HERITAGE OF PRIDE
YES SHE IS
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We’re enjoying our first holiday season in New York City— and looking forward to being a sponsor of NYC Pride 2019. Plus, we’re excited to welcome WorldPride, the largest Pride celebration in the world, to NYC for the month of June. Our employees, friends and family are proud to celebrate our continued commitment to diversity in the workplace and beyond—here and across the U.S. and Canada. Happy holidays from our family to yours!
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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.
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MARYANNE ROBERTO FINE & DAVID STUDINSKI CO-CHAIRS HERITAGE OF PRIDE, INC. “YOU’RE ACTUALLY FROM NEW YORK CITY?!” A warming moment; one of many. It is an oft-heard reaction to our team’s presence at LGBTQIA+ Prides and conferences the past two years. A simultaneous praise and disbelief that a New Yorker is “actually” promoting the Stonewall 50 / WorldPride NYC 2019 event at a table halfway across the world, or in a state not particularly known for favoring our community.
year NYC Pride funds the painting of a rainbow crosswalk on Christopher Street to celebrate our community and remember Baker through his original eight-color design. The 2019 theme, “Millions of Moments of Pride,” refers to the countless experiences Pride events leave with LGBTQIA+ individuals and their allies. Whether your first event, or 49th, Pride celebrations inspire, educate and commemorate our diverse community, leaving each of us empowered to live our lives each day through the year. The theme was simultaneously decided with the logo as a package. By late Spring 2015, these details were cemented. A funny thing happened on the way to Stonewall 50. In October 2015, Heritage of Pride was awarded the bid for WorldPride 2019, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the uprising. WorldPride is licensed by InterPride, an organization internationally comprised of Pride coordinators, of which Heritage of Pride is a founding member. It seemed only fitting to officially designate Stonewall 50 as an international affair. Our WorldPride predecessors, more recently Madrid and Toronto, produced amazing events in each of their great homes. As the months went on, the NYC Pride team was increasingly cognizant of WorldPride’s growing popularity and exposure. The evolved Stonewall 50 logo you see, featuring a complementary “You’re here for us?” Yes, yes we are. It’s a monumental year, after all. The world is coming. We know many travelers are just making plans to join us, and we are beyond excited to welcome millions of our friends in just a few short months. June 2019 is a milestone in our community’s history. It will be 50 years since an uprising, notably led by transgender individuals and people-of-color, that began a modern movement. Knowing the importance of marking this historic occasion, Heritage of Pride (NYC Pride) members first met in July 2009 to discuss “Stonewall 50.” Our members, volunteers and staff are in the final months of nearly a decade of planning. As the 2000s became the 2010s, our organization and events grew. Because of our events’ collective success, we began earmarking a fraction of yearly proceeds to be saved for use in the 2019 season for larger-than-life and discounted or free events. If you purchased a ticket or drink at our events in recent memory, you’ve helped make Stonewall 50 / WorldPride NYC 2019 a reality. Our abstract-rainbow Stonewall 50 logo was approved by committee in 2015. The late Gilbert Baker, creator of the iconic
rainbow flag, was among those participating in the logo’s creative process. This year will mark the third consecutive
“WorldPride NYC,” intertwines the international success of WorldPride with the roots of the modern movement. In some regions, Pride is also referred to as “Christopher Street Day,” or CSD for short. New Yorkers know Christopher Street is home to the Stonewall Inn, but around the world not everyone knows the full story of the venue. The 1970 March, commemorating the uprising one year earlier, gave way to an annual event. Together, the events are the inspiration for openly celebrating our community through annual events in cities around the globe. In 2019, those inspired individuals will travel to New York to make their moment where the movement was made. NYC Pride has invested countless hours of volunteer and staff energy to bring the 2019 event season to life - and we can’t wait to share all of the details with you. We hope this Winter edition Pride Guide gives you a glimpse at what’s to come this June. Millions of pride moments await. What will be yours? Back at our promotional table halfway across the world, the enthused Pride-goer grabs their newly gifted official swag and assures us that they, too, will actually be joining us this Summer. “Thanks for being here,” many conclude, smiling ear-to-ear. We look forward to saying the same to you.
MANAGING DIRECTOR HERITAGE OF PRIDE, INC.
Growing up in Ohio the holidays were always that time of year filled with endless cheesy casseroles,
anticipating the first substantial snowfall, and driving around the entire town to find a home with the most
outstanding light display. The holidays were also about family. Family that you may not see nearly as much
as you should. Family that all had unique characteristics but common bonds. Family that could make you question the legitimacy of your actual bloodline.
“Am I really related to this person?” Many of us have asked ourselves this question during a spirited conversation after one too many glasses of wine and the third helping of stuffing. In the last two years our political landscape has exposed these divisions more than ever. Feelings, opinions, and rhetoric are nothing new during the holidays but in this new era these emotions still feel raw and exposed. Yet even with our differences we continue to seek commonality. We are idealists at heart. Our desire to seek understanding outweighs the clear divisions that make up our own reality. Even in a world where none of us feel united, we still seek out family. Not everyone is fortunate to have families that accept them for who they are. Over 42% of youth say the community they live in is not accepting of LGBTQIA+ individuals. I’ve been very fortunate to have a mother and a father that continue to support my identity, my husband, and my pursuit in creating the largest LGBTQIA+ event in the world. Our community has always sought out others that share in our lived LGBTQIA+ experience. We gravitate to those that understand us. Those that can relate to the shared experience of what it means to be LGBTQIA+ in Trump’s America. Pride has always felt like the holidays to me. That one time of year that brings together our collective LGBTQIA+ family to celebrate our common connection. Holiday dinners are replaced with the legendary afternoon brunch where mimosas substitute eggnog as the drink for the season. Instead of a jolly old man dressed up in a red and white outfit we find ourselves adoring fierce men in six-inch heels dressed as our favorite female pop stars. While not connected through blood, one could argue that in some ways our bond is stronger. This family we’ve created, with varied lived experiences, all can connect through the common bond of wanting to be loved. Love is what unites us. Love is what motivates us. Love is what defines us. As we reflect on this journey towards the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, we will look back at what our family has accomplished, what we’ve lost, and what still needs to be achieved. When deciding on if Heritage of Pride should host WorldPride in 2019, there was never a question of IF we should do it but rather HOW we should do it. We knew this was a historic moment we needed to be a part of. One that not only will bring together those that have worked tirelessly to achieve full equality, but one that unites the world. A singular moment in time that will define generations to come. Within six months the world will descend upon New York City for the largest gathering of LGBTQIA+ individuals in history. 50+ events. 4 million+ people. A one-of-a-kind experience. While we know our differences remain, we will be drawn to the origins of where this family began. At a bar called the Stonewall Inn, where a singular night defined a generation. A spark that had ripple effects around the world. We honor this moment
where we can bring together the world and we welcome you to come make your moment where the movement was made.
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‘Tis the season to be nostalgic, and what better way to get into the holiday spirit than to dust off your bube’s old recipe book and warm up some wassail. Whether you learned to make sorrel with grandma, or
perfected papi’s coquito, mull over these festive family favorites to punch up your next holiday party with the perfect cocktails.
BOURBON MILK PUNCH Not your typical punch, but there is
nothing typical about New Orleans. This creamy, rich bevey is a perfect after dinner delight.
Sometimes known as Puerto Rican eggnog, this is the perfect mix of Christmas and the Caribbean to help warm your spirits on those cold winter nights.
1/2 GALLON OF MILK
8 OZ. OF HEAVY CREAM
30 OZ. OF JACK DANIELS
1 TBSP. OF VANILLA
8 TBSP. OF POWDERED SUGAR
GARNISH WITH NUTMEG
MOM SAYS: “Do not use simple syrup instead of powdered sugar!”
4 EGG YOLKS
12 OZ. CAN EVAPORATED MILK
15 OZ. CAN OF CREAM OF COCONUT
8 OZ. WHITE RUM
PURE VANILLA...JUST UN POQUITO
BLEND IN BLENDER FOR 5-6 MINUTES
PAPI SAYS: “¡No telo bebes todo, o te enfermas!”
into this recipe. Wind down with this
will have you feeling NICE. Served with
Red wine enthusiasts will want to get slow-simmered drink to warm up your winter.
If cider is your vice, then this recipe or without alcohol, try this recipe filled with fruit and spice:
1 BOTTLE PREFERRED RED WINE
2 (3-INCH) STICKS OF CINNAMON
(SUGGESTED: GARNACHA, SYRAH, OR
16 WHOLE CLOVES
1 TEASPOON WHOLE ALLSPICE
3 MEDIUM ORANGES
36 WHOLE CLOVES
6 CUPS APPLE JUICE OR APPLE CIDER
2 CUPS CRANBERRY JUICE COCKTAIL
1 TEASPOON AROMATIC BITTERS
1 CUP RUM
No island holiday celebration is right without a tall glass of this festive favorite that is sure to have you feeling the “irie” vibes. Check out this simple recipe that is great for a winter brunch:
1 BOTTLE MARTINELLI’S APPLE CIDER
2 CINNAMON STICKS
4 WHOLE CLOVES
SEEDS FROM 1 POMEGRANATE
1 APPLE, SLICED
NUTMEG TO TASTE
GARNISH WITH AN ORANGE SLICE
Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a simmer. Let sit over medium-low heat for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Garnish with an orange slice and serve hot in your favorite holiday mug. All ingredient quantities can be changed depending on your taste.
Break cinnamon in pieces and place in cheesecloth bag with the 16 whole cloves and allspice. Stud each orange with 12 cloves. In a 3 quart saucepan combine apple juice, cranberry juice cocktail, sugar, bitters, spice bag and oranges. Cover and simmer 10 minutes. Remove spice bag and oranges. Pour into warm serving bowl. Add rum (optional) and stir. Float
8 CUPS SORREL SEPALS
1 OZ. GINGER ROOT, PEELED
1 WHOLE ORANGE PEEL (NOT THE
GRANDMA SAYS: “I prefer Garnacha, Syrah, or Malbec reds … no need for anything fancy with this one!”
oranges on top.
AUNTIE SAYS: “The trick to the spice bag is in the cheesecloth.”
ORANGE, JUST THE PEEL) ――
8 WHOLE CLOVES
12 PIMENTO SEEDS
8 CINNAMON LEAVES
4 BAY LEAVES
8 CUPS BOILING WATER
¾ - 1 CUP BROWN SUGAR (DEPENDING ON YOUR SWEET TOOTH)
1 TBSP. HONEY
½ - 1 CUP WHITE RUM
1 CUP RED WINE
Place the first spices in a large glass or metal mixing bowl. Cover with boiling water and leave to stand overnight. Strain and sweeten with brown sugar and honey to taste. Add rum and wine
UNCLE SAYS: “Don’t use plastic or you’ll see red stains EVERYWHERE!”
if desired. Serve over ice.
D THE WO N U
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is a challenge many transplants and visitors enjoy. It's a way to learn more about the City we live in,
and get a global taste while doing it. Whether it's dumplings in Chinatown, masala dishes in Jackson
Heights, or borscht in Brighton Beach, you can find it here. A city built on immigrants, the variety
of cultures you can savor are numerous, but
what about the harder to find cuisines and the communities that are leaving or just growing into a
space here in New York? We went on the hunt for the more difficult to find, authentic ethnic cuisines
and were delighted with what we found. BY AMANDA M YOUNGER
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Avenue in the heart of Bronx’s Little Italy to find a popular
rum list are offered by Vanessa Palazio and Adam Schneider
Albania-Kosovo restaurant. Grab yourself some lepinja
among the Bushwick warehouse landscape. Their cocktails,
(a flatbread common in the Balkans) and look over the
created by Marshall Altier, draw on an intriguing mix of spirits
tantalizing menu that is hearty and will keep you warm
with ingredients like hibiscus, tepache, and pitaya. Tasting
this winter. We recommend you start rustic with the
flights of rum are available as well as a variety of Nicaraguan
groshë (bean soup), which is half-soup, half-cassoulet
beers. Plan on a range of shareable plates of quesillos, (a
with a slow cooked tender meat nestled in the middle. The
traditional street food with hand pulled cheese and house
gullash is excellent and the kobinim alla Gurra is the best
milled corn tortillas), rillettes (pulled short rib, smoked
way to sample the meat-heavy menu, including suxhuk
coconut, and cilantro jelly), and conchas negras (coconut-
(spicy sausage like the Turkish sujuk), qofte, qebapa and
poached clams with pineapple mignonette). It's a great way to
pleskavicë, the famous “Balkan burger.”
come in from the cold and take yourself closer to the Equator.
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Often underrepresented, Nicaraguan cuisine and a lengthy
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Find yourself a seat at the bar and peruse the menu with a glass of New World wine and snack on bread dipped in za’atar and olive oil. The South African menu is rich in colonial influences combined with Zulu traditions. Featuring classics like biltong (Boer jerky) and Boesmans Slaai (mix of gamey dried meats), make sure you take the delightful risk in ordering the Kaapse Stout Pannekoek (chutney topped crepe stuffed with braised pork) or the Bobotie en Geel Rys (beef, raisins, and turmeric pie coated in egg custard) to
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discover Dutch and Malay influences in the cuisine.
Long lines swarm behind this popular food vendor every weekend at the Queens International Night Market. They also serve up their authentic Burmese cuisine at Court Square Park in Long Island City. Well-known for their palata (a flaky wheat bread that gets stretched, folded, and cooked with crispy edges and delightfully chewy in the middle), fans flock for the keema palata (chicken, onion, egg, cucumber yogurt) and curry palata (chicken/bean curry to dip the palata in). We also suggest grabbing some Ohno Kaukswe (a coconut chicken noodle soup) on brisk, windy days along the East River. 5 CT SQUARE W, LONG ISLAND CITY, NY 11101
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The concept came after Jody Scaravella lost his mother in the early 2000s and placed an ad in an Italian newspaper seeking housewives from his own heritage. The restaurant has since grown by word of mouth to expand into “Nonnas of the World.” Soon “nonnas” of many backgrounds created the feeling of homey comfort in the restaurant and standing ovations on a regular basis. One male “nonno” makes all the pasta, an Italian nonna rotates her home cooked meal,
and a guest nonna is featured from Japan, Syria, France,
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and get booked months in advance for cross-cultural recipe sharing. Our night, the featured nonna was Mona from Cairo, Egypt, who offered Koftat Elhatti, an authentic Egyptian pan roasted, seasoned beef, topped with nuts and raisins. But if old world Italian heritage is what you seek, look no further than Staten Island for roast rabbit, Mediterranean sea bass, or many parts of a goat. We loved the spicy Peperoni Ripeni Piccanti (peppers stuffed with sausage, cheese, and breadcrumbs on pineapple) and Nonna Carmelina’s classic
Bangladesh, Venezuela, Poland, Greece, Turkey, Liberia,
Potato Pie (ham, salami, and mozzarella).
Kazakhstan, the Dominican Republic, Czechia, Belarus, and
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Pakistan, to name a few. Cooking classes are offered as well
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LGBTQIA+ UPRISINGS AROUND THE WORLD From as early as the AD period to present day, uprisings were a way of opposing the majority, disrupting corrupt systems, and lending collective voices to change history’s narrative.
LGBTQIA+ uprisings within our history are no different. Along with the Stonewall Uprising, we are highlighting riots that have brought on significant change to our community.
/ˈəpˌrīziNG/ (noun): an act of resistance, or rebellion; a revolt
BY EBONI MUNN
In the 1960s, the 24-hour eatery,
During the early rustlings of an
Compton’s Cafeteria, became a local
August morning in 1966, a policeman
favorite for a cup of coffee and the
forcibly grabbed one of the drag
late-nights of transgender women and
queens. In turn, she threw a cup of
drag queens who came from the local
coffee in the cop’s face and incited
bars to have a nightcap. Typically, the
what is famously known as the
management at Compton’s Cafeteria
Compton’s Cafeteria Riot. Tired of the
were less than kind to the late-night
mistreatment from police officers, the
locals. Police were regularly called to
community fought back: shattering
clear the cafeteria of patrons.
the restaurant’s windows, flipping over
Tensions between the community and the San Francisco Police Department had been strained over the years. The
COMPTON’S CAFETERIA RIOT
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA 1966
STONEWALL RIOTS 18
NEW YORK, NY 1969
tables, and throwing cutlery. A group of women broke the windows of a squad car and set a newsstand ablaze.
Tenderloin district was a commonplace
Local restaurateurs would ultimately
where the use of drugs, gambling,
ban transgender women and drag
and sex work collided. The police
queens from their establishments. The
department would often target the
community would continue to protest
district, arresting those who violated
the harsh treatment of their own,
the city’s anti-cross-dressing
thus setting precedence for the riots’
Life in the 1960s for the LGBTQIA+
On the morning of June 28, 1969, the
community on the East Coast was
police raided the bar with a warrant in
also harrowing. The solicitation of
hand for operating without a New York
“homosexual relations” were illegal and
State Liquor Authority license. A crowd
the tension between the community
of irate members of the community
and the New York Police Department
engulfed the Stonewall Inn from the
flared across the city. Before the 1960s,
outside. When a police officer hit one
Stonewall Inn was primarily known as a
of the patrons in the head before
“straight” bar and restaurant. In 1967,
shoving her into a paddy wagon, the
Stonewall Inn reopened under new
riot began with the queer community
management as a premiere gay bar.
Quickly becoming a staple within
The riot would last for five consecutive
Greenwich Village, the bar held a cheap
days as the LGBTQIA+ community
cover charge and openly-welcomed
fought for their civil rights. Queer
those who were shunned by other
women of color were at the forefront
clubs in New York City. The Inn also
of this uprising, which signified the
became a safe haven for homeless
start of the Gay Rights Movement.
queer youth. Throughout the city, NYPD
Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera,
were no strangers to harassing people
Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, and Stormé
within the LGBTQIA+ community. Similar
DeLarverie’s names are stitched within
to San Francisco, police officers would
the fabric of the history of gay rights.
often arrest those who violated the “gender-appropriate clothing statute.”
WE SEE YOU. WE CELEBRATE YOU. CHEERS TO
50 YEARS OF BEING PROUD, BEING BRAVE, AND BEING CONFIDENT ENOUGH TO LIVE THE LIFE YOU WERE CREATED TO LIVE.
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PUSSY RIOT MOSCOW, RUSSIA 2012
MARDI GRAS RIOT SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA 1978
Formed in August 2011, the Pussy Riot
women entered the Cathedral of Christ
is a Russian protest punk rock group
the Savior of the Russian Orthodox
in the city of Moscow. With roughly
Church in face masks and began to
eleven members, the group began to
perform around the altar in dramatic
gain notoriety after two members of
fashion. The women sang to the tune
the group, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova
of “Ave Maria” with a song that urged
and Yekaterina Samutsevich, played
the repulsion of Putin.
the group’s song “Kill the Sexist” at a lecture. It quickly became known that the Pussy Riot were in support of feminism and LGBTQIA+ rights, while staunchly opposing Russian President
Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina were arrested and later charged with acts of “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred.” Samutsevich was also arrested and charged, but later
On June 28, 1978, the city of Sydney
was poised to hold its first Mardi
In 2012, after Putin’s re-election, five
their sentences gained public attention
of the group’s members staged what
not only in Russia, but around the
became known as Pussy Riot’s “A Punk
world. Amnesty International called
Prayer.” Dressed in winter clothes, the
the women “prisoners of conscience.”
Gras—in commemoration of the Stonewall Uprising in New York City. Homosexuality, while legal in South Australia, was still a punishable
freed on probation. The harshness of
offence in the other regions of the continent. Police were known to harass and harm people who they believed to be queer. In Sydney’s Darlinghurst Road, hundreds of supporters would march in the parade, in the name of freedom
SOCIAL MEDIA UPRISINGS
and equality. As the evening grew closer and the parade’s flatbed truck, which operated as a float, reached Hyde Park, the police stepped in to
ANTI-GAY COUNTRIES, 2016-PRESENT
block it. After announcing that the crowd needed to disperse, police officers ripped the driver from the truck and began to beat and arrest
LGBTQIA+ activism in repressive
In May 2017, the MantiQitna network
countries are daunting, dangerous,
crafted “Our Colours Are the Crime,” a
and sometimes deadly. With the rise
multi-country social media initiative to
of populations of people speaking
combat violence of LGBTQIA+ people in
about injustices being faced in Egypt,
public spaces. The initiative targeted
Bahrain, Morocco, Libya and Palestine,
Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Mauritania,
the power of social media has given
Morocco, Sudan, and Tunisia. And in
alternatives to those voices seeking to
Egypt, activists used the hashtag,
embrace their message. For instance,
“#ColorsRNotShame” to crackdown
alQaws, a civil society organization
on the unfair treatment of the queer
based in Palestine, recently released
community. The hashtag’s intent
a series of videos that challenged
was to combat illegal anal testing in
LGBTQIA+ stereotypes and bullying.
Tunisia and to protest the cancellation
That night’s riot would eventually lead
The group’s intent was to change
of a Mashrou’ Leila concert, an indie
to the repeal of Sydney’s anti-gay laws.
the mindset of people who do not
rock band in support of the LGBTQIA+
In 2016, activists received an official
acknowledge violence against the
apology from the NSW Parliament.
LGBTQIA+ community as legitimate.
parade attendees. Similar to the impassioned rioters in Compton and New York City, the “78ers” began to fight back. Garbage bins, beer cans, and the like were thrown in the vicinity of the police. Police continued to beat and throw passionate rioters into their paddy wagons. Protesters were hit with batons as blood visibly stained the
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HOLIDAY CUSTOMS, HOLIDAY CHEER Perhaps its Mariah Carey’s “Merry Christmas” album that croons over the ambient speakers of your cozy one-bedroom abode. Or the anticipation of the aroma that leaps through the kitchen of your favorite relative’s homespun kitchen. Their infamous macaroni and cheese? One for the record books.
This time of year brings along familial traditions, religious customs, and festive superstitions. In preparation
for the good ol’ holiday spirit, here are some quick historical facts and new year’s traditions learned from around the world.
BY EBONI MUNN AND ARIEL SAUL
WHAT IS KWANZAA?
Coined by Dr. Maulana Karenga, professor and chairman of Black Studies at California State University in 1966, Kwanzaa was created to bring people of African descent together in the name of community. Kwanzaa’s name is derived from the Swahili phrase, “matunda ya kwanza,” which means “first fruits.” Karenga combined traditions from the Ashanti and Zulu tribes to form what is now known as the harvest celebration of Kwanzaa. Although the celebration of Kwanzaa differs between families, certain principles of storytelling, large familial NEW YEAR’S SUPERSTITIONS LUCKY FOODS: PORK-—MOVE FORWARD INTO THE NEW YEAR, BLACK-EYED PEAS-—GOOD LUCK AND FINANCIAL GOOD
ceremony are constants. The holiday is held across seven consecutive nights where a candle is lit each day on a candle holder, called “kinara,” that celebrates each of the
FORTUNE, CABBAGE / COLLARD GREENS-—FOLDS OF THE GREENS
RESEMBLE MONEY (UNITED STATES)
The collective principles, “nguzo saba” are values within the
PLACE MONEY IN WALLET OR THE POCKET OF THE FIRST PERSON
African community that reinforce building and strengthening
THAT WILL WALK INTO THE HOUSE-—GUARANTEES PROSPERITY IN THE NEW YEAR (UNITED STATES) KISSING SOMEONE AT MIDNIGHT-—LUCKY IN LOVE FOR THE NEW YEAR (UNITED STATES) SET AN EMPTY SUITCASE BY THE DOOR OR WALK AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD-—CONJURES A NEW YEAR OF TRAVEL AND WANDERLUST (LATIN AMERICA) TOSS OLD FURNITURE OUT OF THE WINDOW-—SHEDDING THE OLD FOR THE NEW (SOUTH AFRICA) TOSS WHITE FLOWERS/GIFTS INTO OCEAN-—GAINS NEWFOUND VITALITY AND STRENGTH (BRAZIL) CLEAN THE HOUSE/SWEEP THE DIRT INWARD-—ENSURES GOOD LUCK WILL NOT BE SWEPT OUTSIDE (CHINA) WEAR RED OR GOLD UNDERWEAR-—RED WILL BRING LUCK IN LOVE, GOLD ENSURES WEALTH (BOLIVIA) BREAK GLASS-—BREAKING PLATES AND GLASSWARE ON THE DOORSTEP OF FRIENDS/LOVED ONES AS A SIGN OF GOOD LUCK (DENMARK) MAKE LOUD NOISE-—SCARES OFF EVIL SPIRITS (PHILIPPINES)
meals, traditional African drums, and a candle-lighting
ties among African-Americans.
SEVEN DAYS OF KWANZAA UMOJA (UNITY) The principle of maintaining unity within the family and communities.
KUJICHAGULIA (SELF-DETERMINATION) The principle of defining, naming, and creating ourselves.
UJIMA (COLLECTIVE WORK AND RESPONSIBILITY) The
principle of building and maintaining communities. Problem solving collective issues.
UJAMAA (COOPERATIVE ECONOMICS) The principle of
building and maintaining own businesses and profiting from them together.
NIA (PURPOSE) The principle of building and developing communities to restore greatness.
KUUMBA (CREATIVITY) The principle of leaving
communities more beneficial than we inherited it.
IMANI (FAITH) The principle of believing in the people of the community and the victory of collective struggles.
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WHAT IS CHRISTMAS?
WHAT IS HANUKKAH?
widely celebrated across the world and one of the most
eight days and celebrates the miracle of a little going a long
popular holidays in the US. There are different traditions in
way. The Jews needed to light the menorah in their temple,
different areas of the world that include a number of feasts
but there was only enough oil left for one night. By a great
and incorporate the use of varying calendars. In many
miracle, the candles stayed burning for eight nights and the
Western traditions, Christmas technically lasts twelve days,
Jews had time to secure more oil. An eight-day celebration
with Christmas Day as the first day.
now exists to commemorate this wonder. Jews light
While customs vary, the root of the holiday is to celebrate the belief that God entered the world in human form to atone for humanity’s sins. Christmas is a time largely centered around family and joy. Some of the largest Christmas constants are giving gifts and decorating a Christmas tree, but there are several more practiced by families that hold significance for this holiday.
ADVENT CALENDAR Completing an Advent calendar to count down the days until Christmas is a popular way to drum up
enthusiasm for the holiday. Many Advent calendars include pockets for candy so that you can wake up to one piece of candy each day for the month leading up to Christmas.
CHRISTMAS MUSIC A heavily contested topic, Christmas music starts playing in some places as early as October.
Some folks feel strongly that Christmas music should not have a place anywhere prior to Thanksgiving. Others begin blasting their favorite Christmas songs the second they feel that they can get away with it. Along with playing holiday tunes prior to Christmas comes caroling. Traveling around the neighborhood singing with friends is a typical way to spread cheer in this season.
STAYING UP TO SEE SANTA The anticipation of Christmas
Commonly known as the festival of lights, Hanukkah spans
candles each night of Hanukkah in a candelabrum called a hanukkiah, which has nine candle holders—one for each night of the holiday and one for the shamash, the helper candle used to light the rest. Lighting the candles is a core family tradition of Hanukkah, but there are a few more fun ones that are staples in many households:
LATKES Hanukkah classic, these potato pancakes are
typically served with either applesauce or sour cream. People tend to feel very strongly about which topping is the better choice, so it’s a fun and silly holiday debate.
SUFGANIYOT These jelly-filled donuts are topped with
powdered sugar. They’re fun to make as a family and a delicious sweet treat. Like latkes, they are fried in oil to remember the miracle of Hanukkah.
DREIDEL This popular Hanukkah game is played by spinning a four-sided top and noting where it lands. Each side
represents an action an player will take after their turn based on the number of coins in the pot. The options are to take the whole pot, take half, put one back, and do nothing. You can also play with gelt, chocolate “coins” wrapped in gold foil, to bring another Hanukkah classic into the game.
morning leads many children to stay awake to catch Santa
Coincidentally, Hanukkah and Christmas both begin on the
and his reindeer coming to the house. This is a fun way to
25th of their respective months. While Christmas Day is
spend more time as a family and to show the kids that no
celebrated on the 25th of December, Hanukkah begins on
matter how hard they try, they will never catch Santa.
the 25th of the Jewish month Kislev.
Commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, Christmas is
OUTCINEMA JUNE 17––19, 2019
OutCinema, in partnership with NewFest and the SVA Theatre, celebrates LGBTQIA+ Pride and community on film. Tickets for the three days of films that speak to the LGBTQIA+ experience will be on sale in February 2019. This series features specially curated screenings followed by Q&As and open bar afterparties; the new format provides a wide variety in LGBTQIA+ cinema that reflects the community. In 2018, OutCinema presented Ideal Home from writer/ director Andrew Fleming, Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco by James Crump, and From Selma to Stonewall: Are We There Yet? directed by Marilyn Bennett.
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FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT FRIDAY JUNE 21, 2019 PIER 45
We’re excited to bring back one of the only free events for children and LGBTQIA+ families during Pride Week. LGBTQIA+ families are welcomed to the West Village’s treasured Pier 45 for a free evening of outdoor, kid-friendly movie-watching. We invited one and all to be our guests for the 2018 showing of Beauty and The Beast. Families were encouraged to grab popcorn, get their faces painted, and grab a patch of grass
COSPLAY & PRIDE 'GEEKS OUT' JUNE 22, 2019
2018 was the premiere of this super new event in partnership with the creators of Flame Con, the LGBTQ nonprofit Geeks OUT, and we’re looking forward to bringing it back again for all of your cosplay dreams. Patrons went all out this year during a sunset cruise on the NYC harbor that sported all of our favorite superheros and fantastic characters.
before the movie began at sun down. Keep your eyes open for our announcement of the featured film for the 2019 season!
PRIDE LUMINARIES BRUNCH JUNE 23, 2019
Start shopping for your Brunch Chic looks, because the eighth annual Pride Luminaries Brunch is already shaping up to be an ‘eggs’-cellent way to spend a Sunday. This event celebrates business leaders that have made an impact on LGBTQIA+ equality in the workplace throughout the year. Check our website for tickets to go on sale in January and
join industry insiders, media mavens and proud politicians for what will be the brunch affair of the season.
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HUMAN RIGHTS CONFERENCE
JUNE 25, 2019
JUNE 24––25, 2019
After a morning of inspiration at the Human Rights
For the first time in 2018, in partnership with SUNY, we
GameChangers panelist event in partnership with GLAAD.
hosted a one day Human Rights Conference for a local and global dialogue about human rights, ranging from performances to presentations, politics to policies, and activism to academics. Featuring collaborated programming with SUNY, the United Nations, GMHC, SAGE, OutRight Action International, and the NYC LGBT Center, with participation from Columbia Law School, Weill-Cornell Center for Human Rights, OutServe-SLDN, The Dru Project, and the Matthew Shepard Foundation, to name a few. Ending with a keynote moderated by Political Strategist Aisha C. Moodie Mills in conversation with Andrew Gilmour, UN Assistant SecretaryGeneral for Human Rights. We have decided to expand this conversation in partnership with the NY Law School in order to give more opportunities to be a part of the discussion. For 2019 WorldPride, The Human Rights Conference will extend its programming from one night to one evening session on June 24 and one afternoon session on June 25. SPEAKER REGISTRATION IS OPEN! Please visit our website
(nycpride.org) to apply for your opportunity to be a part of
Conference, please join us that evening for the second annual SVA Theater played host to NYC Pride and GLAAD as we launched a panel-style event featuring some of the top transgender talent on television today. Award-winning journalist Diana Tourjée moderated a discussion between three of the most prominent actors and actresses on TV. This included Brian Michael Smith (OWN’s Queen Sugar), Amiyah Scott (FOX’s Star), and Jamie Clayton (Netflix’s Sense8).
and support the LGBTQ+ community. Taking a stand is the first step to progress. Citi prides itself on maintaining, cultivating and preserving a diverse culture. Join us in supporting the LGBTQ+ community today, tomorrow and every day.
THE RALLY: STONEWALL 50 COMMEMORATION
WORLDPRIDE OPENING CEREMONY
On June 28, 1969, New York City saw the start of one of the
As an integral part of the WorldPride programming, we are
largest uprisings in the LGBTQIA+ community to date. Join us
excited to be hosting a star-studded Opening Ceremony to
on June 28, 2019, in this commemoration of the Stonewall
ring in the Pride Weekend events.
JUNE 28, 2019
Uprising. The first NYC Pride Rally occurred one month after the
JUNE 26, 2019
Be sure to visit our website (nycpride.org) to get the latest news on location, performers, and ticket sales!
Stonewall Riots in June 1969, when 500 people gathered for a “Gay Power” demonstration in Washington Square Park, followed by a candlelight vigil in Sheridan Square. The Rally is coming back into the streets! LGBTQIA+ rights and human rights are under attack by the current political environment. Join community activists, organizers, politicians, and more for this unprecedented moment in our history. Take a stand, show up in force, and make your voice heard in this re-imagined Rally experience.
SAVOR PRIDE JUNE 28, 2019
SAVOR PRIDE IS BACK FOR ANOTHER ROUND! In partnership with God’s Love We Deliver, we are bringing back this immersive culinary fundraiser. Together, LGBTQIA+ and ally chefs engage you with a one-of-a-kind menu. We were joined in 2018 by some of the top chefs in our community, featuring: Amanda Freitag (Chopped), Michael Anthony (Gramercy Tavern), Zac Young(“Unique Sweets”), Lazarus Lynch (Comfort Nation), and Jake Cohen (Culinary Content Creator Extraordinaire). Set on the terraces of God’s Love We Deliver’s headquarters on Sixth Avenue, our chefs will cook up varied menu
items while providing in-depth cooking demonstrations, discussions, and delightful tastings.
FRIDAYS THIS WINTER
JUNE 28, 2019 : 6 PM––10 PM JUNE 29 & 30, 2019 : 2 PM––10 PM Dance on the Pier, a one-day event born in the 1980s, evolved into a weekend long music festival experience titled “Pride Island” in 2017 located on the iconic piers of New York City. Pride Island is known for bringing in some of the most legendary names in the business alongside indie and local acts redefining the NYC Pride Experience. Veterans of this concert experience include Cher, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Lopez, Janet Jackson, Demi Lovato, Years & Years, Tegan & Sara, Tove Lo, and the late Whitney Houston. We can promise you that the 2019 NYC WorldPride lineup will consist of the most iconic names to date playing back-toback for the most epic three day festival in NYC Pride history. In addition to hosting the concert environment for the community, we work hard to provide working grants to nonprofit organizations who would like to work with us on the event. For more information on how your organization can apply for one of our grants, please email grants@ nycpride.org.
Tickets will be available in January 2019. Stay tuned for the line up!
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VIP ROOFTOP PARTY
Don’t even think about missing out on the 9th annual
Start your weekend off in a blast of color and flair with
VIP Rooftop Party with Brian Rafferty Productions. This
LGBTQIA+ and ally teens during the third annual Youth Pride
exclusive club event will be in full swing, discreetly tucked
event in partnership with Target.
JUNE 29, 2019
away in Midtown West at Hudson Terrace. Tickets will go on sale in January, so mark your calendars to grab them while they’re hot!
JUNE 29, 2019
Combining music, drag performances, fashion shows, and insightful public speakers, 2018 was a grand success. We brought local and notable acts to spice up the first morning of Pride Weekend with special appearances by Tyler Ford, Desmond is Amazing, Dapper Q, Lagoona Bloo, Bea Miller, DJ Duo Amira & Kayla, and public speaker Emma Gonzalez. With it’s grown popularity, Youth Pride is excited to be moving to a larger location for 2019 NYC WorldPride. This event is free and open to the public, but registration
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This all-inclusive LGBTQIA+ event is returning to Saturday
Round out your Pride experience with our open-to-
night! All proud bodies welcome. Come as you are for an
the-public street fair event that combines exhibitors,
incredibly interactive, euphorically entertaining evening.
entertainers and activities for a day of fun and celebration
JUNE 30, 2019
in the name of equality. Last year, PrideFest celebrated its 25th anniversary and will be bigger and better than ever for the 2019 NYC WorldPride experience. PrideFest will host a culturally curated FoodFest, a star-studded StageFest performance area, local and international vendors, and so much more! If you, your favorite food truck, or art vendor want to participate in the 2019 PrideFest, head over to our website for application instructions.
JUNE 29, 2019
Femme Fatale is our official Sunday event for women. Things
The March is a celebration of our lives and our community.
get crazy at this exclusive rooftop party as you dance atop
First held in 1970, on the first anniversary of the historic
the greatest city in the world.
Stonewall Uprising, the March has since become an annual
JUNE 30, 2019
Finally, a womenâ€™s rooftop party where you can eat, drink, dance, and mingle with over 1000+ women from all over the country!
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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 honoring those we have lost to illness, violence and neglect. As we present the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising in tandem with WorldPride, we look forward to the 2019 NYC Pride March to break molds and impact millions world wide. Registration for the 2019 NYC WorldPride | Stonewall 50 March will close March 1, 2019. Please be sure to register your community group, organization, or business as soon as possible!
WORLDPRIDE CLOSING CEREMONY JUNE 30, 2019: 7 P.M. TO 10 P.M.
As sad as we will all be to say goodbye to another epic Pride Month, letâ€™s come together to send it off in the largest open to the public concert we have ever hosted. The Closing Ceremony will be a dazzling, surprising, and inspiring event in the heart of Times Square. You think the ball drop is a
big deal? Just wait for our artist announcement for the WorldPride Closing Ceremony.
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SNOW DAYS ARE A GREAT EXCUSE TO STAY HOME FROM WORK, BUT WHAT HAPPENS WHEN CABIN FEVER STARTS TO SET IN? YOU COULD POP OPEN A BOTTLE OF WINE AND COZY UP WITH A GOOD BOOK. MAYBE
DO YOUR WATER COOLER CHAT HOMEWORK AND BINGE WATCH THAT TV SHOW YOUR COWORKERS ARE
ALWAYS TALKING ABOUT. WARMING UP WITH HOT CHOCOLATE BY THE FIREPLACE IS THE PERFECT
WINTER WIND-DOWN, BUT WHAT MAKES ALL OF THESE IDEAS EVEN BETTER? PLANNING! DONâ€™T GET
CAUGHT IN THE SNOW ALONE. INVITE YOUR FRIENDS OVER FOR A SLUMBER PARTY THE NIGHT BEFORE,
MAKE SURE YOU HAVE PLENTY OF BOARD GAMES, AND STOP AT THE STORE FOR SNACKS AND SIPS. HERE ARE SOME IDEAS TO HELP YOU HAVE A GAY OLD TIME ON YOUR NEXT GROWN-UP SNOW DAY.
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SNACKS You’ll want some snacks to go along with all your TV time, and you can’t
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3 CUPS MILK
have the whole day to play, so amp
3 CUPS HALF AND HALF
3 BOXES OF INSTANT BANANA PUDDING
up that popcorn with sriracha butter.
3 BOXES OF INSTANT VANILLA PUDDING
Get creative, and since we all know
1 CONTAINER OF WHIPPED TOPPING
2 BOXES OF NILLA WAFERS
4 MEDIUM BANANAS
up your snack game. You could bake some cookies from scratch, or spice
how important those Instagram stories are make sure you take advantage of the time you have to make your followers jelly! Maybe try your hand at banana pudding:
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Ditch your traditional hot chocolate
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1/8 TSP. GROUND CINNAMON
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BOARD GAMES Just because you have a few people over doesn’t mean you are immune to going stir crazy. Be sure to stock up on games. This could be the ultimate test of your relationships though. Can your friendship survive a day that includes MONOPOLY? What happens when CARDS AGAINST HUMANITY
shows you who these people really are? Maybe a game of CLUE is safer; it was Miss Scarlett, in the kitchen with the candlestick. Everyone plays UNO
differently, try this official UNO add-on “House Rule” to change things up a bit. SEVEN-O: Everytime you play a “7” card you can trade your hand with a player
of your choice. Play a “0” and cause all players to pass their hand to the player next to them in the direction of play. Don’t worry TV fanatics, we’ve rounded out our list of must-see TV and movies for your snowed in survival party. From the TV shows that will have you and your crew smiling ear to ear, to the movies that will give you the best kiki. Check out what we are watching!
3 MUST WATCH TV SHOWS 1.
ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS (NETFLIX)
THE FOSTERS (FREEFORM)
LIVING SINGLE (HULU)
3 MUST WATCH MOVIES 1.
PARIS IS BURNING (NETFLIX)
MEAN GIRLS (AMAZON)
THE MAGIC SCHOOL BUS (NETFLIX)
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TO BE CUFFED OR NOT BE CUFFED? THAT IS THE QUESTION The cold crisp atmosphere can
bring out the fondest holiday
memories The season is also known to be a chilling reminder of
your living single status. Yep... for family functions and the neverending
some millennials are desperately
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with single living. And of course,
there is cuffing season. A social media
seemingly taken on an unwritten
role within the current dating
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scene. Those who have heard
At OkCupid, we aim to provide a fun, affirming
season pattern looks more and
feature accurately represents and empowers
cannot deny that the cuffing more realistic every year. BY NIKKITA THOMPSON The term cuffing season popped up roughly around 2012 when “internet innovators” labeled the pattern of being in relationship as being “cuffed” or tied down during the autumn/winter months opposed to the open heauxing (pronounced: [HO - ing]) season of the spring/summer. Rapper Fabolous perpetuated the phrase, using it as a title to one of his tracks on Soul Tape 3. The mixtape dropped Christmas 2013 according to DatPiff.com, the urban mixtape resource for any serious hip-hop head. We’ve come along way from the Brooklyn rapper’s misogyny ridden lyrics to cuffing season being a universal concept with many looking both “to bag” and “be bagged” during
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Some millennials are not too fond of
Scissr has recently added In The News link within our
the concept however. Taji Brevard from
landing page http://scissr.com/noteworthynews/. Our
Newark, NJ isn’t here for it. “I’ve heard
goal is to better serve the community. Connecting
of cuffing season before and it doesn’t
people with this positive information is a great way to
sound realistic to me,” says the gay-
identified 29 year old. “I understand
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that people prefer to stay indoors during the winter months
what was more concerning to her was that “more people
but from what I understand cuffing season to be, it would
are experiencing a period of loneliness that intersects with
mean that you have a bae and that doesn’t mean you
the anticipation of the holidays.” She continues “there is
stay inside the entire time,” Taji explains. He continues
an increased preoccupation of being cuffed which leads to
“What about the holidays? Are Thanksgiving and Christmas
worrying and distress.” Dr. Bukky revealed that the anxiety
excluded from cuffing season or are you still bringing them
that comes with the strong impulse to be partnered can
around to meet family? And then when family asks you at
cause some to react irrationally. Cuffing seekers can do
the 4th of July cookout ‘Where is bae?” you respond ‘oh
some serious mental and emotional harm if they attach
that was just for cuffing season.’... I mean, the whole thing
themselves to people that may not be well suited for them
resulting in depression and exposure to manipulation.
Ridiculous as it may sound, some people are engaging in this
Now knowing that your “wake up and rise” could be
phenomenon. According to Noa Gutterman, Senior Marketer
affected, what are some self-care tips one can take to
at HER, “As a dating app, we have absolutely heard of Cuffing
remain mentally uncuffed? Well, reframing the discussion
Season. Although the science may not prove that all single
of cuffing season as a mental health issue points to
people look for companionship in the Fall and Winter, we
a possible trigger experienced in the lives of single
certainly see trends in behavior that point to more users
people within our society. Dr. Bukky explains that “when
seeking friendships and relationships during these seasons.”
people feel a deep desire to be cuffed, they can turn
Rightfully so, the holidays can be an exceptionally difficult
on themselves. It’s hard enough for a Queer person as
time for those who identify as LGBTQIA+ as time with or
we go into the [holiday] season where we can face so
away from family can be very stressful.
much pressure and judgement.” In a way, Cuffing Season
So it’s pretty evident that the cuffing season phenomena IS actually happening through the work of memes and good ol’ oral tradition. But what are the internal factors that fuel the desire to be ‘boo’d up’? I had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Bukky from Relationship HQ who gave much insight. When asked to describe her first recollection of hearing about Cuffing Season, she responded “I know I heard it at the practice. [It] was brought to me as a trend.” However,
HOW TO SURVIVE THE CUFFING SEASON ANTICIPATE THE TRIGGER. “Expect that you’ll be triggered, especially by people who have known you and seen you grow over stages
and phases in life. Think to yourself “I’m about to enter this season so I need to be of wise mind. You’ll be less reactive in the moment.”
social media to the point that it can be seen as a coping mechanism to work through the tension that comes with fulfilling the deep desire to be partnered. A desire that is completely natural and appropriate for the age. To ward off the emotional outburst at the family onesie sleepover, Dr. Bukky suggests these simple steps if you are approached about your relationship status:
relationship? There is this false assumption that you can’t have freedom in a relationship.” For those of us who have experienced a self-professed cuffing season with a significant other, our partners or even we ourselves can find it difficult to provide both balance and space in a relationship. Often one person in the relationship can try to create an environment that is actually self stifling. “We should be in relationships that enhance us rather than cripple us,” said Dr. Bukky and she invites us all to pay attention to our cycles and use the steps mentioned to
IDENTIFY A PLAN TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF WHEN YOU WILL BE TRIGGERED.
break circular impressions in our lives that are unhealthy.
“What can you say to yourself in the moments that will
Some memes end the calendar at Valentine’s Day while
we take care of ourselves and make the best decision for
the end of the day, cuffing season is simply just a game,
hold you; that will keep you grounded. It’s important that ourselves. Be real with yourself and use self talk to calm yourself down."
RECOGNIZE THAT THE DESIRE TO BE PARTNERED WITH SOMEONE IS NORMAL AND OTHERS ARE EXPERIENCING THIS WITH YOU. Surround yourself with those that know what you’re going through and celebrate life in the moment. Keep going to those holiday fiestas!
as a concept has been developed by millennials via
The end of the cuffing season calendar is debatable. others look to see if a couple can last until the spring. At a tactic best used to slide into DMs during the holidays. It’s important to remember that every relationship is as unique as a snowflake. For those going at it solo, you are encouraged to fully engage in each day full of joy. So why not date around a little? And know that if you pick up a zaddie, baddie or any other flava for some chill time, give yourself what Dr. Bukky refers to as “the permission and audacity to ask for that relationship.” If you’re cool with being single for the merry jingle mingles, turn the season
Dr. Bukky also challenges us to do some self assessment
on it’s head and repeat: “Two roads diverged in a winter
in the initial stages of partnering up arguing “how do
wood, and I took the one less cuffed.” Happy holiday hook
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Athletics, as with so many other things, are very telling of the larger social structure within which it operates. Differing penalties are assessed or attire restrictions enforced in women’s tennis. Nearly 90% of players with
Michael Sam’s NFL preseason stats are on a roster as he gets snubbed. However, movements such as Black Lives Matter and cricket’s role during apartheid have demonstrated athletes have an ability to change the societal norms. It is the ability of sport to create role models for society which is perhaps its greatest strength. BY AMANDA M. YOUNGER there are some out, gay male athletes
are often the first to be targeted or
federation or league to merely state
competing in Division 1 football and a
bullied and the last to be protected.
on paper that they welcome diversity
few other sports. Regardless of when
“I hope [young athletes] can be
and appreciate equality and inclusivity.
the athlete chooses to step forward,
inspired by seeing other out athletes
There must be active efforts aimed
it is courageous and brave of them
competing at the highest levels and
at both fans and players. When
to do so, because usually they are
know that one day that can be them
North Carolina first passed anti-LGBT
the first to do so at their school and/
too.” Collins continued, “I was inspired
legislation, the 2017 NBA All-Star
or team. We have a lot of work to do
by Martina Navratilova when I was a
Game—considered the flashiest and
at all levels to create an environment
kid growing up in sports. Sometimes
most lucrative event for the League—
where these athletes feel comfortable
our heroes might not look like us, but
was moved to New Orleans. As an
to be their true self in a public way.
they have walked a similar road and
organization advocating diversity and
In my experience, once I was back in
will have made the path easier for
inclusion, Kathy Behrens, President of
the NBA playing for the Brooklyn Nets
us. Watching Diana Taurasi and Sue
Social Responsibility & Player Programs
in 2014, I felt very welcomed by my
Bird battle against each other in the
stated, “New Orleans has always
league, team and fans. I hope that
WNBA playoffs, or Gus Kenworthy and
hosted successful All-Star games for
other professional male athletes will
Adam Rippon compete in the Winter
us and we look forward to returning
one day be able to have that same
Olympics, or seeing professional
to Charlotte, where the values we
feeling of acceptance when they
sports franchises celebrate Pride
care about are going to remain on
step forward. Additionally, I think the
Night games, and professional sports
full display. The history of the NBA
NBA and WNBA are the best sports
leagues participating in LGBTQIA+
being an ally of the LGBT community
leagues at encouraging their athletes
events such as the NYC Pride March
is something we are proud of, but it
to speak their truth and use their
... I hope those young athletes know
isn’t about Pride Nights or parades.
platform to inspire positive change
they are not alone and that they have
It is how we work everyday, with our
for LGBT athletes. Many WNBA stars
support waiting to celebrate them.”
colleagues and the best businesses
and NBA players like Reggie Bullock
that embrace diversity and inclusion in
have lead the way as far as being
all that they do.” The Denver Nuggets
allies and/or visible members of the
have produced videos with You Can
LGBTQIA+ community and help create
Play project, and the League has
an environment of acceptance and
partnered with great organizations
inclusion in the world of sports.”
like Athlete Ally and National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce to surround themselves with diverse partners in the local markets.
Despite great progressive strides in recent years, embracing LGBTQIA+ youth is a meaningful step, as children
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When it comes to major professional sports, there aren’t many LGBTQIA+ players on the roster. Jason Collins, the first openly gay NBA player agrees, “Currently there are no out, gay male sports leagues. In collegiate athletics,
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YES SHE IS
BY DAVID CORREA
As we march into 2019 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the
on this journey, leading the charge with us and continue to push the
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movement forward. One herald of equality that needs mention is Melissa Etheridge. This Grammy and Academy award winning singer/songwriter strummed her way out of the closet publicly in the early 90’s, a time where most didn’t ask and certainly didn’t tell. She chose to live out loud despite the era and in doing so, she unknowingly became a symbol of hope for so many that wanted to live equally as loud. As we as a community galvanize to remember the events of June 28, 1969, it would have been a miss to not invite Melissa to join us in our celebration. Not only is she an icon, but she is also celebrating an anniversary of her own; the release of her iconic album “Yes I Am.” The record, which brought us hits like, “I’m the Only One” and “Come to My Window” has always been rumored to be her official coming out, but there is much more to the story. Recently, Melissa welcomed us into her home where we got to learn more about her, check out her impressive guitar collection which includes a rainbow mosaic guitar her daughter had custom made for her and chat about her performance at 2019's WorldPride Closing Ceremony in Times Square.
Stonewall uprising, we must also pay tribute to those that have been
HAVE YOU EVER ATTENDED NYC PRIDE? No! But my daughter has. This is my first New York City Pride. I’ve been to Pittsburgh Pride, Toronto, L.A. many times, but not New York. I’m just thrilled beyond thrilled to be a part of this in such a big way.
WHAT DOES PRIDE MEAN TO YOU? Pride used to be a naughty word, a bad word. We weren’t supposed to be prideful. Now, when I look at the word “pride,” it is reclaiming a piece of ourselves. It is standing up and saying, “I’m grateful for the way my creator made me, and for that I am proud.”
WHAT SHOULD WE REMEMBER ON THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE STONEWALL UPRISING? We have to remember that there was a time when your love was considered a crime, and that wasn’t that long ago… that there was a breaking point that began at the Stonewall Inn. Night after night of police raids and beating up of the patrons hit a point where they lost their [minds] and they said we’re setting the place on fire. It was the last straw.
CAN YOU TELL US THE STORY BEHIND YOUR COMING OUT AND THE RUMORS THAT YOUR “YES I AM” ALBUM WAS HOW YOU DID IT? I had been on my path as a musician for a while. I was already out to my family, to my friends, to the people I worked with, to the people at the record company. If you knew me you knew I was a lesbian, but there was this unspoken rule of “don’t ask, don’t tell” in publicity. It was a different time; there was no social media, so if you wanted to say something you had to go through the reporters. I kept thinking someone was going to ask me. It was obvious if you looked up where I was signed - the Que Sera, a lesbian bar in Long Beach, but no one ever asked. I was going to come out publicly, and I thought I would do it on Arsenio Hall or something later that year. But doing all the work for Clinton/Gore, it was so inspiring to be with all the people at the Triangle Ball that I just came out. I had originally written the song “Yes
I Am” for the previous record. Then I thought that would be a great title for
an album, so I held on to it. The song
It all finally came to a head. We said
out your secret has the power over
was not a statement of yes I am gay
twenty-five years of this, but no more.
you. When we take that power back
at all. It was a statement of love...
I knew then that what makes us
it not only changes you, it changes
of crazy, yes I am going to be your
powerful as a people, as a community,
the world. Twenty-five years later
passion, your promise, your end. I
was coming out. It releases you and
we have families now. My children go
realized people were going to think,
everyone around you.
to a school where there are four or
was me coming out, which is fine, but that wasn’t my actual intention.
WHETHER IT WAS YOUR COMING OUT OR NOT, THE ALBUM MEANT SO MUCH TO SO MANY, WHAT WAS THE RESPONSE LIKE AT THAT TIME? Beautiful. Even twenty-five years later. I get people from age 60 to 25 saying, “You helped me be who I am.” I would never regret a moment of it...not a moment.
THE ALBUM RELEASE WAS RIGHT AROUND THE TIME OF STONEWALL 25, DID THE MAGNITUDE OF THAT WEIGH ON YOU? Oh I felt it! The beginning of the 90’s was a very, very pivotal strong moment in the LGBTQ movement. For the first time a presidential candidate said gay and lesbian. We had never heard those words spoken on the television. By doing so he included us as a part of America. It was groundbreaking. So, understanding that twenty-five years before that our brothers and sisters had been rioting, taking to the streets and participating in civil disobedience.
YOU ARE OFTEN LAUDED FOR YOUR BRAVERY, COMING OUT IN A 90’S AMERICA. WHAT DID IT FEEL LIKE TO YOU AT THE TIME? WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE NOW, LOOKING BACK? It was the perfect coming together of so many things. It was a record that resonated with the people at the time. “Come to My Window” just
five gay couples with children. Two of my son’s best friends are Muslim. It’s another color in their crayon box. It is something else that makes them interesting. It is not anything to ostracize anybody about. That is where I see we’ve come to, loving people for who they are leads us all to a better place.
Crawford on the cover of Vanity Fair.
YOU ARE A MODERN-DAY LEADER IN THE LGBTQIA+ RIGHTS MOVEMENT, WHAT IMPACT DO YOU HOPE TO HAVE ON FUTURE GENERATIONS?
BAM! The woman coming out was big
We had Gertrude Stein, Martina
hit this right place, right time sort of thing. There was also a really strong lesbian movement. K.D. Lang and Cindy
at the time. Sure, I remember it being a little scary at first. I thought I’d get a lot of backlash, but other than getting picketed at a few places I didn’t really have much push back. On the strength of my music I was able to ride this extra wave of publicity I got for being gay. It was a perfect storm.
HOW DO YOU THINK WE HAVE EVOLVED AS A SOCIETY SINCE THE RELEASE OF YES I AM? There is a beautiful evolution that has come from the strength of community and being who you are. Secrets have power. So when you are not
[Navratilova] and Billie Jean King and that was it. I’m trying to think of some more, but I can’t. That young people can say, “I’m gay,” and they can now look to all the queer folk succeeding in entertainment, sports, theatre, business...everywhere. To see the reflection of yourself in society, that in itself, changes everything. My generation had to create it. We did it with our friendship, we did it by encouraging each other. I love when a young person comes up and says, “Thank you. You’ve given me someone to look up to.” It just means the world.
because of the timing, that the album
IS PROUD TO CONTINUE ITS LONGSTANDING SUPPORT OF THE
want you to do it, but it is all about
I’m starting to see [my wish come
WHAT IS SOMETHING MANY PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU THAT YOU THINK THEY WOULD FIND SURPRISING?
true]. You see artists like Sam Smith and Janelle Monae, they’re gay, whatever! They make amazing music. If they’ve really got it, it’s not oh, that’s just LGBT music… they can be in the
wellness and healing.
I am a big history buff. I love to watch Ken Burns Documentaries, I’m
watching the “The Roosevelts” right
WHAT OTHER CAUSES ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT?
night, of course, as we all should.
Health. Cannabis. I look at the cannabis movement in a similar way to the LGBTQ movement. It is about people coming out, and speaking about being a cannabis user, what it does for you and getting rid of stereotypes. Our idea of what health is, our western allopathic look of at how to heal. Cannabis and health are tied to each other. I have a cannabis line coming out next year. It is very exciting. It feels like twenty-five years ago with the LGBT movement. It is brand new, a lot of people don’t understand it, the government doesn’t
now. I watch Rachel Maddow every
IF YOU COULD DUET WITH ANYONE WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY? Wow! Barbara Streisand.
WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? My new album! It is going to mastering soon, so if there is anything I want to change I gotta do it now. We listen to a lot of soul music, R&B, rap. I have twelve year old kids, so we like Drake, J. Cole and Travis Scott, but we also listen to the “Greatest Showman” soundtrack.
DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE SONG? That is really hard. It’s like asking do you have a favorite raindrop, but usually what comes to mind is Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes.”
WHAT ABOUT YOUR OWN SONGS? DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE? Again, it's like asking which of my children is my favorite. I do have a song that I enjoy playing live, and that’s “Like the Way I Do.” You just wait, we are going to do it in Times Square.
BE SURE TO GRAB YOUR SPOTS AT THE CLOSING CEREMONY TO CATCH MELISSA LIVE: TIMES SQUARE SUNDAY, JUNE 30, 2019 FOR MORE INFORMATION ON MELISSA’S NEW ALBUM RELEASE AND THE “YES I AM” EUROPEAN TOUR CHECK OUT HER WEBSITE, MELISSAETHERIDGE.COM
WHAT IS YOUR WISH FOR NEW ARTISTS THAT ALSO HAPPEN TO BE LGBTQIA+?
ARTIFACTS WHY BLACK AND WHITE?
It’s simple. It’s not distracting. I say it’s simple, but at the same time it’s very
complex. If I were to paint with colors, I could throw a lot of pretty colors onto a canvas and your brain will get it. Your brain will tell you where to look. It’s the instinct nature that we have. With black and white, you don’t tell anyone where to look. Several people could look at the same drawing, at the same time and start at different places.
YOU DON’T DRAFT OR STRATEGICALLY PLAN, HOW DID YOU GET HERE? A LOT OF US PLAN IN ORDER TO AVOID MISTAKES AND YOU SEEM LIKE YOU WOULD JUST EMBRACE THE MISTAKE. A lot of my work is a practice of listening to yourself. To quote my
BEYOND THE LINES WITH SHANTELL MARTIN WHO ARE YOU - YOU ARE YOU - ARE YOU YOU BY SAMANTHA JOHNSON
WHO ARE YOU? I use this question a lot in my work and it’s actually a big, daunting, crazy
allow it to go where it wants instead of forcing it.” You typically think that the pen is the tool and we use the pen, but if you start to imagine that we are the tool and allow the work to flow rather
hesitating, or referencing other people. You can now look back at the work and say, “Oh that’s what I look like.” That’s
than force it, you get used to that. It’s a practice that you learn over time.
where we are from, and talk about
DID YOUR STRONG INTEREST IN MUSIC START WITH YOU WORKING AS A VJ?
roles that we play. I can answer it in a
Music starts from when you are a kid.
WE’VE SEEN YOU FEATURED IN ARTICLES BASED ON LESBIAN ARTISTS, QUEER INDIVIDUALS AND MORE—WHAT DO YOU IDENTIFY AS? OR DO YOU IDENTIFY?
I ended up being a VJ because I spent
It comes down to what box you put
question. The question of “Who are you?” is quite scary because we would typically answer by giving our name,
different way, if you spell out WHO ARE YOU on top of each other and you take away all the letters on your right-hand side, you are left with three letters W-A-Y, way. I am finding my way in life through drawing, writing, and words.
WHEN DID YOU FIGURE OUT YOUR NICHE OR STYLE OF ART?
how I discovered my style.
a lot of my spare time in the clubs dancing. I moved to Japan to teach English, so if I wasn’t teaching I’d be in the clubs. It was a love of music and dancing that led me to these spaces.
We all have style within us! For me that
YOU USE A LOT OF LINES IN YOUR ARTWORK, DO LINES MEAN ANYTHING SPECIFIC TO YOU?
was in Japan. I grew up in London and
Lines for me represent the most
was fortunate enough to get myself into art school, graduate and move to Japan. I accidently ended up working as a VJ (Visual Jockey) and my job was to draw live digital or analog visuals as a DJ, dancer or musician played. When you draw live, you do not have time to think, plan, or be insecure. You only have time to be yourself and draw. Now imagine repeating that scenario and putting yourself in a position
past self, “You follow the pen and you
where you are not thinking, planning,
yourself in. I think we should lift ourselves above these boxes instead of putting ourselves in them. If I am speaking to someone, I would consider myself a queer black woman of color from a working class background, but I would much rather have the broad title of ARTIST.
simple form of expression. Sometimes
HOW IMPORTANT IS REPRESENTATION TO YOU?
people will look at my work and say “oh
My agenda is to push for freedom
a kid could do that” and that is great. As kids we all draw, make lines and marks for a reason. If we are doing something naturally as children, then there must be a fundamental benefit for that. Japan is a culture that is craft based, about mastery and learning over generations so starting my career there, forced me to think about what I can master.
of expression and enable people to question their identity in a broader sense. Representation is very important, but I see it more as visibility. I feel for me that the class barrier was bigger than the race barrier. If you are from a working class background, there is a perception of you and there is a system that is not beneficial to you. As a child growing up, I didn’t see anyone doing
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anything that I am doing now. If you
NYC was a breath of fresh air because
can’t see it growing up, then you can’t
there are a lot of people from all types
imagine to be that.
of places, backgrounds, etc.
DO YOU FEEL THAT ARTISTS IN THE LGBTQIA+ COMMUNITY NEED MORE VISIBILITY?
LASTLY, WHAT DO YOU HAVE GOING ON NOW?
We need more visibility, but if all of
stage here and the next few months,
that is one box then how do you really become visible everywhere? I hope that the goal is to expand rather than
So, we are here in my studio. I built a I will be workshoping my one woman show. It’s a mixture of speaking, live drawing, live composed music with a
contract into one space.
little bit of audience interaction. I have
CAN YOU SPEAK TO ANY DIFFERENCES IN ACCEPTANCE GROWING UP IN LONDON, WORKING IN JAPAN AND NOW LIVING IN NEW YORK CITY?
which is open until December 9 and I
In London, I was always too scared to come out so I never did. Then I moved to Japan and a lot of things happened for me. Japan is probably one of the worst places to come out because it’s not accepted—maybe a little more accepting now, but it is kind of difficult to find yourself in a place where it is
a gallery show at the 92nd Street Y am teaching a graduate class at NYU which is called “Drawing on everything.”
WEBSITE shantellmartin.art INSTAGRAM @shantell_martin YOUTUBE youtube.com/c/shantellmartin
there who is out and visible. Coming to
so tough. I really admire everyone
STREETWORK PROJECT In 2018, Safe Horizon celebrates its 40th anniversary
outreach to were either aging out of foster care or running
of serving New York City’s homeless community.
away from foster care placement.
from one drop-in center to a comprehensive
WHAT DREW YOU TO WORK WITH HOMELESS YOUTH AT STREETWORK PROJECT?
variety of ways. Carolyn Strudwick, Associate
Something that really drew me to Streetwork and social
Launched in 1984, Streetwork Project has grown
structure seeking to serve homeless youth in a Vice President of Streetwork Youth Programs, is a
long time change agent for young people that are experiencing homelessness. At the Harlem Street
Drop-In center, Carolyn gave us a deep dive into Streetwork’s solution for homeless youth. BY NIKKITA THOMPSON
work in general was that we’ve always had a social justice approach to our services. It’s not like we’re coming to save somebody; we don’t claim we can save you. Rather, we focus on the individual to build trust with them so we can provide resources and services. Streetwork has always been very diverse and though we do not solely focus on the [LGBTQIA+] community, we interact with many kids including gay and trans youth. We look at the role society plays in perpetuating poverty, racism, homophobia and violence. It’s
The drop-in center on 125th Street buzzed on a sunny, fall Tuesday. Lunch was almost ready to be served in the sun-drenched center. Carolyn and her colleague Joy led us to the conference room which was overrun with sewing machines and fabrics. “Don’t mind the clutter,” said Carolyn. “We are preparing for our Kiki Ball so it looks like an episode of Project Runway in here.” Carolyn and Joy explained how excited the clients were for the Kiki Ball, as many of the clients identify within the LGBTQIA+ community and were
needs of young people in crisis.
HOW HAS STREETWORK PROJECT GROWN OVER THE YEARS? Over time the program has evolved and built itself. Streetwork was positioned in midtown for quite a few years and then we opened up a drop-in center on the Lower East Side. We also had a location on 38th and Eighth Avenue as well as a residential location. We’ve always had an outreach
familiar with the city’s thriving Ball scene.
component since the program started. Through the drop-
TELL ME ABOUT YOUR JOURNEY TO SAFE HORIZON.
needs met in a variety of ways. Clients show up voluntarily
When I first started, it was the mid-90s and we were called Victim Services. We were just a storefront in Hell’s Kitchen on Tenth Avenue. I did outreach as a case manager in the Times Square area before it was revitalized. It was a very painful time in the city, where young people were forced to leave home because of violence, poverty and abuse. It
in centers, young people can come every day to get their and participate based on what they identify their needs to be. There are a variety of needs met based on case management services, which can start from basic needs around food, clothing and shelter to seeing a psychiatrist, therapist, medical, legal … everything under one roof.
really ravished which caused young people to be removed
WHAT ARE SOME REASONS YOUTH EXPERIENCE HOMELESSNESS IN NEW YORK CITY?
from their homes and be placed in the system, mainly
Statistics show that youth are homeless because of a
foster care and ACS. Many of the young people that we did
history of incarceration due to juvenile detention, domestic
was during the crack epidemic, so many communities were
about addressing those systemic issues and meeting the
violence in the home, sexual abuse and physical abuse.
be staying with a friend, they may be staying in an unsafe
All these events are traumatic experiences that young
space to have a place to stay for the night. Homelessness
people are trying to cope and navigate through. These
is still out there. Youth are still sleeping on the trains. We
behaviors are often self-destructive to themselves and
still have outreach teams at Hunts Point in the Bronx and
others, but that is the result of trauma. Because our society
on Queens Boulevard. The piers used to be a large outreach
is homophobic, it is twice as hard for young people who
area for us, but they built up the pier so homeless youth
identify with the queer community. Their mental issues may
don’t frequent that area too much anymore. A lot of young
be brought on by the media, everyday discrimination, being
people make connections through Facebook, Twitter, and
bullied, difficulty getting a job and numerous other factors.
Instagram, so social media has changed the form of how
And yes, being trans is even harder with the lack of funding
they hook up, communicate or even access resources.
to help our youth transition. We try not to be punitive. We try to come from a place of understanding because they’ve already been through the system, so they are expecting a punishment as a result instead of someone sitting with them and talking it through.
WHAT IS STREETWORK’S APPROACH TO ADDRESSING THE CAUSES AND EFFECTS OF HOMELESSNESS AMONG YOUTH? We look at social work with an anti-oppression lens. We look at the role society plays in perpetuating poverty, racism, homophobia and violence. We talk about racism, how it shows up in the work that we are doing and how we are helping people access our services. It is not coincidental that nationwide, young people of color make up a disproportionate amount of youth dragged through the system. Domestic violence transcends all race and social class but people of color are more likely to be taken away and placed in the system when it happens in the home. We talk about those disparities in the system. We also take a look at us as staff showing up to do the work; what are we as staff bringing into that process. All of that is tied into the
One of the restrictions [New York City] had in the past was that only youth under the age of 21 could go into their crisis shelters. The drop-in centers where not as strict with the age limit, but the crisis shelters did not provide services for those who were past the age of 21. Now we know that at the age of 21, young people still need a bit more time and support and cannot be considered full grown adults. Safe Horizon has advocated for them to raise the age which they did this year. They set aside some funding for beds that would go towards young people between the ages of 21 and 24.
CAN YOU SHARE A MEMORABLE MOMENT FROM YOUR OUTREACH EXPERIENCE? Often times in the work, I wonder, “What is the impact?” And I’ve found that in our graduation ceremonies, the memorable moment is when they say that they found a family. Kids who used to be my clients will call me back and say, “Thanks for putting up with me.” Many of them tell me about the children that they have now and will call to ask for advice on raising their children because we are sort of that
success of our program.
surrogate parent to them. That is where you can tell that
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Support groups are essential for building positive youth development and building self-esteem. We find this even identified woman. And even though I am a lesbian, there is still privilege because of my cisgendered identity. Having that privilege allows me to fit into society. So you have trans youth who are constantly asking, “Well, where do I fit in?” They are told that they are against nature in every way. Many of our trans female clients have issues with self-esteem and struggle with being able to pass. It’s good to have a community where trans folks can come together and share. We have these resources and know-how to create a safe space for them to talk about their issues because we have trans staff to facilitate those conversations. It’s really about finding community and connectedness.
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Whether old or new, the songs of the season play a pivotal role in the soundtrack of our lives. LGBTQIA+ Country star Chely Wright provides some of the best storytelling anyone could wish for in her first Christmas album Santa Will Find You. Chely teamed up with producers Jeremy Lister and Dustin Ransom to create a piece of work that was personal, yet universal. “I hope that this music will be the soundtrack for folks as they celebrate traditions they cherish and as they make new memories for years to come,” says Wright. Chely’s music narration is an unparalleled guide for a walk down memory lane that is so relatable, it can be anyone’s Christmas story. While the title track was written with her twin boys George and Everett in mind, she sings a quiet, lullaby-like song that wraps all in reassurance that no one will ever be forgotten. For members of the LGBTQIA+ community,
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sometimes home for the holidays is not an option; Chely softly whispers, “You should know that you aren’t alone.” This album is rich with personal influences, even down to the cover art. “I hope this record speaks to the fullness of my life. I am very overtly and proudly a member of the LGBTQIA+ community and just like each record I make, each show I do, each speech I may be asked to deliver ... I hope that this project stands firmly and distinctively in my body of work and contributes to the mosaic of who I uniquely am as an LGBTQ artist.” Add this to your list of favorite Christmas albums, and swing by City Winery on December 21 to see Chely live.
BY DAVID CORREA
When you think of your favorite holiday albums maybe Mariah, N’Sync or the Chipmunks come to mind. Get ready to add a few more to your list!
THIS CHRISTMAS DAY
If you are looking for a new take on classics like “Silent Night” and “Let it Snow,” look no further. Jessie J., in
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partnership with super-producer David Foster, released her first Christmas album this year including collaborations with Boyz II Men and Babyface. Get ready to celebrate this holiday in style!
Are you ready to grab that someone special and make
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HOLIDAY ENTERTAINMENT IN NYC
THE METROPOLITAN OPERA PRESENTS THE MAGIC FLUTE
Now a holiday tradition, Julie Taymor’s beloved production of Mozart’s enchanting fairy tale returns in its abridged, English-language version for families. This production of The Magic Flute is the sole English rendition produced by The Metropolitan Opera annually, and will be running from December 19, 2018, through January 5, 2019. The Magic Flute tells the story of Tamino, a prince who must undergo a series of tests, accompanied by his goofy sidekick Papageno, in order to marry the princess Pamina. Alongside the priest Sarastro, Tamino, Papageno, and Pamina battle Pamina’s mother, the evil and mysterious Queen of the Night.
As the end of the year fast approaches, it’s time to start picking up tickets to some of New York
City’s favorite holiday traditions and the latest live performances within our community.
BY ZOE GORRINGE
This year’s presentation will be conducted by Harry Bicket. Soprano Erin Morley, last seen at the Met as a brilliant Olympia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, is the empowered Pamina, and tenor Ben Bliss is the valiant Tamino. Baritone Nathan Gunn is the comic birdcatcher Papageno, and soprano Kathryn Lewek reprises her hair-raising rendition of the malevolent Queen of the Night.
DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS
Though we may all be familiar with the classic story of The Grinch and his adventures to steal Christmas from the holiday loving Whos, this year we can see it in large scale at Madison Square Garden in the Hulu Theater. Two-time Tony Award-nominated Broadway actor Gavin Lee will steal Christmas this season in the title role of the Grinch! This limited holiday engagement will run from December 13 through December 30, 2018.
THE ILLUSIONISTS —— THE RADIO CITY MAGIC OF THE HOLIDAYS CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR Shake off your winter blues with the magic show of the December 30. The mind-blowing spectacular of The Illusionists – Magic of the Holidays showcases the jawdropping talents of the most incredible illusionists on earth alongside special guests Light Balance. The Illusionists dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever seen on stage. This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportion.
A holiday tradition for families all over the world, the 2018 production of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular is unveiling an all new tech-savvy, immersive finale number, “Christmas Lights.” Don’t fret, the living nativity will be back for the show-stopping nativity scene including 20-year cast member Ted the camel. See the Swarovski studded costumes by Emilio Sosa and drone technology conceptualized by director Sam Buntrock in the premiere season. Grab your tickets now to be a part of Rockettes history!
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FINDING OUR NARRATIVE Storytelling used to work by borrowing characters
and plots to turn them into something new: Virgil’s The Aeneid is post-epilogue Homer-fic; Dante’s
The Divine Comedy is Bible-fic with Homer and Virgil in its storytelling universe; and Jean Rhys’
Wide Sargasso Sea is a prequel to and critique of Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre. Today’s copyright laws mean you cannot write a story using someone else’s
intellectual property and sell it, unless of course
you are EL James altering her Twilight-fic, Masters
of the Universe, into Fifty Shades of Grey. (Hint: It
involves a lot of renaming of characters.) BY AMANDA M YOUNGER
have to attack it and change it—hence long essays claiming that Hermione Granger is black, hence [headcanons] about trans characters or genderqueer characters.”4 Fanfiction becomes a way to refuse relegating to the margins of popular culture. Stories of coming out and discoveries of sexuality are now moving towards exploring queer relationships. Narratives are now moving into established worlds of queer culture, so outsiders can become the norm. Menzosarres, a femslash author and community member says to Slate magazine, “Queer and alive, queer and three-dimensional, queer and happily ever after, queer and successful, queer and strong, queer and robot dragon women from a colony of underwater space pirates. In being a world where queer is expected, fan fiction opens up the rest of the story to be anything you
to record and share new expressions of borrowed stories, reference back to older creations, and expand on plot-lines to give rise to a new sub-culture, called fanfiction. Most can be found on FanFiction.net and Archive of Our Own (Ao3). In an informal survey, Ao3 gender census showed 80% female, 4% male, and 14% falling under genderqueer, trans, and androgyny/agender.1 With a healthy percentage not falling into gender normative labels, we can start to see the importance of fanfiction to the queer community, who are
can imagine: Queer is the jumping off point, not the end goal. And, because of that, it creates a world where the young queer consumer can be all the same things.”5 Sometimes there is this purity to it, but it's also easily accessible to expose sexuality with characters you feel safe with, become more aware of what you gravitate to and unpack those tropes without experiencing the real consequences of it. Those queer worlds are starting to creep into mainstream media with the Dream Daddy game and limited release of graphic novels, invented by fans who wanted to explore less
less represented in mainstream media.
traditional depictions of masculinity. The characters exist in
Often considered a space in which both reader and writer
seem to exist. The creators, Vernon Shaw and Leighton Gray,
can safely explore their sexuality and gender identity, psychologist Jennifer Barnes also claims that fanfiction influences its readers and writers to be better people because they develop strong relationships with fanfic characters, increasing the motivation to achieve an “ideal self”.2 Whether queer writers are exploring their own identities or not, they are creating communities around the alternative canon, as well as influencing perceptions of mainstream characters. The ideas of characters in fanfiction can bleed into the reality of how we view these characters, and now fanfiction cannot be excluded from character discourse. Author Jo Chiang advocates for fan fiction as a way to address the disappointments and isolation that marginalized audience members encounter. In her words to Slate magazine, “people write fan fiction partly out of love, but also partly out of a deep dissatisfaction with what is available. Fan fiction is an incredibly transformative approach to literature. It is both appreciative, but also irreverent. Fan writers, by taking an established canon and shaping it, twisting it, remolding it, are challenging authorial intent and taking a swipe at the assumption of authority and dogma.”3 There is an instinct to “fix it” when our favorite characters are killed or given the short end of
an alternative version of reality, where homophobia doesn't spoke to The Hollywood Reporter’s Patrick Shanley, “As a queer woman, making content for the LGBT community is really important to me. I think the way that people have responded to the fact that you can be a trans dad and that the goth dad is also trans has been really heartwarming, because I can only think of a handful of other games that deal with that issue delicately, “ Gray continued. The game’s broad success seems to be multiple storylines in the queer narrative. The writing allows self-exploration and safe expressions of queer identity that is reflecting mainstream appeal. And thus continues the creative loop of fanfiction expressing itself from mainstream storylines, creating alternatives that affect the narrative and push our characters deeper and further than commercial writers are able to explore. DREAM DADDY IS AVAILABLE ON WINDOWS, MACOS, AND LINUX. SCHEDULED FOR RELEASE ON PLAYSTATION 4 OCT 30, 2018. ONI PRESS COMIC RELEASED VIA COMIXOLOGY AND OTHER DIGITAL PLATFORMS. 1
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this need to see ourselves in the story, and needing to LordByronic, argues that women, the queer community,
fandom for other reasons, “Because the majority of white male demographic, leaving little room for 'outsiders.' Outsiders who, if they want to see themselves in media,
and people of color tend to be drawn to transformative professionally-made media is catered towards a straight
L. BARNES, JENNIFER. (2015). FANFICTION AS IMAGINARY PLAY: WHAT FAN-WRITTEN STORIES CAN TELL US ABOUT THE
the stick or aren't given a romantic interest. There is also adjust the narrative to fit our own identities. Reddit user
Along came the internet and an archival tool was created
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With close to 500 hotels to choose from in New York City, deciding where you crash between WorldPride events can be daunting. Come up with a list of what is important to you to help you find your perfect pride
pad. Location? Rate? Amenities? Whatever your preferences are, NYC Pride has hotel partners that love pride-goers and are ready to welcome the world in 2019! Check out:
ACE HOTEL NYC 20 W. 29TH ST.
Ace Hotel reinvents hospitality to make something fresh, energized and human. They embrace and reimagine classic buildings and interesting opportunities, creating a sense of history and place while reinterpreting those details for a sense of modern bohemia that marries the pragmatic with the romantic. Their hotels are inspired by an affinity for the soulful and fueled by localized and handmade culture. Ace Hotel will amp your pride and give you a true New Yorker experience. Whether you're LGBTQIA+ or an ally, Ace strives to make spaces safe â€” free from bigotry, bias and disrespect. Ace is committed to creating an intersectional environment for all.
TIP: YOU MIGHT WANT TO PURCHASE MARCH GRANDSTAND TICKETS IF YOU CHOOSE TO STAY HERE.
SHERATON TRIBECA 370 CANAL ST.
Newly Renovated in March 2018, the Sheraton Tribeca features 369 guestrooms over 22 floors. Located amidst the trendy neighborhood of Tribeca, they are just steps away from some of New York’s finest dining and shops. The hotel is just a block away from the subway, making it easily accessible to all that New York has to offer. They are ecstatic to welcome you, especially as a 2019 Proud WorldPride Partner. TIP: THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL TAKE PLACE ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26. THIS HOTEL IS JUST 20 MINUTES AWAY VIA SUBWAY.
THE TUSCANY - A ST. GILES HOTEL 120 E. 39TH ST.
Be welcomed to The Tuscany - A St. Giles Signature Hotel centrally located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. Enjoy a decadent amount of space in rooms that are more like a luxury New York City apartment than a hotel room, and soak in the views of Manhattan’s famed skyline. For the ultimate experience, book yourself in The Penthouse, a rare gem in New York City; encompassing the entire 17th floor, the suite provides 1,400 square feet of living and entertaining space with full kitchen and a 360 degree balcony that wraps around the entire floor. St. Giles Hotels is a proud sponsor of Pride, delivering on the brand’s promise to provide a fulfilling https://www.rownyc.com
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THE ROW NYC
TIP: THIS IS A GREAT SPOT FOR A LUXURIOUS ESCAPE, WITH EASY ACCESS TO TRANSPORTATION HUBS LIKE GRAND CENTRAL.
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The Row NYC hotel has pioneered a new era of individuality among Times Square hotels by meeting NYC’s signature urban grit with grandeur. Row NYC transforms your New York City stay into a completely contemporary experience with a front row view to Times Square that’s truly incomparable. Outside the hotel, guests have access to anything and everything Times Square has to offer, 24/7. Inside, the Row NYC is a medley of inspired New York City amenities including District M Bar & Lounge, City Kitchen (Times Square’s first indoor food market), Glam&Go, CYC Fitness, Sugar Factory and much more! Celebrate PRIDE at Row NYC, a LGBTQIA+ friendly hotel. TIP: WHETHER YOU PLAN ON HEADING TO VIP ROOFTOP OR FEMME FATALE, THE ROW NYC IS JUST A 5-MINUTE CAR RIDE TO HUDSON TERRACE.
ARLO HOTELS—NOMAD & SOHO ARLO NOMAD | 11 E. 31ST ST. ARLO SOHO | 231 HUDSON ST.
Arlo is that feeling that you’ve been here before. It’s that unplaceable-yet-undeniable sense of belonging. At Arlo Hotels, outsiders become insiders and you feel welcomed as you are. Arlo is a haven for wanderers with purpose, a place to tuck away for your much-needed nap or call homebase while on urban safari. Arlo Hotels give you the tools to do anything you please and the space to take the reins and express yourself. Proud sponsors of Pride, Arlo Hotels have
been a favorite of pride patrons since they opened in NYC. TIP: A STONE’S THROW AWAY FROM THE STONEWALL INN AND IS A GREAT PLACE TO CATCH SOME OF THE MARCH ON YOUR WAY TO THE CLOSING CEREMONY.
THE FREEHAND NEW YORK
With hotels throughout New York City and the surrounding
Located in Manhattan’s Flatiron District, Freehand New York
areas, Hilton’s portfolio of over 45 hotels, across 12 different
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the diverse LGBTQIA+ community and ignite memorable
Designed by Roman and Williams and featuring custom-
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MARRIOTT MARQUIS 1535 BROADWAY
The New York Marriott Marquis, in the heart of Times Square, brings the excitement and electric energy of the city just outside your door. You can feel it from the moment you arrive. 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 believe that travel is a catalyst for peace and inclusiveness. TIP: EASY “COMMUTE” TO THE CLOSING CEREMONY.
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The James would be PROUD to have you as a guest. Whether your mood is meditation or martini, The James is the perfect place to unplug and play. For them, life is all about balance. They are passionate believers that the combination of personal well-being and total indulgence is the ultimate key to happiness. Visit them in their newest location, The James TIP: JUST A HOP, SKIP AND A JUMP FROM THE MARCH!
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A LOOK AT INTERPRIDE With the world joining us in June 2019, it’s time to
take an inside peek at the organization that makes it all possible: InterPride. BY ARIEL SAUL Founded in 1982 in Boston, MA and originally titled the National Association of Lesbian and Gay Pride Coordinators, InterPride is responsible for supporting Pride organizers on an international scale. As members of InterPride, those organizers produce Pride events globally for members of the LGBTI and emerging sexual identity communities. InterPride educates, empowers, and supports its member organizations by promoting them, uniting them, and elevating their community interaction. Each year, InterPride holds an Annual General Meeting & World Conference in a different location. Attendees participate in workshops and discussions about LGBTQIA+ issues and Pride planning strategies. What began as a networking event for US Pride organizations quickly expanded to include Mexico, Canada, and the UK by the late ‘80s. Another ten years and the conference included 18 countries. Since then, InterPride has expanded greatly and now includes 275 Pride organizations in total. 2018’s AGM & World Conference was in Saskatoon, Canada and 2019’s will be in Athens, Greece.
Currently, there are several InterPride leaders who are also involved with NYC Pride year-round. J. Andrew Baker, Co-President of InterPride (elected in 2018), attends NYC Pride General Membership and committee meetings throughout the year. Alan Reiff, Co-Chair of the InterPride WorldPride Committee and Region 6 Director, volunteers on multiple NYC Pride committees. Sue Doster, Co-Chair of the InterPride Restructuring Working Group, currently sits on the Executive Board of NYC Pride as the Governance Director. Michele Irimia-Bernabe, Secretary of InterPride (elected in 2018), is a member of NYC Pride and volunteers for multiple events yearly. Perin Hurewitz, Co-Chair of the InterPride Alumni Committee, is a long time member of NYC Pride and volunteers for multiple events yearly as well. Pride organizations, networks, and partners are welcome to join InterPride by registering on the website. Visit interpride.org/page/membership to see the guidelines for joining and membership levels within InterPride. InterPride, 2018.
InterPride holds the important responsibilities of licensing the title WorldPride and selecting both an international Pride theme and the city that hosts WorldPride. Pride organizers are welcome to put in a bid for their city and InterPride’s WorldPride committee helps bidding organizations with their proposals. The WorldPride committee can also advocate for a bid’s acceptance or denial. Once a bid is accepted, the and ensures that the host fulfills its contract.
committee can help the host organizer plan if necessary
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, and provide people with memories that will last a lifetime.
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Our Holiday 2018 NYC Pride Guide: WorldPride Preview is here - featuring Grammy-Award winning singer-songwriter and WorldPride Closing Cerem...