the taste of ultimate craftsmanship.


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People. Pride. Progress. Fifty years ago, a moment at the Stonewall Inn sparked a movement. Today, we celebrate the millions of moments that show how far the LGBTQIA+ community has come. We’re invested in keeping the Pride movement strong.

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DISO’S ITALIAN SANDWICH SOCIETY

MOM’S MOMOS

Grown in a recession and propelled by social media, the

Takpa Thokme immigrated from Tibet in 2007, when he was

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food truck craze reached NYC, serving millions of on-thego customers. The Great Food Truck Race aired on the Food Network sending seven food truck owners along historic Route 66. This is how America met DiSO’s Italian Sandwich Society. DiSO’s Adam DiSilvestro, first-generation Italian-American, continues the long tradition of great Italian sandwich shops from old world establishments he grew up on. “Food trucks are the new mom and pop stores. You can’t open brick and mortar with these rent prices,” continues DiSilvestro. “Some pockets still left in the boroughs, but we decided to bring that old school style back to Manhattan.” Revived deli-on-wheels, all meats and cheeses are from Di Palo’s Fine Foods and sliced fresh to order right in the truck. Fresh bread gets dropped from Coney Island, Brooklyn every morning before they roll out with mobster named sandwiches with deep family roots.

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The city’s newest obsessions are food halls and indoor markets offering diverse options. Due to rent hikes and increased food cost, mid-level mom and pop restaurants are shifting to these marketplaces. Created by three close friends from Mexico and California, Los Tacos No. 1 brings authentic family recipes with fresh and simple ingredients, exploding true Mexican culture and flavor in every bite. Located inside Chelsea Market, this taco stand is serving tacos, tostadas, and quesadillas. The flour tortillas, seldom seen in NYC’s Mexican restaurants, are among the city’s best, laced with lard and rolled out thin like tissue paper. With each stop, we were bombarded with the bustle of activity, the repeat customers, and flair of experienced cooks bringing authentic fresh food laced with history and wrapped to go for the city that walks fast and multitasks. Check in with our old world favorites.

18. He launched Mom’s Momos food truck two years ago, specializing in steamed and pan-fried dumplings of beef, chicken, and veggie, lashed with spicy sauce. Offering Tibetan wrap, laping, and barley drink tsampa it’s nestled in Gramercy near Union Square in the summer, but can be found in Jackson Heights, Queens year long.


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WORLDPRIDE 2019 | STONEWALL 50 EVENTS

FRIDAY, JUNE 28 TIME: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

LOCATION: God’s Love We Deliver 166 Sixth Avenue TICKETS: https://nycpride.frontgatetickets.com

After a wildly successful first year, NYC Pride and God’s Love We

dishes and service to her clients, she has created a beautique

Deliver are bringing back this one-of-a-kind immersive culinary

dining experience for the lover of food.

fundraiser. Bringing together LGBTQIA+ and ally chefs to craft a special menu with epicurean delights. Set outdoors on the terraces of God’s Love We Deliver’s headquarters, our chefs will cook up varied menu items while providing in-depth cooking demonstrations, discussions, and delightful tastings. Come mix, mingle and nosh with friends and kick off the weekend in style. Proceeds will benefit NYC Pride and God’s Love We Deliver. VIP ticket holders get early entry for first tastes, a private chef demonstration from a surprise guest, an exclusive rooftop bar, and a gift bag full of swag! This year we will be graced with the presence of Chef Renee Blackman, Julia Turshen, Alex Koones, and more!

Julia Turshen is the bestselling author of Now & Again (named the Best Cookbook of 2018 by Amazon and an NPR ‘Great Read’), Feed the Resistance (named the Best Cookbook of 2017 by Eater), and Small Victories (named one of the Best Cookbooks of 2016 by the New York Times and NPR). She also hosts a podcast called Keep Calm and Cook On. Alex Koones is a New York based Chef from restaurants such as The Breslin, The Nomad, and Jean Georges. Most recently, Alex throws Babetown, a monthly pop up supper club for queer women, trans and nonbinary people that serves food, wine and beer at a private party thrown in people’s homes. Babetown has been featured in Forbes, Nylon, the New York Times and The Cut, to name a few.

Chef Renee Blackman is a seasoned talent with experience in the culinary industry, Chef Renee has shared her talent on Food

Keep your eye on our website for news on the event and

Network’s Chopped and has been featured in the Huffington

surprise guests coming together with NYC Pride for the

Post. Committed to delivering an intimate experience with great

gastronomical event of the season.


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Deutsche Bank

NYC’s Mayor’s Office recognizes Deutsche Bank as one of the city’s most engaged corporations

Diversity brings out the best in everyone, including our business. We promote an inclusive and productive work environment for everyone, including LGBT+ employees, because diversity drives results.

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SUNDAY, JUNE 30 STEP-OFF: 12 p.m.

STEP-OFF LOCATION: 26th and 5th Ave The March is a celebration of our lives and our community. First held in 1970, on the first anniversary of  the historic Stonewall Uprising. The March has since become an annual civil rights demonstration of individuality, spirit, and most importantly, pride. Over the years of continued oppression, however, our purpose has continued to expand, encompassing the fight against AIDS and to remember those we have lost to illness, violence and neglect.

But now, on the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising, the New York City Pride March is stronger than ever, continuing to innovate, inspire, and fight. In addition to commemorating the 50th Anniversary of one of the most legendary evenings in our movement, New York City will be hosting the first WorldPride on United States soil.

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WorldPride is licensed by InterPride, the International Association of Pride Organizers, an organization working to empower Pride organizations worldwide and grow the global Pride movement. WorldPride events promote LGBTQIA+ Pride issues on an international level through parades, festivals, human rights conferences and other cultural activities. The inaugural WorldPride was held in Rome in 2000. The host cities are selected by the members of InterPride at its annual general meeting. Four years ago, NYC Pride was awarded the WorldPride title. We are excited to welcome the world to New York City to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising and a half-century of LGBTQIA+ liberation. This is the first time that WorldPride takes place in the United States. More information about past WorldPrides can be found at interpride.org. The March will begin on Fifth Avenue and 26th Street at the north end of Madison Square Park in full view of our legendary Grandstand Seating Area. From the Grandstand Seating Area, spectators can enjoy savory bites and complimentary beverages out of the sun while enjoying full event coverage from

WORLDPRIDE 2019 | STONEWALL 50 EVENTS: NYC PRIDE MARCH

a vast array of announcers.

We will be broadcasting from just south of the official Step-Off moment. To watch, just tune in to ABC7-NY from noon to 4 p.m. EST. Once passed the Grandstand Seating Area, the March will continue south on Fifth Avenue to 8th Street before turning west and heading towards the Village. The route will proceed on 8th Street, take a brief turn onto Greenwich Ave, and continue onto the ever iconic Christopher Street. In 2018, Heritage of Pride was permitted to install a permanent rainbow crosswalk at the corner of Christopher Street and Seventh Avenue. Participants will take its final turn north onto Seventh Avenue just after the historic Stonewall Inn. The pilgrimage from Step-Off to Stonewall will take groups across a refreshed crosswalk before they continue north towards the New York City AIDS Memorial.


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In partnership with


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There will be seating available at St. Vincent’s Triangle Park, the location of the New York City AIDS Memorial, for people

Monica Helms is a transgender activist, author, and veteran

of the United States Navy, having served on two submarines.

who require accessible seating to enjoy the March. There will

She is also the creator of the Transgender Pride Flag (1999)

be a tented area with accessible seating, space for wheelchairs,

and subsequently donated the original flag to the Smithsonian

motorized scooters, and companion seating on the east side of

Institution in 2014.

the park area with a spectacular view of the final leg of the March. POSE is a dance musical, set in the 1980s, that explores the Participants will begin dispersing on 24th Street in both directions

juxtaposition of life and society in New York: the ball culture

with numerous public transportation options available to access

world, the rise of the Trump era, and the downtown social and

the other once-in-a-lifetime NYC WorldPride events.

literary scene. Cast members Dominique Jackson (Elektra),

MEET THE NYC WORLDPRIDE 2019 | STONEWALL 50 GRAND MARSHALS!

the show.

celebration and protest that is UK Black Pride.

organization formed after the Stonewall Rebellion.

Phyll Opoku-Gyimah is the nucleus of the award-winning

The Trevor Project is the leading and only accredited national

organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and

WORLDPRIDE 2019 | STONEWALL 50 EVENTS: NYC PRIDE MARCH

questioning (LGBTQ) young people.

Indya Moore (Angel), and MJ Rodriguez (Blanca) will represent

Gay Liberation Front was the very first LGBTQ activist


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COMING TOGETHER WITH THE COMMUNITY TO HELP END THE HIV EPIDEMIC

We are united with the community— rallying together to correct misperceptions, erase false beliefs and to make prevention a priority for all those affected by HIV. This common goal is what unites us to never give up until the end of the HIV epidemic. GILEAD IS PROUD TO SUPPORT WORLDPRIDE

GILEAD and the GILEAD Logo are trademarks of Gilead Sciences, Inc. © 2019 Gilead Sciences, Inc. All rights reserved. UNBC6340 03/19


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WORLDPRIDE 2019 | STONEWALL 50 EVENTS

JUNE 28 TIME: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

LOCATION: Christopher St. and Waverly Pl. June 28 marks exactly 50 years since the Stonewall Uprising. On the anniversary of that important event, we will gather to remember what was, celebrate what is, and fight for what we

rigid opponents we face in our movement. Take a stand, show up in force, and make your voice heard in this re-imagined Rally experience.

hope will be. Join us for this special commemoration of the night that started it all.

The first NYC Pride Rally occurred one month after the Stonewall Riots in June 1969, when 500 people gathered for a “Gay

The Rally is back in the streets for WorldPride 2019 | Stonewall 50! LGBTQIA+ rights and human rights are under attack by the current political environment. Gather together with community activists, organizers, politicians, and more for this unprecedented moment in our history. Speakers include author and activist living at the intersection of black, queer,

Power” demonstration in Washington Square Park, followed by a candlelight vigil in Sheridan Square. NYC Pride has continued this proud tradition by hosting the event in various locations throughout the city. This year we are returning to The Stonewall Inn at Christopher St. and Waverly Pl., steps away from the Stonewall National Monument.

and Muslim identity Blair Imani; anti-bullying, body-positive activist and model Harnaam Kaur; and Italian Parliament and

General Admission is free and available for all! There are no

LGBTQ activist Hon. Alessandro Zan. They’ll be speaking to our

tickets required. The stage performances will be ASL interpreted.

community on the WorldPride stage in order to fight against the


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WE ARE ONE

Photography: Brian Jamie

Style Director: Gregory Wein

Juan and Brian wear limited edition Pride sweatshirt, hoodie and cap, GAP, gap.com. Limited edition Pride shorts, H&M, hm.com.


GLAMMING FOR ALL AGES, ALL RACES, ALL GENDERS SINCE OUR FOUNDING IN 1984 #MACLOVESPRIDE

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M·A·C IS A PROUD PLATINUM SPONSOR OF WORLD PRIDE NYC 2019!


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Blue and Lola wear leather techno tote and cap, BALENCIAGA, available at NORDSTROM MEN’S STORE, NYC, 235 West 57th Street, NYC, shop.nordstrom.com.


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TO DIVERSITY AND ENGAGEMENT. TO HONESTY AND INCLUSION.

OmnicomGroup PLATINUM SPONSOR OF WORLDPRIDE 2019


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Tommy wears limited edition Pride t-shirt, NYC PRIDE, prideapparel.org.

Seleta wears limited edition Pride t-shirt, H&M, hm.com.

Lauren wear limited edition Pride sweatshirt t-shirt, GAP, gap.com.

Alyssa wears limited edition sweatshirt, THE PHLUID PROJECT, thephluidproject.com.

Yuri and Casey wears limited edition WorldPride / Stonewall 50 sweatshirts, prideapparel.org.


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®


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Ran | Crystal fire mirror lens sunglasses by OVAN, ovaneyewear.com.

Juan wears Navigator sunglasses by POLAROID, solsticesunglasses.com.


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because one for me, she, he, they, we.

proud partner of


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Chris wears limited edition.

Pride sweatshirt, NYC PRIDE, prideapparel.org.

Kyle wears limited edition WorldPride / Stonewall 50

Christian wears limited edition

prideapparel.org.

prideapparel.org.

sweatshirt, NYC PRIDE,

Pride t-shirt, NYC PRIDE,

Brian wears limited edition Pride t-shirt, NYC PRIDE, prideapparel.org.

Lauren wears limited edition Pride t-shirt, NYC PRIDE, prideapparel.org.

Chris wears limited edition Pride jacket, H&M, hm.com.

Cap, BALENCIAGA, available at NORDSTROM MEN’S STORE, NYC, 235 West 57th Street, NYC, shop.nordstrom.com.


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WE SEE YOU. WE CELEBRATE YOU. CHEERS TO 50 YEARS OF BEING PROUD. BEING BRAVE. BEING YOU.

SKYY® Vodka distilled from grain. 40% alc./vol. (80 Proof). ©2019 Skyy San Francisco Spirits Co., New York, NY. Please enjoy responsibly.


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NEW YORK DISTILLING COMPANY — JUSTIN BOYKIN

GIN-EROUS POUR

RETURNING AN OLD LEGEND Written By: Amanda Younger Gin has seen a lot of highs and lows but has become a massive

these classics to our shores and gin consumption has been re-

trend in recent years. Locally crafted gins have grown into the

embraced as THE craft cocktail ingredient.

demanding market alongside expanding gin brands with new suggested serve and signature cocktails.

One of our English staples is classic Bulldog gin made with British wheat and a light mix of Asian botanicals. The mild flavor

Genever was originally produced in the Netherlands in the

makes this a go-to for cocktails. “Gin is definitely on the rise.

1600s. From there, it spread to England, where the name

Interestingly, with the rise of artisan tonic waters, the biggest

changed to gin. English sailors traveling to malaria prevalent

trend in gin we are seeing right now focuses around the gin and

destinations, with awful tasting quinine mixed with “tonic water”

tonic, which has evolved from a simple two-ingredient drink

to make it palatable, brought crystalline gin on these voyages,

to an elegant and complex cocktail featuring a wide array of

too as it survived the sweltering heat in the ships. Eventually,

garnishes and flavors. Bulldog gin fits perfectly into this trend, as

the two liquids were combined to form classic gin cocktails as

its light, refreshing, citrus-forward flavor profile pairs wonderfully

we know them today. Just make sure to add a twist of lime for

with the bittersweetness of tonic water,” says Bernadette Knight,

the anti-scurvy properties. For navy purposes, the alcohol had

Sr. Category Director, White Spirits Campari USA.

to be strong enough that it was still flammable to keep spills from ruining the gunpowder. Eventually, those sailors brought


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A community to be your truest self, The We Company welcomes you to live, work, and grow with pride.

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From the past to the present, New York is home to an array of distilleries that date back to the 1700s. The New York Distilling Company, located in Brooklyn, aims to recreate traditions while encouraging innovation. Partners Allen Katz and Tom Potter (cofounder of Brooklyn Brewery) launched their distillery in 2011 with one of the state’s new Farm Distillers License, meaning most ingredients used in their spirits are state grown. One of their signature spirits is the award-winning Dorothy Parker American Gin, which is a blend of traditional juniper berries and contemporary botanicals like hibiscus and cinnamon. Named after the witty and unconventional New York writer and critic, this gin is smooth and perfect for cocktail experimentation. “We probably tinkered with 20 variations of Dorothy Parker Gin before we settled on the final recipe. We were after a very specific quality—a gin that elevated the fruit quality of juniper berries. Most often we think of the resiny pine quality that comes from the skin of juniper berries. We wanted to make a gin that was at once wholly original but still stayed true to the roots of the structured and predominate backbone of juniper berries. This little wrinkle allowed us some creative freedom while we focused on each experiment finished qualities in gin-based cocktails,” states Katz

CHIEF GOWANUS GIN — JUSTIN BOYKIN

The Chief Gowanus gin is based on an early recipe of making “Holland gin” with American rye whiskey, juniper berries, and hops aged in oak barrels. Katz says, “The real hero of Chief Gowanus - New Netherland Gin is the acclaimed cocktail writer and historian, David Wondrich. He has been a friend for over 15 years and has, on occasion and based on his research, brought some interesting and historic ideas to us at the distillery. In this case, the history and the product fit seamlessly. We set out to make gin and rye whiskey and with remarkable specificity, the recipe Dave discovered, a ‘Resemblance of Holland Gin’, is essentially a whiskey-gin hybrid. The Dutch, going back several centuries to when they first came to present-day Manhattan and Brooklyn, were simply trying to make Genever, the spirit of their homeland. They couldn’t find the exact same ingredients but they did find rye! The name is in homage to the great leader of the Canarsee tribe, Chief Gowanus who, in lore or reality, first welcomed the Dutch to Brooklyn.” The taste is unrivaled by anything else on the shelf. This hybrid tastes of crisp gin with the smoky depth of rye. Go out of your way to their tasting room bar, The Shanty, and ask for it in your next cocktail. The resurgence of gin has been a reclaiming of cocktails lost from Prohibition. As Katz said, “Now, there are so many gins that you can find a favorite for a martini, and different one in succession for a gimlet, negroni, gin and tonic, and so on.” So take the jump and try new gins for new cocktails and flavors BOTTLING PERRY’S TOT NAVY STRENGTH GIN — JUSTIN BOYKIN

trending in New York City this summer.

Matthew Calbraith Perry served as Commandant of the Brooklyn

Bulldog gin available wherever spirits are sold.

Navy Yard, and the namesake of the 114-proof Perry’s Tot Navy

bulldoggin.com/v2

Strength Gin. Make sure to try out their limited releases of Rose Petal Flavored or Reserve from oak casks. Either way, you can never go wrong with the classic aromatic Small Batch.

NY Distilling Tasting Room “The Shanty” is located at 79 Richardson St, Brooklyn. nydistilling.com


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LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?

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SUNDAY, JUNE 30 TIME: 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

LOCATION: Fourth Ave. btwn. 9th and 14th Streets This lively annual LGBTQIA+ street fair is the epicenter of exhibitors, entertainers, social meet-ups, and family-friendly activities. Comprised of our FoodFest, StageFest, KidFest, and Mural Market areas, PrideFest 2019 will be the biggest and most exciting one yet! Attracting hundreds of thousands annually, PrideFest brings together out-of-state visitors, local residents, community organizations, local business owners and corporate sponsors. It’s the perfect place to stop to listen to a few tunes, grab a bite to eat, or score some great Pride gear.

PrideFest is free and open to everyone, but there is also a VIP option for guests looking for a premium experience. StageFest, the entertainment stage at PrideFest, is the best place to catch queer emerging talent on the rise. If you were lucky enough to snag a sold out PrideFest VIP ticket, it includes the best seat in the street under. a shaded tent to view the diverse line up we have at StageFest. which features EJ Johnson, The Veronicas, Lauren Jaregui, and Princess Nokia for WorldPride | Stonewall 50. VIP

guests also receive a gift bag, unlimited water and soft drinks, along with snacks from some of our FoodFest vendors. VIP Passes are sold out.

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member of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list, Lauren Jaregui. Jaregui was formerly with Fifth Harmony and now embarks on the

next chapter of her career with the release of her debut solo song “Expectations” via Columbia Records. She continues to WORLDPRIDE 2019 | STONEWALL 50 EVENTS: PRIDEFEST

develop her talents beyond being a vocalist, engaging in political activism and using her wide-ranging social platform as a mouthpiece to share her views. She is ready to hit the PrideFest broadcast this June! Our headliner is Princess Nokia, who sports an army of loyal

fans all over the world. Embracing feminism and individuality, Princess Nokia continues to release hip-hop music that awes ears everywhere. In December 2018, she remastered Metallic Butterfly and expanded it to a full-length debut album with three new bonus tracks. You won’t want to miss this sensational artist at StageFest. StageFest is located at Fourth Avenue between 9th and 10th Streets. FoodFest this year will be a haven of NYC’s tastiest food vendors. Highlighting both savory and sweet treats from cultures around the world, the area will feature food from Mighty Quinn’s BBQ, Cousins Maine Lobster, C Bao, and 2018 Vendy Award winner D’Abruzzo. FoodFest will be on Fourth Avenue between 10th and 11th Streets.


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Celebrating LGBTQ+ members in our community and beyond. 50 years is just the beginning.


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If you like ice cream on a hot summer day (and who doesn’t?), definitely stop by to get a taste of Coolhaus Ice Cream, an LGBTQIA+ founded and led ice crveam company. We got a chance to ask the Coolhaus team some questions about its story.

NYC PRIDE: WHAT IS SO GREAT ABOUT COOLHAUS AND WHY DO PEOPLE BUY YOUR PRODUCT?

Coolhaus: Coolhaus Ice Cream is the leading women-owned and founded ice cream brand on the shelf creating premium ice cream sandwiches and pints. Coolhaus uses only the highest

NYC PRIDE: HOW DID COOLHAUS GET STARTED?

quality ingredients: hormone-free dairy products, cage-free

Masters of Architecture degree from UCLA, and began interning

whenever possible. The brand specializes in elevating the

Coolhaus: Los Angeles native, Natasha Case, received her at Walt Disney Imagineering in Hotel and Master Planning. During this time, she started baking cookies, making ice cream, and combining them into “cool houses” with co-founder and wife Freya Estreller. After discovering their new-found passion they purchased a beat-up old postal van, and debuted Coolhaus at the 2009 Coachella Valley Music Festival…and the rest is history!

eggs, organic sugar, fair-trade chocolate, and local ingredients classics and putting a Coolhaus twist on them like Milkshake & Fries, Buttered French Toast, and Birthday Cake to name a few. NYC PRIDE: WHAT DOES PARTICIPATING IN PRIDE EVENTS MEAN TO THE OWNERS OF COOLHAUS?

Coolhaus: It’s extremely meaningful as it speaks to the origin of our brand: Coolhaus started with a really cool idea, a ton of drive, but also an incredible romantic connection between [Natasha] and Freya. It’s important that we tell our story not only because it’s very unique, but to help inspire others in the LGBT community as leaders and pioneers—to inspire those who are interested in entrepreneurship and want to see examples like themselves. NYC PRIDE: WHY DO YOU ENJOY VENDING AT FOOD FESTIVALS? Coolhaus: Food Festivals provide a really grassroots and experiential way to connect with a brand—they are very memorable moments for folks...and we love to be alongside others in the food world doing cool and adventurous things. One of PrideFest’s newest additions is the KidFest area which will sport a presence from New York Public Library, a space for children’s play, reading, and sing-a-long, and a crafting station sponsored by Children’s Museum of Manhattan. The entertainment will be ongoing with a drag performer at KidFest to engage families throughout the day and a meet-and-greet with queer author Joshunda Sanders. Sanders will read her book I Can Write The World to listeners at KidFest. I Can Write The World is the first volume in a series about an eight-year-old who reports on the happenings in her neighborhood, the Bronx, and New York. Bring the whole family and don’t miss all the action that

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PrideFest 2019 has to offer. See you on June 30!


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CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF PRIDE #WorldPrideNYC

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#Stonewall50


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A PHOTO EXPLORATION

IDES OF GENDER Ides Of Gender started in 2017. I traveled all around the country capturing the many faces of the trans community. The longer this project went, the more I realized how much diversity and queerness there was to celebrate. It also became apparent how scarce positive visibility is for the trans community. Along with struggle and exclusion, there was twice as much resilience and fight. I’m grateful every day for connecting with people, through my lens. For being entrusted with such vulnerability. For crying over an intimate memory on a person’s couch. I’m honored that you shared your authentic self and allowed me to capture it. - Zach Oren | Zachoren.com

MICA ELLA Age: 65

CHILDHOOD:

“I thought I was a girl inside myself always. Until I was five and then they told me that you shouldn’t play with the girls and you cannot wear these short shorts. They treat you more equal, girls and boys, when you are very young. The differentiation really started when I [went] to school.” FEMININITY:

“I feel gender wise the way I identify is feminine, more feminine. I don’t think I’m purely feminine. Even a woman is not purely feminine. And I don’t pretend to achieve the perfection of femininity.”

Photography: Zach Oren Interview: Zach Oren Transcribed By: Eboni Munn


Age: 28

LIVING IN TALLAHASSEE VS. NEW YORK:

“I will say there have been times where I felt extremely unsafe in New York. And then there have been times that I’ve felt the safest…ever. And I think that just speaks to people’s responses to trans people or to women. I think the experiences where I felt unsafe, it was because a man thought he had agency to my body.”

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MORTICIA


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X

Age: 27 IF X STILL LIVED IN CHINA WITHOUT LIVING OPEN AND HONESTLY:

“I don’t think I would be alive (if I still lived in China) because I wouldn’t be able to live like that. Because when you don’t know what’s wrong with you and you’re made to feel like a freak, it’s like why would you choose to exist in a world that doesn’t accept you for who you are? I would rather not be alive than deal with that torture.”


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Your will can break any barrier. You have the power to redefine what’s possible and your journey has inspired others. We call that being empowerful. 50 years ago, Stonewall began a movement to push the world forward, and your courage continues to pave a path. As you relentlessly strive for equal access and the opportunity to flourish financially, Wells Fargo walks right beside you helping to make it happen. You’ve come this far. We can help you go further. Learn how at:

wellsfargo.com/lgbt © 2019 Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. All rights reserved.

empowerful


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JULIA Age: 28

JOURNEY AFTER SURGERY:

“My parents came and stayed with me after my (reassignment) surgery last summer. My mom was at the hospital with me.” “ [My journey] has been easy and hard as I’ve only been able to do it because of my family, because of my support that I have. My family made the biggest difference. I don’t know what I would’ve done without them especially after my (reassignment) surgery. Because I was bedridden for so long—I couldn’t do anything by myself.”


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CARL Age: 35

COMING OUT TO FAMILY:

“I wrote everybody letters which is sort of my MO—I’m a writer, I’m a lawyer. I don’t do great with confrontation in person. Some of that is rooted in my dad’s own approach. So part of my thought was if I wrote people letters, [then] they can have their reactions away from me. I don’t have to watch them be upset or hurt—it just seemed a little cleaner to me in terms of the emotional stuff.”


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New York City, £takepride

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LIZ Age: 48

ON APPEARANCE:

“It wasn’t really until I was in my early 30s that I started getting the confidence to start changing my appearance and being more masculine presenting. So really in the last twelve years I’ve been more masculine presenting.” “It wasn’t until about four years ago I had a double mastectomy for medical reasons and I was super clear that I didn’t want any reconstruction. I just knew from the second it came up. And it took me a year to convince my surgeon to let me be flat.”


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WE’RE WITH YOU EVERY STEP OF THE WAY. LET’S #MARCHONWARD TOGETHER.

©2019 Barefoot Cellars, Modesto, CA. All rights reserved.


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ARIN Age: 22

Living in Harlem: “There’s a lot of love because I think they just admire my courage. I said one day, ‘I don’t give a f, I’m gonna do what I want and wear what I wear and be who I am happy being.’”


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DEETRANADA

SATURDAY, JUNE 29 TIME: 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

LOCATION: SummerStage, Central Park (5th Ave at 69th St, New York, NY 10065)

REGISTER: nycyouthpride.org Deetranada is set to blaze the stage at Youth Pride this year! The meaning of the name Deetranada is “Dee transformed from Nada” Hailing from Baltimore, MD, Deetranada has known since age 11 that she wanted to become a rapper. At the age of 15, Deetranada was selected out of millions to compete on “The Rap Game” tv show on Lifetime. POSE superstars Angelica Ross & Hailie Sahar will be joining us along with a few other special guests through the day. More excited announcements to come! Follow the

announcements via Facebook, Instagram & Twitter.


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RS OF E N T R PA ESS R G O R P

The 2019 Nissan Rogue®

In the shared spirit of progress, Nissan proudly supports the LGBTQ community on the road to equality. NissanUSA.com/Pride Always wear your seat belt, and please don’t drink and drive. © 2019 Nissan North America, Inc.


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WORLDPRIDE NIGHT

Saturday, June 15, 6:30–10:30 p.m. The Garden is proud to take part in the WorldPride celebration with a special night inspired by our summer exhibition The Living Art of Roberto Burle Marx. Explore lush gardens and colorful art inspired by the Brazilian Modernist’s love of plants, and enjoy an evening of Samba dancing, caipirinhas, and music from top Brazilian artists and DJs.

Located in the Bronx, NY • Only 20 minutes from Grand Central Terminal on Metro North Railroad • Tickets at nybg.org


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ADAM

MONDAY, JUNE 17 TUESDAY, JUNE 18 WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19 TIME: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

LOCATION: SVA Theatre (333 W. 23rd St.)

TICKETS: nycpride.frontgatetickets.com NYC Pride’s OutCinema, in partnership with NewFest and the SVA Theatre, celebrates LGBTQIA+ pride and community on film. With three days of films that speak to the LGBTQIA+

include Monday’s reception and express entry for Tuesday and Wednesday are available beginning at $100.

experience, OutCinema offers an opportunity for entertainment and education through stories. It also helps to raise needed funds for NYC Pride and NewFest to help continue their annual programming.

Featuring specially curated screenings followed by Q&A sessions with select filmmakers, cast, and special guests, and open bar after-parties, OutCinema provides a wide variety of LGBTQIA+ cinema that reflects the community. We are proud to

All guests 21 and over are welcome. Tickets begin at $30 for General Admission. VIP tickets for Monday’s pre-screening reception are available beginning at $50. 3-day VIP passes that

introduce this year’s films:


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OPENING NIGHT FILM & PARTY MONDAY, JUNE 17

Ticketed VIP Reception at 5:30 p.m. Doors at 7 p.m. Screening at 7:30 p.m.

ADAM

NEW YORK PREMIERE

DIR. RHYS ERNST, USA, 2019, 95 MINS Hot off its world premiere at Sundance Film Festival, this highly anticipated comedy from Emmy-nominated Director Rhys Ernst (Transparent) and the Oscar-nominated producers of Shortbus and Brokeback Mountain is a new queer classic in the making. It’s 2006 and awkward high schooler Adam decides to spend the summer in New York City with his cool older sister, who is highly engaged in the queer activist scene. And even though school is out, Adam receives an edifying crash course on friendship, romance, and community through a distinctly queer lens in this crowd-pleasing coming-of-age tale. Featuring an exciting fresh ensemble including Nicholas Alexander, Margaret Qualley, Leo Sheng, India Menuez, Chloe Levine, and MJ Rodriguez (FX’s Pose). Q&A with filmmakers and select cast.

ADAM

TUESDAY FILM & PARTY JUNE 18

Doors at 7 p.m. Screening at 7:30 p.m.

DEEP IN VOGUE

EAST COAST PREMIERE

DIRS. AMY WATSON & DENNIS KEIGHRON-FOSTER, UK, 2019, WORLDPRIDE 2019 | STONEWALL 50 EVENTS: OUTCINEMA

61 MINS

Inspired by the ‘80s ball scene in New York City—which was made iconic by the 1990 documentary Paris is Burning—there’s a thriving Northern Vogue ball scene flourishing across the pond in Manchester, UK. This electrifying documentary celebrates the personal and political stories behind the thriving scene, and how we seek aspirational outlets, safe spaces, respect, and visibility in the face of marginalization. Meet the House Mothers and members who go to battle on the runway, all the while exploring personal and political issues. But no matter who takes the crown, Deep in Vogue reminds us of the inherent joy within the freedom to express oneself fully. And turn some stunning looks while doing so. Q&A with filmmakers, moderated by special guest Twiggy Pucci Garçon (KIKI).

DEEP IN VOGUE


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INVISIBLE WOMEN

PRECEDED BY SHORT:

INVISIBLE WOMEN

DIR. ALICE SMITH, UK, 2018, 25 MINS An empowering documentary that explores the untold story of the UK and North West’s LGBTQIA+ past over the last 50 years through two women’s incredible journey of rebellion and

WORLDPRIDE 2019 | STONEWALL 50 EVENTS: OUTCINEMA

activism.

WEDNESDAY FILM & PARTY JUNE 19

Doors at 7 p.m. Screening at 7:30 p.m.

WIG

FEATURING LADY BUNNY, NEIL PATRICK HARRIS, NAOMI SMALLS, AND WILLAM

DIR. CHRIS MOUKARBEL, USA, 2019, 90 MINS Wig is a fascinating documentary that explores the origins Wigstock was an annual drag festival which glamorously signaled the end of summer for the gay community in NYC for almost twenty years. Late one night in 1984, Lady Bunny and a few friends drunkenly wandered from the Pyramid Club in the East Village to Tompkins Square Park and staged an impromptu drag show in the bandshell. This would soon become an annual drag bacchanal, that lasted up until 2001. And now, Lady Bunny has brought it back. This past summer, the festival returned,

and the influence of the historic festival through rich archival footage, as well as provides a look into the contemporary drag movement that the festival served as a foundation for. Wig is a celebration of New York drag culture, and those personalities and performances that contribute to the ways we understand queerness, art, and identity. With Lady Bunny, Charlene Incarnate, Flotilla DeBarge, Kevin Aviance, Neil Patrick Harris, Willam, Linda Simpson, Naomi Smalls, and Tabboo!

bringing together legendary queens with some of the new children of drag, into one of the largest drag performances ever staged.

Q&A with filmmakers, Lady Bunny, and more!


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Equality at great heights. American Airlines and British Airways are proud to support WorldPride 2019 | Stonewall 50.

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WORLDPRIDE 2019 | STONEWALL 50 EVENTS

SATURDAY, JUNE 29— SUNDAY, JUNE 30 TIME: Saturday: 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. | Sunday: 2 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. LOCATION: Pier 97 (59th St. & West Side Highway)

NYC Pride is thrilled to announce its talent announcement with

Rounding out Saturday night is Afro-Latina pop sensation

Amara La Negra, along with popular NYC DJ Johnny Dynell who will bring his infectious and inclusive style to the stage.

the legendary Saturday headliner Grace Jones, along with

On Pride Island Sunday, Abel and Morabito will take the lead,

Pride Island, the multi-day live musical event featuring dazzling

out progressive, tech house-influenced sounds.

Teyana Taylor, Pabllo Vittar, and more for Pride Island 2019.

with Abel spinning classic dancefloor hits and Morabito turning

performances, will take place from Saturday, June 29 to Sunday, June 30, 2019 at Pier 97 in New York City.

Keep your eyes peeled for news on our Sunday Night lineup!

Teyana Taylor, one of the most versatile entertainers of her

This year, we are returning to Pier 97! Bring a friend and make

generation, is set to give face and New York ballroom realness during Saturday’s lineup. Also set to blaze the stage is Brazil’s most famous drag queen, Pabllo Vittar.

The legendary Grace Jones will be owning the stage on

Saturday night. An acclaimed singer, songwriter, and actress, Jones was born in Jamaica before relocating to Syracuse, NY with her family. She began her successful career as a model in NYC and Paris and, in 1977, secured her first record deal which resulted in a string of dance-club hits, including “I Need A Man” and

sure to cross over at West 54th Street to 12th Avenue to head in. Taking NYC transportation?

The closest subway stop is 59th Street-Columbus Circle. Take the 1, A, D, C, B, or 2 train. Hopping in a Lyft or Uber?

Avoid traffic and get dropped off on West 54th Street between 12th Avenue and 11th Avenue.

her acclaimed reinvention of Edith Piaf’s classic, “La Vie En Rose.” Somewhere between 90s American pop and 80s European

BAG RENTAL

influences as diverse as Britney Spears, Baltimora, and the “Brat

This year, we’ll be offering rental services through Mobile Locker

disco, rises the undeniable voice of Kim Petras. Nodding to

LEAVE ALL YOUR BAGGAGE AT HOME!

Pack,” the “side bun” sporting German-born and Los Angeles-

Company. Head over to our event page for more information on

based songstress powers up a new pop paradigm, sharing

how to reserve a locker ahead of time.

intimate lovelorn storylines over explosive production. Don’t miss out on Petras’ set during the Saturday line up.


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This year we are introducing a brand new RFID system!

Pride Island Cashless - it’s the easy way for you to pay for

goods, grub, merch and more with the tap of a wrist. All major

WHAT NOT TO BRING

Curious about what not to bring? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Check out the list below.

credit cards can be used when registering for cashless, but Mastercard cardholders will receive additional perks Mastercard cardholders can register for Pride Island Cashless payments to make the most of your Pride Island weekend! Cardholders who register will receive:

yy NO LARGE BAGS (I.E. BACKPACKS/TOTE BAGS). ALL BAGS MUST BE NO LARGER THAN THE SIZE OF A BRICK.

yy NO SKATEBOARDS, ROLLER SKATES, SCOOTERS, BICYCLES, HOVERBOARDS

yy NO ILLEGAL SUBSTANCES OF ANY KIND

yy ACCESS TO THE EXCLUSIVE MASTERCARD CARDHOLDER CASHLESS LOUNGE

yy ACCESS TO THE EXCLUSIVE MASTERCARD CASHLESS BAR EXPRESS LANE

yy NO FIREWORKS/EXPLOSIVES/OPEN FLAME SOURCES OF ANY KIND

yy NO PERSONAL FURNITURE (I.E. LAWN CHAIRS) yy NO TOBACCO/PERSONAL SMOKING DEVICES yy NO LARGE UMBRELLAS (I.E. GOLF UMBRELLAS) yy NO FLAGS OR TOTEMS MOUNTED TO ANY FORM OF POLE

Front Gate Cashless Registration Terms apply. frontgatetickets.com/terms-of-use

Do NOT share with friends. All wristbands are non-transferrable and valid for one person on the day(s) for which they were

yy NO GLASS

purchased.

yy NO LASER POINTERS

Do NOT remove wristband until you plan to leave the property

yy NO UNSEALED SANITARY PRODUCTS yy NO INFLATABLES OR STUFFED ANIMALS/DOLLS yy NO VENDING WITHOUT A PERMIT yy NO PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY/AUDIO/VIDEO EQUIPMENT (INCLUDING TRIPODS)

yy NO SELFIE STICKS yy NO DRONES/AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY DEVICES yy NO OUTSIDE INSTRUMENTS yy NO UNSEALED OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDICATIONS OR VITAMINS.

All prescribed medication must be accompanied by the proper prescription and kept in an approved medical WORLDPRIDE 2019 | STONEWALL 50 EVENTS: PRIDE ISLAND

See Offer Terms for details on the other side of this card.

container. Prescription drugs in non-approved containers must be turned over to Pride Island medical team.

yy NO OUTSIDE BEVERAGES yy NO OUTSIDE FOOD WITHOUT A WRITTEN PHYSICIAN’S NOTE

yy NO HARD OR SOFT COOLERS yy NO ANIMALS - SERVICE ANIMALS MUST HAVE

APPROPRIATE APPAREL AND CREDENTIALS PROVIDED TO NYC PRIDE AHEAD OF TIME

yy NO HARD OR SOFT COOLERS ***THERE IS A STRICT NO BAG POLICY. TO AVOID

HEADACHES, WE ADVISE YOU TO LEAVE YOUR BAGS AT HOME.***

for the final time.

Do NOT alter wristband. Do not damage it, stretch it or alter it

until after the festival. Any wristband altered will be confiscated. Do NOT have wristband loose enough so they can slip off. Any

wristband that is loose will be tightened by security personnel or confiscated.


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Compete With Intensity, Lead With Integrity and Inspire Play. In recognition of WorldPride and the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, the NBA proudly continues its longstanding support of the LGBTQ community.


PRIDE: PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE

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WORLDPRIDE 2019 | STONEWALL 50 Written by: David A. Correa & Casey Lange Photographer: Aydin Arjomand

As we reflect on this, the golden anniversary of The Stonewall Uprising, considered by many the catalyst of the modern LGBTQIA+ rights movement, we are tasked to simultaneously honor our past and look towards our future. It is crucial to thank the icons who paved the road to this year of celebration. It is due to the legacies of Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, Bayard Rustin, Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, Tracey Africa Norman, Larry Kramer, Harvey Milk, and so many others, that our community is able to stand tall and march with pride through the streets of New York City. Passion inspired their work, and their work gave us our rights, our freedoms and our inspiration for the future. These trailblazers did not work alone. Our community’s icons were supported by a multitude of allies like Whoopi Goldberg, host of the Official WorldPride Opening Ceremony at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, on Wednesday, June 26th. Goldberg, a longtime advocate of the LGBTQIA+ community, emphasized that, “this year marks a pivotal moment [for] our storied history and fight for equality.” Goldberg beamed, “Hosting a WorldPride event is absolute honor and I am delighted to be a part of the Opening Ceremony in June.” Whoopi is joined at Barclays on June 26th by Cyndi Lauper, Chaka Khan, Billy Porter, Ciara, Todrick Hall and others. Todrick, a multitalented singer, rapper, actor, director, choreographer, and YouTube personality, is proof that the future is out, proud and fabulous! Benefiting Ali Forney Center, SAGE and Immigration Equality, this new addition to NYC Pride’s annual calendar not only brings star power, but a look to our community’s past, present, and future. Ali Forney Center both manages and develops transitional housing for its clients, primarily homeless LGBTQIA+ youth between the ages of 16-24. Immigration Equality, the leading national LGBTQIA+ immigrant rights organization, both advocates for and directly represents LGBTQIA+ and HIV-positive people in the immigration system, while SAGE, in operation for the last 40 years, provides resources for LGBTQIA+ Elders. NYC Pride sat down with Whoopi Goldberg and Todrick Hall to chat in depth about the legacy of 50 years of queer history, Opening Ceremony, and what being a part of it all means for the future.


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WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE TO KICK OFF THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY AT THE OPENING CEREMONY? Whoopi joked, “Well, normally I would say OLD – but actually, it means a great deal to me…we’re all in this together and any time a voice stands up and says, ‘Hey we’re over here and we’re not going anywhere; we made it better and you know it’, it has a great big old impact. So, come celebrate with us because we’re celebrating who we are.” Hall, with his usual sparkly enthusiasm, replied that he is, “…beyond elated, ecstatic, flattered, honored and just straight up lit to be performing with such prestigious, iconic, legendary performers. It’s going to be a blast and I can’t wait to celebrate with the city of New York when it’s filled with some of the most beautiful people in the world.” Todrick has big plans for the gilded celebration and says that Opening Ceremony attendees can expect to hear his most viral songs accompanied by, “…lots of dancing.” Todrick went on, clearly amped for the upcoming show, “There will definitely be costume changes! I want to give a high energy performance to get everybody up on their feet and have them celebrating and dancing.” On sharing the stage with Whoopi? Todrick is ecstatic. “I’ve been a huge fan for a very long time. One of the movies that made me want to be a performer is Sister Act 2. A line that I use every day from that movie…Whoopi Goldberg tells Lauryn Hill’s character... that whatever it is that you think of when you first wake up in the morning, that’s what you’re supposed to do. ‘If you wake up in the morning, and you can’t think of anything but singing first, then you’re supposed to be a singer, girl.’ Such simple advice, but I’ve carried that with me through every chapter of my life/career.” WHAT TRAILBLAZERS AND ICONS WILL YOU BE REMEMBERING AS WE LOOK BACK AT THE LAST 50 YEARS OF LGBTQIA+ HISTORY? Whoopi, with too many to honor, stated that, “the list goes on and on…” Her memory shifts to all of her, “friends in San Francisco…” and famed AIDS advocate Elizabeth Taylor, prolific choreographer, Michael Peters, and esteemed actor and HIV positive icon, Rock Hudson. In accounting for the prominent and impactful figures who emerged post-Stonewall, Todrick also remembers those who led the charge during the HIV/AIDS crisis. “When I was in Kinky Boots, Billy Porter…told me to watch a documentary called How To Survive A Plague. The documentary changed my life….up until that point [I considered myself] to be somebody who was very familiar with the HIV/AIDS epidemic. But I had no idea how serious it was and how it affected NYC, how it affected the Broadway community, how many lives were lost, how those lives were treated, how those people were just abandoned, how people weren’t fighting for a cure, and how the president wasn’t fighting for a cure.” A subject of the film, Peter Staley, an ACT UP advocate and founder of both the Treatment Action Group and the educational website AIDSmeds.com, stands out for Hall as a hero of the AIDS pandemic and an icon in the last 50 years of queer history.

Looking forward to the next 50 years, Goldberg and Hall expressed

Hall will also remember renowned lyricist Howard Ashman, of the

came before him and Whoopi that the future may be brighter for

Disney hits The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast, as well as

the youth of today. Todrick explained, “I hope that people continue

artists like Sylvester, the famed Disco star and singer of “You Make

to tell the stories of the trailblazers and the people who fought

Me Feel (Might Real), “…who was unapologetically himself from the

for those rights and those freedoms to be in place.” Whoopi,

moment he started singing those high tenor notes to the day he lost

always outspoken, hopes, “That nobody has to explain themselves

his battle with HIV.” Todrick emphasized that the stories and work of

anymore…” she sees a future in which, “folks can just be who they

individuals like these continue to inspire him on his journey today.

are – with Pride.”

unique sentiments, Todrick of continuing the legacy of those who


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This year’s Pride, while adding new events to the books, will also bring back crowd favorites like PrideFest. This is the place to be Pride Sunday. After spending time at the March, make your way to PrideFest to grab some food, drinks and a stellar show. This year, PrideFest’s stage welcomes rapper Princess Nokia as its headliner. Also known as Destiny Nicole Frasqueri, this New York native is celebrating Pride in a big way. NYC Pride chatted with the scrappy wordsmith, self-proclaimed, “Tomboy” and queer icon on the rise to hear her take on New York City hosting WorldPride, headlining PrideFest, and what it means to be queer today. NEW YORK IS YOUR HOME, WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOU TO WELCOME THE FIRST US WORLDPRIDE TO NYC? “Oh, this is going to be a night I’ll never forget…it means the absolute most to me to be a part of something so special and endearing.” PEOPLE LOOK TO NEW YORK AS THE HOME OF THE MODERN LGBTQIA+ RIGHTS MOVEMENT, DID YOU FEEL THAT GROWING UP HERE? “I most certainly did. The historical legacy that New York has carried throughout the last 50 years is a very powerful chapter in world history and within our community. New York allowed me to see queer visibility and people of all walks of life live and co-exist with one another in a beautiful and influential way.” WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST NYC PRIDE EXPERIENCE LIKE? “It was awesome! I snuck out the house when I was fifteen, told my foster parents I was going to play DDR at the library…went to 5th Avenue, managed to get under the barricades and into the middle of the float. It was gay heaven and most def an iconic New York gay experience.” Princess Nokia, who stressed to us that her greatest hope for the queer community is to, “abolish the hatred and murder of our beautiful trans sisters around the world”, has some advice for firsttime Pride goers: “If you’re a cis-normalized citizen…please do not treat this holiday or event as a spectacle to watch and over-indulge in… if you’re an ally, please support the community respectfully: donate, research, educate.” For Frasqueri, being queer means, “not conforming to societal, hetero norms placed upon us by white patriarchy.” Destiny championed the lived experiences of the community, saying, “queer is a spectrum of identity…” and asserted that it takes honesty and bravery to live as a queer person today. Catch Princess Nokia bringing her street-wise sentiment to the PrideFest stage and getting people hype to head over to the WorldPride Closing Ceremony in Times Square.

“…IF YOU’RE AN ALLY, PLEASE SUPPORT THE COMMUNITY RESPECTFULLY: DONATE, RESEARCH, EDUCATE.”—PRINCESS NOKIA


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Each WorldPride includes a key handoff ceremony in which the honor of hosting is passed to the next city. New York could never pass the torch without putting on a great show first. The WorldPride Closing Ceremony, hosted by Margaret Cho, and with performances by, Melissa Etheridge, Jake Shears, MNEK will also include performances from our friends from the Great White Way. Broadway has long been a place of refuge for LGBTQIA+ people. Shows like Rent, La Cage aux Folles, Torch Song Trilogy, and many more put a spotlight on an otherwise hidden community. Today, the tradition of inclusivity and love continues with shows like The Prom. This musical comedy tells the story of young, queer love in small town America, as Emma (Caitlin Kinnunen) and Alyssa (Isabelle McCalla) navigate discrimination and ignorance with the help of band of big city Broadway stars. The result makes for a fun, punchy and classic musical theatre experience. Now nominated for seven Tony Awards, The Prom will light up both the Closing Ceremony and Youth Pride stages this year. Youth Pride, the free youth event set to take over SummerStage Pride Saturday, will also feature the talents of 16-year-old, DJ Nhandi, and up-and-coming rapper Deetranada. NYC Pride spoke with stars of The Prom, Isabelle McCalla and Caitlin Kinnunen, who is nominated for the Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical, to get the inside scoop on their very first NYC Pride experience, what everyone should know about The Prom, and their message for LGBTQIA+ youth. THE PROM WILL BE CELEBRATING WORLDPRIDE FROM TIMES SQUARE AND YOUTH PRIDE! WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE TO BE INVOLVED IN NYC PRIDE SUCH A MAJOR WAY? Caitlin exclaimed, “It’s incredible! And overwhelming, exciting, crazy,

Isabelle can’t believe it, saying that she is, “so incredibly grateful

and magical all wrapped into one. I feel so honored to be doing this

and excited to be part of a show that heavily aligns with Pride

and to be sharing our musical with everyone at WorldPride!”

and the LGBTQIA+ community. The fact that we get to share parts of our show with that community at WorldPride is going to be monumental.” Both McCalla and Kinnunen emphasized that the show is about more than the story, songs and splashy fabulous choreography. Isabelle wants everyone to know that, “[The Prom] is a piece of social activism. It’s a reflection of our time and society, and it’ll make you think, laugh, and cry. It says that gay rights are human rights. It might even inspire you to build a bridge with that one family member who you don’t see eye to eye with. It can mend relationships and make your heart grow about three sizes.” Caitlin echos, “Our show is about acceptance, love, and connecting with others. It’s brilliant…You’ll leave laughing, crying, and feeling joy!” WHAT IS YOUR MESSAGE TO LGBTQIA+ TEENS LIKE THOSE YOU PLAY IN THE PROM? Isabelle says, “Don’t compromise your beliefs or yourself for what other people want you to be, because that’s a one-way ticket to heartbreak. There will be many people who are waiting in the wings, ready to cheer on and embrace you for who you are, so find those people and make them your family.” As for Caitlin, she pleas that queer youth, “Keep going. There are people in the world who accept you for you! Find them. We’re out here and we’ve got your back.” See the cast of The Prom and all the other amazing talent ready to bring the legacy of Stonewall into the future this Pride season. For tickets and info visit worldpride.org


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WORLDPRIDE 2019 | STONEWALL 50 EVENTS

TRACEY “AFRICA” NORMAN

JUNE 24 AND JUNE 25 TIME: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

LOCATION: New York Law School (185 West Broadway) RAQEUL WILLIS JANET MOCK

TICKETS: nycpride.frontgatetickets.com

NYC Pride’s Human Rights Conference is an exciting gathering of activists, artists, educators, journalists, policymakers, students, and others engaged in LGBTQIA+ human rights around the world. This two-day conference provides a unique opportunity for a global dialogue about human rights, ranging from performances to presentations, politics to policies, and activists to academics. This year’s two-day conference will kick off with an amazing keynote session on Monday, June 24, featuring Manvendra Singh Gohil (Prince Of Rajasthan), Harnaam Kaur and a fireside chat with Raquel Willis, Tracey “Africa” Norman and Janet Mock. Followed by programming from United Nations, GMHC, Immigration Equality, The NYC LGBT Center, Friedman Transgender Institute, The Dru Project, Matthew Shepard Foundation, Latino Commission on AIDS and Global Citizens Project, to name a few.


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Committed to supporting the LGBTQ community.

© 2019 United Airlines, Inc. All rights reserved.

Proud to sponsor NYC Pride March’s 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising.


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Tickets include breakfast, lunch, and coffee networking throughout the day. Access to the Arts + Activism rooftop art gallery featuring LGBTQIA+ artists both local and international. Doors Open at 8 a.m. Student Admissions - Student ID required at the door Senior Admissions - Valid for Ages 55 and up ADA Accessible ASL integrated programming Translation services are available upon request. Please reach out to info@nycpride.org if needed.

CLE Tuition Assistance Application Available CLE accredited by New York Law School


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WHAT THE QUEER COMMUNITY MEANS TO BROADWAY PHOTO CREDIT TO MATTHEW MURPHY, 2018

MOULIN ROUGE

Moulin Rouge!, based on the 2001 Twentieth Century Fox Motion Picture by Baz Luhrmann, will open on Broadway at the Al

Hirschfeld Theatre. Previews will begin June 28, 2019 prior to a July 25 opening night. As in the film, Moulin Rouge! celebrates some of the greatest

popular music of the last 50 years. The stage musical features many of the iconic songs from the movie and also includes recent hits released since the movie premiered 15 years ago. NYC Pride spoke with Danny Burstein, who plays the founding Moulin Rouge MC, Harold Zidler, now written as an openly gay man, to chat about the legacy of Moulin Rouge! within the LGBTQIA+ community. Moulin Rouge! has been widely accepted as an iconic

movie within the queer community, it even featured an

appearance by camp queen herself, Kylie Minogue, as The

Green Fairy. How have you seen that spirit kept alive in the Broadway production?

“I think the reason that LGBTQIA+ people embrace the film and this show is because it doesn’t qualify who you can love. It just is about love itself. It doesn’t say love is only this, it says love is universal, and I think that’s why [Moulin Rouge!] hits a chord with so many people.” Danny chuckles and says, in the world of Moulin Rouge!, “[Love] is so wonderful, when it happens, you can’t help but explode into songs that you grew up with.” Your character, Harold Zidler was a real person and really made turn of the century Moulin Rouge what it was. What has been the biggest challenge in taking on this role and making it work for 2019?

“It is fascinating to know that he is one of the founders of The Moulin Rouge. It’s basically his baby...there wouldn’t be a Moulin Rouge if it weren’t for Harold Zidler.”

“[Zidler] is a father figure, he is an Impresario, he is the MC, and he embodies the great spirit of The Moulin Rouge and the great spirit of theater people. He’s sort of a bit of everything to people who work there. He is their boss, yet he’s their confidant, he’s a lover and he’s dangerous, yet he’s also kind and fatherly…You never know exactly where you stand with him, but that kind of danger is exciting to play.” Danny went on to explain that playing this openly gay character harkens back to his experience coming up in the industry during the AIDS crisis, which inspired him to get involved in AIDS activism. “Look, I was 19 when I started in the business. I was doing musicals, and after I worked with numerous people, probably more than half the people I worked with were soon gone due to the AIDS crisis. That’s how I grew up in the business. It never occurred to me to think differently about anybody to begin with, but then when all my friends were dying and going to hospitals, and funerals…I was hearing their stories and hearing terrible, unbelievable stories of their families rejecting them, the difficulties they’d had…it made me quickly realize what a struggle it was. We were all scared shitless back then, no matter whether you’re gay or straight, but it just hit my community, square in the head, and I knew then, I had


Broadway Cares, Equity Fights AIDS, donating my time, writing speeches, collecting money…that’s been an important part of my life as an actor in New York and it’s shaped who I am.”

WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME

What the Constitution Means to Me, the breakout hit of the fall season, is now extended through July 21 at The Helen Hayes

Broadway is a champion and a space where different

Theater. Written by Heidi Schreck and directed by Oliver Butler,

other forms of media. Over the course of your career,

school students, Rosedely Ciprian and Thursday Williams. At

intersectional identities seeing more and more face time?

debate competitions to fund her entire college tuition. Schreck,

identities have been celebrated far earlier than in many

the 100 minute, single act play features Mike Iveson and high

how have you seen that come about in terms of different

just fifteen years old, Heidi Schreck won enough Constitutional

“The first show I ever saw on Broadway was A Chorus Line. I was 12 or 13, and it blew my mind. These people were up there talking about things that I thought people never talked about: sex, being in love with a man, being in love with a woman. I had no idea that kind of thing happened. I think theater has always been one of those places that’s on the forefront of acceptance and equality and talking about the real issues other forums for discussion have thought too dangerous.” What do you hope that the LGBTQIA+ community takes away from the show?

now an Obie Award winner, stars in What the Constitution Means to Me—resurrecting her fifteen-year-old self to trace The Constitution’s significance within her own family’s troubled past. NYC Pride sat down to speak with Mike Iveson, who accompanies Heidi throughout the production. In the play, Iveson runs a re-envisioning of the Constitutional debate competitions of Heidi’s youth and embodies, “the male presence who’s imbued fifteen-year-old Heidi with this world of rules.” Iveson steps outside of his initial role to deliver an emotionally wrenching monologue about his own experience as a gay man, sure to leave you misty, but nonetheless, hopeful. Describing himself as, at once the “antagonist”, “comfort dog” and

“I think it’s one big explosion of love. It’s a celebration of love. I hope they see it as a benchmark for acceptance and as a chance to get up and dance their asses off in the aisles!” Moulin Rouge! The Musical opens July 25, 2019 at The Al Hirschfeld Theatre

For tickets visit: moulinrougemusical.com

(he hopes) “positive male energy” of the show, Iveson takes on the duality of his role, and the material, with seamless mastery. You mention in the show that it’s a daunting task to be the face of positive, male energy. How have you approached that responsibility within the show and within your life? “...I’m trying to do positive, gay, white guy energy. I think positive male energy just means, be as positive as anybody can, but don’t forget that you’re also a guy, and you get all these unearned benefits…I think it’s about both positivity, which anybody can do, but also awareness.” What the Constitution Means to Me has a lot of references to the LGBTQIA+ community and your own experience is a huge highlight. What is typically not included in the show that has shaped your experience in the LGBTQIA+ community?

“When I first moved to New York, the bulk of my time and almost the entirety of my friendships came from activism, from ACT UP…[in the show] I mention at one point that I was with four of my friends and they were all guys that I knew from ACT UP.” Mike emphasized that his work in AIDS activism deeply impacted the way he views his position within the queer community and the play. “I’m both literally talking about it and involved in a piece that is actively engaging with the kinds of question we used to engage with when being an activist was a larger portion of my dayto-day life. The times demand that we all have to [engage with these questions], which was the truth in the 90s as well. You couldn’t be anybody and not know a lot of people who were dying. And it was infuriating, and depressing, and activism was an actual way to do something. It’s hard to overstate how intense it was.” Mike told us that he sees a lot of queer people responding extremely well to What the Constitution Means to Me and hopes PHOTO CREDIT TO JOAN MARCUS

that it pays service to the fight for truly intersectional inclusion and communal acceptance.

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to champion the cause for gay rights. I started working for


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“I hope that Heidi talking about it from her perspective

embarrass myself doing a bad Cher impression in front of one of

as a straight, white woman includes all the rest of us. But

the biggest casting companies in New York right before I leave

especially gay people, people of color, the trans community…

for college,’ you know what I mean? So, I went and did a pretty

Unfortunately, the times that we live in are mandating that we

bad Cher impression, got a call back, worked on it, started

look for all of our commonalities. To whatever extent [The Trump

researching her, and falling in love with her on Youtube, and

Administration] has driven a wedge between ‘us’ and ‘them’, we

ended up getting the call two days before leaving for college. I

have to knit it together. So, if gay folks see common ground with

called my roommate and was like, ‘Uh...you have a single!’

Heidi’s struggles, I think it’s part of that mosaic.” What has been the most intimidating thing about taking on See What the Constitution Means to Me through July 21, 2019.

the larger-than-life role of Cher?

For tickets, visit constitutionbroadway.com.

MD: I think that’d be the expectation. Everybody within our

audience knows who Cher is and they have certain memory or vision when they think of who she is. I feel so lucky that I get to share the role with Teal Wicks and Stephanie J. Block, so I think the three of us are able to give a lot of those visions and memories justice, it doesn’t fall on one person, the magic of our show is that we can interact. SJB: They’ve been impressed by what they know of your

character already. So they walk into the theater waiting to see The Cher Show, but carrying with them all of these memories that are completely embedded in who they are, how they know Cher, why they love Cher. Trying to meet those expectations in a new venue, in a new way of telling her life and only having two and a half hours to kind of check off all the boxes, it’s a really huge feat, and you want to stay true to the woman, but you also want to stay true to the story that you’re telling every night at the Neil Simon Theater. TW: For me specifically, for Lady, it was the comedy. A big chunk of my story with Cher is the Sonny & Cher Comedy Show stuff... the two of them have such a specific style of comedy, it’s so good, but it’s also very rare. Her dry sense of humor…she would almost play the straight man, but get all of the laughs…trying to PHOTO CREDIT TO JOAN MARCUS

THE CHER SHOW

For six straight decades, only one unstoppable force has flatout dominated popular culture—breaking down barriers, pushing

capture that was the scariest thing for me.” Cher is a huge icon to the LGBTQIA+ community. The Cher Show definitely honors that loyal following within the

community. So how has that knowledge informed your performance in the role?

boundaries, and letting nothing and no one stand in her way. The Cher Show is her story, and it’s packed with so much Cher that it takes three women to play her: the kid starting out, the glam pop star and the icon.

SJB: ‘Bravery’, ‘authenticity’...I think that’s who Cher is, and I think the LGBTQIA+ community looks at her in that way to say that no matter what the “norms” society may put on... she always would say, f**k you. I’m being who I am and I [am]

The Cher Show is 35 smash hits, six decades of stardom, two rock-star husbands, a Grammy, an Oscar, an Emmy, and enough Bob Mackie gowns to cause a sequins shortage in New York City,

being true to myself, and if that makes you feel uncomfortable, I’m not going to apologize because I am just being me... I think every individual in the LGBTQIA+ community is doing the same.

all in one unabashedly fabulous new musical.

They’re living their truth and their authenticity.

NYC Pride spoke with The Cher Show’s three leading ladies,

Micaela, I know you’ve been really open about identifying

the inside scoop on their collective Cher journey, as well as the

your performance?

Micaela Diamond, Teal Wicks and Stephanie J. Block to get

as queer…how would you say your own experience informed

show’s impact within the LGBTQIA+ community. MD: It’s funny…I’m 19. I was kind just of figuring out who I So Micaela, how did you end up landing the role of ‘Babe’?

was at the start of this process, you know, still am, I think we

I’ve heard it’s been a bit of a tumultuous journey…

all are, but it really was this woman, who is so unapologetic,

MD: It was actually quite wild. I was heading to Carnegie

community that looks up to her, because she doesn’t apologize

Cher. I almost didn’t go, because I was like, ‘I don’t want to

hers at this point. I think in starting to figure out who she was…I

Mellon…so I only went on a few auditions, and one of them was

which I think is the reason she has attracted such an LGBTQIA+ for anything and she’s honest, and that’s kind of a trademark of


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Madonna. Beyoncé. Gaga. Elphaba.


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was able to start to feel that as well, that unapologetic, honest,

MD: I think there is a wave of younger people who are coming

love for what I do, for myself, for the people around me. It was

up on Broadway…and we can teach, and audiences will just sit

really cool to figure that out during this huge event happening

down and watch a story of a couple, and they happen to be a

in my life. I was so lucky that I didn’t have to shy away from

trans couple, that’s the goal. We have a long way to go, but I do

that in this role. I just would have never thought that I would

think we’re on the right track and it’s exciting.

be so open, four, three years ago. It’s so awesome that we get to tell this story every day and I see [these queer audience members]. I mean, it’s a theater, there’s no screen in between, we have these people who are a part of this cool community, who just live for us, for the story we’re telling, for the music and her… I love celebrating being queer and then also being able to celebrate the woman who has championed for them for a long time. It’s been an exciting few years. I have just fully fallen into who I am…in a pile of sequins. Cher has so many LGBTQIA+ fans. In The Cher Show, there

are multiple instances that acknowledge just how queer the audience is. How has that reception been so far?

SJB: A lot of the time in the Broadway scene, you don’t break what we call the fourth wall. You tell your story. You let the

audience view it. And that’s the relationship that you share. With The Cher Show, I pop up on stage, I break the fourth wall immediately and welcome the audience into my story. I immediately called them queens. I immediately welcome our flamboyant gentleman. I speak to the power of women. So there’s this wonderful recognition that happens right off the bat and sets the tone for what the evening is going to be, and it’s total Cher… I’ve always seen theater and Broadway specifically as

being at the forefront of including different identities within its productions, its lyrics, and its characters. Different

intersectional identities are being represented more and

more in other forms of entertainment, but how do you see this happening in theater?

MD: I think you’re right…it is starting to become more

celebrated. I think the key is to continue telling the stories of those human beings…that haven’t been told for a long time, so we need to catch our asses up. I want [queer people] to be in roles that the crowd wouldn’t normally associate with a different gender, a different sexuality...However, we have a long way to go before it becomes not a question that casting calls will be open to all gender identities…it’s tricky, it’s kind of a spiral effect, because we also need more female directors, we need more trans casting directors, you know what I mean? So there’s a whole series of events that can help that with the people on the other side of the table, to give us those opportunities. SJB: Well for me, I was born and raised in Republican, Orange County, California and I started doing some theater there.

For me, theater has always been a safe haven for all types, whether it be gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, and… there are these little pockets that bring together all sorts of people to create art. I think historically that’s always been the case. Now it feels “safer” for the music industry to do, for the movie industry to do, especially television, that now gets to be broadcast in everybody’s home, whether you live in a small town in middle America or a huge city like New York City, we’re able to bring these less recognized people [together] to say, ‘We’re everywhere!”

What do you hope that the LGTBQIA+ community takes away from The Cher Show?

MD: I want people to walk out of the theater and feel proud of

who they are and so unapologetic and know that everyone has a long way to go, but we are all on our path and be proud of that. TW: It’s the fighting, the struggle, the battle…it may never be over, but you keep doing it so that you can continue to stand up to it. And if you stand up to it, you get your own strength and your own courage, and you really get to find your own voice. That’s the message that I’ve been inspired by from this show. And I’m trying to embrace it in my life, so, hopefully, others will too. SJB: I hope they take away that we not only see them and recognize them, but we celebrate them…the energy that they bring into the theater every night, the acceptance which they are so lovingly giving us every night and that has always been Cher’s half. She says, ‘I see you, I recognize you and I love you!’ And I hope that this show is doing that. It’s not just for the community to sit and enjoy and go on this really fun and sparkly ride, which we do offer, but that they also see the humanity in the show and therefore the humanity in themselves, all the while celebrating who they are. See The Cher Show, now running at The Neil Simon Theater For tickets visit: thechershowbroadway.com.


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JONATHAN MEIZLER Founder and Creative Director of Accessory Brand TITLE OF WORK, titleofwork.com DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE IN THREE WORDS:

Minimal, Monochromatic and Deconstructed

Jonathan wears pique polo and relaxed summer wool

trousers, both by DIOR HOMME, available at NORDSTROM MEN’S STORE, NYC, 235 West 57th Street, NYC, shop.nordstrom.com


Branding Specialist and Founder of Branding Agency, RO NEW YORK, ronewyork.com WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

People inspire me. Especially the younger generation seeing how they are carving their paths for the future!

Rony wears fine gauge sweater and relaxed summer wool

trousers, both by DIOR HOMME, available at NORDSTROM MEN’S STORE, NYC, 235 West 57th Street, NYC, shop.nordstrom.com

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BOBBY PENNEY Actor and Model FAVORITE QUOTE:

“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” - Dr. Seuss

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ELLIOTT SAILORS Model, Actor, Speaker, Coach and Co-Founder of Genderless Brand, TOMISNOTABOY, tomisnotaboy.com Love is…My Religion.

Elliott wears rayon long-sleeve house, UNIQLO, uniqlo.com.


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Proudly celebrating the LGBTQ+ Community. Happy Pride.


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DENISE BIDOT Model and Activist WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

My daughter will always be my first inspiration! Professionally having seen the impact that the past10 years of pushing for inclusivity and representation has had, makes me want to keep striving for more!


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Denise wears authentic boxy crewneck t-shirt and sky high

distressed true skinny jeans, both by GAP, gap.com. 18K Gold HardWear, earrings, necklace, bracelet, T Two hinged bangle

with diamonds and Tiffany Square timepiece, all by TIFFANY & CO., tiffany.com.


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GEORGE SOTELO Founder and Designer of resort wear brand THORSUN, thornsun.com WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

“I’m mostly inspired by travel and interesting funny, unconventional people.

George wears linen shirt by THORSUN.


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WE ARE PROUD TO SUPPORT WORLDPRIDE 2019.


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MEMSOR KAMARAKE Creative Director and Fashion Stylist, memsorkamarake.com

Memsor wears stretch poplin shirt with piping detail and wool Christian Dior Atelier jacket, both by DIOR HOMME, available

at NORDSTROM MEN’S STORE, NYC, 235 West 57th Street, NYC, shop.nordstrom.com. Paloma’s Graffiti Love 18K Gold single earring, TIFFANY & CO., tiffany.com


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DAN BELKIN Surgical and Cosmetic Dermatologist, LASER & SKIN SURGERY CENTER OF NEW YORK, laserskinsurgery.com WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE?

“A man’s fear of his fate is ofter his fate, leaping to avoid it…he meets it” - from Seneca’s Oedipus


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We march for The artists. The dancers. The outcasts. The rebels. The visionaries. The dreamers. The chosen families. The carers. The lost. The wandering. The trailblazers. The honest. The questioning. The confident. The leaders. The proud. The icons. The activists. And all those still to come.


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RENEE BLACKMAN Private Chef and Caterer, chefreneeblackman.com WHERE ARE YOU FROM AND WHERE DO YOU LIVE?

I’m from a beautiful island called Barbados! Living a fruitful live in New York City!

Renee wears summer wool double breasted blazer, VERSACE, versace.com


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MEMSOR KAMARAKE WHAT DOES THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF STONEWALL MEAN TO YOU?

How we self-identify is so important; who we are, who we love and how we love are as unique as our fingerprints, so I take any chance I can get to celebrate and give thanks to those brave pioneers who fought towards their vision of more equal and inclusive society!

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MILLIONS OF MOMENTS OF US Written By: Eboni Munn

For its WorldPride 2019 | Stonewall 50 campaign, NYC Pride and Bellweather Agency photographed over 30+ passionate influencers from the LGBTQIA+ community who come from diverse backgrounds and share personal stories. Cast and curated by Eboni Munn, NYC Pride’s Communications Manager, this year’s campaign speaks to the breadth and depth HE/HIM

of our community. We’ve highlighted a few of our influencers to get their take on being included in such a monumental year.

MYLES LOFTIN HOW DO YOU SHOW UP IN THE WORLD / HOW DO YOU IDENTIFY? I identify as a black pansexual man.

WHAT DOES BEING REPRESENTED WITHIN THE OFFICIAL WORLDPRIDE | STONEWALL 50 CREATIVE MEAN TO YOU?

It’s a really special feeling to be represented in the official WorldPride | Stonewall 50 campaign. Growing up I didn’t always see myself represented in media, so now I have the opportunity to be that representation for black queer kids who might feel weird or different or not accepted. WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED TO EXPERIENCE IN THE MONTH OF JUNE?

I’m most excited to spend this year’s Pride with my first boyfriend. IF YOU COULD HAVE A ONE ON ONE WITH YOUR YOUNGER SELF, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY?

I would tell my younger self that one day he will be confident enough to stand proudly in his identity regardless of what people think of him. FINISH THIS STATEMENT: MILLIONS OF MOMENTS OF PRIDE MEANS…

Being proud of who you are every second of every day. WHAT LASTING LEGACY WOULD YOU LIKE TO LEAVE THE WORLD?

I’d like to be remembered for using my platform to

encourage inclusivity and acceptance of those who are often times marginalized.

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WORLDPRIDE 2019 STONEWALL 50 CAMPAIGN


EBONY / SHE / HER

DENISE / SHE / HER

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TEAM 2 MOMS HOW DO YOU SHOW UP IN THE WORLD / HOW DO YOU IDENTIFY? We identify as a lesbian couple who are not afraid to be ourselves. WHAT DOES BEING REPRESENTED WITHIN THE OFFICIAL WORLDPRIDE | STONEWALL 50 CREATIVE MEAN TO YOU?

Being represented within the official WorldPride | Stonewall 50 creative is an absolute honor. This opportunity has probably been one of our most proudest and memorable moments since we’ve started Team2Moms. WorldPride | Stonewall 50 is going to be an iconic event for the history of LGBTQIA+ pride and to know

every year, for the last several years. To experience it this year, knowing that people have traveled all over the world to attend, we can only imagine what the energy is going to be like. IF YOU COULD HAVE A ONE ON ONE WITH YOUR YOUNGER SELF, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY?

Ebony: I would tell my younger self to stop caring what others

we are a part of this moment is completely amazing.

think and just be YOU.

WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED TO EXPERIENCE IN THE MONTH

Denise: I would tell my younger self to try new things.

We are most excited to experience everything but if we had to

FINISH THIS STATEMENT: MILLIONS OF MOMENTS OF PRIDE

OF JUNE?

choose, the NYC Pride March. We’ve attended the Pride March

MEANS…

To love, conquer, and overcome.


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What actions will you take?

Fifty years ago, LGBTQI+ patrons and allies at NYC’s Stonewall Inn demanded an equal life free of persecution, and stood up for justice in an unjust society. This year, we asked people of Microsoft to share actions they are taking in pushing LGBTQI+ inclusion forward. You can see some of their responses on these buttons. Stonewall happened because people took action. microsoft.com/pride


HE / HIM

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DONALD LEE HOW DO YOU SHOW UP IN THE WORLD / HOW DO YOU IDENTIFY? I’m a gay amputee, literally and figuratively. Slaysian on occasion when the mood is right. WHAT DOES BEING REPRESENTED WITHIN THE OFFICIAL WORLDPRIDE | STONEWALL 50 CREATIVE MEAN TO YOU? It’s beyond me. Like many people, I have struggled with

self-image and cultural erasure and had to unlearn the hurt buried within to embrace who I am today. I check almost every minority category you can think of: gay, POC, immigrant, disabled, lower working class, middle-age - now I realize the category is simply me. How freeing it is to be outside those boxes we put ourselves in. When I saw the cast for WorldPride | Stonewall 50 campaign, I got verklempt because I see a version of myself reflected in every one of them -- not in terms of characteristics but by the indomitable spirit of our community across gender spectrum, age, and background. The message is clear. Love every hue of humankind. We are it! WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED TO EXPERIENCE IN THE MONTH OF JUNE?

I’m ready to sissy that March! In today’s divisive political climate even within LGBTQIA+ communities, it is so important to come together and celebrate the very essence of our shared struggle. Besides, the best parties and looks are the ones on the streets. WHAT LASTING LEGACY WOULD YOU LIKE TO LEAVE THE WORLD?

Maya Angelou once told Oprah, “You have no idea what your

legacy will be! Your legacy is every life you touch!” With that in mind, I hope part of my legacy will be a message. “Be kind to yourself. The world needs you!”


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MX JUSTIN VIVIAN BOND HOW DO YOU SHOW UP IN THE WORLD / HOW DO YOU IDENTIFY? Non-binary, GNC, Queer, Trans Femme, They/Them

WHAT DOES BEING REPRESENTED WITHIN THE OFFICIAL WORLDPRIDE | STONEWALL 50 CREATIVE MEAN TO YOU? It’s nice to be acknowledged as a creative force within

my community. Being a visibly queer performer was a big commitment and risk when I started out. It makes me proud and happy to still be relevant and to see how my choice back then has benefited so many younger artists today. IF YOU COULD HAVE A ONE ON ONE WITH YOUR YOUNGER SELF, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY?

Your dreams will come true, just have patience, you’re not in control of the timing. Also, don’t feel guilty about taking care of yourself. Surround yourself with beauty because that is where you thrive. Go home before last call! WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED TO EXPERIENCE IN THE MONTH OF JUNE?

I am thrilled to be performing multiple shows at Joe’s Pub during NYC Pride weekend. WHAT LASTING LEGACY WOULD YOU LIKE TO LEAVE THE WORLD?

I’ve worked very hard not to have to be something for other people. There was a lot of pressure to conform to various ideas of who and what I should be. I hope that by owning and living my truth that I, along with others who have done the same, will open minds and hearts to make the world a more accepting, loving, and safe space in which to express the inherent beauty of each person’s uniqueness.


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THEY/THEM

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JETH RADER HOW DO YOU SHOW UP IN THE WORLD / HOW DO YOU IDENTIFY? Nonbinary Filipino-American

WHAT DOES BEING REPRESENTED WITHIN THE OFFICIAL WORLDPRIDE | STONEWALL 50 CREATIVE MEAN TO YOU?

As a nonbinary Filipino-American biomedical scientist who grew up in a small town in Colorado, I have never really known anyone to look up to who shares most, if not all, the same identities as me. Being represented within the official WorldPride | Stonewall 50 creative means having an opportunity to be the role model that I wanted while growing up, and for that, I am incredibly grateful, honored, and proud. IF YOU COULD HAVE A ONE ON ONE WITH YOUR YOUNGER SELF, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY?

I grew up very insecure and unconfident in myself—from the way I dressed, to the way I looked, to the way I identified. I also didn’t know what my passions were or where my interests lie. I was so afraid to tell people that I didn’t know the answers to these seemingly basic questions, that I spent years pretending to be someone I wasn’t. Now, though I have some answers, there’s still a lot that I don’t know. And that is okay. Being able to admit that I don’t know the answers is me accepting myself for me: an intellectual, a creative, a nonbinary person, a successful person despite not having answers. So I would tell my younger self that it is okay to not know. FINISH THIS STATEMENT: MILLIONS OF MOMENTS OF PRIDE MEANS…

Millions of moments of joy, self love, and acceptance.


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SHE/HER

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LORELEI BLACK HOW DO YOU SHOW UP IN THE WORLD / HOW DO YOU IDENTIFY? I show up in the world as queer, black, femme.

WHAT DOES BEING REPRESENTED WITHIN THE OFFICIAL WORLDPRIDE | STONEWALL 50 CREATIVE MEAN TO YOU?

It means being a part of a momentous moment in Pride history and standing proudly in my queerness. WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED TO EXPERIENCE IN THE MONTH OF JUNE?

I’m most excited to celebrate my community, with my community! IF YOU COULD HAVE A ONE ON ONE WITH YOUR YOUNGER SELF, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY?

Your sexuality is yours. Your queerness is YOURS. It is not something that needs to be proven. FINISH THIS STATEMENT: MILLIONS OF MOMENTS OF PRIDE MEANS…

Basking in the beauty and resilience of my city and my community.


Everyone is unique, so we aim to create an environment where all employees feel included, respected, and valued. We are honored to be recognised as the Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality in the 2018 US Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index.

If we don’t reflect the culture, we aren’t part of it.

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Everyone has a story to tell


HE/HIM

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TY DEFOE HOW DO YOU SHOW UP IN THE WORLD / HOW DO YOU IDENTIFY? Two Spirit/TGNC! (Anishinaabe and Oneida Nations)

WHAT DOES BEING REPRESENTED WITHIN THE OFFICIAL WORLDPRIDE | STONEWALL 50 CREATIVE MEAN TO YOU? Celebration of resilience!

IF YOU COULD HAVE A ONE ON ONE WITH YOUR YOUNGER SELF, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY? Casting and Curating by: Eboni Munn Creative Direction by: Bellweather Agency Photography by: Mamadi Doumbouya Styling by: Jacob Bengel Makeup and Hair by: Shideh Kafei, Dee Tranny Bear

Keep shining that light!

FINISH THIS STATEMENT: MILLIONS OF MOMENTS OF PRIDE MEANS…

A galaxy of stars. WHAT LASTING LEGACY WOULD YOU LIKE TO LEAVE THE WORLD? We have been here, we are here, keep on with moving, rise!


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Celebrating the Magic in Everyone At The Walt Disney Company we entertain, inform and inspire people around the globe through unparalleled storytelling. We thrive when our employees reflect the world around us and their ideas and decisions are valued and encouraged. This is how we celebrate the magic in everyone. We are proud to support NYC Pride and WorldPride.


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UPTOWN & DOWNTOWN WITH LANCE SCOTT Written by Nikkita Thompson Photographer: Flaminia Fanale

New York style has always resembled the split between the contemporary and the classic along with the fresh and the ageless. Interior designer Lance Scott uses these would-be conflicting concepts to create edgy and elegant living spaces for some of the prized properties within New York City.


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DOWNTOWN

As the saying around town goes, “There is no more space left in the city of New York,” but Lance Scott, one of the partners

at David Kleinberg Design Associates (dkda.com), has enough

experience in the interior design world to debunk that particular myth. As a designer for those in New York who enjoy subtle opulence, Lance has access to some of the most coveted and grand residences in the city. Take the the East Village townhouse Lance is currently preparing to redesign where he recently filled the home with temporary pieces so the owners can live comfortably in the space. During a visit to the home Lance mentioned, “Downtown, especially areas like the East Village, are classic. This home feels more like a gallery; it is almost museum like.”

When planning the decor for the first floor of this townhouse, Lance kept in mind that the home served as a place to entertain guests so he sought to give the aesthetic of “traditional mixed with contemporary vintage.” The vintage theme remains apparent when transitioning to the spacious living room with varied seating options. Eyes are promptly drawn towards the delicate wooden chairs by the sliding glass coffee table. While the wooden chairs were salvaged from the Hamptons, the coffee table and other decor assets of the residence were brought in from ABC Carpet & Home, a New York City furnishing staple. Lance explained that the owners of the townhouse needed to move in quickly, so he only had two days to shop and pull items. Thankfully, he takes a keen interest in knowing his clients’ taste so the short turnaround was not a point of pressure for him.


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UPTOWN

Uptown on Park Avenue is an experience unparalleled by any other part of New York City. In this regal-like oasis, Lance Scott and the DKDA firm took on a full remodel of the space. The project took over one year to complete. “This is an old Park Avenue building with a modern feel,” said Lance upon entering the grand foyer of the apartment. The space was much more defined yet the living room / library area provided ample seating room to entertain a small party when necessary. Lance enjoys helping clients figure out their personal themes for their homes. While working with the same client on multiple properties around the world he can hone in on what type of living environment they desire depending on the location.

As a Texas native, Lance originally started his career in architecture, but began to focus more on interior design in 2000 when he moved to New York. His foundation in architecture cooperates seamlessly with his eye for design to create fully functional spaces. The Park Avenue apartment is comprised of several concealed closets to create a clean, uncluttered look. Using the large windows as backdrop, Lance chose to fill the void with simple table trinkets amid a beautiful porcelain lamp. Despite it being a one-bedroom residence, the living quarters are very spacious and inviting. Lance blends soft blues and greys into the bedroom to compliment the marble filled bathroom, which is primarily used by the leading lady of the house.

Whether you are downtown in the Village hosting a late night gathering or uptown taking care of business affairs, Lance Scott’s eye for decor and design is sure to make you feel at ease. When designing for New York specifically he said, “It’s all about the box you are given.” His success in interior design comes from his ability to plan creatively and appropriately for the space. With a global client list linked with a love for both the modern and antique, Lance Scott emerges as a leader in his field, setting the trend for fellow designers to try and imitate his aesthetic. That is, only if they can keep up with him.


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SIMPLE SNACKS WITH A SIMPLE MESSAGE

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WORLDPRIDE 2019 | STONEWALL 50 EVENTS

IT’S

TIME TO EXPERIENCE “THE OTHER SIDE OF Pride” with an epic, bigger-than-life Pride

weekend unlike anything else! Experience

Solidarity WorldPride Weekend, an official partner event of WorldPride NYC, spanning over three nights and featuring twelve international DJs! Prepare yourself for mind blowing production, amorous visuals and some of the most provocative performers all producing an unforgettable experience. Solidarity will start on Thursday, June 27 with Hustlaball, the most erotic and hedonistic gay dance party, featuring DJs Steven Redant (Barcelona), Chris Bekker (Berlin) and Dawson (NYC). The event kicks off at 10 p.m. and goes till the early morning hours at 3 Dollar Bill in Bushwick, Brooklyn. We continue with D3 DIES3L from Madrid on Friday, June 28, the world’s largest muscle bear party taking over the newly renovated Webster Hall. World famous Mark Knight (UK) and Ralphi Rosario (Chicago) will be ruling the decks of the main ballroom while Alyson Calagna (Miami), and Nick Bertossi (Vancouver) will crush it in the Marlin Room. To close out Solidarity WorldPride Weekend on Saturday, June 29, New York City’s BRUT, the nation’s original and largest underground leather/fetish party, takes over the Playstation Theater in the heart of Times Square. Tickets available at solidaritypride.com.


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WORLDPRIDE 2019 | STONEWALL 50 EVENTS

SUNDAY, JUNE 23 TIME: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

LOCATION: Magic Hour at MOXY Times Square TICKETS: nycpride.frontgatetickets.com

Help us honor inspiring LGBTQIA+ business leaders at this exclusive New Orleans themed brunch event. Now entering its seventh year, NYC Pride and the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce are excited to welcome all to another delicious year. The Pride Luminaries Brunch celebrates business leaders that have made an impact on LGBTQIA+ equality in the workplace throughout the year. So dress to impress and join industry insiders, media mavens and proud politicians for what will be the brunch affair of the season. We will be presenting two Luminary awards this year to Gamechangers within our community.

BEVERLY TILLERY, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR NYC Anti-Violence Project

Beverly Tillery is an experienced leader, advocate, and national organizer working to address and end all forms of violence through education and organizing and supports survivors through counseling and advocacy. She was previously Deputy Director of Education and Public Affairs at Lambda Legal, where she led national educational and advocacy campaigns and community-based research projects aimed at changing policies to achieve full recognition of the rights of LGBTQ people and

obtaining new birth certificates, and getting married. Both male and female same-sex activity has been legal in the Republic of Ireland since 1993. And confirming that people should be judged by who they are and not who they love, Leo Varadkar was appointed as Ireland’s Taoiseach (head of government), and thus became the fourth openly gay head of state/government in

people living with HIV.

the world.

THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

Tickets include four hour unlimited open bar, VIP gift bag, and

On May 23, 2015, the government voted in favor of same-sex marriage, making Ireland the first country in the world to do so. As of July 2015, the people of Ireland can self-declare their gender for the purpose of updating passports, driving licenses,

delicious brunch buffet. Proceeds go to benefit NYC Pride and its annual free events such as Youth Pride, Family Movie Night, The March, PrideFest, and more!


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At Citi, we’re prouder than ever to support the LGBT+ community around the world, today, tomorrow and into the future. As we reflect on how far the community has come, it renews our dedication to keep pushing forward. #StandForProgress

© 2019 Citigroup Inc. Citi and Citi with Arc Design are registered service marks of Citigroup Inc.


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WORLDPRIDE 2019 | STONEWALL 50 EVENTS

SATURDAY, JUNE 29 TIME: 5 p.m. to midnight

LOCATION: The DL (95 Delancey St., New York, NY 10002) TICKETS: nycpride.frontgatetickets.com

All proud bodies are welcome this year to NYC Pride’s Teaze event, in partnership with dapperQ and Presented by T-Mobile. This long-running dance event is open to anyone and everyone

General admission starts at $30, while the VIP Pass starts at $60 and includes express entry, VIP seating areas on all three floors of the venue, and an hour of private open bar in the VIP area.

21 and older. Get ready to dance the night away with great DJs at the one of the hottest locations in the Lower East Side.

All proceeds from Teaze benefit NYC Pride’s free events, such as the March, PrideFest, Family Movie Night, Youth Pride and

This year, Teaze will feature DJs brought to you by Brooklynbased queer parties bklyn boihood, Set It Off, Rosegold,

Yellow Jackets Collective, and Truuu. We’ll close out the night with LA-based DJ, drummer, vocalist and activist Madame

Gandhi headlining. With all these artists on board, it’s sure to be an amazing night.

more! Additional proceeds benefit local LGBTQIA+ community organizations.


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WORLDPRIDE 2019 | STONEWALL 50 EVENTS

JUNE 29 TIME: 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Dance on the most exclusive rooftop venue overlooking the greatest city in the world during the best weekend of the year! This is one of the official Saturday afternoon events of NYC Pride, the largest Pride week in the nation. Get your tickets early to make sure you’re a part of one of the largest fundraisers for NYC Pride. Last year we saw 850 of our friends under the summer sky, and we are looking forward to living our best lives with 1,000 partygoers on June 29. The tunes are going to be out of this world with DJs Ben Baker, Grind & Toy, and Kitty Glitter.

VIP Rooftop Party serves as a fundraiser to help NYC Pride raise crucial funds to help produce a multitude of free events such as our new Youth Pride, Family Movie Night, PrideFest, The March, The Rally and many more!


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WORLDPRIDE 2019 | STONEWALL 50 EVENTS

SATURDAY, JUNE 22 TIME: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The host for the 2019 Cosplay and Pride event will be the

TICKETS: nycpride.frontgatetickets.com

is New York City’s premiere glamorous singing drag queen.

NYC Pride is thrilled to bring back our Cosplay event, in

intense fandom, irreverent humor, burlesque, and celebrity

LOCATION: Pier 40 at Hudson River Park

partnership with the creators of FlameCon, the LGBTQIA+ nonprofit Geeks OUT. Get your cosplay costumes ready as we’ll be releasing further details on talent in the weeks ahead. Guests will be able to hop on board starting at 6 p.m. and the boat will launch into the Hudson promptly at 7 p.m. Everyone will be returned safely to port by 10 p.m.

amazing Petra Fried! Petra Fried, the “dad-joke of drag,”

Petra combines classically trained live singing, lip syncing, impersonation to create unique storytelling experiences for the queer community and beyond. Aja Kween will be headlining for the evening, and we couldn’t be any more excited! As a non-binary queer artist and performer, Aja (they/them pronouns) is bringing the art of drag into the masc-dominated world of hip-hop. With their criticallyacclaimed debut EP In My Feelings (May 2018) and breakout on RuPaul’s Drag Race and RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 3, Aja has performed epic live shows around the world, dedicated to uplifting their fans and empowering them to be in control of their own destiny.


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MassMutual® is a proud partner of WorldPride 2019 | Stonewall 50 We understand the unique financial concerns of the LGBTQ community and can help you plan to ensure your loved ones are protected. For more than 165 years, MassMutual has helped customers on their quest for financial freedom. While we stand and celebrate with you today, we’re always here to support you. To everyone celebrating in New York, Happy Pride.

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IS FITNESS A REQUIREMENT TO BE QUEER?

“HE SAID, ‘I ONLY DATE MEN WITH ABS,’ BUT ALL I DID WAS SAY HELLO.”

Written By: Shawn Kobetz

Photographer: Flaminia Fanale

“HE WASN’T SKINNY ENOUGH.”

“THERE IS THIS EXPECTATION AS A GAY MAN TO BE FIT.”

“SHE TOLD ME I’M TOO MUSCULAR FOR A WOMAN.” “I DIDN’T GO TO THE GYM BECAUSE I DIDN’T FEEL COMFORTABLE USING THE LOCKER ROOM OF MY CHOICE.”

“SOCIAL MEDIA SCROLLING, THAT MAKES ME FEEL LIKE GARBAGE.” “I REDUCED MY CALORIC INTAKE TO UNDER 1,000 CALORIES A DAY BECAUSE YOU CAN’T BE GAY AND FAT.”

“I FEEL THIS PRESSURE EVERYDAY I LOOK IN THE MIRROR.”

Model: Lewis Mcnairy

These experiences and thoughts are all true, unnecessary, and happen way too often. Fitness is supposed to be this incredible world for people to experience. Running, weight lifting, cycling classes, yoga: all things that should increase our endorphins, and make us happier and healthier people. But did we allow that to stop? Instead of looking good and feeling better, did we succumb to the pressures that society created with magazine covers and social media influencers? And did we allow that to happen within our LGBTQIA+ community, a community that should be filled with love and acceptance? Did we make fitness a requirement to be gay?

About ten years ago, I was unhappy, in the closet and not physically active. My mother told me to try a cycling class at the Equinox in Woodbury, NY. I went, not sure what to expect, and although my legs were burning, my butt was sore and I was drenched in sweat, I was hooked. Ten years, a handful of fitness centers, fad diets, and hundreds of dollars spent on the latest and greatest workout gear, I am still just as hooked. In fact, I am now a certified cycling instructor at Equinox, so I guess my mom was right when she told me I would love it.


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MAID OF THE MIST | NIAGARA FALLS


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celebration [in larger settings] and I hope to see that change with time.” In fact, group fitness instructor Flaminia Fanale believes that the “...fitness world is one of the most inclusive industries.” So the question remains, if we feel that the physical space of a fitness center is welcoming and inclusive, how do we overcome these thoughts? How do we make fitness a perk and not a requirement to be gay? “Taking the time to get to know people, without judgment, makes every place more inclusive…Tweet less, think more about your own personal journey and goals, then go surround yourself with people who support that. All this ramble just to say: let’s support one another in our goals to be better people,” says Kyle O’Brien, a NYC-based cycling instructor. So we start off following Kyle’s words. We focus less on the social media, less on what another person is doing, and more Another thing that happened during this time was something

on what you want to do as an individual. We find those people

many of you understand all too well: learning to accept myself.

who have similar goals as us, or—even if their goals are polar

Learning that it is ok to be whoever you want to be, that it is

opposite—we find people who can lift us up and motivate us. We

ok to be gay. A large part of this growth and acceptance took

take it one day at a time and ultimately we can start enjoying

place within my fitness journey. Meeting new people in group

fitness again, instead of letting it negatively control our lives.

fitness classes and seeing a diverse group of people on the main floor really opened my eyes. In a way I was almost jealous of these total strangers who were living as their true selves. It

And if these words seem easier said than done, perhaps you try one of the NYC based fitness centers below? They represent a

made me realize that I too can be happy, no matter whom I love.

good selection of places where queer people in our city have

For me fitness became a safe space both physically and

they want to be.

felt welcomed, safe, and celebrated for who they are and who mentally. It was a place where I learned acceptance, saw more diversity, and matured in ways I never thought I could. Walking into a fitness club became a time for me to meet new people, especially people who identify in ways I do. Fitness centers became a place where I went on dates, where I met one of my first boyfriends, where I could escape to at the end of the day. I have been fortunate enough to have such positive experiences within this world, but I also have fallen victim to some of the negative. That feeling mentioned above of, “am I fit enough, am I skinny enough, do I have enough muscles, do I look good in this class, am I going to embarrass myself?” I decided to look into this more. As someone who has benefited so much from fitness, I want to believe that we aren’t all victims to these thoughts. I want to believe that in a community where acceptance is everything, fitness doesn’t have to be a negative part of that. I sat down with about a dozen members of the LGBTQIA+ fitness community. I picked everyone’s mind from fellow instructors, gym junkies, and those who have never stepped foot inside of a gym. The common theme: We all feel the pressure to look a certain way, but still love fitness! At this point I was slightly relieved. Relieved that I was not alone and relieved that, despite pressures we may face, we can find fitness centers as a safe and inclusive space. Not one person I spoke to, from New York to Oregon, felt that they

BOOT CAMP CLASSES: Barry’s Boot Camp barrysbootcamp.com FULL GYM EXPERIENCE: Equinox equinox.com OUTDOOR RUNNING: Frontrunners frny.org YOGA: Pure Yoga pureyoga.com PILATES: S.L.T (Strengthen- Lengthen- Tone) sltnyc.com WEIGHT LIFTING: Solace solacenewyork.com INDOOR CYCLING: Soul Cycle soul-cycle.com SWIMMING: Team New York Aquatics tnya.org PERSONAL TRAINING AND GYM BUDDIES:

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could not find at least one fitness center to call home. One thing I found interesting was that many, including myself, feel more comfortable at boutique gyms rather than nationwide chains. Lianne Saffer, a cycling instructor from Portland, Oregon says, “[Inclusivity is] definitely growing but there is also a lot more room for growth. I absolutely feel more included in a more boutique setting. There’s not a lot of acknowledgment or

And if you still aren’t sure about checking one of these out, then grab a friend and go for a walk in Central Park! Start small and slowly work your way up to where you want to be! There is no rush, there should be no pressure, there is no fitness requirement to be a part of the LGBTQIA+ community.


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POSH PRIDE PADS ARLO SOHO

THESE HIP HOTEL DESTINATIONS ARE THE PERFECT LOCATIONS TO UNWIND AND RELAX DURING YOUR STAY FOR WORLDPRIDE | STONEWALL 50 ACE HOTEL

THE AVALON HOTEL NEW YORK

Ace Hotel is a collection of individuals, multiple and inclusive,

The Avalon Hotel New York, a short sashay from fabulous

20 W. 29TH ST., NEW YORK, NY 10001

16 E. 32ND ST., NEW YORK, NY 10016

seeking to embrace the cities we’re in by building spaces

shopping, bars and restaurants, is a luxurious boutique hotel in

for collective gathering. Ace is committed to creating an

midtown south offering 100 unique and spacious guest rooms

intersectional environment, and strives to create a safe space

and suites. They are proud to welcome and celebrate love and

for the LGBTQIA+ community.

freedom during WorldPride.

ARLO SOHO

CONCORDE HOTEL NEW YORK

Arlo SoHo is within walking distance to NYC’s most monumental

With four rooms per floor and soaring 37 stories into the

acehotel.com/newyork

231 HUDSON ST., NEW YORK, NY 10013

avalonhotelnyc.com

127 E. 55TH ST., NEW YORK, NY 10022

LGBTQIA+ historic sites and party venues, making it the perfect

New York City skyline, The Concorde Hotel features 122

home base for your WorldPride adventure. Arlo SoHo is excited

well-appointed, spacious guest rooms and suites offering

to welcome a global clientele looking for an approachable, out-

breathtaking views of Manhattan. The hotel is steps away from

of-the-ordinary hotel experience.

New York’s world-renowned shopping, dining, and attractions.

ARLO NOMAD

FREEHAND NEW YORK

Arlo NoMad brings the best of the surrounding neighborhood

Freehand New York is delighted to participate in WorldPride

arlohotels.com

11 E. 31ST ST., NEW YORK, NY 10016

concordehotelnewyork.com

23 LEXINGTON AVE., NEW YORK, NY 10010

into the hotel; from their Real Sexy Variety Party (R.S.V.P.) show

2019. Everyone is welcomed, embraced, appreciated and

to their rooftop fitness series, there is something for everyone.

loved. They celebrate the free spirit, the hard working, the

The hotel was designed with social gatherings in mind, making it

creatives, the lovers and fighters and everyone in-between.

a prime destination for WorldPride festivities. arlohotels.com/arlo-nomad

freehandhotels.com/new-york


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JAMES NEW YORK — SOHO 27 GRAND ST., NEW YORK, NY 10013

The James New York — SoHo is proud to be, again this year, one of NYC Pride’s hotel sponsors. They are pleased to welcome guests this summer to experience sanctuary and scene in the heart of SoHo.

jameshotels.com/new-york-soho

POD HOTELS

The Pod Hotels, with locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn, are thrilled to welcome the global LGBTQIA+ community for a historic WorldPride. They’re excited to offer stylish and budget friendly accommodations, so you can focus on the celebration.

CONCORDE HOTEL

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THE ROW

700 8TH AVE., NEW YORK, NY 10036

Call Row NYC your home away from home. Here they pioneer a new era of individuality among Times Square hotels by meeting NYC’s signature urban grit with grandeur. Transfer your New York City stay into a completely contemporary experience, conveniently being steps away from Hell’s Kitchen and a 10 minute subway ride from the West Village. Celebrate Pride at Row NYC, an LGBTQIA+ friendly hotel. rownyc.com

W NEW YORK — TIMES SQUARE 1567 BROADWAY, NEW YORK, NY 10036

W HOBOKEN

W New York — Times Square is ready to own the moment for WorldPride. Their location just steps from the Closing Ceremony keeps you close to the action.

W NEW YORK — DOWNTOWN 8 ALBANY ST., NEW YORK, NY 10006

W New York — Downtown invites you to live it up for WorldPride. Sip cocktails on their Living Room Terrace, with sweeping views of downtown.

W NEW YORK — UNION SQUARE

201 PARK AVE. SOUTH, NEW YORK, NY 10003

W New York — Union Square invites you to steal the scene at WorldPride. Their prime location puts you at the intersection of uptown and downtown.

W HOBOKEN

225 RIVER STREET, HOBOKEN, NJ 07030

W Hoboken is full of limitless possibilities for WorldPride. They’re perfectly placed across the water from Manhattan for incredible views.

Website for all W Hotels: whotelsnewyork.com

JAMES SOHO

POD 51 HOTEL


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W NEW YORK — DOWNTOWN

YOTEL NEW YORK

ANDAZ 5TH AVENUE

YOTEL is a global hospitality brand that redefines the traditional

The New York loft-style guest rooms complement the hotel’s

570 10TH AVE., NEW YORK, NY 10036

hotel experience. Inspired by the luxury of first class airline travel, YOTEL uses signature cutting-edge design and technology to create small but perfectly-formed spaces with everything you need and nothing you don’t. A proud sponsor of WorldPride 2019, YOTEL New York embraces diversity and inclusion. YOTEL is thrilled to support the local LGBTQ community and to be able to play a larger role in supporting this iconic event. yotel.com

MARRIOTT MARQUIS

1535 BROADWAY, NEW YORK, NY 10036

The New York Marriott Marquis, in the heart of Times Square, brings the excitement and electric energy of the city just outside our doors. Steps away from Broadway theaters, shopping and restaurants, this iconic hotel welcomes all, from all over the world. Marriott International celebrates and supports inclusion, equality, peace and human rights; they have a longstanding commitment to diversity, and they believe that

485 5TH AVE, NEW YORK, NY 10017

unique design elements reminiscent of pre-war New York apartments. Expect 12’ floor-to-ceiling windows with views of 5th Avenue and the New York Public Library. newyork5thavenue.andaz.hyatt.co

AIRBNB

VARIOUS LOCATIONS

Looking for a unique place to stay in NYC? Through the Airbnb community, you have access to interesting neighborhoods, authentic experiences, and personalized hospitality intended just for you.

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GRAND HYATT NEW YORK

109 E 42ND ST, NEW YORK, NY 10017

Elevate your stay in New York City from good to grand at Grand

travel is a catalyst for peace and inclusiveness.

Hyatt New York, the only hotel connected to the majesty

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location places you within walking distance to the City’s best

marriott.com/hotels/travel/nycmq-new-york-marriott-

THE JAMES NEW YORK NOMAD 22 E 29TH ST, NEW YORK, NY 10016

The James New York - Nomad is honored to be a part of WorldPride in NYC and celebrate Stonewall 50. They believe that unity is what makes the city vibrant. Experience the balance of Sanctuary + Scene.

jameshotels.com/new-york-nomad

and advantages of Grand Central Terminal. Their 42nd Street dining, shopping, and attractions and many WorldPride | Stonewall 50 events!

newyork.grand.hyatt.com


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FOUR SEASONS HOTEL NEW YORK DOWNTOWN IS A PROUD SUPPORTER AND PARTNER OF 2019 WORLD PRIDE

Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown

27 Barclay Street, New York, NY 10007 fourseasons.com/newyorkdowntown

@fsnydowntown


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BLACK PRIDES’ MATTER WHY BLACK PRIDE MATTERS Written By: Samantha Marie Johnson

HISTORY

Black Pride is the celebration or gathering of LGBTQIA+ Pride for people of color in both the United States and around the world. The Black Pride movement started in the 1990s as an alternative space for people of color to celebrate Pride in a more comfortable and safe space. Historically, mainstream Pride celebrations leave little to no room to celebrate achievements or discuss solutions to critical issues that are relatable to LGBTQIA+ people of color. From that, Black Pride was born! Since its debut in Los Angeles we now see over 20 U.S.-based Black

were also created to provide spaces where people of color can let out a collective sigh of relief. Spaces in which we are protected, fought for, and celebrated according to UK Black Pride. It is both brave and dangerous to have open LGBTQIA+ celebrations in many places across the globe, especially in Jamaica. Montego Bay Pride has continued to grow its numbers and diverse programming, but even as we celebrate this, the organization is unable to openly promote the details of events due to major safety concerns.

Pride organizations providing spaces for all shades of melanin to freely express their pride. I sat down with UK Black Pride, ATL Black Pride, NYC Black Pride and Montego Bay Pride to get a better idea of the history, future goals, challenges and diversity within the growing Black Pride movement. The movement has strong roots in the United States and has now gained international momentum. Like many U.S.-based Black Pride organizations, UK Black Pride and Montego Bay Pride

CELEBRATIONS + CHALLENGES

There are many challenges Black Pride organizations face when producing events geared toward LGBTQIA+ people of color. From safety concerns to funding, to lack of sponsorship from corporate organizations across the board and even the general question of why we need “Black Pride.” Political pushback is also a major concern when the Administration in office do not


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see the need for Black Pride celebrations. It is important for

Rickie Smith, President of ATL Black Pride—one of the largest

the community and local governments to pay attention to and

movements in the U.S.—has the goal of representing all colors of

support local Black Pride organizations. As these public events

the rainbow & letters in the acronym. When you attend a Black

continue to grow, the support of the government becomes

Pride event you’re walking into a space that puts people of color

increasingly more important.

in the forefront of celebration. Black Pride organizations provide a wide range of programming that both celebrates how far the

The number of LGBTQIA+ murders have increased since 2014 according to anti-violence organizations. Seventy-two percent of hate crimes in the community were against trans

movement has come, educates attendees on the importance of HIV/AIDS prevention and other health issues, offers ways to combat hate, homophobia and more.

women, 90% of whom were trans women of color, according to stoptransmurders.org. The movement has come a long way since the Stonewall Riots and Black Pride organizations have made it a point to uplift pioneers such as Marsha P Johnson. Trans women of color have been at the forefront fighting for LGBTQIA+ rights, but sadly erased overtime. Black Pride provides a platform to educate attendees on our history and deep leadership roots within the movement. It’s movements like these that don’t allow for our history to be erased.

THE FUTURE

From workshops and panel discussions to beach parties and vogue balls, the diverse and robust lineup of events during Black Pride provides a space for all LGBTQIA+ people of of color. In order for the movement to grow there is a call to to action for communities, local businesses, government, and corporate entities to support Black Pride organizations. This doesn’t just mean sponsorship dollars for the events, but learning the history, understanding why the movement is necessary and openly advocating for issues that affect the community. “The Future is bright for the Black Pride movement, but there

is a lot of work to be done,” says Lee Soulja, President of NYC Black Pride. A stronger support system amongst these Pride

organizations is something Lee hopes will grow soon. Although these organizations are hosted in different parts of the world, there has been support amongst them. Like many volunteer-led organizations, the future of Black Pride depends on who shows up—who shows up to sit at the planning table, promote the events, provide funding, and volunteer on event days. “We quote Audre Lorde a lot because so much of her work was about understanding that we do not live single-issue lives. As such, our work can’t be single-issue. We think UK Black Pride has the potential to grow so much bigger and to join forces with

DIVERSITY & PROGRAMMING

The LGBTQIA+ community holds many faces and these organizations welcome everyone to have a seat at the table. Representation is best when we support not only ourselves, but individuals who do not look like us. Our trans, non-binary, gender-non-conforming and intersex siblings need our support. Most Black Pride organizations are reflections of political blackness and have taken on the responsibility of building up underrepresented individuals in the LGBTQIA+ community through annual programming.

other Black Pride organizations around the world. Whether that be opportunities to create content together to help signal boost the work of the community around the world or form coalitions working towards the global struggle for LGBTQ liberation, we know there is so much power when we come together,” said UK Black Pride Join us at the Human Rights Conference on June 24

and 25 at the New York Law School as these Black Pride

organizations have a seat at the table to discuss the future of the movement.


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love what’s on the inside.

©2018 Mars or Affiliates

#pride


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THE LATEX BALL Written by: Krishna Stone and Luna Ortiz

Ballroom culture has been a vital force in NYC history for

nearly 100 years, through the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s to the present time. It was not until the late 1960s

By the mid-1980s, there were 26 houses including Pendavis, Princess, Omni, LaBeija, Xtravaganza, Ebony, Dupree, Corey, Christian, Ninja, St. Laurent, and Chanel. The balls in the 1980s

that ballroom culture took the form of Ballroom as we know

were an age of idols. It was not by chance that the greatest of

it today. Houses were formed, competed and were judged for

all the goddesses in the ballroom all belonged to the “feathers

their talents in categories such as Model’s Effect, Costume

and beads” era that the fabulous five, Pepper Labeija, Avis

Extravaganza, Nostalgia, Ethnic Effect, Performance and Beauty.

Pendavis, Dorian Corey, Angie Xtravaganza and Paris Dupree

The House and Ball community, comprised predominately of

created. There were also gods in the 80s such as David Ultima,

black and Latino/a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)

Erskine Christian, Willie Ninja, Hector Xtravaganza, Michael

individuals, is built from an organizational structure of “houses.”

Ebony, and Kevin Omni. The ballroom scene produced legends,

A house is a club or surrogate family that includes a “house

stars and many statements through the years. The original

mother,” “house father,” and “children” who adopt the house

icons had a magic that could never quite be recaptured; today

name as their surname (e.g., Luna Khan, Father of the House

we have personas that excite us, but nothing compares to our

of Khan, etc.). Members of the houses, both young and old,

iconic mothers and fathers.

compete in balls and related activities sponsored by various houses and promoters throughout the year. House mothers and fathers often provide support for LGBTIA+ youth who have been rejected by their families and faith communities and who otherwise might be homeless.

After the introduction of the House and Ball community as we know it today, a new series of houses came in to dip their feet into the ballroom world. Along with the older houses, these houses went on with the traditions passed on from mothers and fathers. The Houses of Adonis, Field, Legend, Magnifique, Khan,

Before the Stonewall Riots of 1969, homosexuals or anyone who

Mizrahi, Mugler, Africa, Latex, Bizarre, Revlon, Milan, Richards,

appeared effeminate were arrested by the police. Drag queens

Aviance, Prestige, Infiniti, Westwood, Aphrodite, Prada, Karan,

were easy targets for abuse and harassment. If you were not

Jourdan, Icon and Allure were born, just to name a few. The

one of Andy Warhol’s girls, you were harassed. Anyone thought

evolution and concept of ballroom culture were passed on by

to be gay was threatened with loss of their livelihood and social

the pioneers.

respect. After Stonewall, out of the rebellion came the brave and popular mothers that gave birth to a nation of houses. Avis Pendavis, Crystal Labeija, Dorian Corey and the mother of all mothers, Pepper LaBeija, all became the blue prints of ballroom culture and terminology.

There are grave difficulties in the appreciation of the balls in Harlem. It was only in the late 1980s that historians have come to appreciate the extent and depth of these communities’


culture and fashion have taken parts of what our ballroom ancestors have created. The especially difficult part in dealing with ballroom culture and history are that such a small proportion of evidence has survived for critical appraisals. So much ballroom information, knowledge and history are composed of and received by second-hand assessments. Every time a ball legend dies, they take a part of history with them, leaving us to fish for clues of balls of yesteryear. We are dealing with almost a dead art of feathers and beads and the creations of glamour at the balls. Materials such as ball flyers, one-of-a-kind garments made by the hands of Avis Pendavis, David Ian Xtravaganza and Dorian Corey, trophies, videos and photographs are almost non-existent. One can embrace the views of contemporary pop culture to tell us the stories of the balls and where they came from, but it is not the same as those who have lived and walked the life of the ball. The House and Ball community has inspired artists, designers and entertainers nationally and internationally, including Madonna’s global hit Vogue. The community was also chronicled in the 1990 documentary Paris is Burning—directed by Jennie Livingston, in which she followed the members of the House and Ball community over the course of seven years—and the 2016 documentary Kiki directed by Sara Jordeno, a dynamic coming-of-age film about resilience and the transformative power of self-expression bringing together New York City’s disenfranchised LGBT youth of color. In 2018, TV shows My House on Viceland and POSE on FX were launched.

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Organizations like GMHC have helped to elevate and shine a spotlight on this community, while also providing critical support. In 1989, GMHC and leaders from the ballroom community created the House of Latex Project. Thus, the Latex Ball was born. For nearly 30 years, the Latex Ball has played a critical role as a public health intervention. It also provides a strong sense of community for young black and Latino youth as well as adults. The House and Ball community lost many members to AIDS at the onset of the HIV epidemic in the 1980s. Throughout the year, GMHC also conducts outreach at other balls, LGBTQIA+ youth venues, and through social media to incorporate innovative approaches to HIV prevention and safer-sex messaging. GMHC also hosts mini-balls, known as “kiki functions,” that reach hundreds of youth and adults, offers HIV testing and prevention materials, and serves youth who are not affiliated with a house, but are part of the broader ballroom community.

“The Latex Ball taps into the creativity, resiliency and strength of the House and Ball community, and it celebrates and encourages members to support their community health and influence mainstream culture,” said GMHC CEO Kelsey Louie. “With increased hate crimes and murders of people of color, it is essential this event continues to let these youth and young adults know that they do matter and their lives are valued.” GMHC continues to produce the Latex Ball, which links community members with resources to improve health outcomes and offers free HIV testing.


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CREDITS:

CREATIVE DIRECTORS: David A. Correa, Samantha Johnson

MODELS:

HAIR & MAKEUP KEY: Shideh Kafei

Derrick Xtravaganza - New way vogue

PHOTOGRAPHER: Pasha Poosh

MAKEUP: Elyssa Marie, Ehlie Luna

HAIR: Dee TrannyBear, Andrita Renee FASHION CURATOR: Jacob Bengel STYLIST: G Xtravaganza

Luna Khan - Icon Butch Queen Face, Hall of Fame Destiny Xtravaganza - Female body

G Xtravaganza - Bizarre, Runway, Designer’s delight Angelika Torres Xtravaganza - Femme Queen Realness, Runway & Face


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NAKED BEAUTY When coming to New York City for WorldPride 2019, one must be prepared to SLAY all day! Couture and color collide while serving hair, nails and face this June at Pride. Photography By: Van Khai Truong


community. We incorporated our favorite 25th and June neons with glitters and different decals, and even played around with nail shapes to show how beauty and badassness comes in all forms.” Nexus Cook, Founder of 25th & June Nail Elixir NAIL ARTIST: Narina Chan

Model: Cory

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“We wanted the nail art to reflect the vibrant diversity of the LGBTQIA+


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Model: Vianne

“When color mapping the faces for this shoot, I decided to play with a neon version of the rainbow but in a deconstructed way to promote inclusivity and fluidness” J. Brandon, MUA


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“Hair inspiration came from the support the community provides for people to be their genuine selves. It doesn’t matter if you identify as Pansexual, Trangender, Gay, Lesbian or no identification at all -- the bold neon colors represent the braveness to live freely without fear in the face of adversity.” Dee Tranny Bear, Hair Stylist

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We recently sat down with Miss Richfield 1981 to discuss her Pride experiences, and her thoughts on our upcoming family event.

FRIDAY, JUNE 21 TIME: 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

LOCATION: Hudson River Park’s Pier 45

TICKETS: nycpride.frontgatetickets.com Family Movie Night, in partnership with Hudson River Park Trust, is back with family-filled fun! We are excited to present Coco, a 2017 American 3D computer-animated fantasy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Based on an original idea by Lee Unkrich, it is directed by him and co-directed by Adrian Molina. Join us as we lounge under the stars and adventure into Dia De Los Muertos with our animated friend Miguel! The story follows a 12-year-old boy named Miguel who is accidentally transported to the Land of the Dead, where he seeks the help of his deceased musician great-great-grandfather to return him to his family among the living and to reverse his family’s ban on music. Family Movie Night will be hosted by our dear friend, Miss Richfield 1981. Dedicating her life to the friendly citizens and responsible merchants of her hometown of Richfield, Minnesota (“where butter is a spice and gravy is a beverage”), Miss Richfield 1981 is a drag legend. This Midwestern maven wins over theater audiences with an interactive format that combines homespun warmth and edgy improv, leaving audiences in hysterics.

Q: WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST PRIDE EXPERIENCE LIKE? A : In 1989, Minneapolis, on a beautiful sunny day in June. I was on the hunt for my new friend and crush, Doug. I never did find him that day in a crowded Loring Park, but I found something much greater: a community that would be my home ever since! Q : WHAT DOES WORLDPRIDE AND THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF STONEWALL MEAN TO YOU? A: This is the ultimate celebration of liberation! It’s where people like me sent their stilettos flying through the air in order to say, “enough is enough!” Now it is an honor to pay tribute and thank those brave sisters and brothers! Q: HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN THE ART OF DRAG? A: My creative roots in a dress stem back to high school, when I starred in an Easter pageant, playing an apostle. But my beauty pageant days were a result of new carpet laid at the Minnesota AIDS Project. In celebration of our much-needed flooring, I donned a carpet dress, made of the old carpet, and gave my own hand-crafted carpet keychains to the staff—all 60 of them! So it’s pretty obvious that a fabulous stage career was soon to follow! Q: WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE DISNEY PRINCESS? WHY? A: Snow White! Because she was the first! And I adore short men! Q: WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR INSPIRATION FROM? A: Two lovely ladies are always inspiring to me. The first is my mother, Barb! Sadly bed-ridden these days, my mom was a creative and boisterous lady who feared ever being in front of a crowd, yet she always filled the space she inhabited, no matter how large the room! And my second lady is the wonderfully

talented and raucous Frances Faye. This out cabaret singer often included her “manager” and life-partner, Teri, in her lyrics. Frances would artfully and playfully weave gender confusion and bisexual themes into her banter and music! Q: WE’VE COME A LONG WAY IN 50 YEARS, WHAT IS YOUR WISH FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS IN THE NEXT 50 YEARS? A: My answer to such a query changes from day-to-day! We’re in difficult times, where I often feel like basic rights, laws, and even public acceptance, seems to waiver more now than in the last 10 or 20 years. Voices of opposition and hostility shout loudly against our basic lives and existence. So, my hope is that we will become even louder and clearer, being motivated by events like WorldPride, which can rev us up and send us back to our hometowns with fire in our guts. My great hope is that we will never rest, but continue to demand our rights, and perhaps, in a desperate moment, throw a high-heeled shoe! Q: WHAT KEEPS YOU COMING BACK TO FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT YEAR AFTER YEAR? A: My kids! My wonderful little ones who inspire and give me hope when I think this crazy world is going completely nuts. They dance with me, and hug me and tell me it’s going to be OK. And it’s a chance to see a movie for free! Q: WHY SHOULD FOLKS COME SEE YOU AT FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT THIS YEAR? A: It’s fun! It’s free! It’s fabulous NYC! It’s fifty years! Not to mention I’ll be there with hugs and dances! Family Movie Night is free for all guests to enjoy. If you’re looking for a premium viewing experience, check out our family package. All proceeds benefit Heritage of Pride / NYC Pride and other LGBTQIA+ organizations.


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O f f i c i a l P r i d e P a r t n e r o f Wo r l d P r i d e 2 0 1 9 | S t o n e w a l l 5 0

R O S S WAT S O N | Wo rl d P ri d e NY C E x h ibitio n & B oo k L a u n ch Open Daily 17 - 30 June 2019 Rogue Space | Chelsea 508-526 West 26th Street, 9th Floor, New York “Ross Watson has become one of the world’s foremost painters of the male figure, creating some of the most stunning erotic art.” Gay Star News, London This unmissable exhibition, adjacent to the High Line, includes original paintings and prints featuring gay football players, surfers and soldiers in various states of dress and undress. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity over two weeks only to meet the artist in residence who will be signing copies of his new book, Untitled II. Available to purchase are Paintings, Limited Edition Canvases and Limited Edition Prints. Alexis and the King’s Trooper Oil on board 18” x 18” / 46 x 45 cm Available as a Limited Edition Print

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Written by Cathy Renna June 28, 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall

A BIT OF HISTORY…..AS WE KNOW IT……

Early in the morning of June 28, 1969, a group of patrons at

Uprising, a moment in history when our LGBTQIA+ community

the Stonewall Inn fought back against police brutality and

stood up to decades of police oppression in New York City,

harassment. Their uprising set in motion a wave of activism

capturing the attention of the media and people around

among LGBTQIA+ people that lasted 6 nights and came to be

the world. The result was a huge leap forward for the early

known as the Stonewall Rebellion, the Stonewall Uprising or the

organizers of the LGBTQIA+ community working for equality, a

Stonewall Riots. Many historians credit Stonewall with putting

leap that would ignite a mass movement.

the issue of LGBTQIA+ civil rights on the American political map.

The patrons who fought back at the Stonewall Inn were a

As we honor and commemorate the 50th anniversary of

diverse mix of individuals from drag queens to young men in

Stonewall, we recognize it as a historic milestone and an

button downs to butch lesbians. While we will never know who

opportunity to assess the progress made by the LGBTQIA+

really threw the first punch, brick or shot glass, we do know that

community, but also as an opportunity to consider how we can

many were those who continue to be most marginalized in our

address the inequities and challenges we still face.

community and in society. Even after 50 years, we have a long way to go.

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RESOURCES:

Much has been written and said about the Stonewall Uprising, and like many historic events there is much legend and even myth surrounding Stonewall. What we do know is that it was a catalyst for a young LGBTQIA+ movement and is a moment in American history that should be recognized for its significance and impact. To learn more about the history of Stonewall, here are some reliable sources for information: David Carter’s Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay

Revolution (2004) is considered to be the definitive book on

the Stonewall Riots and the PBS documentary Stonewall Uprising is based on the book and available online. The film features Stonewall participants and the Deputy Inspector of the NYPD, Seymour Pine, who led the police raid on the Stonewall Inn Love and Resistance: Out of the Closet into the Stonewall Era (2019), Jason Baumann, Editor

For middle school aged children, the recently released

The Stonewall Riots: Coming Out in The Streets by children’s

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author Gayle E. Pitman, looks at pre- and post-Stonewall history For younger children, there is a book targeted at ages 5 to 8

called Stonewall: A Building. An Uprising. A Revolution. (2019), Rob Sanders, Author; Jamey Christoph, Illustrator

A BRIEF HISTORY OF STONEWALL

The Stonewall Uprising began in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, after the New York Police Department raided the Stonewall Inn. At the time, police raids on LGBTQIA+ bars were common, given that there were very specific laws that banned serving alcohol to a “known homosexual.” During these raids, LGBTQIA+ community members experienced harassment and brutality at the hands of law enforcement. The night of the Stonewall Uprising, patrons resisted and refused to cooperate with police officers during the raid. Outside of the bar, crowds of bystanders began to gather, growing increasingly agitated until eventually they fought back. The uprising sparked five more consecutive nights of protests, drawing out greater numbers of LGBTQIA+ and allied people each night. Stonewall was not the first time we fought back. Previous incidents of LGBTQIA+ people resisting police brutality and harassment include Cooper Do-Nuts in Los Angeles in 1959, San Francisco’s Compton’s Cafeteria in 1966, and the Black Cat Tavern in Los Angeles in 1967. However, the Stonewall Uprising sparked thousands to action in the days and weeks that followed. Stonewall era trailblazers, including Sylvia Rivera and Marcia P. Johnson, formed groups like the Gay Liberation Front and the Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR). And although gay and lesbian networks such as the Mattachine Society and the Daughters of Bilitis existed before Stonewall, the uprising marked a dramatic shift in the visibility and approach of the LGBTQIA+ community.

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26 TIME: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

LOCATION: Barclays Center

TICKETS: worldprideopeningceremony.org NYC Pride is proud to host the first WorldPride on U.S. soil. We will be sparking off the NYC WorldPride 2019 | Stonewall 50 weekend events with an explosion of LGBTQIA+ icons and artists at the legendary Barclays Center in Brooklyn. WorldPride is licensed by InterPride, the International Association of Pride Organizers, an organization working to empower Pride organizations worldwide and grow the global Pride movement. WorldPride events promote LGBTQIA+ Pride issues on an international level through parades, festivals, human rights conferences and other cultural activities. The inaugural WorldPride was held in Rome in 2000. The host cities are selected by the members of InterPride at its annual general meeting. A traditional portion of the WorldPride festivities includes the landmark Opening Ceremony. The ceremony will be formatted as a benefit concert. Proceeds from the ticket sales to this historic concert event will support Ali Forney Center, Immigration Equality, and SAGE—three leading organizations in the LGBTQIA+ movement based in New York City.


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The Ali Forney Center is the nation’s largest and most

comprehensive agency dedicated to LGBTQ homeless youths— assisting nearly 1,800 young people per year through a 24-hour Drop-In Center, which provides over 65,000 meals annually, medical and mental health services through an on-site clinic, and a scattered-site housing program. Learn more about The Ali Forney Center online at aliforneycenter.org.

SAGE is the world’s largest and oldest organization dedicated

to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) older people. Founded in 1978, and headquartered in New York City, SAGE is an organization that offers supportive services and consumer resources to LGBT older people and their caregivers. Check out SAGE on the web at sageusa.org.

Immigration Equality is the nation’s leading LGBTQ immigrant

rights organization, representing and advocating for people from around the world fleeing violence, abuse and persecution because of their sexual orientation, gender identity or HIV status.

Chaka Khan, one of the world’s most gifted and celebrated musicians, will also perform at the WorldPride Opening Ceremony. A songwriter, actor, author, philanthropist, entrepreneur and activist, Chaka Khan has influenced generations of recording artists. Throughout her legendary career, Chaka has released 22 albums and racked up ten #1 Billboard magazine charted songs, seven RIAA-certified gold singles and ten RIAA-certified gold and platinum albums. Ciara, a Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter, producer,

model and actress has sold more than 23 million records and 16 million singles worldwide, including chart-topping hits “Goodies,” “Ride,” “Oh,” “1, 2 Step,” “Body Party,” and “I Bet.”

Whoopi Goldberg, a prolific entertainer and internationally-

recognized humanitarian, will host the ceremony. A decorated actress, comedian, author and television personality, Whoopi Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony (EGOT), along with a Golden Globe. Cyndi Lauper is a groundbreaking Grammy, Emmy, and

Tony Award-winning artist with global record sales in excess of 50 million. Her unmistakable voice, influential style, and infectious performances have catapulted her to stardom from her roots in Queens.

choreographer, and YouTube personality who rose to prominence on American Idol.

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Goldberg is among a very elite group of artists who have won an

Todrick Hall is a multi-talented singer, rapper, actor, director,


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TUESDAY, JUNE 25 TIME: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

LOCATION: SVA Theatre (333 W. 23rd St., New York, NY 10011) TICKETS: nycpride.frontgatetickets.com

NYC Pride’s Gamechangers, in partnership with GLAAD and the SVA Theatre, is a thrilling event that focuses on leaders of the LGBTQIA+ community and how they have ultimately changed the game in the entertainment industry. It will be a night of fascinating discussion while also celebrating the successes of those that have paved the way and continue to impact change. There will be a curated Q&A after the panel discussion and a networking reception to end the evening. Gamechangers 2019 highlights the life and work of George

Takei. With an entertainment career spanning six decades, he is internationally known for his acting, writing, voiceover work, and YouTube series. From a childhood spent with his family wrongfully imprisoned in Japanese-American internment camps during World War II, to becoming one of the country’s leading figures in the fight for social justice, LGBTQ rights, and marriage equality, Takei remains a powerful voice on issues ranging from politics to pop culture. His unique journey through pop culture and politics has made him not just a witness, but a prime mover during some of the most critical moments in our history. As a result, through the lens of his life, we are able to experience the incredible changes of 20th and 21st century America. Join us as we talk to Takei about his life as an openly gay man, passionate advocate for social justice, outspoken supporter of human right issues, and community activist. Additional talent will be announced on our website and social media channels. Gamechangers is ADA accessible and offers ASL integrated programming. Attendees must be 18 or older. Tickets are $15 for students and $25 for General Admission.


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Let’s Move the World Forward XPO Logistics is committed to advancing LGBTQ+ equality and fostering an inclusive workplace—and an inclusive world. On the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, XPO is a proud sponsor of WorldPride 2019.

Join our team at pride.xpo.com


MELISSA ETHERIDGE

SUNDAY, JUNE 30 TIME: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

LOCATION: Times Square

REGISTER: nycpride.frontgatetickets.com Mark your calendars for June 30, 2019, as NYC Pride welcomes all to a final celebration of Pride from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. in NYC’s iconic Times Square. Comedian, actress, activist Margaret Cho takes over Times Square as the host of the WorldPride Closing Ceremony. Expect the unexpected with high energy, lots of laughs, empowering calls to action and much more. The evening will provide a full slate of influential speakers and global musical talents who represent the cultural diversity, tenacity, and grace of the LGBTQIA+ community. One of the renowned artists slated to perform is Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, Melissa Etheridge. Known for her confessional lyrics and raspy, smoky vocals, Etheridge has remained one of America’s favorite female singersongwriters for more than two decades. On October 7, Melissa Etheridge released Memphis Rock & Soul, her first album since 2014’s critically lauded This Is M.E. recorded at Royal Studios in Memphis. The album has received stellar reviews. Etheridge is also featured on the cover of the Holiday 2018 NYC Pride Guide: WorldPride Preview.

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Deborah Cox, The Prom, Jake Shears and MNEK will also perform at the WorldPride Closing Ceremony. Recognized for her long-standing commitment to the LGBT community, Deborah Cox possesses one of the most powerful and versatile contemporary voices of our time. The Grammy Award-nominated, multi-platinum R&B/pop recording artist and actress has blown the roof off of Broadway theaters and wowed audiences far and wide. She boasts a collection of #1 Billboard hit records and will light up our stage in Time Square this summer.

THE PROM

DEBORAH COX

A celebration of queerness and identity, The Prom has hit the Broadway stage and hilariously depicts a group of enthusiastic theater folks who help two teenage lesbians in Indiana get to their high school prom together. As a show that has received critical acclaim for showcasing a fight for equality in a small town, The Prom is a perfect addition to the lineup at this event.

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JAKE SHEARS

If you’ve ever seen Jake Shears hijack a stage—his falsetto hitting skyscraping notes, sweat dripping from his brow, his pelvic thrusts locked in synch with the beat—this will come as a surprise. After more than a decade as one of pop music’s most cocksure and buoyant frontmen, Shears suddenly found himself alone and adrift a few years ago, nursing a broken heart and staring down an uncertain future. 


CELEBRATING THE LGBTQ AND ALLY COMMUNITIES FOR A BRIGHTER FUTURE. NOW.

TOMORROW STARTS TODAY swishallyfund.org

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A precociously talented individual, MNEK started making songs when he was just 9 years old, before signing his first publishing deal five years later. Able to deconstruct and rebuild pop, R&B and dance in a way most mere mortals can’t, his songwriting, production and vocal skills have been sought out by everyone from The Saturdays (on two Xenomania-assisted singles) to Rudimental (Spoons/Common Emotion). As is tradition with other cities that have hosted WorldPride, a closing ceremony indicates the conclusion of the Pride celebration and a proverbial “passing of the torch” to the next host city. In this case, the next host is Copenhagen Pride, who will welcome visitors from all over the globe for WorldPride 2021. Copenhagen 2021 will celebrate several important anniversaries for LGBTQIA+ history in Denmark and be an “enormous human rights manifestation” with hundreds of events. Event-planning is well underway and Copenhagen 2021 promises to be “a busy eleven days of events such as art exhibitions, music performances, VIP receptions, human rights debates, sporting events and out-of-this-world parties” (copenhagen2021.com/ worldpride). NYC Pride is proud to hand off the WorldPride token to such an amazing and influential city at the conclusion of the 2019 events here in New York. To learn more about Times Square, you can visit the official website at timessquarenyc.org. Purchasable experiences include expedited entry and viewing area. Colored zones indicate the viewing area you are assigned. To remain in compliance with the city, there will be an extensive bag check and no provided restrooms. Please be sure to plan accordingly. Attendees in the Yellow Section should line up for the event near West Broadway and 47th Street for entry and bag check and attendees in the Red Section should line up near West Broadway and 47th Street. Experience tickets are available starting at $150. The express entry for Experience ticket holders will be at Seventh Ave and 47th Street. Everyone is welcome to join us for this momentous 50th

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anniversary occasion to close out the commemoration of one of the most important moments in the LGBTQIA+ movement.

MNEK


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SUNDAY, JUNE 30 TIME: 4 p.m. to midnight

TICKETS: nycpride.frontgatetickets.com Just because The March is over does not mean the party is! NYC Pride in conjunction with Stacy of Stonewall, Kate of

LovergirlNYC, Cynthia Russo, and SPICE NYC are thrilled to

bring back Femme Fatale, our official inclusive party for Sunday. Now entering its fourth year, things are going to get crazy at this party as you dance amongst the greatest city in the world during WorldPride. Get excited for a phenomenal DJ lineup of Special Celebrity

Guest DJ KITTENS, Madonna’s Tour DJ MARY MAC, Miami DJ BONNIE BEATS, NYC DJ NIKKI LIONS, and NYC DJ LENA.

Our headliner, the celebrated and LA-based DJ Kittens, will give you a balance of low grinding electronic beats, heavy rap, and future beat music that you won’t want to miss. General admission starts at $30, while the VIP Pass starts at $65 and includes a VIP-only room with a private bar, separate entrance, and an hour of sponsored open bar that begins at 4 p.m. All attendees must be 21 or older. Food is available for purchase on-site. Bottles are available for purchase onsite for $250.


— THE ADVOCATE

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From Casino to University, Graffiti to Game Show and last

as Masterbeat brings the world together for One World. The

year’s Masterbuilt, Masterbeat has created NYC’s biggest

Hammerstein Ballroom was built in 1906 by Oscar Hammerstein

party productions and now you can experience it yourself for

and is one of NYC’s finest remaining large venues with four

WorldPride.

levels including spectacular wraparound balconies.

Forever Tel Aviv kicks off Masterbeat WorldPride with the

Finally, One World ends on Sunday night as Europe’s biggest

opening dance event of One World with Forever Love at

party brand, Matinee, joins forces with Masterbeat for an

Hammerstein Ballroom, featuring DJs Micky Friedmann and Sagi Kariv.

On Saturday afternoon, continue with USS Masterbeat Tea

incredible WorldPride Closing Party with their down and dirty production of Matinee: Pervert at Manhattan’s last remaining mega-club, Terminal 5, with music by DJ’s Alex Acosta and Ivan Gomez.

Dance and play under the sun on the rooftop of Terminal 5 with music by DJ Erik Vilar and DJs Rick Braile and GSP.

4 Days. 5 Events. 12 Superstar DJ’s. One World. One Pride.

Then it’s on to their main event of the the weekend on Saturday

Join over 4,500 guys from around the world as we get a little

night as Masterbeat takes over the legendary Hammerstein

perverted at one of the world’s most infamous dance parties,

Ballroom for the seventh year to create NYC’s biggest mega-

taking over all the levels of Terminal 5 for a raucous night of

club with music by DJs Chus + Ceballos and Oscar Velazquez. Last year’s Masterbeat: Masterbuilt was reviewed as one of

dancing and debauchery. Terminal 5 is just steps away from Sunday night’s Pride Island event and is the perfect way to keep the celebration going into the morning.

the best NYC Pride events of all time—don’t miss WorldPride’s biggest and best dance event! Join over 4,500 of the hottest guys from around the world in Manhattan’s biggest venue

Tickets, passes and host hotel information available at oneworldpride.com


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Everyone deserves to be seen, heard, and included. Salesforce is proud to support the LGBTQ community. #EqualityForAlL Salesforce.com/Equality


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PARTYING, SEX, AND OTHER DRUGS

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THE INFLUENCE AND EFFECTS OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE WITHIN THE LGBTQIA+ PARTY SCENE


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COVERAGE OF AMERICA’S OPIOID CRISIS CONTINUES TO HIT NIGHTLY NEWS FEEDS, BUT MAINSTREAM MEDIA IS SILENT ON THE RISING NUMBER OF GHB OVERDOSES AT CIRCUIT PARTIES AND MYSTERIOUS CRYSTAL METH-RELATED DEATHS AT THE HOME OF A WEALTHY DEMOCRATIC DONOR. New York City has long been a partygoers destination for both

substances used most for partying and sex. Based on data from

the LGBTQIA+ community and heterosexuals alike. Under the

a 2016 Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality report,

flashing lights and thumping music, one can cast off societal

136,000 persons (0.1%) aged 12 or older stated that they have

pressures and let loose on the dance floor. Partygoers engage

used GHB in the past year and the numbers have only grown

in what feels like ritualistic body movements to the beat as they

over the years with easy access to dealers that hang in and

belt every word of their beloved electronically remixed hymns. In these high energy sanctuaries, one can find an abundance of

around the clubs. Clinical social worker Craig Sloane has been a substance abuse counselor since the late 1990s and has seen

substance abuse that too often go hand in hand with the party

drug use within the LGBTQIA+ community overtime. He explains

scene. However, in more recent years, queer clubs have been

that GHB, or gama-hydroxybutyrate, is a depressant for the

on the decline with many parties turning into medic outposts

central nervous system while crystal methamphetamine is a

by the end of the night due to the use of designer drugs such as

stimulant. According to Sloane, “While both substances increase

GHB. Some partygoers have even gone down the route of holding

sex drive, sexual pleasure, and decrease inhibitions, GHB has

undercover parties in their homes where the use of crystal

a much shorter half-life meaning the duration of intoxication

meth is rampant. To fully get a grasp of this experience, one

is shorter than with crystal meth.” The effects of GHB (or “G”)

must understand the correlation of changing dating trends and

toxicity include coma, seizures and vomiting. When in cahoots

substance abuse within the LGBTQIA+ community.

with alcohol, the tasteless liquid or powder can severely slow down the respiratory system causing one to “go under,” which

IN THESE HIGH ENERGY SANCTUARIES, ONE CAN FIND AN ABUNDANCE OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE THAT TOO OFTEN GO HAND IN HAND WITH THE PARTY SCENE. Club life in New York City has changed rapidly over the last 20 years. With the decrease in available venues in Manhattan and the accessibility of dating apps, the method of meeting at the club is no longer the most viable way to a quick hook up (or

the start of a great relationship). According to Michael Musto,

columnist for NewNowNext.com, “Dating apps have taken a lot of the energy out of nightlife.” Musto, a long time commentator on daily life in New York City continues by stating, “There isn’t the burning desire to go out and meet someone as there used to be. One of the main reasons for people to go to clubs was to meet people, hook up and have sex.” With a possible hook up just one double tap away, the urgency to congregate at clubs is quickly fading away. Along with the rise of dating apps, it must be said that the gentrification taking place within Manhattan is a formidable force in the loss of queer nightlife. Understanding that gentrification seeks to overhaul a community’s identity in the name of “curb appeal,” clubs such as Roxy NYC, Palladium

is a state of deep sleep. Even worse, the GHB user can begin “G-ing out” where they start convulsing uncontrollably. Crystal meth, which speeds up the heart rate, typically affects the user for a longer time span depending on tolerance level. Crystal was the party drug of 1990s with columnist Michael Musto mentioning “If you were in Chelsea, you’d see gay guys walking around looking like they haven’t slept in days.” Sloane shares, “In 2004, community activists declared crystal meth use by gay men a full-blown epidemic.” To date, extensive study has not been done on how GHB or crystal meth abuse affect the lives of bisexual and female identified community members. Craig Sloane explains, “The lack of attention given to the study of gay, bi and trans women’s substance use and mental health runs the risk of mirroring mainstream society’s patriarchal biases.”

“THE LACK OF ATTENTION GIVEN TO THE STUDY OF GAY, BI AND TRANS WOMEN’S SUBSTANCE USE AND MENTAL HEALTH RUNS THE RISK OF MIRRORING MAINSTREAM SOCIETY’S PATRIARCHAL BIASES.”—CRAIG SLOANE

and Limelight have shut their doors creating a void for many in Manhattan. Musto explains, “Financial challenges make nightlife difficult. Manhattan is expensive and community boards are very powerful.” But where there is a will, there is always a way. As an alternative to the lack of nightlife in Manhattan, promoters have ventured in Brooklyn to hold functions such as Battle Hymn and Black Party.

None understand the situation better than the high priest of all parties, the DJ. DJs witness first hand the negative effects of drug use at parties and some have pointed specifically to GHB as a crippling culprit to the decline of nightlife. Circuit party

staple, DJ Paulo, has remained active in his message to keep

GHB away from the party scene. “I tell people not to bring it to the club because it’s hurting the club industry,” said DJ Paulo

The external forces raised by Michael Musto have dramatically

when discussing the effects of substance abuse at circuit

altered how the LGBTQIA+ community “hooks up,” however,

parties. He goes on to explain, “I’ve seen it over and over,

substance abuse among LGBTQIA+ partygoers exacerbates the

club owners writing to the promoters I work with saying, ‘We

issue to a whole different level. There are many drugs in use on

cannot host your party because your clientele is a liability to

the party scene, but GHB and crystal meth have emerged as the

our nightclub.’ We can’t find venues any more because people


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ONCE THOUGHT OF AS A DRUG USED BY POOR WHITES IN MIDDLE AMERICA, DATA SHOWS THAT GAY BLACK MEN SUFFER THE MOST FROM CRYSTAL METH USE WITHIN URBAN LGBTQIA+ POPULATIONS. are ‘going down,’ which is a liability to the owners of clubs, so they’re not going to rent it to us anymore.” If venues do choose to work with circuit party promoters, they charge exorbitant costs and require EMS services to save the lives of those who may perish under the flashing lights. Though GHB is currently running rampant in the party spaces that remain, it isn’t easy to get. In order to have access to GHB you must first have access to the party scene in New York City, which can be very costly. If the goal is simply to hook up, you can bypass the party scene altogether with dating apps.

to use crystal meth. Rice continues, “Crystal meth taps into the pleasure sensors of your brain while subduing the process of reason and judgement. You are more likely to make a risky decision on meth because your brain is prioritizing pleasure.” Though sex workers are able to stay awake to service more clients, this lapse in judgement is deadly to those who abandon their PrEP and PEP medications. At this intersection of sexuality, race and poverty, we find young black men being manipulated into a lifetime of chronic drug use. Even after the party is over, the effects of substance abuse seeps into everyday life which, if left unchecked, will disrupt and destroy many lives. Unfortunately, there is not much media coverage on how substance abuse upsets the lives of LGBTQIA+ people. Using ParTy Boi as a vehicle of activism and awareness, filmographer Micheal Rice encourages the African-American community specifically to “...first, own that there is a problem and secondly, talk about it to spread word of the danger...” to reduce the stigma of crystal meth use among black populations. There is also a level of accountability that must be upheld for

GHB is often seen as the “circuit queens’’ drug for those who can afford the party life. Crystal meth, however, is easily accessible to many. Once thought of as a drug used by poor whites in middle America, data shows that gay black men suffer the most from crystal meth use within urban LGBTQIA+ populations. Documentary director Micheal Rice covers this topic in his recent self-produced film ParTy Boi, which follows actual drug users as they share their personal narratives. For Rice, his passion behind creating the documentary came from the news of Gemmel Moore and the documentary is intentionally linked to the Justice4Gemmel campaign. NBC Out reports, “In July 2017, Gemmel Moore, a 26-year-old black man, died from a methamphetamine overdose in [Ed Buck’s] apartment. Since Moore’s death, [activists have] collected a trove of information in an attempt to make the case that Ed Buck is a ‘predator’ who preys on down-on-their-luck black men by by inviting them to his apartment and suggesting they try methamphetamine injections, or ‘slamming.’” In ParTy Boi, Rice speaks to young gay black men who have also been lured into the homes of the wealthy for private parties that turn into sex-binge-marathons fueled by crystal meth. Often the setup or trap used to entice young black men are seemingly casual conversations on dating apps, which are free and easy to use. “Meth [addiction among young black men] coincided with radical changes in gay culture with the emergence of social media apps and the digital method of gay cruising,” states Rice. Terms such as Tina, Ice or just by simply Typing ouT a regular senTence while using a capiTal “T” are all indications that substance abuse is part of the hook up. Sex workers, including those that are HIV positive, are known

those in positions of power such as Ed Buck, who has not been charged for any incidents that occured at his home. Drug use at parties with the intention of hooking up has remained constant throughout the years. Even with the loss of clubs within Manhattan, the LGBTQIA+ community remains committed to dancing the night (and day) away without regret or fear. Perhaps this is due to the safe sanctuaries that parties provide for the LGBTQIA+ community. And drug use at these parties are not intrinsically linked to this specific community, it is more so a looming shadow cast by issues occuring in the larger society. The truth is that awareness is key when discussing the correlation of partying, hooking up and substance abuse. Only when people know of an issue can they begin to put hearts and minds together to develop a solution that feeds the souls of those living through addiction.

AT THIS INTERSECTION OF SEXUALITY, RACE AND POVERTY, WE FIND YOUNG BLACK MEN BEING MANIPULATED INTO A LIFETIME OF CHRONIC DRUG USE. It is important to remember that healing and recovery is available for those in need. Substance abuse users are never defined by the drug they take, but rather who they are as individuals. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, there are hearts and hands that are willing to help.

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PRIDE UNION Written by Nikkita Thompson Photographer: Rae Ann Walters

THE STONEWALL INN GIVES BACK INITIATIVE 50 years after the catalyst of the modern LGBTQIA+ rights movement, the spirit of Stonewall continues through philanthropic efforts and advocacy that enrich the lives of LGBTQIA+ people across the globe. At the turn of the millenia, The Stonewall Inn was registered as a National Historic Landmark. Only six years later, the infamous symbol of the modern LGBTQIA+ movement was preparing to close its doors. A few local bar owners and concerned community members pooled their talents, skills and resources to revive The Stonewall Inn. Now in 2019, the thriving bar has evolved into a community pillar through The Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative, which seeks to continue the spirit of liberation while reducing stigma.

ZARA BARRIE - AUTHOR / FOUNDING BOARD MEMBER How did you get involved with the Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative?

For a long time I was the Executive Editor of Go Magazine, which is a lesbian magazine in New York. I have always been so passionate about working with the underserved LGBTQIA+ community, in particular the youth, because when I was younger I joined an outreach program. During my adolescent years, things were not going well for me which led to me being an “at risk” youth. I found an outreach program and it saved my life. I felt it was my purpose to give back because of the way that program turned my life around. The Stonewall Inn serves as a symbol of safety for me so that no matter where you are and who you are, when you come to the Stonewall you are safe. When I come to the Stonewall, I am 100% safe, I am around my

community, I am around my people, I can go to the Stonewall by myself and it is similar to say a place of worship. When I talked to Stacy about the mission of SIGBI, it was all about really looking in rural America or urban cities where young LGBTQIA+ people are slipping through the cracks and providing support. I immediately felt that I needed to be apart of SIGBI’s impact in the LGBTQIA+ community.


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What are some safe spaces SIGBI has helped to create in areas outside of New York City?

We supported a Pride that was taking place in a small, rural town in Kansas. And it was a big deal because we think we’ve come so far, and in some ways we have, but small towns all over America are still fighting the fight everyday and kids are still committing suicide because they don’t feel seen or heard. To have a Pride Parade that we founded and created in a small town, to me, that saved lives. I know there are kids in those schools that overhear homophobic sayings all the time, maybe even at home as well. Some of these kids may not even be out yet, but for them to know that The Stonewall Inn was there for them by creating a Pride for them against all odds could have been the one thing that stopped them from killing themselves. It sounds dramatic, I know, but I know first hand that these things are lifelines.

STACY LENTZ - OWNER / PRESIDENT OF THE STONEWALL INN GIVES BACK INITIATIVE

work in rural areas across the country. We decided to focus on rural areas in the Midwest and places where that social stigma still exists. There are amazing nonprofits that support and bring awareness to elderly LGBTQIA+ communiites, homeless and underserved LGBTQIA+ youth among many, many others. We saw a unique niche, however, because no one was focusing on places where the social stigma really exist. There are 28 states in the United States where you can be fired for being LGBTQIA+. Fifty percent of the LGBTQIA+ population lives in a part of the country where they don’t have legal protection. Let alone the social stigma which has been amplified through rising hate crimes since the 2016 election especially in states like Texas, Oklahoma, and even Florida. Those are the areas that we really wanted to concentrate on. What recent projects or call-to-actions have you worked on? We have partnered with Proyecto Matria after the hurricane in Puerto Rico because we know all too well what happens in disasters: marginalized communities become even more marginalized. We are giving money to grassroots organizations in those places. At the moment, we are working with a group called the Mississippi Equality Fund. Mississippi actually has the strictest laws in the country for LGBTQIA+ rights. They are the only state that has passed a religious freedom law which really just allows for a license to discriminate. They are trying to build a LGBTQIA+ center in Biloxi, Mississippi which is rooted in deep southern tradition. Even the festival they organized, which is essentially their Pride, gave them visibility. We plan to support them until they get the Center open because we are committed to their success. In addition to that, we understand that Stonewall is a global, recognized symbol for fighting oppression. Using it as that vehicle with that name to help raise awareness, advocacy campaigns, and programming in addition to trying to teach a younger generation about what happened here in 1969 is paramount to us. We feel very strongly that if you don’t know your past, how can you change the future. What’s on the horizon for The Stonewall Inn and The Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative?

We have a unique opportunity to raise a lot of money with Stonewall 50 to support our philanthropic efforts. We have partnered with Brooklyn Brewery to produce The Stonewall How did The Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative get started?

Inn IPA which is to be sold in six different countries so they

Well, for me, it is really about the history of the bar and using

the outreach. For our next steps, we would love to go global to

it as a vehicle for change and as a social platform. In 2008, I started doing a Tuesday night called “Stonewall Inn Gives Back” where we would invite a different charity to the bar and we would raise money on their behalf. Sometimes I would have ten people, sometimes I would have one hundred. We were very focused on the fact that Stonewall is really everyone’s bar, it’s the community’s bar. We wanted to do outreach within the community to get them to invest back in Stonewall. Over the years we have done probably over a thousand fundraisers at the bar, so as a team we began to focus in on our fundraising abilities. We decided to formalize the process we have been doing the whole time. How is the Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative different from other LGBTQIA+ nonprofits?

Having grown up in a corn field in Kansas from a Christianconservative background, I knew there was a need for activism

are a major sponsor to us. We are committed to continuing places like Ukraine, Uganda and other places were LGBTQIA+ lives hang in the balance. There are over 25 countries where same-sex love and even same sex acts are criminalized meaning that you can actually be thrown in jail, and in some places killed. We would like to amplify legacy of what happened in 1969 at Stonewall and take that message globally to continue the fight. Our business partners, staff, owners and board members at The Stonewall Inn feel that it is our duty to ensure that Stonewall isn’t just remembered for being the place where the modern LGBTQIA+ movement started, but that it remains at the forefront of where we are. What started here in 1969 is not done; the fight is not over. Until we are all equal, including our marginalized groups which encompasses our trans sisters and brothers, none of us are equal. We need to make sure that Stonewall stays at the epicenter of the LGBTQIA+ civil rights struggle.


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PACK THE RAINBOW TRAVEL TIPS FOR WORLDPRIDE

Written by David A. Correa & Zoe Gorringe Photographer: Melody Melamed

With just weeks left until WorldPride 2019, flights should be booked, hotels secured and event tickets purchased. Now it’s time to plan the little details. There are plenty of travel tip guides out there and you might even have some of your own travel habits; throw all that you know away. This is a once in a lifetime event, so you will want to over prepare, over plan, and most importantly over pack! Here are some out of the box travel pointers for Pride.


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PACK THE RAINBOW

CHECK A BAG OR TWO

base color to save space. The only business you have in June

bring cute yet comfortable shoes for the March, of course. Don’t

is fun, and fun requires you to be prepared for anything. Pack

forget to pack your heels for Femme Fatale and a pair that say

your Pikachu costume for Cosplay & Pride, but don’t forget your

“I’m brunching in NYC.” With so many events to choose from, be

leather harness for VIP Rooftop.

sure to come prepared with options.

If you travel on business it is usually wise to pack based on one

A carry on is fine if you are using it for your shoes. You’ll want to


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CREATE A LOOKBOOK

So many events, so little time! Plan looks out in advance and snap photos of your outfits. This way when you are rushing to change between the Human Rights Conference and GameChangers, you don’t miss an accessory. Save time on picking out the perfect ensemble and leave more time to party.

PACK AN EMPTY BAG You are coming to the shopping capital of the world; you won’t leave empty-handed. Plus, no matter how prepared you think you are, you are bound to add an event to your calendar, purchase Pride paraphernalia, or splurge on all that New York has to offer.


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SWAG IT UP

Pride gives you the chance to get up close and personal with some of your favorite artists. Grace Jones would love to see you rocking one of her tees. Queer fans never disappoint in the style department and this is the year when you should pull out all the stops. Mix and match your diva gear with some official WorldPride swag. prideapparel.org

CONSIDER MULTIPLE “HOMES”

The WorldPride calendar is pretty robust. With events throughout the whole month of June you might want to be open to booking various hotels based on the events you plan on attending. Coming in for OutCinema June 17 through 19? Check out the Chelsea neighborhood. Also purchased tickets to the Opening Ceremony on June 26? There are a bounty of hotels in Brooklyn to choose from. Don’t feel locked into one part of town. Explore and get to know the city.


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RESERVATIONS

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Pride, but you’ll definitely want to save space in your agenda

so multitasking is key. If Times Square is on your bucket list,

to taste New York. Reservations can be hard to come by on

then the Closing Ceremony is a great way to see it. Or if you

a normal day, so plan ahead. Do your research, map out your

want to get a picture in front of Stonewall, The Rally: Stonewall

restaurant wish list and make reservations in advance.

50 Commemoration is a great way to be a part of Pride and slip

We’ve got some of your meals covered with events like Savor

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RECORD IT

Lights, camera, action! You are on. Cue up the DVR, as you never know when you’ll end up on ABC. Our local broadcast of the March will air live on ABC7 on Sunday, June 30 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature highlights from various events.

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WORLDPRIDE 2019 | STONEWALL 50 PARTNER EVENTS

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LOCATION: Pier 97 at Hudson River Park Garden Party is The LGBT Community Center’s longest running, highly anticipated Pride event. All are welcome to enjoy an array of tastings from more than a dozen acclaimed restaurants around New York City, including Vic’s, Butter & Scotch, Hill Country Barbecue and Sweet Chili, to name just a few. Guests will also meet the city’s culinary visionaries and sip on seasonal cocktails at an open bar—all while watching the sun set over the Hudson River. The event was established in 1984 as The Center’s very first fundraiser. Over the next 35 years, Garden Party expanded—all while staying true to its roots. It now welcomes thousands of New Yorkers to kick off Pride Week in the most delicious way possible, and fuels The Center’s life-changing and life-saving programs and services, keeping the organization’s doors open 365 days a year. At each Garden Party, Center staff highlight how the event makes specific aspects of their work possible, and show attendees how the funds raised enable the organization to combat the most pressing threats the community comes up against.

This yearly tradition of gathering to share food together is a perfect combination of celebrating the city’s vibrant LGBTQIA+ culture while also acknowledging the community’s continued fight for equality. It’s a space to find comfort in the strength of the community and toast all the progress we have made, at the same time that it is a platform to raise awareness of the challenge’s LGBTQIA+ people face and the work that still lies ahead of us. Attire for this year’s Garden Party is summer chic. Tickets start at $85 for Center members, and at $99 for non-Center members. Tickets can be purchased at gaycenter.org/gardenparty.


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NYC PRIDE

QUILT INITIATIVE DISPLAYED JUNE 1 TO JUNE 30 WITH PARTICIPATING LOCATIONS

This year, NYC Pride coordinated with community leaders to display portions of The AIDS Memorial Quilt throughout the city and the response has been resounding. Brian Holman, Manager of Quilt Operations for The NAMES Project, explained that he receives, “...requests that cover the spectrum. Many requests are for panels that the requester personally created, for celebrities, colleagues [or] for panels connected to a specific area. I receive requests from panel makers who have found a display near them and wish to see a panel they created in the past. Requests are based both on a personal connection to the person on the panel, but also to their connection to the community as a whole.” No matter where in the city you might be, passing a high school, shopping, or going to the theater, the quilt will be displayed to mark areas impacted by the pandemic. We pass these locations every day, but for the month of June they will stand in solidarity, honoring the communal grief of those who have lost loved ones to AIDS.

VARIOUS LOCATIONS

Julie Rhoad, President and CEO of The NAMES Project, says,

AIDS Quilt panels because WorldPride is about remembering what

“The Quilt is often as diverse as both the panels—and the lives they honor—as well as the visitors themselves. The Quilt creates a safe space for a range of emotions, from grief to anger to inspiration and everything in-between. Each year The NAMES Project unfolds sections of The Quilt at hundreds of places: high

Throughout June, at least 8 East Midtown locations will display has been lost, as well as what has been gained in our community. 59E59 THEATERS, 110 EAST 59TH STREET LOBBY, 527 MADISON AVENUE LOBBY GALLERY, 875 THIRD AVENUE LOBBY, THE A&D BUILDING, CENTRAL SYNAGOGUE,

school gymnasiums, community centers, places of worship, art galleries, museums, corporate headquarters, government offices, and wherever it is displayed, The Quilt provides balm for the painful wounds of grief, pours oil into the waters made turbulent by controversy, opens eyes that refuse to see and enlists every person who experiences it to play a role in stopping the epidemic. It is difficult to walk away from The Quilt unchanged.”

OFFICIAL WORLDPRIDE STONEWALL50 AIDS MEMORIAL QUILT DISPLAY INITIATIVE PRESS CONFERENCE — JUNE 21ST 10:00 AM ON DISPLAY JUNE 21ST - 30TH 20 HUDSON YARDS

For more information on Hudson Yard’s plans for WorldPride | Stonewall 50 and their involvement with the Quilt Project visit hudsonyardsnewyork.com

ON DISPLAY JUNE 21ST - 23RD JUDSON MEMORIAL CHURCH

ON DISPLAY JUNE 1 TO JUNE 30 EAST MIDTOWN PARTNERSHIP

HIGH SCHOOL OF ART & DESIGN, KENNY GALLERY, AND MARRIOTT NEW YORK EAST SIDE

ON DISPLAY JUNE 28TH - 30TH

BROOKFIELD PLACE CELEBRATES WORLDPRIDE Gather your friends together and travel to Brookfield Place in Lower Manhattan to check out their complex-wide Pride celebration! Throughout the month of June, their celebration of WorldPride NYC will take over multiple spaces at Brookfield Place. For further information about BFPL’s Pride programming, visit bfplny.com.

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MUSEUM OF CHINESE IN AMERICA 215 CENTRE ST JOHN VARVATOS VARIOUS LOCATIONS

THE TENEMENT MUSEUM 103 ORCHARD ST. To learn more about this program head to worldpride.org.


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AIDS MEMORIAL

STRUCTURED MEMORIES Written By: Casey Lange and Amanda Younger

AIDS MEMORIAL PARK — JOHN MOORE

The NYC AIDS Memorial stands on the site of St. Vincent’s

Tepper, who sat down to speak with NYC Pride, is deeply proud

Hospital, which held the city’s first AIDS ward and served as a

of the memorial and the fundraising efforts to maintain it, but

de facto memorial and place of remembrance. When plans were

most of all, he is, “thrilled to see that other organizations have

announced to demolish St. Vincent’s, Christopher Tepper and

used the memorial for press events, protests, and advocacy

Paul Kelterborn founded a grassroots advocacy effort to design

events.” In honor of WorldPride and the 50th anniversary of the

and construct a memorial in the hospital’s place. In November

Stonewall Uprising, the memorial will host a special exhibition:

of 2011, The NYC AIDS Memorial launched an international design

Visual Impact on Art, AIDS, and Activism. Featuring iconic AIDS

competition. With over 500 architects in contention, Brooklyn

activism posters and new works installed on the surrounding

based Studio a+i, led by Mateo Paiva, Lily Lim, and Esteban

sidewalk, the exhibit will stay in place through World AIDS Day in

Erlich, won the competition with their design of an 18-foot white

December. Tepper noted that, “with all the tourists and visitors

triangular steel canopy, and granite water fountain patterned in

and people streaming into the city to celebrate WorldPride, [this

concentric rings. Visual artist Jenny Holzer arranged passages

exhibit] will help link that history and legacy of advocacy, from

in the pavement from “Song of Myself” (1855), Walt Whitman’s

the Stonewall generation to the AIDS generation.”

poem of hope, unity, and human dignity. The memorial provides a contemplative, communal gathering place and serves as a rallying cry for advocates—a reminder of the work still to come.

Without continuing advocacy efforts, those living with HIV could be stripped of crucial healthcare coverage. As of 2015, the CDC estimated that over 1.1 million U.S. residents are living with HIV, with a reported 15% unaware of their infection. In the state of New York, 48,824 people were living with HIV, with 38,441 in New


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York City alone. As of 2016, nearly 700,000 people have died of

AIDS organizations continue to call for public awareness and

HIV/AIDS in the US since the outbreak of the epidemic. Thanks

support through participation in events like pride marches,

to advocacy efforts and advances in medical research, the

World AIDS Day, or AIDS walks. Newer activism has appeared in

number of U.S. deaths from AIDS have declined sharply since

the form of performance art. With four performances scheduled

the early years of the disease’s domestic presentation.

for June 21 to 23, 2019 at Judson Memorial Church, Quilt, A Musical Celebration, strings together nuanced stories of those

There is no cure or vaccine. However, antiretroviral treatment has been shown to slow the course of the disease and may lead

who used the Quilt Memorial as a vehicle of remembrance for lost loved ones, friends and family.

to a near-normal life expectancy. NYC Pride spoke with John Schak, the original director, and In the early 1980s, AIDS activist groups and organizations began advocating for people infected with HIV. Activism went beyond AIDS research funding, to include awareness campaigns and education. Organizations like Gay Men’s Health Crisis, God’s Love We Deliver, and ACT UP formed assistance programs to provide therapy, support groups, meal plans, hospice care, and legal advocacy. Other groups, like the NAMES Project, emerged as a means of memorializing those who had passed, refusing to let

a contributing book writer of the musical. Schak stressed that the show demonstrates the extensive impact of the outbreak—that queer people are encompassed “in a matrix of the total community.” To Schak, however, the importance of the piece comes after the curtain has closed. John noted of early productions, “it may have lasted two and a half hours on stage, but it lasted that long offstage…we realized that the piece created a catalyst for discussion. It gave permission to talk

them be forgotten by the historical narrative.

about [the impact of the crisis].”

Conceived by activist Cleve Jones, The AIDS Memorial Quilt has

Produced by The Candid Theater Company, directed by Mark

grown each every year since 1985. There are now more than 96,000 names listed on over 50,000 panels displayed around the world. The Names Project has raised over $5,000,000 for Direct Services for People with AIDS. “At its core, The AIDS Memorial Quilt (The Quilt) is about people and it is a story about what happens when we marginalize people whom we as a society consider to be ‘the other’.” The stories contained on the panels and stories about the people who made the panels reveal the lasting impact that bigotry, homophobia, stigma, and shame has had on efforts to address the epidemic. The Quilt

Perry and supported by a coalition of nonprofits, the largest ever iteration of the play will feature The West Village Chorale and The Greenwich Village Orchestra. With these types of AIDS advocacy and awareness efforts occurring in honor of WorldPride Stonewall50, the list of associated events and the conversation surrounding AIDS in modern society only continues to grow. To learn more visit nycaidsmemorial.org on events surrounding the park.

does what art does best—it reminds us that we are connected one to another and as a result are responsible one for another. From its inception and to this day, The Quilt challenges the viewer to consider what really matters and calls on all who experience it to respond with compassion and resolve,” states Julie Rhoad, President & CEO of The NAMES Project Foundation. The Quilt was nominated in 1989 for a Nobel Peace Prize, the subject of Academy Award-winning documentary “Common Threads,” and is still regarded as the largest community art project in the world.

SMITHSONIAN MALL 1996 — THE NAMES PROJECT

To create a panel, host a panel, or find a display near you visit aidsquilt.org.

For tickets to the upcoming show at the Judson Memorial Chruch go to quiltmusical.org.


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THESE TIPS WILL HELP YOU STREAMLINE THE BEST PLACES TO STAY, PLAY, AND EAT IN FIFTY HOURS AND TURN ANY TRIP INTO AN EFFICIENT GETAWAY.


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FAROE ISLANDS

This remote Danish archipelago in the Atlantic is quickly becoming the next “must visit’ destination on all of the travel lists. Made up of eighteen rocky and picturesque islands, the Faroe Islands feels as though you are setting foot on an undiscovered world filled with dramatic unspoiled nature, friendly locals, and a growing food scene focused on sustainability. With only 50,000 inhabitants, sheep sometimes can feel as though they outnumber the humans across the landscape. You can easily access a majority of the islands by car or ferry.

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If staying amongst sea birds and near dramatic cliffs is of interest, Havgrim Seaside Hotel (hotelhavgrim.fo) offers

exactly that. This chic restored home, that dates back to the mid-1900s, allows for you to reconnect to nature and the sea. Beautifully styled interiors make you feel as though you are residing in a modern beach villa, yet with nordic style. Take in sweeping views of the Atlantic ocean while being near Tórshavn, the central city of the Faroe Islands.

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Known as a LGBTQIA+ friendly bar, Sirkus Bar (facebook.com/ sirkus.fo) serves up an array of bites and local beer. On the

ground level you will find Bjórkovin (instagram.com/bjorkovin) which is known to be the first craft beer bar in the Faroes and features an array of music and local DJs on weekends. With the Faroe Islands being a small—yet progressive—cluster of islands, you might want to visit for Faroe Pride (lgbt.fo),

which always takes place on July 27, the day before the national holiday Ólavsøka. The Faroe Pride parade boasts participation


of over 10% of the national population. Same-sex marriage and adoptions became legal in 2017 and laws bannings hate-speech based on sexual orientation were implemented in 2006, making the Faroe Islands a friendly stop for any LGBTQIA+ traveler. Music is a root component of Faroese life and culture. Hoymabit (hoymabit.fo) is a series of concerts with food and hospitality

in a Faroese home that allows for an intimate look at the music scene while tasting the local flavors. If you are a fan of music

festivals, you will not want to miss the award-winning G Festival (gfestival.fo)—held July 11 to 13 this year—showcasing some of the best names in music such as Fatboy Slim, Princess Nokia, and Lewis Capaldi. With the Faroe Islands being a wonderland of natural sites to bask in, you must visit the village of Gásadalur featuring a

stunning and iconic waterfall, Mulafossur. Other prime spots to get your nature fix include Lake Sørvágsvatn, and the tallest

waterfall in the country, Fossa waterfall. Additionally, there are

ample options for birdwatching, sailing, and hiking that will leave you wanting more. For the most comprehensive list of all the various natural wonders, visit the Faroe Island tourism website (visitfaroeislands.com).

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Culinary genius and head chef of KOKS (koks.fo), Paul Andrias Ziska, masters the artistry of distilling taste and smell from

the Faroese landscape, combining them in exquisite dishes. The palate is local, uncompromisingly Faroese. The restaurant focuses on seasonal culinary fare that take the traditions of the Faroe Islands and turn them into modern delicacies. It was the first restaurant in the Faroe Islands to be awarded a Michelin star in 2017 and increased its standing to two stars in February of 2019. The restaurant is only open from April to September and is set far away from any crowds; the only way to access the restaurant is off-road via a sport utility vehicle. Skeiva Pakhus (skeivapakkhus.fo) is a waterside open format

dining experience close to the harbour in Tórshavn that focused on family style shareable dishes. This newer restaurant includes a menu of seafood, local vegetables, and braised pork with the option to also order from the multi-course chef’s menu. Looking to be welcomed into a local Faroese home for an intimate dinner? Head to the small village of Velbastaður and visit the home of Anna & Oli Rubeksen. Named Heimablídni, which means “home hospitality,” this tradition all across the islands allow for you to experience an authentic dining

experience. Anna and Óli Robeksen (Anna Rubeksen: anna-r@ BENJAMIN HARDMAN

olivant.fo) offer a five-course meal with homemade bread, lamb raised on their own farm, and fresh rhubarb juice for DKK 995.

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HUDSON VALLEY

Just a short ninety minutes from New York City, Hudson Valley has become a hip hideaway for city dwellers and tourists wanting to soak up nature without the craziness of the Hamptons. A rich cultural hub that includes a growing art world, a hyper local culinary scene, and unique antique finds make this destination an easy trip the next time you are in the Big Apple.

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Travel just two hours north of New York City to the rural Catskills, and you will find a modern Mediterranean oasis in the heart of the Hudson Valley, The Villa at Saugerties

(thevillaatsaugerties.com)—an impeccably designed luxury

bed and breakfast filled with heart. With sun drenched gardens, private lounging patios, a forty-foot swimming pool, bedside fireplaces, deep soaking tubs, and thoughtful details at every turn, prepare fo feel transported to a unique respite and true escape. Wm. Farmer and Sons (wmfarmerandsons.com) was named for a tradition in the Farmer family, but also as a dedication to

Kirby’s Father, William Joseph Farmer. The “& Sons” stems from the now three generations of William Farmers. Each room in the guest house at Wm. Farmer & Sons is unique in character. From gorgeous old, wooden four-post and wrought iron beds with towering mattresses and oversized comforters to sliding barn doors and signature, local antiques, the guest house suites are one-of-a-kind. Don’t miss the on-site dining that has a menu focused on Midwestern food traditions and rich histories. Westchester residents Richard Gere, Carey Lowell and

Russell Hernandez restored the historic Bedford Post Inn

(bedfordpostinn.com) in 2007, creating a renowned retreat

with just eight luxury rooms (most with working fireplaces), a yoga studio with daily classes, workshops and events, and two distinct restaurants serving sustainable farm-to-table fare. The inn is tucked in a wooded setting in the charming village of Bedford.


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One of the hippest and most talked about locations for the art crowd is Storm King Art Center (stormking.org). Bask in the

large scale sculptures amongst rolling hills and nature. This mix of modern and contemporary art provides the perfect space to feel cultured in the most natural setting in New York state. If you are in the Kingston area, make sure to stop into the

Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center (lgbtqcenter.org). This safe space provides events and programs for LGBTQIA+

people in the Hudson Valley region and will allow you to connect with others from the surrounding area. Boutique and antique shopping is a must when zipping through the small towns scattered throughout the Hudson Valley. We suggest checking out the picturesque towns of Cold Spring

(coldspringliving.com), Rhinebeck (rhinebeckchamber.com), and Hudson (hudsonfirst.com)

Samuel Untermyer acquired the Greystone estate in 1899, then transformed and expanded its grounds into 150 acres of gardens that is now known as Untermyer Park and Gardens

(untermyergardens.org). Today, 43 of those acres have been

restored, including the Persian-style Walled Garden, The Vista with its Roman columns framing views of the Hudson River, and The Temple of Love, a terraced rock outcropping with water features. There are two Sunday tours—one with a history focus, the other focused on architecture and horticulture.

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Blue Hill Farm at Stone Barns (bluehillfarm.com) was one of

the first dining establishments within the region that embraced local farm-to-table dining and elevated it with the purest and freshest ingredients from throughout the Hudson Valley. Make sure to book well in advance as this was ranked as the eleventh best restaurant in the world in 2018. Bread Alone (breadalone.com) has several cafes throughout

the Hudson Valley region and focuses on simple and organically made bread and other goodies. Started in 1983 in the Catskill Mountains, Daniel Leader wanted to combine Parisian bread making with a traditional brick oven baking method resulting in an out of this world, carb lovers, dream loaf. Yonkers’ Guapo Cocina Mexicana (guaporestaurant.com) is known for its authentic Cuban and Mexican fare and a wildly

popular Dining with Divas weekly happy hour. Hosted by Yonkers Downtown/Waterfront BID and Angel Elektra, the drag show has no cover and is kid friendly.


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TOKYO

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As the host of the 2020 Summer Olympics, this is one world class city you’ll want to visit now before the crowds descend on this metropolis of over 37 million. Tokyo is everything you imagined and more, with beautiful temples surrounded by the chaotic urban jungle which glows with neon hues.

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The Andaz Tokyo (tokyo.andaz.hyatt.com) has some of the most unparalleled views overlooking Tokyo Tower and the

surrounding metro area. The perfect location, beautiful views, and top notch service make this one of the most desirable hotels in Tokyo.

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After encountering the hustle and bustle of Tokyo streets, you

may need a moment to recharge and refresh yourself. The RitzCarlton, Tokyo Spa (ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/japan/tokyo/ spa) is situated on the 46th floor overlooking large swaths of the city where the luxurious spa offers guests the ultimate

pampering, rejuvenating and restorative experience in a tranquil sanctuary. This soothing day spa features an indoor lap pool, dry sauna, steam sauna, nine treatment rooms, one spa suite, fitness studio and more. Connect with your inner Buddhist and take in one of the

grandest temples in Tokyo, The Senso-ji Temple (senso-ji.jp). Along with the temple, the site includes a five-story pagoda

that sits near Nakamise Dori, which hosts a collection of food


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vendors and shops. The most popular festival that takes place at the temple is Sanja Matsuri, occurring over three to four days. No stay in Tokyo would be complete without a visit to the

legendary Robot Restaurant (shinjuku-robot.com). This dinner theatre is mixed with one psychedelic production that will leave you asking yourself, “What just happened?” Take in the sights of oversized robots, dancing women with feather headdresses, and an abundance of lasers. Stick around and party it up in the neighborhood of Shinjuku Ni-Chome where you can find a collection of LGBTQIA+ centric bars that fit all interests. While the Japanese tend to be me more reserved when speaking about LGBTQIA+ identity, there’s no shortage of establishments that cater to the community.

Campy Bar (campy.jp/campy_bar.html) is as as camp as it

sounds with drag queens, a bright retro design, and stiff cocktails. Also, the Eagle Bar (eagletokyo.com) is generally the go-to for those looking to find bearish beauties in a modern bar setting. If you plan your trip correctly you can visit during Tokyo

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Rainbow Pride (tokyorainbowpride.com) which is one of

the largest Pride festivals in Asia. Started in 1994 with 1,000 marchers, it has grown to attract over 150,000 participants. Typically held in late April over multiple days, this event showcases the best and brightest LGBTQIA+ artists and activists within Japan.

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Oumigenji (oumigenji.co.jp), located in the district of Shinjuku,

is a traditional Shabu-Shabu dining establishment tucked away and set apart from the nightlife heavy neighborhood. ShabuShabu is a traditional Japanese culinary method where thin cuts of high-quality beef are cooked in a pot of boiling water and then dipped in ponzu sauce layered with sesame-seeds. One would not think sushi being delivered via a conveyor belt would be so delicious but it is. Known as Kaiten style, guests simply sit and take as many moving dishes they can devour. Remember to not eat too much, as the Japanese tend to eat lightly comparative to American appetites. Some of the best Kaiten style sushi can be found at Kura Sushi (kura-corpo. co.jp) near Shinagawa station.

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SANTIAGO Imagine finding a city that has impeccable local wine, dramatic mountain ranges set beside modern skyscrapers, and a rich contemporary art scene juxtaposed to the traditional neoclassical architecture. You’ve found Santiago, Chile. This dense metropolis of more than 7 million has a temperate climate averaging between the upper 50s to the low 80s which fits every finicky, temperature-obsessed traveler.

STAY

One of the poshest hotels in Santiago is the W Hotel Santiago

(marriott.com/hotels/travel/sclwh-w-santiago/). This modern hotel has everything you could possibly need including amazing views, central location, and a luxurious pool. Located in the neighborhood of Sanhattan and near the Botanical Gardens, it is the perfect contemporary destination.

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mountains and countryside have to offer. I Love Chile Tours

one of the country’s best dining establishments, make sure

Step outside of the city limits and explore what the surrounding (ilovechiletours.com) offers a wide array of both city, wine country and mountain tours. Most of these small group

If you are looking to dive into true authentic Chilean food and to visit Boragó (borago.cl). This contemporary restaurant

focuses on how to bring regional specialties to the surface

tours take up between eight to ten hours but give you a

in an interesting and mesmerizing way through remarkable

comprehensive understanding of your surroundings. Drink up

techniques. The water even comes from the pristine areas

luscious Chilean wine and bask in the natural beauty of the

of Patagonia, so purity is a high priority for this top-rated

Andes.

restaurant.

Art and culture plays out throughout the city and if

Carolina Bazan has been running restaurants since the age

Contemporáneo de Santiago or MAC (mac.uchile.cl). While not

one of the fifty best eateries in Latin America according to

contemporary art is of interest head to the Museo de Arte

of 23 and is the executive chef of Ambrosia (ambrosia.cl),

massive in scale it does hold over 2,000 pieces of mostly artists

San Pellegrino. This market-to-table restaurant focused on

from South America including Oswaldo Guayasamin, Jesús Ruiz

traditional French technique—mixed with local Chilean produce

Nestosa, and José Balmes.

from La Vega Central Market—has a wide array of menu offerings from oysters to pasta with Chilean truffle.

Santiago has a robust LGBTQIA+ nightlife scene with restaurant / bars like Station Restobar, known as a great place to start out the evening, along with the famous Farinelli to experience its signature drag shows. It also has no

shortage of chic gay nightclubs such as Barcelona at Bunker

(superfiestabarcelona.com) that always attract a large trendy

When traveling to any major international city one of the first

places to track down is the main food market. La Vega Central Market (vegacentral.cl) definitely does not disappoint. This

sprawling complex has been in existence for over 200 years and offers the largest supply of fresh food offerings in Santiago.

crowd. More than a party, Barcelona is a meeting event, a space

After navigating the maze of local stalls, make sure to stop at a

to share with friends and meet new ones, an experience that

couple of the stalls that serve prepared meals from the endless

welcomes a public tired of stereotypes and labels.

bounty the market has to offer such as empanadas, fresh seafood stews, and local beers.


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NEW ORLEANS

You thought that New York City was the city that never sleeps, but have you been to New Orleans? This city is jam packed with a wide array of endless nightlife, delicious eateries, and posh boutique hotels that will make you say, ‘Laissez les bons temps rouler!’

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If you love hotels that give you a sense of place and history

you must check into the recently opened Hotel Peter & Paul

(hotelpeterandpaul.com). This compound is made up of a historic and reconverted church, rectory, schoolhouse, and convent.

Perfect for those looking to repent from a weekend of debauchery. With 71 guest rooms, the property makes an effort to provide modern touches while paying tribute to the history of the city. There are plenty of boutique hotels and guest houses in New

Orleans, but the Henry Howard Hotel (henryhowardhotel.com) is the ideal spot if you are looking for a more intimate stay. Built in 1867, this refurbished townhouse has been turned into an 18 room hotel that offers a quiet substitute to the French Quarter.

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The Elysian Bar (theelysianbar.com) at Hotel Peter & Paul

embraces ‘guests as neighbors’ through carefully curated food and beverage, plus well rounded hospitality. In keeping with the name, The Elysian Bar cultivates paradise and exudes bliss. The food is light and seasonal with Southern flavors grounded in French classics. Traditional-leaning, The Elysian Bar features local ingredients taking inspiration from European eating trends amidst the bounty of New Orleans and surrounding Southern region. The drink menu offers classic cocktails with a focus on robust aperitivo and low ABV, seasonal offerings. Don’t skip out on Pal’s Lounge (palslounge.com), which is the perfect neighborhood joint to relax with friends and imbibe

with your drink of choice. This friendly and comfortable bar is a great relaxing establishment. It is the perfect place to settle in and grab a drink and local pop-up snacks with friends in a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere. There is always something to do, like play air hockey or pinball, or be your own DJ and make a selection on their jukebox. While the nightlife scene is extensive, do not miss experiencing the natural side of New Orleans by either kayaking on the bayou

or taking a swamp tour. One of the best tours in the area is Jean Lafitte (jeanlafitteswamptour.com). They offer a wide variety of tours including swamp tours and airboat tours, as well as paddle boat tours. No visit to New Orleans is complete without a visit to one of the best drag bars in the country. The AllWays Lounge

(theallwayslounge.net) is home to weekly performances by

some of the best burlesque, cabaret and drag performers in the city. AllWays is also the de facto home venue of the New Orleans Drag Workshop, run by storied drag performer and musician Vinsantos.


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Named as a James Beard Award finalist in 2014, 2017, and 2018,

Upperline (upperline.com) is the quintessential Southern dining establishment where you’ll find classic New Orleans fare mixed

with Southern comfort goodness. The menu consists of a multicourse journey that could include everything from N’awlins classic turtle soup to spicy shrimp with jalapeno cornbread. Located in Pythian Market, you will find the family run

14 Parishes (14parishes.com). This Jamaican restaurant will instantly cure any jerk chicken cravings you will inevitably

have when visiting the deep south. The menu focuses on the necessary but important basics such as oxtails, jerk chicken and shrimp, curry goat, and cornbread. While sometimes seen as a popular location for out of town visitors, Cafe Du Monde (cafedumonde.com) has a track

record for serving up the best beignets in the city. Dusted with powdered sugar goodness and deep fried to perfection, these decadent treats will leave your waist a little larger but your tastebuds pleased.

TOP 5 BEST LGBTQIA+ EVENTS TO CHECK OUT THIS SUMMER:

1. KEY WEST WOMENFEST - SEPTEMBER 4 TO 9, 2019 - WOMENFEST.COM In September, the five-day Womenfest Key West (womenfest.com) attracts thousands of women for high-energy revelry and camaraderie. The event traditionally offers poolside and late-night parties, musical and comedy performances, and on-the-water excursions.

2. PROVINCETOWN BEAR WEEK - JULY 13 TO 21, 2019 - PTOWNBEARS. ORG A mix of pool parties, delicious food, leather events, and cabaret shows catering to the bear / leather community while promoting a welcoming ethos that allows people to be whomever they want to be.

3. HOTTER THAN JULY - JULY 23 TO 28, 2019 - LGBTDETROIT.ORG/ HOTTERTHANJULY

This annual event that celebrates Detroit’s Black LGBTQIA+ culture has been in existence since 1996 and continues to celebrate our diverse community with a collection of events that last over several days and draws more than 20,000 participants.

4. SOUTHERN COMFORT TRANSGENDER CONFERENCE - AUGUST 15 TO 17, 2019 - SCCFLA.ORG Held in Ft. Lauderdale, this annual conference has built the reputation as being the

preeminent conference for trans-identifying individuals and has grown to be multi-day while attracting attendees from around the globe.

5. NORTHALSTED MARKET DAYS - AUGUST 10 TO 11, 2019 NORTHALSTED.COM/MARKETDAYS

Attracting over 200,000 annually, Market Days in Chicago has become one of the largest LGBTQIA+ events in the midwest. This street festival has a mix of well known entertainers, streetside drinking pavilions, DJs, and more.


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THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR DEDICATED VOLUNTEERS! YOUR SUPPORT IS CRUCIAL TO GIVING PEOPLE THE EXCELLENT PRIDE EXPERIENCES THEY DESERVE. Volunteering for Pride is a great way to make a difference for the LGBTQIA+ community, get involved with an organization that celebrates diversity, have a behind-the-scenes Pride experience, and provide people with memories that will last a lifetime.

Want to volunteer for WorldPride 2019? We still have spots

available for the March on June 30! Sign up to volunteer for the March at nycpride.org/volunteer-form and email volunteers@ nycpride.org with any questions.


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Celebrating diversity in all its forms, the National Museum of the American Indian is a proud supporter of World Pride 2019.

Smithsonian

National Museum of the American Indian One Bowling Green | NYC | AmericanIndian.si.edu

, June 23 at 5:00 PM , June 29 at 9:00 PM

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SUNDAY, JUNE 30 TIME: 5 p.m. to 4:30 a.m.

LOCATION: Brooklyn Mirage | Avant Gardner 140 Stewart Ave., Brooklyn, NY

The world is coming to celebrate and Alegria is ready! Two amazing events in one unprecedented Alegria production at The Brooklyn Mirage - Avant Gardner. This is shaping up to be their biggest production ever! Gates open at 5 p.m. premiering their

Featuring music by DJs Renato Cecin, Isaac Escalanta, Thiago Oliveira, and Pagano. The massive indoor 15,000 square foot space features state-of-the-art sound with a second 5,000 square foot dance floor space dubbed: the ALEGRIA Xtreme Room.

new outdoor spectacular, “WOW.” It’s the 20th annual Alegria Pride event and they can’t wait to This 18,000 square foot festival complex with state-of-the-art

show the world, share it with you and make New York proud! See

sound and lighting will feature pumping music brought to you by

you on the dance floor at ALEGRIA WORLDPRIDE 2019!

10 p.m. the celebration continues with ALEGRIA CIRCUS.

To learn more visit alegriaworldpride.com

DJs Alain Jackinsky, Mauro Mozart, and Tom Stephan. At

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LGBT WEEK JUNE 17 TO 21

LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT NYC Community Marketing, Inc. and Pink Banana Media are pleased to present LGBT Week, June 17 to 21, 2019. The event features the 12th Annual LGBTQ Marketing & Advertising Symposium at Google on June 20, plus many other specialized workshops, meetings and events throughout the week. LGBT Week is the “must-attend” educational and networking opportunity for marketing, advertising and PR executives of all industries who want to successfully reach LGBTQ communities and initiate or update effective strategies. Participating in this collection of content and programming will help leading businesses explore opportunities to reach the full spectrum of LGBTQ communities across North America and beyond. (lgbtweek.com)

NY BOTANICAL GARDENS JUNE 15

NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDEN 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx

The New York Botanical Garden is proud to take part in this celebration with a very special WorldPride Night inspired by its exhibition The Living Art of Roberto Burle Marx. Join them for an evening full of Brazilian art, culture, design, and more with caipirinhas, Samba dancing, and music from top Brazilian artists and DJs! (nybg.org)

GAY HOCKEY LEAGUE (NYCGHA) JUNE 21 TO 23

SKY RINK AT CHELSEA PIERS 61 Chelsea Piers

The Chelsea Challenge is an international adult LGBTQIA+ and LGBTQIA+-friendly ice hockey tournament hosted by the New York City Gay Hockey Association. The tournament, now in its 19th year, welcomes skaters from all over the world. Participants skate at one of three skill levels, ranging from a drop-in beginner division to team-based competitive play. The Chelsea Challenge 2019 begins the night of Friday, June 21 and ends on Sunday, June 23. Registered skaters have access to social events and our tournament banquet; games are open to the public. (nycgha.org/cc)


JUNE 17 TO 30 | OPEN 11 A.M. TO 6 P.M. DAILY ROGUE SPACE | CHELSEA

508-526 W. 26th St., 9th Fl.

THIS EVENT IS FREE TO ATTEND This is Watson’s first solo show in NYC in his 40-year career after sold out exhibitions in Los Angeles, London, Berlin, Toronto, Sydney and Melbourne. Available for sale are paintings and limited edition prints, alongside a commemorative WorldPride NYC | Stonewall 50 edition of his brand new art book. With the artist in residence throughout the exhibition, this will be a rare chance to learn first-hand about his style, his intentions, and the stories behind the artwork on display. A full multimedia experience awaits each visitor into the exhibition with video presentations on the artist’s work giving insight into the creative process and final sentiment. (rosswatson.com)

GAY SECRETS TOUR AT THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM JUNE 29 | 6 P.M. TO 8 P.M.

METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART 1000 Fifth Ave.

Gay historian, Professor Andrew Lear, founded Oscar Wilde

GAY & SOBER JUNE 27 TO 30

THE WESTIN AT TIMES SQUARE 270 W. 43rd St.

Special programming devoted to men in recovery is offered through the special Gay & Sober Men’s Conference on June 27, June 28, and June 29. On Sunday, June 30, all LGBTQIA+ people in recovery and their allies unite for fun and fellowship at the March and the Dance on the River sober cruise! Sunday, June 30 is The March with DJ Joe Ross from Houston on the Gay & Sober float. At night is the Dance on the River with DJ Eddie X from Los Angeles! The high-energy dance cruise is one of the best vantage points to see the WorldPride fireworks show. (gayandsober.org/events)

Tours to reveal the secret LGBTQIA+ history that is hiding in plain sight in the world’s great cities and museums. On the Gay Secrets tour of the Metropolitan Museum, Professor Lear will show you how same-sex love of various kinds is referenced in the Metropolitan Museum’s masterpieces, from ancient Greek statues to Picasso’s “Gertrude Stein.” We will explore a number of cultures and examine both well-known works by artists such as Caravaggio and relatively unknown works such as bis-poles from New Guinea. This tour will show you that world history and world art are much gayer (or even gayer) than you ever thought! (oscarwildetours.com)

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FRONT RUNNERS JUNE 29

BANDSHELL IN CENTRAL PARK Terrace Dr. near W. 72nd St.

This year marks the 38th running of this landmark race that started as an enduring collaboration among Front Runners New York, New York Road Runners, and the City of New York. In the early years of the race, some runners were wary of participating, afraid that their sexual identities would be exposed. Today, the LGBT Pride Run symbolizes the growing acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people and is an integral part of New York’s city-wide Pride Weekend celebration. To mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, and welcoming WorldPride, we’ve raised the race capacity so that more than 12,000 runners will have the chance to be a part of this milestone celebration. (frnypriderun.org)

THE CHURCH OF THE HOLY TRINITY JUNE 25

THE CHURCH OF THE HOLY TRINITY 316 E. 88th St.

Join us as we visit with Bishop Mary Glasspool, Assistant Bishop in the Episcopal Diocese of New York and the first open lesbian to be consecrated bishop in the Anglican Communion. Bishop Glasspool will talk about her own life, the challenges she has faced, and the sources for the faith and love that sustains her and enables her to lead others. The Church of the Holy Trinity, an Episcopal Church in the Anglican Communion, is located in the Yorkville neighborhood of the Upper East Side of Manhattan, on East 88th Street between First and Second Avenues, very

BLACK UNICORN JUNE 29

ROOMMATE GRACE HOTEL 125 W. 45th St.

Black Unicorn is thrilled to present the annual Pride Pool Party!

near the 86th Street stop of the Q Train. (holytrinity-nyc.org)

Make our pool your dance floor this year as we celebrate

LPAC

cocktails and exciting surprises await you. Get your tickets

JUNE 25

PLAYSTATION THEATER 1515 Broadway

Join LPAC on Tuesday, June 25, for an evening celebrating LGBTQ women and comedy to benefit Project LPAC. They will recognize an individual with their Champion of Change Award and feature celebrity presenters and queer women comedians, including Gina Yashere and Gloria Bigelow. Current nominees for this year’s Champion of Change include Janelle Monáe, Lena Waithe and Hannah Gadsby, among others. Project LPAC’s mission is to study, compile and disseminate empirical research about LGBTQIA+ women as a political community, with a particular focus on those who are economically challenged, transgender, and/or women of color. Their goal is to share the findings of this research with organizations, corporations and NGOs so that they can be fully inclusive in their efforts to empower and increase the involvement of LGBTQIA+ women in society. (projectlpac.org/levity)

the best weekend of the summer. Heated pool, sparkle bar, early to make sure you’re a part of this exclusive event. (blackunicornevents.com)

10 HAIRY LEGS

JUNE 27 TO 29 | 7:30 PM NEW YORK LIVE ARTS 219 W. 19th St.

10 Hairy Legs, the male repertory dance company, presents its seventh New York season. Featured are world premiere commissioned works by Larry Keigwin and Adam Barruch, Stephen Petronio’s iconic duet Bud, set to Rufus Wainwright’s “Oh What a World,” and a 2018 commission by Yin Yue entitled “So It Goes.” Join us for a special evening to benefit the company’s New Works Fund and to meet our artists on June 29, including a post-performance champagne reception in the lobby of the theater. Mention code 10HLNYCPRIDE to receive a

10% discount on show tickets. Not applicable for benefit tickets. (10hl.org)


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NIAGARA FALLS 332 Prospect St., Niagara Falls, NY

PRIDE SHABBAT – JEWISH CELEBRATION OF WORLDPRIDE WEEKEND

Celebrate WorldPride at a natural wonder: Niagara Falls State

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JULY 5

NIAGARA FALLS STATE PARK

Park, America’s first. Settle in for a free outdoor concert performed by the award-winning Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and then linger through dusk to witness the falls illuminated in an array of rainbow colors, as well as a trademark

Niagara Falls USA fireworks display. (niagarafallsusa.com/lgbtq)

JUNE 28 | 6:30 P.M.

71 West 23rd St., btwn. Fifth and Sixth Avenues CBST’s PRIDE Shabbat Service this year will feature guest speaker, Pulitzer Prize-winning Playwright, Tony Kushner. Congregation Beit Simchat Torah (CBST) is a vibrant spiritual community and a progressive voice within Judaism. Founded in

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Jewish, CBST champions a Judaism that rejoices in diversity,

JUNE 27 | 11 A.M. TO 4 P.M. 500 W. 36th St. at 10th Ave

CNN’s QUEER CITY is a uniquely intimate look at the everyday people behind queer history’s landmark moments. This free multimedia museum experience goes beyond conventional LGBTQIA+ timelines to reveal the personal stories and artifacts that made up a movement, decade by decade, from the 1940s through today. Discover coming out letters and answering machine messages, bar napkins and protest t-shirts, underground magazines and army uniforms, personal photos and home videos—the artifacts of one city’s queer evolution. Featuring original CNN video content and installations.

transgender, queer and straight individuals and families who share common values. Passionate, provocative, and deeply denounces social injustice wherever it exists, and strives for human rights for all people. The service will be led by Senior Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, Assistant Rabbi Yael Rapport, Cantor Steve Zeidenberg, and Music Director and Pianist, Joyce

Rosenzweig directing the CBST Community Chorus. (cbst.org)

PRIDE ON THE HORIZON JUNE 28 | 6 P.M. TO 9 P.M. THE STANDARD, EAST VILLAGE 25 Cooper Sq.

YOUTH EVENT: Ages 13 to 20

THE IGLA HOSTED BY TEAM NEW YORK AQUATICS

Join the It Gets Better Project for its second annual youth event

131-04 Meridian Rd., Queens

off Pride weekend in style. Guests will enjoy special celebrity

Founded in 1990, in preparation for Gay Games III in Vancouver,

stars, a makeup and beauty experience, photo ops, DJ and

FLUSHING MEADOWS AQUATIC CENTER

Team New York Aquatics (TNYA) has grown into the largest LGBTQ+ swim team in the world. With over 600 athletes, TNYA is home to adult swimmers, water polo players, divers, synchronized swimmers, and open water swimmers of all abilities and aspirations. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, and in honor of WorldPride, TNYA is hosting the 2019 International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics (IGLA) Championships. IGLA was formed in 1987, the year after Gay Games II, by LGBTQIA+ swimmers who wanted to gather annually rather than every four years. It is both a vibrant organization and a championship meet with a commitment to the highest standards of aquatic competition and promoting participation in aquatic sports among LGBTQIA+ and allied athletes. IGLA 2019 is open to all adults who are members of their respective National Governing Bodies. Registration closes Monday, May 20. (igla2019.org)

in celebration of WorldPride. Set in the penthouse suite atop The Standard, East Village, Pride on the Horizon is a can’t-miss opportunity for LGBTQIA+ people ages 13 to 20 looking to kick appearances, performances from up-and-coming teen drag dancing, food, and more. (itgetsbetter.org)

GLOW: 50 YEARS OF CALLEN-LORDE MAY 31 | 5 P.M. TO 9 P.M. UNION PARK 6 E. 18th St.

Since 1969, Callen-Lorde Community Health Center has provided quality healthcare, free of judgement and regardless of ability to pay, which has helped enhance the well-being of LGBTQIA+ communities in New York and beyond. Join them to celebrate at their family-friendly 50th anniversary party GLOW!, hosted by Peppermint with music by Honey Davenport. There will be performances by Doris Dear, Jan Sport, and Brenda Dharling, as well as a special kids’ performance by Yuhua Hamasaki. (callen-lorde.org/events/glow)

HAMPTONS TEA DANCE JULY 13 | 4 P.M. TO 8 P.M. NOVA’S ARK PROJECT

60 Millstone Rd., Water Mill, NY Callen-Lorde and SAGE continue the Hamptons Tea Dance tradition for the 27th year. This vibrant, not-to-be-missed, outdoor celebration draws an impressive crowd of over 1,000 notable LGBTQIA+ New Yorkers and their allies—making it the largest LGBTQIA+ event in the Hamptons each summer season. (hamptonsteadance.org)


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PATRICK WEBB STUDIO | THE PUNCHINELLO PAINTINGS

LUNELLA “PASTA PER TUTTI” ANNUAL PRIDE WEEKEND

PFIZER BUILDING

173 MULBERRY ST.

JUNE 1 TO 30

630 Flushing Ave., 3rd Fl., Brooklyn

JUNE 28 TO 30

Lunella Italian Ristorante proudly presents our second annual

This June in honor of Stonewall 50, Guggenheim Fellow (2016)

Pride event weekend. Join us as we bring unity to Mulberry

Patrick Webb will install his magnum opus of 62 canvasses,

Street in Little Italy. The weekend kicks off on Friday, June 28,

The Tinker Tailor Paintings, in the Pfizer building ( 60X20-36”).

with our drag queen show “My Good Judy.” Our pride celebration

The characters found in several versions of the British rhyme

continues on Saturday, June 29, with some fabulous drink

become a launching point for this carnivalesque world of

specials and a Judy Garland impersonator! To close out this

queerness, multiple identities and non-conforming genders

historic weekend we are celebrating with Family Pride on

that challenge essentialist notions of desire and being, all

Sunday, June 30, featuring acoustic music starting at 2 p.m. We

informed within a biomythographical frame, by memories and screen memories of childhood experiences of a cis queer man.

look forward to celebrating our Pride with you! (lunellas.com)

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ON LOCATION TOURS

VIEWING: Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 12 p.m.

On Location Tours is thrilled to partner with WorldPride 2019

to 5 p.m.; by appointment.

RECEPTION: June 1, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. | Pfizer Building, 630 Flushing Avenue, 3rd Floor, Brooklyn, NY, 11206.

THE LITTLE HIKES CO. PRE-LAUNCH PARTY JUNE 29 | 8 P.M. THE G.O.A.T.

1674 Richmond Rd., Staten Island In honor of WorldPride and Stonewall 50, Little Hikes Co. is throwing a fabulous party in Staten Island’s The G.O.A.T. Remembering 1969 when we “started the climb” with Stonewall, Little Hikes Co. has big dreams that stemmed from small inspiration. The company’s founder, Charles B. Hulsizer, changed his life during his transition and discovering his love for hiking. He has partnered with The G.O.A.T. This bar brings the forgotten borough of NYC nightlife back to life. We invite you to join us as

and to welcome guests from around the world this summer. On Location Tours, celebrating 20 years in business, offers a wide variety of TV and movie tours in NYC and Boston. Some of our tours in NYC include the Sex and the City Hotspots Tour, the Gossip Girl Sites Tour, The Superhero Tour of NYC, the Central Park TV & Movie Sites Walking Tour and so much more. To celebrate WorldPride, we are offering a $10 discount. Use code “worldpride” at checkout. A portion of the proceeds for the month of June will go to The Stonewall Foundation. (onlocationtours.com)

FRISKY AND YUMMY PARTIES JUNE 28 TO 29

36-08 33RD ST., LONG ISLAND CITY Join us for the Big Opening: Big Frisky Party on Friday, June 28th featuring DJs Allison Nunes, Jerac, Suri, and Joe Gauthreaux. Performers include Nikki Valentine, Brazilian singer Amannda, and more special guests.

we dance the night away at The G.O.A.T. Let’s celebrate dreams becoming reality! Little Hikes Co.’s Kickstarter Campaign will launch at the NYC Pride March. Come Be Fierce and have a shot on us!

CATHEDRAL OF ST. JOHN THE DIVINE

Finish off our event series at the Main Event: Yummy Party on Saturday, June 29th featuring international superstar DJs Ana Paula and Hector Fonseca with a performance from American Idol’s ADA Vox. (nycpride.org/events)

VARYING DATES & TIMES

ASCEND WITH PRIDE

Celebrate Pride at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine! On

FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT FOUR FREEDOMS STATE PARK

Sunday, June 23, join us for a Spirit of Pride Choral Evensong at 4 p.m. This service of choral evening prayer in the tradition of the great Cathedrals of the Anglican Communion is co-sponsored by the Congregation of St. Saviour. On Thursday, June 27, the Cathedral presents a Spirit of Pride Celebration as part of the closing of The Value of Sanctuary: Building a House Without Walls, on view through June 30. Join us at 6:30 p.m. to view the exhibition, followed by a discussion on the power of public art in LGBTQ advocacy and beyond. (stjohdivine.org)

JUNE 15 | NOON TO 6 P.M.

1 FDR FOUR FREEDOMS PARK, ROOSEVELT ISLAND

Get your cameras ready, a 12x100 feet Pride flag is coming to FDR Four Freedoms State Park! From Friday, June 14 to Sunday, June 30, the park’s staircase will transform into a massive LGBTQIA+ Pride flag to celebrate the universal human rights articulated in FDR’s Four Freedoms Speech: freedom of speech and expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. On Saturday, June 15 from noon to 6 p.m., the park will host a free Pride celebration for all ages, with VideoOut onsite capturing coming out stories for their online archive, a food truck picnic on the lawn, and a visit from Drag Queen Story Hour, featuring books that focus on diversity and inclusivity. (fdrfourfreedomspark.org)


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THE LGBT VICTORY FUND

VICTORY INSTITUTE WORLDPRIDE RECEPTION JUNE 27 | 5 P.M. TO 7 P.M. LOCATION SENT ON RSVP

The world was captivated by the 2018 Rainbow Wave and the unprecedented number of openly LGBTQIA+ candidates who ran and won elected office. In honor of WorldPride 2019 and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, LGBT Victory Institute is hosting a reception, presented by Google, to celebrate these victories and the efforts to move equality

ASEXUAL 2019 CONFERENCE We have been working hard to create events that will share the work being done in the Ace and Aro communities, bring people together, and build community. Space will be reserved for caucus style meetings for those who have different intersectional experiences, rotating between groups throughout the day. For example, a POC Caucus, a Trans/Non-binary Caucus, Aromantic & Allosexual Caucus, and more. Un-Conference Style workshops. An un-conference

forward for our community. RSVP Required. (victoryinstitute.org)

lets attendees shape how they would like to spend their time,

QUEEN OF THE RIDE

spontaneous connections. We will take time in the beginning of

JUNE 21 AND JUNE 28

Queen of THE RIDE is a 1-hour adult-themed ride cruising Manhattan with live drag performances! On our interactive Friday night experience, you’ll hop aboard our luxury motorcoach with stadium-style seating, high-quality audio/ visual technology, and 3,000 LED lights. Blurring the boundaries between what’s really happening outside and what’s part of the show, your hilarious drag queen host will guide you through wild performances on the streets of NYC! Celebrate PRIDE on Queen of THE RIDE on Friday, June 21 at 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. and again on Friday June, 28 at 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Complimentary drink included before and after the show at Ritz

removes traditional conference hierarchy, and encourages the day to set an agenda collectively, for a select portion of the conference workshop time slots. Interactive workshops such as ones on Fast Friending and creating a Collective Experiences Mural. Lunch is included in a conference ticket with vegan and gluten free options provided. DOCUMENTARY PREMIERE | FRIDAY JUNE 28: acesnyc.org/doc CONFERENCE | SATURDAY

JUNE 29: ACESNYC.ORG/ACE-ARO-CONFERENCE-2019 If you would like to march with us, please email acemeetupsnyc@gmail.com.

Bar & Lounge (Queen of THE RIDE’s boarding location). Use code NYCPRIDE and save $20 per ticket! (experiencetheride.com/qotr)

PICNIC WITH THE ROOSEVELTS: A HUMAN RIGHTS CELEBRATION JUNE 27

Join us on Thursday, June 27 at the Roosevelts’ in Hyde Park to reflect on global human and civil rights. Begin the day with self-guided tours of the Home of President Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site, FDR Presidential Library and Museum, and the Eleanor Roosevelt home at Val-Kill. Then join us for a Hot Dog Summit lunch, recreating the 1939 gathering with King George VI and Queen Elizabeth of England. Finish the afternoon with keynote speaker Blanche Wiesen Cook, distinguished Professor at CUNY’s John Jay College and The Graduate Center and New York Times bestselling author, who will present on the life of Eleanor Roosevelt and her fervent devotion to the civil and human rights movement. Traveling up from New York City? Discounted Metro-North Railroad train tickets and free shuttle buses from/to Poughkeepsie Station are available. (adventuresignup.com/Race/NY/HydePark/ PicnicwiththeRooseveltsAHumanRightsCelebration)

Check out all our events for Pride Month, including crafting

events, dinners, picnics, and more at acesnyc.org/eventscal


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"The Noblest Art is that of Making Others Happy" www.barnum-museum.org

Bridgeport, Connecticut

VOLUNTEER WITH NYC PRIDE WANT TO VOLUNTEER FOR WORLDPRIDE 2019?

Sign up to volunteer for the March, PrideFest, and more at nycpride.org/volunteer-form and email

volunteers@nycpride.org with any questions.


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NY STATE

From the funky neighborhoods of Buffalo including Ani DiFranco’s Babeville, to Fire Island and the pristine beaches of Long Island, to the tranquility and natural beauty of the Catskills, and the thriving historic communities in the Hudson Valley, there’s something for everyone to make their trip to New York State one they won’t soon forget. This June, find what you love in New York. To learn more about these regions, WorldPride commemorative events, and other LGBTQ trips in New York, visit the I Love NY site. (iloveny.com/worldpride)

YONKERS 2ND ANNUAL LGBTQ+ PRIDE CELEBRATION JUNE 8 | 2 P.M. TO 8 P.M. FESTIVAL JUNE 9 | 8 P.M. AFTER-PARTY

Main Street, Yonkers (btwn. Warburton and Buena Vista Avenues) Westchester County welcomes WorldPride with two popular community events. Presented by The LOFT LGBT Community Services Center, Westchester Pride brings live entertainment, vendors, food trucks, raffles, a pet pride parade, advocacy

NEW YORK TOUR 1

stations and more to downtown White Plains. A tea dance

We will be offering a special LGBTQ history-themed tour in June

celebration begins with Saturday’s Pride Festival, featuring

in celebration of Pride. Beyond Stonewall: The LGBTQ History

celebrity entertainment, food, merchandise and activities,

Tour will explore the origins of the Gay Rights Movement on the

and culminates in a Pride after-party Sunday evening.

historic streets of Greenwich Village. This two-hour tour will highlight the storied landmarks of New York’s diverse LGBTQ community, from the Stonewall Inn to the Gay Liberation Monument. All proceeds will go towards sponsoring 2019 WorldPride events. (newyorktour1.com)

EMPIRE CITY MEN’S CHORUS: RESPLENDENT JUNE 1 | 5 P.M., 6 P.M. AND 7:30 P.M. SAINT BARTHOLOMEW’S CHURCH 325 Park Ave. (at 51st St.)

follows from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The following weekend, Yonkers’

(loftgaycenter.org/westchester_pride) (yonkerspridefest.org)

THE OFFICIAL DRAG SHOW BRUNCH OF WORLDPRIDE JUNE 30

BURGER & LOBSTER 39 W. 19th St.

As a proud partner of NYC Pride, Burger & Lobster is hosting the “Official Drag Show Brunch of WorldPride.” To bring the best in NYC drag and surf-and-turf, Burger & Lobster has teamed

Empire City Men’s Chorus celebrates its 25th anniversary Silver

with The Only Productions, led by award-winning producer/DJ

Season with a special one-night only concert. The evening

Mitch Ferrino, and famous drag superstar Bob the Drag Queen, a

begins with a reception toast at 5 p.m. before the 41-member

RuPaul’s Drag Race winner.

choir performs at 6 p.m. An elegant gala dinner follows at 7:30 p.m. launching ECMC into its next 25 years. The chorus was founded in 1993 as The Gay Gotham Chorus in response to the AIDS crisis and has since grown in size, diversity, and purpose. Kick off WorldPride by celebrating 25 years of men’s choral music, artistry, and community engagement with the gentlemen of ECMC. Tickets for events sold both individually

Located just blocks from the end of the March, Burger & Lobster welcomes marchers and LGBTQIA+ supporters to celebrate equality and diversity with fabulous NYC Queens, delicious food and drinks, and no shortage of cheesecake! The show takes place June 30 at the Flatiron restaurant. Details, show time and ticket information will be announced soon.

and collectively. (empirecitymenschorus.org/ecmc25/

(BurgerandLobster.com)

WESTCHESTER CELEBRATES PRIDE

HEAVENLY BODIES: GMHC’S 29TH ANNUAL LATEX BALL

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WESTCHESTER PRIDE 2019 JUNE 2 | NOON TO 5 P.M. FESTIVAL 5 P.M. TO 9 P.M. TEA DANCE

Court Street—Renaissance Plaza, White Plains

JUNE 22 | 6 P.M. TO 2 A.M. TERMINAL FIVE 610 W. 56th St.

Thousands are expected to celebrate the 29th annual Latex Ball, produced by Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC), which is the largest gathering in the world for the House and Ball community. Attendees include fashion models, designers, photographers, and members of the House and Ball community. With the advent of TV shows My House on Viceland and POSE on FX, there has been increased focus on the House and Ball community. The event incorporates an array of categories for competition with this year’s theme “Heavenly Bodies,” as well as free HIV testing and HIV-prevention materials. Participants compete amongst one another on the runway for trophies and cash prizes. A panel of esteemed judges select the winners. Admission is free. (gmhc.org)


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lifechanging careers At Novo Nordisk, your skills, dedication and ambition help us change lives for the better. In exchange, we offer you an opportunity to work with extraordinary talent and benefit from a range of possibilities for professional and personal development. For eleven consecutive years, Novo Nordisk has made the Fortune Magazine “100 Best Companies to Work For®” list. Are you ready to change lives for a living? Visit www.novonordisk-us.com/careers.html to learn about our exciting career opportunities.


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LABYRINTH DANCE THEATER

PRIDE SOUP

THE ALVIN AILEY CITIGROUP THEATER

WATERMARK PIER 15 AT THE SOUTH STREET SEAPORT

JUNE 14 TO 17 405 W. 55th St.

JUNE 28 | 9 P.M. TO 4 A.M. 78 South St. (at John St.)

Come Back Once More So I Can Say Goodbye is an evening-

Henrietta Hudson partners with WorldPride NYC | Stonewall

length theatrical dance performance which tells the story

50 for the queerest party of the season with more than 2,000

of the gay community in New York City from 1965 to 1995.

LGBTQIA+ friends and allies. Join us at our spectacular open air

Featuring a multi-generational and diverse cast of 36 renowned

venue Watermark Bar as we boast the best talent NYC has to

performers, this show is about hope and love triumphing over

offer. Hosted by gender capitalist, model and actor Rain Dove,

hate. It reflects both the memories that cannot die and the

with Devin-Norelle, NYC trendsetter, influencer, Teen Vogue and

promise of hope that always merits tending. It’s a visceral tell-

OUT magazine journalist.

all for the maze of emotions known by the gay community, from incredible joy to impossible loss. Performances are June 14 to 17 at The Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater. Proceeds will benefit the work of LGBTQ youth and HIV service-related organizations. (labyrinthdancetheater.org)

Performance by Laith Ashley singer and model. DJs Amber Valentine of The Woods, Mary-Mac, AVG JO-NYC. If you’re looking for diversity, this party was tailor made just for you. (pridesoup2019.eventbrite.com)

COCKTAILS AT COOPER HEWITT

SIREN

COOPER HEWITT

WATERMARK PIER 15 AT THE SOUTH STREET SEAPORT

JUNE 27

2 E. 91st St.

Smithsonian Design Museum’s summer performance series Cocktails at Cooper Hewitt returns to the Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden, Thursday evenings from June 13 to August 15. The series activates one of the largest enclosed museum gardens in New York City with live music, DJ sets and performances from a talented roster of artists. Join us on June 27 for our special

Pride celebration featuring Bushwig! (cooperhewitt.org/events)

THE NATIONAL LGBTQ WALL OF HONOR

OFFICIAL DEDICATION AND UNVEILING CEREMONY JUNE 27 | 10 A.M. TO 1 P.M.

JUNE 29 | 9 P.M. TO 4 A.M. 78 South St. (at John St.)

Henrietta Hudson partners with WorldPride NYC | Stonewall 50 as we take you to the river with sweeping NYC vistas at Watermark Bar for a night of dancing and debauchery at the most famous lesbian-centric party of the year. We boast more than 2,000 LGBTQIA+ friends and allies with a stellar coastto-coast line up. Featuring singing sensation Nina Sky NYC, headlining DJ Whitney Day LA/NYC , DJ Tatiana-Denver and DJ MO-NYC. Hosted by Crissa Ace (Harlem Globetrotter) and Kiyomi Valentine (Real L Word). Unrivaled as the #1 Gay Pride Party by GO Magazine. (siren2019.eventbrite.com)

OCCUPY HUDSON STREET JUNE 30 | NOON TO 4 A.M.

HISTORIC STONEWALL INN

HENRIETTA HUDSON

53 Christopher St.

438 Hudson St. (at Morton St.)

“This permanent Wall of Honor will have the names of LGBTQ

Henrietta Hudson, the longest running lesbian bar in the

Pioneers, Trailblazers and Heros whose shoulders we stand on.” -- Wall Founder, Nicole Murray Ramirez. Sylvia Rivera, Marsha P. Johnson, Harvey Milk, Barbara Gittings, Edie Windsor, Matthew Sheppard, Jose Julio Sarria, Audre Lorde, James Baldwin, Del Martin, Gloria Johnson, Bruce Voeller, Vito Russo and Frank Kameny. More information can be found by phone at 619-241-5672 or at icsstonewall50.org.

This event is sponsored by The International Imperial Courts and The National LGBTQ Task Force.

country, boasts our 28th Gay Pride celebration with more than 4,000 guests throughout the day and night. This is the “go-to” spot and Dyke Central for gay gals, their friends and allies. We have booked NYC’s finest DJs to take you through the day with DJs Tikka Masala, RosyQ, BK Storm, and Christie. Be a part of history and come through for the time of your life. (henriettahudson.com)


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HOT RABBIT PRESENTS – PRIDAY JUNE 28 | 10 P.M. TO 4 A.M. | 21 OR OLDER STAGE 48

605 W. 48th St. Hot Rabbit, NYC’s most diverse LGBTQIA+ dance party is ready to take over WorldPride Friday night with their biggest party of the year: PRIDAY! Join 2,000+ queers in a massive 15,000 square foot, 4-level super club, featuring 2 stages, 6 bars, and more in this freaky queer funhouse! Internationally headlining DJs will slay the decks. Balcony with private VIP sections. Dance magic by go-gos of all genders! Art floor — get free haircuts, glitter, or nails! Local artists vending their goods. Rooftop cantina with food. This is the LGBTQIA+ mega party you have been waiting for, so join us for a PRIDAY to remember!! (hotrabbit.com)

HOT RABBIT PRESENTS: BAD HABIT PRIDE – THE OFFICIAL DYKE MARCH AFTER PARTY JUNE 30 | 8 P.M. TO 4 A.M. | 21 OR OLDER LOT 45 BUSHWICK

411 Troutman St., Brooklyn Hot Rabbit’s infamous monthly Brooklyn bash kicks it up a notch for WorldPride! Join NYC’s hottest queer party collective and hundreds of NYC Dyke Marshals for a night full of dance, music, art and eye-popping performances. Watch the fiercest vogue by legendary dancers from the Houses of Mizrahi, Labeija and Olympus! Get down to some of Brooklyn’s most popular queer nightlife DJs and watch incredible performances including drag, burlesque, and other very special surprises! Part of all proceeds will directly benefit NYC Dyke March, working to highlight the presence of dykes in our community. Just like all Hot Rabbit events, all genders are welcome! (hotrabbit.com)

TIE THE KNOT PRIDE POP-UP SHOP JUNE 14 TO JUNE 30 400 MADISON AVE.

Tie The Knot is launching their 2019 Pride Pop-Up Shop in the heart of Manhattan for all your pride accessory needs! Founded by Modern Family’s Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Tie The Knot donates its proceeds to frontline LGBTQ+ advocacy organizations worldwide. Stop by the Midtown pop-up for Tie The Knot’s signature bow ties and other accessories such as scarves, lapel pins, socks, suspenders, and exclusive celebrity designs by George Takei, Isaac Mizrahi, Lizzy Caplan and more. (tietheknot.org/pride)

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OUR 2019 PRIDE PARTNERS LIST OF EVENTS: TO SEE A FULL LISTING OF NYC PRIDE ORGANIZED EVENTS PLEASE VISIT NYCPRIDE.ORG/EVENTS. GLOW: 50 YEARS OF CALLEN-LORDE May 31 | 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

CATHEDRAL OF ST. JOHN THE DIVINE June 23

THE PUNCHINELLO PAINTINGS June 1 to 30

TEAM NEW YORK AQUATICS (TYNA) June 24 to 29

ON LOCATION TOURS June 1 to 30

HOLY TRINITY June 25

NEW YORK TOUR 1 June 1 to 30

LPAC June 25

ECMC RESPLENDENT June 1 | 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

COCKTAILS AT COOPER HEWITT June 27

WESTCHESTER PRIDE 2019 June 2 | noon festival, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tea Dance

10 HAIRY LEGS June 27 to 29 | 7:30 p.m.

COME BACK ONCE MORE SO I CAN SAY GOODBYE June 14 to 17 TIE THE KNOT PRIDE POP UP SHOP June 14 to 30 NY BOTANICAL GARDENS June 15 ASCEND WITH PRIDE: AN AFTERNOON WITH FRIENDS & FAMILY AT FDR FOUR FREEDOMS STATE PARK June 15 | noon to 6 p.m. LGBT WEEK June 17 to 21 ROSS WATSON GALLERY June 17 to 30 QUEEN OF THE RIDE June 21 | 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. June 28 | 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. GAY HOCKEY LEAGUE (NYCGHA) June 21 to June 23 HEAVENLY BODIES: GMHC’S 29TH ANNUAL LATEX BALL June 22 | 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.

QUEER CITY: A CNN EXPERIENCE June 27 | 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. GAY & SOBER June 27 to 30 THE NATIONAL LGBTQ WALL OF HONOR OFFICIAL DEDICATION AND UNVEILING CEREMONY June 27 VICTORY INSTITUTE WORLDPRIDE RECEPTION June 27 | 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. PICNIC WITH THE ROOSEVELTS: A HUMAN RIGHTS CELEBRATION June 27 PRIDE SHABBAT – JEWISH CELEBRATION OF WORLDPRIDE WEEKEND June 28 | 6:30 p.m. ACE AND ARLO DOCUMENTARY PREMIERE: June 28 CONFERENCE: June 29 PRIDE ON THE HORIZON June 28 | 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

LUNELLA “PASTA PER TUTTI” ANNUAL PRIDE WEEKEND June 28-June 30 PRIDE SOUP June 28 | 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. FRISKY PARTY June 28 | 11 p.m. to 8 a.m. PRIDAY June 28 | 10 p.m. YUMMY PARTY June 29 | 11 p.m. to 8 a.m. THE LITTLEHIKES CO. PRE-LAUNCH PARTY: June 29 | 8 p.m. OSCAR WILDE TOURS June 29 | 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. FRONTRUNNERS June 29 SIREN June 29 | 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. BLACK UNICORN June 29 “THE OFFICIAL DRAG SHOW BRUNCH OF WORLDPRIDE” June 30 THE OFFICIAL DYKE MARCH AFTER PARTY June 30 | 8 p.m. OCCUPY HUDSON STREET June 30 | noon to 4 a.m. NIAGARA FALLS July 5 HAMPTONS TEA DANCE July 13 | 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.


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NYC PRIDE GIVES BACK

GIVING BACK IS IN OUR DNA AND WE ARE PROUD TO SUPPORT THESE DYNAMIC CAUSES FOR 2019.

In 2017, NYC Pride started a grant program called Pride Gives Back. This program along with our Community Working Grant program has allowed NYC Pride to give back over $1.5 million to other nonprofits since its inception. For 2019, NYC Pride is providing over $65,000 to 13 nonprofit organizations that are looking to create events and programs that speak to our diverse community during the month of June for WorldPride and Stonewall 50. Here is a snapshot of the 2019 grant recipients and the programs that Pride Gives Back grants will go to support. To learn more about all of these events visit nycpride.org/events.

NATIONAL CENTER FOR TRANSGENDER EQUALITY EVENT: TRANSGENDER AWARENESS EVENT DATE: June 27

This event will educate attendees on issues affecting the transgender community. Additionally it will also help to raise funds to support trans-led, majority trans employed organizations working to create life changing policy for transgender people.

NEW YORK CITY COMMUNITY CHORUS EVENT: SUMMER OF LOVE CONCERT DATE: June 15

Non-sectarian community chorus that does not discriminate is planning a Summer of Love concert featuring music from the 50 top songs from 1969.

POINT SOURCE YOUTH

EVENT: NATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON SOLUTIONS TO END YOUTH HOMELESSNESS DATE: June 18

Largest youth homelessness conference in the world with a mix of panels / speakers over the entire day reaching nearly 800 attendees.

INDOLENT ARTS

EVENT: LGBTQIA+ POETRY READING DATE: June 20

Indolent Arts publishes poetry in print and online and produces literary events through its Indolent Books imprint. The funds will be used to organize a WorldPride 2019 | Stonewall 50 Poetry Reading featuring poets from the LGBTQIA+ community.


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CARIBBEAN EQUALITY PROJECT

MUSEUM OF CHINESE IN AMERICA

DATE: June 22

DATE: June 1 to 30

EVENT: QUEER CARIBBEAN WELCOME RECEPTION The funds will be used to host an opening reception of Queer

EVENT: MUSEUM OF CHINESE IN AMERICA PRIDE EVENTS A series of LGBTQIA+-centered programs such as film

Caribbean’s of NYC, a free and open to all multimedia exhibition,

screenings, collaborations with queer artists, and community-

panel discussion and networking event celebrating the history

oriented discussions as part of Stonewall50 and WorldPride

and contribution of LGBTQIA+ Caribbean people. The first of

2019.

its kind, Queer Caribbean’s of NYC’s exhibition portion will showcase the racial and cultural intersectionality of Caribbean queer, two-spirit, trans, and gender non-conforming identities.

TRANSGENDER LAW CENTER

EVENT: BLACK LGBTQIA+ MIGRANT PROJECT DATE: June 20

The mission is to build and center the power of black LGBTQIA+ migrants to ensure the liberation of all black people through community-building, political education, creating access to direct services, and organizing across borders. The Black LGBTQIA+ Migrant Project, in collaboration with Transgender Law Center, will host an informative networking event that showcases stories of black LGBTQIA+ migrants, especially those who are asylees, refugees, and undocumented in the U.S.

EL BARRIO’S OPERATION FIGHTBACK EVENT: LGBTQIA+ ART SERIES DATE: June 5

There will be a series of events that will include an art show, live performances, panel discussions and a closing event to celebrate WorldPride for the 50th anniversary of Stonewall. Funds will be used for art show expenses, food, drinks, and staffing.

FOLSOM STREET EAST

EVENT: FOLSOM STREET EAST DATE: June 23

Folsom Street East, Inc. celebrates and inspires participation and pride in fetish, kink, and LGBTQIA+ communities through the creation of safe spaces for public expression of our sexual identities. Folsom Street East promotes and provides grants

NATIONAL QUEER THEATRE

to other nonprofit organizations serving these communities. Funds will be used to expand Folsom Street East to a two-block

EVENT: CRIMINAL QUEERNESS THEATER FESTIVAL

festival.

Will shine light on human rights abuses of LGBTQIA+ people

To learn more about how NYC Pride gives back to the broader

DATE: June 13 to July 6

around the globe through theater. The plays in the festival will educate artists and audience members about current attitudes towards LGBTQIA+ people around the world, and give people the resources through which they can make a difference.

ASEXUAL VISIBILITY & EDUCATION NETWORK EVENT: ASEXUAL CONFERENCE DATE: June 29

AVEN was founded in 2001 and creates public acceptance and discussion of asexuality and the growing asexual community. The funds will go to create a daylong international conference in conjunction with WorldPride.

FAMILY EQUALITY COUNCIL

EVENT: LGBTQIA+ FAMILY MEETUP AT CHILDREN’S MUSEUM DATE: June 23

The Family Equality Council will host a family meetup at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan for LGBTQIA+ families in attendance at WorldPride with an informational table. The funds will help to provide refreshments, support transit for lowincome families, and prioritize families who might not normally find a day at the Children’s Museum financially accessible.

community, visit nycpride.org/community.


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embracing differences PROMOTING UNIQUE PERSPECTIVES pridevmc.org/worldpride2019 PRIDE Veterinary Medical Community, Hill’s Pet Nutrition and veterinary professionals across the world proudly support diversity and inclusion in the veterinary profession and beyond.

QueerVets


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PATRONS OF PRIDE Restaurant goers in Manhattan have a unique opportunity to

Previously, Patrons of Pride events have been held at Boxers

dine around the globe without straying too far from home. The

Bar, Rosa Mexicano, The Breslin, and Hanks Juicy Beef. We

epicurious melting pot that is New York City melds cultures and

have been excited to host a trio of events with Boxers at their

generations, featuring traditional cuisine or creating fusions

Chelsea, Washington Heights and Hells Kitchen locations.

that dazzle the palate. We all have our go-tos, the ones that

Patrons of Pride celebrated Valentines Day, Drag Race and some

hold tried and true: a solid slice, brunch to die for, or matzo ball

of NYC’s gay sports leagues during our Boxers events.

soup that we would never admit rivals our bubbies. So when NYC Pride thought about how to bring together good food, safe spaces and the community, Patrons of Pride seemed to be a no-brainer.

This June, NYC Pride is bringing an exciting, new extension of our Patrons of Pride program, giving WorldPride attendees the opportunity to purchase an exclusive collectible Patrons of Pride card that opens up a world of deals, freebies and unique

Patrons of Pride is designed to reach the neighborhoods

experiences throughout New York City. Some of these unique

that don’t typically feature NYC Pride events, partner with

experiences can find you belting out your favorite tune in a

local LGBTQIA+-supportive restaurants and bring together a

karaoke bar, sipping a cocktail at a partnered bar, or catching a

continued sense of community. Pride does not only happen

Broadway show at a members only rate. For more information,

in June! A few times a month, members of NYC Pride, the

follow us on Facebook or visit nycpride.org for up-to-date

community and committed patrons venture to explore new

information.

culinary delights, engage their community, and support NYC Pride initiatives.

Join us this June! Whether it’s communing over a cocktail, sharing meals with family, or rallying your friends around a

Though each Patrons of Pride event is primarily geared towards

few delicious bites and beverages, it’s sure to be a notable

community engagement, restaurants generously agree to

occasion. We can’t wait to share a moment with you!

donate a portion of the proceeds back to NYC Pride. These crucial funds support meaningful Pride programming, like Youth Pride and Family Movie Night—both entirely free events—and are the means with which NYC Pride is able to provide necessary grants to like-minded organizations.

To purchase a Patrons card, head to our Shopify store. To locate participating locations, go to nycpride.org/community.


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The Visiting Nurse Service of New York, the largest not-for-profit home- and communitybased health care organization in the country, provides a wide range of welcoming, safe health care services to the LGBTQ community. We are proudly committed to providing expert and compassionate care to New York’s diverse communities.

1-888-867-1225 | vnsny.org/lgbt


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SPORTS

BUILDING OVER OBSTACLES

struggle, that need a role model and support to pull themselves out.” LeThi began advocacy work for inclusion in athletics and anti-bullying campaigns. “I think if my story can resonate with that one LGBTQIA+ kid or one Asian currently being bullied or struggling, that they can hear a story that it gets better, then my job is done.” ALF is an international organization to empower LGBTQIA+ youth and those affected by HIV/AIDS through a range of educational, sporting, leadership and mentoring programs and to campaign against discrimination. The Foundation’s vision is a world where there is equality for all and where LGBTQIA+ youth and those affected by HIV/AIDS can achieve their full potential. “When you’re very marginalized in the community, you don’t gain access to opportunities other people have, particularly if you’re homeless LGBTQIA+.” So they can realize that within themselves that they can be leaders and mentors. LeThi states,”You usually don’t have Asian LGBTQIA+ athletes at the table. So it’s important that the athletic community and the broader community hear our stories, the challenges and barriers that we face, of racism, sexism, and the LGBTQIA+

A CONVERSATION WITH AMAZIN LETHI Written By: Amanda Younger Growing up a transracial adoptee can be difficult. Add the feeling of alternate sexuality and one can feel burdened with differences outside as well as in. Overcoming bullying from the school yard to the gym, professional competitive bodybuilder Amazin LeThi has taken her public platform to create an international foundation that empowers LGBTQIA+ youth and displaced HIV/AIDS patients. Living a life of “otherness” without a sense of self or a place to fit in society, LeThi confesses, “In sport I found a community... and the confidence that I didn’t have.” As ambassador of Athlete Ally, she hopes to offer the support system that she didn’t have growing up. Making the choice of competitive bodybuilding was intimidating for a Vietnamese girl trying to powerlift in the gym surrounded by men. Professional bodybuilding remains fiercely competitive and she continued to rise above the stereotypes of her identity. She experienced layers of discrimination for being a LGBTQIA+ Asian athlete. Entering a straight male dominated space gave LeThi “kind of this do or die moment” with her love of the sport. LeThi says, “I like how it makes me feel, how it changes my body and I know I could eventually compete in this. Then I stood my ground in this sport.” Moving in and out of shelters, suffering from suicidal depression, LeThi used her athletic skills of creating goals to find the focus and drive to pull herself out of her lowest points. The goal became creating the Amazin LeThi Foundation (ALF). “I started to think about the future and the things that I wanted to do and I thought, this is not my time. I know a lot of youth that really

conversation around that.” You can hear more from LeThi at the 2019 WorldPride Human Rights Conference scheduled for June 24 and 25, 2019 at New York Law School. To learn more about ALF or donate, please visit amazinlethifoundation.org.


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NYC PRIDE WISHES TO THANK OUR PARTNERS FOR MAKING WORLDPRIDE 2019 | STONEWALL 50 A SUCCESS!

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YOUR GAY AGENDA FOR JUNE 2019 THE JUNE 2019 GAY AGENDA JUNE 2019 CALENDAR

PR IDE

In 2009 President Barack

SATURDAY JUN E 1

Obama declares June

SATURDAY JUN E 1

Celebrate the 10th year of the

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month.

Take a trip down the Shore for Jersey Pride in Asbury Park, NJ.

S UNDAY JUNE 2

NYC Multicultural Festival with music, fashion, art and more.

FRI DAY, JUN E 7

Check out John Burns’ first in a series of performances at

Kick off Brooklyn Pride with a 5K run!

SAT UR DAY JUNE 8

The Duplex Cabaret Theatre.

S UNDAY JUNE 9

STOP AND SMEL L THE R O SE S

The 62nd National Puerto Rican Day parade.

Check out one of NYC’s many iconic museums free of charge.

The NY Botanical Garden hosts WorldPride night.

The first night of OutCinema, celebrating Pride and

SAT URDAY J UNE 15

community on film with screenings, Q&As and after-parties.

G E AR UP

FRI DAY JUNE 2 1 - S UNDAY JUN E 2 3

W EDNESDAY JUNE 26

Check out the Chelsea Challenge, the world’s largest international LGBTQIA+ &

Join fellow LGBTQIA+ business leaders for the 8th year of this exclusive brunch event.

friends hockey tournament.

Show your true colors with Cyndi Lauper, Whoopi Goldberg, Todrick Hall, and Ciara at the Opening Ceremony

SWE AT IT OUT

Unveiling of the National LGBTQ Wall of Honor at the Stonewall Inn.

T UE S DAY JUNE 1 1

S ILVE R S CR E E NIG S

M O N DAY JUNE 17

PR ID E LUMINAR IE S B R U NCH

S UNDAY JUNE 2 3

BU IL D T H I S WA L L T H U R S DAY J U NE 2 7

of WorldPride.

SATURDAY JUNE 2 9

Pull up to the bumper and check out the legendary Grace Jones at Pride Island.

Join the biggest Pride celebration in the world with the NYC Pride March, then finish off WorldPride at the Closing Ceremony in Times Square.

S UNDAY JUNE 30


SUPPORTS PRIDE

Today and everyday we applaud the LGBTQIA+ members of our cast, crew, staff, and audience.

#ThisIsBroadwayPride

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