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PRIDE BY THE NUMBERS MAKING MATHLETES PROUD WITH OUR LGBT FACTS AND FIGURES 14 EATOLOGY FINAGLE A BAGEL AND COME JOIN US FOR A SCHMEAR 24
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LIBATIONS SOME LIKE IT DIRTY, BUT WE PREFER OUR CLASSIC COCKTAILS WITH A TWIST 16
BUSINESS DANIEL HOLZMAN: IT TAKES BALLS TO OPEN AND RUN A RESTAURANT IN THIS CITY 122 PRIDE UNION CALLEN-LORDE’S DEVOTED APPROACH TO COMMUNITY CARE ISN’T JUST NOBLE, IT’S GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH 130 MONEY AXA HELPS GUIDE YOUR FINANCIAL SHIP THROUGH UNCERTAIN SEAS 132
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CHORDS WHAT IS A LONDON BRIDGE? AND OTHER INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT FERGIE 72
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PRIDE LUMINARIES BRUNCH 52
FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT 62
DANCE ON THE PIER 70
WE PARTY 74
VIP ROOFTOP PARTY 42
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Heritage of Pride works toward a future without discrimination where all people
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have equal rights under the law. We do this by producing LGBT Pride events
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that inspire, educate, commemorate and celebrate our diverse community.
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STATEMENT OF INCLUSION
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Heritage of Pride is a wholly volunteer-managed, non-partisan, tax-
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exempt, not-for-profit corporation that organizes lesbian, gay, bisexual and
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transgender Pride events in New York City to commemorate and celebrate the
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Stonewall Riots. These events are organized for and on behalf of all lesbian,
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gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and groups, and all others who
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support the struggle for the liberation of these communities. In the spirit of
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Stonewall, Heritage of Pride welcomes the participation of all, regardless of
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age, creed, gender, gender identification, HIV status, national origin, physical, mental or developmental ability, race, religion or sexual origin.
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Heritage of Pride strives to empower individuals, groups, and our community
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as a whole through the commemoration of our history, in particular the
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Stonewall Riots of 1969. New York City’s Pride events provide an opportunity
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to join together to celebrate our lives, take joy in all that we have done and
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honor all those who have helped make our progress possible. The events
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provide a safe and affirming space in New York City, while educating those
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both inside and outside our own community. In creating these Pride events,
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we reaffirm the self-worth of all Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender
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people and all those who join in the ongoing struggle for our civil rights.
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A FAMILY MEMBER RECENTLY ASKED, “NOW THAT YOU HAVE MARRIAGE, WHY DO PRIDE EVENTS STILL NEED TO EXIST?” The question hit me like a bag of bricks. Not because it made me second guess Pride’s continued purpose, but because it was a moment of enlightenment that made me wonder how many other Americans share this mentality; a mentality that marriage inequality was the only injustice faced by our community. These Americans are heading to the polls in November. This year, we knew we wanted to focus on the next era of activism and issues facing our community. We are up against political opponents and their feverish attempts to limit or completely strip LGBT Americans of their rights. Workplace discrimination, anti-trans measures, bisexual custody rights: we are facing a new frontier of issues well outside the bounds of marriage’s once certain touchstone. LGBT Americans are not fully protected from discrimination in 33 states, and several states that provide full protections are facing ballot initiatives trying to reverse our progress.
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The opposition’s approach proves particularly concerning. Downplay the magnitude and feed people’s fears. Rejected by a cake maker? Find another cake maker. Need to use a public restroom? Think twice about just who is going next to you. These strategies--unfortunately--work.
Beyond oppositional approach, there is uncertainty as to the real feasibility of such lofty goals. Decades ago, there was concern that marriage equality was unattainable. Today, we confront the same challenge. Are we faced with unseen apathy, unrealized indifference, heading into a pivotal election year? Will the individuals that fervently fought for marriage still stand solidly on the steps of city hall, fighting for those desperately in need of protection? One issue should not, cannot, define our movement. Each of us has the ability to affect the world. Each of us has the spark of change burning in our blood. Marsha P. Johnson, Harvey Milk, Edie Windsor: our forebearers lit the flame and we must bear the torch. Sylvia Rivera, Billy Jean King, Larry Kramer: our predecessors penned the prologue and we must finish the novel. OURS IS THE NEW NARRATIVE. OURS IS THE FINAL CHAPTER. EQUALITY NEEDS YOU. LET’S FINISH THE JOB.
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WATCH THE VIDEO YOUTUBE.COM/NYCPRIDE STONEWALL 50 WORLDPRIDE will be an LGBT event unlike any other and to make it a success, we’ll need a lot of help. We’re currently taking steps to rapidly scale the organization for 2019 and beyond: new staff, new events, larger venues and a lot of volunteers. We are well on our way.
EQUALITY NEEDS EVERYONE.
LETTER FROM NYC PRIDE'S CO-CHAIRS
Logistically, this couldn’t be more true. This month, nearly 1,000 volunteers will take to city streets to help further our cause through awareness and celebration for more than two million attendees.
Your presence—whether as a volunteer or an attendee—raises the profile of our community in the mainstream mind. It also amounts to representation for your place within the LGBT population. Those four letters represent an immensely wide spectrum of individuals, and it is within that spectrum that work remains in our quest to squash out bigotry, judgement, hatred, self-doubt and suicide. Be it race, class, age, orientation, status, non-conformity or identity—all those within our community must be treated as equal partners. Together, we must continue to show the world why Pride is about more than marriage equality. It is about equality being achieved by everyone the whole world over—and that starts within the subgroups of our own community. We continue to make progress, but much remains to be done. We ask you to share our commitment to growth; our commitment to equality. This becomes more important than ever as the clock ticks toward June 2019. Without hesitation, we have themed that year “Stonewall 50,” noting the golden anniversary of the Stonewall rebellion and appropriately paying tribute to those who brought equality to where it is today. For a year that special, though, we knew we needed to do something even more grand. In October 2015, members of our organization traveled to Las Vegas for the annual InterPride convention, where we successfully won the bid for the title of “WorldPride” for our 2019 Pride season. This will mark the first WorldPride in the United States and it will happen right here in New York City. We are honored and excited to bring WorldPride home to the birthplace of modern Pride.
On our masthead you'll see a list of people who dedicate their entire year to our cause. The events you see through Pride Week are the result of the year-round effort from a talented and passionate part of the community. Our full-time staff, seasonal event staff, board of directors, year-round committee members and General Membership work tirelessly to bring you experiences that provide a lifetime of memories. To all of them, we give our most gracious appreciation. During the events themselves, these individuals team up with an army of amazing volunteers. Everyone remembers their first Pride. We guarantee you’ll tell even more stories about your first Pride as a volunteer! We sincerely thank the nearly 1,000 volunteers supporting our events, for without them NYC Pride would not be the organization it is today. Lastly, to our attendees, we are eager to welcome you to our events and our city. Whether you flew across the world, or took a train from Long Island; if you’re staying a night, or a week; your presence during our events continues to make New York City the original and best Pride destination in the world. Thank you for making this part of your year. We know you’ll find so many experiences to treasure and capture. We hope you’ll enjoy sharing them with those close to you—even if they’re not here. Send those selfies, post those Snaps and send those messages with #equalityneedsyou. Spread the word to the world that you—that we all—are okay with who we are, where we’ve come from, and where we are going. That is what Pride is about. IT’S WHY YOU’RE HERE. IT’S WHY WE’RE HERE. EQUALITY NEEDS US ALL. EQUALITY NEEDS YOU. HAPPY PRIDE!
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putting a fresh spin on the classics and surprising patrons with unconventional ingredients, all while upholding the traditional craft and approach to some of the world’s most time-honored tinctures.
THE COCKTAIL’S OFT-DEBATED FIRST APPEARANCE IS CLAIMED TO BE FROM AS EARLY AS 1806, referring to a recipe that has all the makings of a familiar friend: the Old Fashioned. It survived (and some would say thrived) in the era of Prohibition, making its way out of backroom bathtubs and into the very fabric of New York City culture.
And what a culture it is: the Bloody Mary is rumored to be invented in Manhattan’s King Cole Bar at the St. Regis in the 1930s; Carrie Bradshaw single-handedly revived the Cosmo (and undoubtedly set a thousand bartender eyerolls in motion); Mad Men convinced us all that the three-martini lunch and a scotch after every meeting is totally normal.
New York City remains anchored at the center of American cocktail culture. Among the estimated 1,700 bars floating in and out of the five boroughs, you’ll find great care is being taken, now more than ever, to bring back the classic styles, recipes and preparations that gave the cocktail its foundation. “A lot of this is industry-driven,” says Davina Thomasula, who’s been serving cocktails at Park Bar (15 E 15th St) for 10 of the establishment’s 17 years in Union Square. “There are so many talented bartenders out there taking ownership and pride in educating people and expanding their minds and palates. As a result, people have more appreciation for the classics and [their] popularity is on the rise again.” For Thomasula, it’s about
Consider a margarita, a Salty Dog, or a Mai Tai: venerable recipes that have endured the test of time and are beginning to make their way to the top of cocktail menus all over town. Here, Thomasula recreates each with a modern, often whimsical, twist. From homemade syrups infused with Fruity Pebbles (yes, the rainbow-colored cereal), to smoked salt in place of the traditional white variety: it’s these little, yet wholly unexpected elements that are driving the renewed interest and appreciation for the craft once more. For the adventurous home bartender, we present the recipes for Thomasula’s creations. Visit Park Bar during Pride Week and ask her to serve you up the “Juan More Time,” a pleasantly tart, allspice-infused margarita.
JUAN MORE TIME a take on the margarita
THE BITTER EX a take on the salty dog
FRUITY SAILOR a take on the mai tai
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NYC PRIDE EVENT — JUNE 24
THE RALLY SHOWCASES AN IMPRESSIVE LIST OF ENTERTAINERS AND ACTIVISTS TO KICK OFF OUR OFFICIAL PRIDE EVENTS. The first NYC Pride Rally occurred one month after the 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. NYC Pride has continued this proud tradition by hosting the event in various locations throughout the city. This year, Hudson River Park’s Pier 26 will once again be home to The Rally.
EVENT DETAILS FRIDAY, JUNE 24 | 7 PM – 9:30 PM PIER 26 | WESTSIDE HWY IN TRIBECA All attendees must cross the highway at Laight St.
TICKETS + INFORMATION GENERAL ADMISSION FREE TO HELP YOU ENJOY THE RALLY IN STYLE, WE’RE OFFERING A PREMIUM VIP EXPERIENCE! VIP $25 — One (1) meal ticket from one of several gourmet food trucks on-site — One (1) non-alcoholic beverage — Access to elevated viewing platforms — VIP gift bag Check nycpride.org for meet-and-greet packages.
TODRICK HALL is a Broadway actor, YouTube sensation, American Idol finalist, and television personality who was named one of Forbes' Top 30 Under 30. Todrick has choreographed for Beyoncé, starred in the opening number of the 2014 Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards and serenaded passengers nationwide in Virgin America’s latest safety video, which he wrote and performed.
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With over 2.1 million subscribers, Todrick has picked up an incredible following through his countless creative projects. His viral YouTube videos such as “Beauty and the Beat,” “Target Flash Mob,” “Mean Gurlz,” and “Cinderonce” to name a few, have garnered over a quarter of a billion views online. Hall has had several guest appearances as a judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race, and can be seen in his recurring role on Logo’s Gay For Play Game Show starring RuPaul.
DARNELL L. MOORE is a Senior Correspondent at MicNews, CoManaging Editor at The Feminist Wire and writer-in-residence at the Center on African American Religion, Sexual Politics and Social Justice at Columbia University. His advocacy centers on marginal identity, youth development and other social justice issues in the U.S. and abroad. Along with Alicia Garza, Patrisee Cullors, and Opal Tometti (#BlackLivesMatter co-founders), Darnell also helped to develop the infrastructure for the BLM Network.
BOB THE DRAG QUEEN is the stage name of Christopher Caldwell, a drag performer from right here in New York City. She is best known for her successful stint on the eighth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race.
REV. DR. AMY BUTLER serves as the seventh Senior Minister of the historic Riverside Church in New York City. Prior to her work at Riverside Church, Pastor Amy served for eleven years as Senior Pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Washington D.C. Pastor Amy received her B.A. and M.A. in Church History from Baylor University in Waco, TX, her Bachelor of Theology from the International Baptist Seminary in Rüschlikon, Switzerland, and her Doctor of Ministry in Preaching from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. She writes a regular column for publications like the Huffington Post, Associated Baptist Press, and blogs at talkwiththepreacher.org
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DON’T MISS THE LARGEST OFFICIAL WOMEN’S EVENT OF NYC PRIDE, NOW IN ITS 13TH YEAR! Teaze (formerly Rapture on the River) is one of the nation’s largest, longest-running dance events created just for the ladies. After over a decade of producing the largest women’s NYC Pride event, we are shaking things up with interactive experiences, celebrity performances and much more. We have tons of exciting new ways for ladies of all walks to come together and celebrate Pride in a big way! New this year will be live performances, including a headlining performance from Grammy-winning artist MYA! Known for her chart-topping hits and long support of the LGBT community, NYC Pride is thrilled to welcome her to our lineup this year.
NYC PRIDE EVENT —JUNE 25
We are excited to announce the amazing lineup of DJs that will headline this exclusive event. One of the many core events of NYC Pride, Teaze will feature sets from acclaimed DJ TATIANA, music tastemaker and Love and Hip Hop star TONI*K, and celebrity headlining DJ, SAMANTHA RONSON. THE CAUSE All proceeds from Teaze benefit New York City’s Official Pride events and local LGBT community organizations. The event’s production committee awards $45,000 in grants to LGBT and LGBT-friendly nonprofits and community organizations each year. The event also supplies NYC Pride with critical operating revenue and pulls in countless visitors to the New York metro area.
EVENT DETAILS SATURDAY, JUNE 25 | 3 PM – 10 PM PIER 26 | WESTSIDE HWY IN TRIBECA All attendees must cross the highway at Laight St.
TICKETS + INFORMATION GENERAL ADMISSION Includes entry into the space.
VIP Includes VIP admission to the event, plus express entry to skip the lines, complimentary Reyka Vodka, Milagro Tequila and Sailor Jerry Rum cocktails, Bud Light and Barefoot Wine, elevated VIP areas, and private restrooms. Purchasing a VIP ticket to Teaze also gets you $10 OFF admission to Saturday night’s Pier Pressure 17, the ONLY Official Teaze After Party and Mega Women’s Dance Party!
ULTRA PREMIUM VIP This once-in-a-lifetime VIP experience has consistently sold out in the first few hours of sales. This year, we have doubled the amount of cabanas, which include a private seated area overlooking the crowd directly across from the stage. This is the premium VIP experience at Teaze and in addition to the private seating area, it also includes six (6) VIP tickets, one bottle of Reyka Vodka, Milagro Tequila, or Sailor Jerry Rum, your own bottle service attendant, mixers, fruit, and a VIP gift bag for all six people. Purchasing an Ultra Premium VIP ticket to Teaze also gets you FREE admission to Saturday night’s Pier Pressure 17, the ONLY Official Teaze After Party and Mega Women’s Dance Party! This event has an age restriction of 21 and up.
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Holey, heavenly, hotly-debated halos of dough. As New Yorkers and self-ordained food critics, we knew it was time to take a bite out of the dispute. What constitutes the ideal New York City bagel? Consistency? Schmears? Toppings? Don’t even get us started on the toasting wars. As the bagel battles rage on, we selflessly sacrificed our waistlines for the cause. After much research, countless carb-comas, and several pair of stretchy pants, five bagel shops were left standing.
TOMPKINS SQUARE BAGEL Christopher Pugliese’s East Village gem has a variety of offerings sure to please any bagel lover. Celebrating a birthday, half birthday, or very merry unbirthday? Tompkins Square Bagel has just the thing: birthday cake cream cheese. For something a little more traditional, pick up an everything bagel with cream cheese, salmon, tomato, onions, and capers. 165 AVE A | MANHATTAN tompkinssquarebagels.com
SADELLE'S This lovely SoHo bakery and restaurant, which opened in Fall 2015, is both easy on the eyes and satisfying to the taste buds. Go for the everything bagel with housesmoked salmon and cream cheese, and thank us later. Their melt-in-your-mouth salmon has shown up in the dreams of more than one Pride staffer. 463 W BROADWAY | MANHATTAN sadelles.com
BROOKLYN BAGEL Brooklyn Bagel—who, oddly enough, does not have a Brooklyn location—gifted our taste buds with one of our favorite bagel/ schmear combinations: a coconut bagel with maple bacon cream cheese. We’ve been known to worship at the house of bacon, and this sweet, bacony goodness nestled between two large, splendidly chewy coconut bagel halves sent us straight to heaven. ONE LOCATION IN MANHATTAN AND THREE LOCATIONS IN QUEENS bkbagel.com
Murray’s has been serving up beautifully hand-rolled, untoasted bagels to New Yorkers since 1996 and have the art of bagel consistency down to a science. You simply can’t go wrong with a Murray’s bagel and lox. If you’d like a departure from the norm, try a cinnamon raisin bagel. While they’ve lifted their infamous toasting ban, we suggest keeping these bagels as nature, or at least Murray’s, intended. 500 6TH AVE & 242 8TH AVE MANHATTAN murraysbagels.com
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We emerged from the car into the breezy, pure spring air, taking in the distant smell of a chicken coop, a surprisingly welcome departure from our garbage-accustomed nostrils. We had arrived in Sharon Springs, an old spa town located an hour west of Albany. The town enjoys a population of just 547, a certain two of them being Josh and Brent.
TRUE STYLE OUGHT TO BE JUST AS THE AIR AROUND US: CLEAR AND FLOWING, VITAL YET FORSAKEN AND FLEETING WITH EACH ADDITIONAL BREATH. JOSH KILMER-PURCELL AND BRENT RIDGE, TOGETHER KNOWN AS THE BEEKMAN BOYS, HAVE BIRTHED AND NURTURED A STYLE THAT IS AS CERTAIN AND NATURAL AS THE CENTURIES-OLD WILLOW TREES THAT DOT THEIR PROPERTY. TRY TO MIMIC THIS AND YOUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;LL DROWN; FOR THE BEEKMAN BOYS, DESIGN AND STYLE ARE AS EFFORTLESS AS THE AIR IN THEIR LUNGS.
We allowed our concrete-worn shoes to ease into the moist mud as we headed towards the front door, located only about 75 feet from the road, an efficient arrangement in the days of horse-drawn carriages, we would later learn. Josh and Brent welcomed us into the historic Beekman Mansion with the small town hospitality one might expect. Originally built in 1802 by Judge William Beekman, the couple has made a home that is effortlessly stylish, beautifully lived-in, and practical for their needs. “No matter where you live, it’s important for form to correspond to function,” they told us, knowingly.
Initially, the two decided to use the goat’s milk to make soap and cheese. As the company grew, they joined forces with local artisans and farmers to expand production and support local businesses. Beekman 1802 still produces goat’s milk soaps and cheese, but the lifestyle brand has expanded to include countless other high-quality beauty, home, gardening, and clothing products. Beekman 1802 products can now be found nationwide at Bloomingdale's, Bed Bath and Beyond, Target, and at beekman1802.com From the short time we spent with the duo, it’s clear that the Beekman brand goes far beyond dollars and cents; it’s a lifestyle. The pair grow over sixty fruits and vegetables in their backyard to live sustainably, avoid the notion of “fast fashion” by shopping responsibly, and strive to “buy less, but buy better.” The recycled decor around their expertly designed home is proof that they take sustainability seriously.
The Boys moved to the upstate property after losing their NYCbased jobs in the recession. During this time, the couple took in a neighboring farmer and his herd of dairy goats. Rather than be brought down with the economy, the men decided to take lemons and make lemonade, or, in this case, take goat’s milk and build a brand, the now-booming Beekman 1802.
A piano acquired from a roadside sale; a sumptuous stove resting beneath carefree copper pots; well-loved, parakeet-colored chairs gathering round an elegant dining table; even the giddy nail marks carved deep in the hardwood floors by their beloved black lab, Ă&#x2013;nder: each piece fits together with such ease, telling a story of the home, of the men, and of the lives theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve built together.
The love of the land, the history of the home, the dedication to keeping the space alive and thriving: this is what makes the Beekman Boys tick. The spirit of the property lives on through these men and their work. Several times a year, the Boys open up their property to visitors for farm tours. Families, friends, and neighbors come to bask in the beauty of the land, spend time with their neighbors, meet the famous goats, and, of course, Polka Dot, their beloved llama!
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MARCH HISTORY + FUN FACTS 1 The annual NYC Pride March marks the anniversary of the historic Stonewall Riots,, which occurred on June 28 and 29, 1969. The riots were a response by the local community to a then-common raid by police of the underground gay hangout. 2 The event is officially a “March” and not a “Parade” because we honor its heritage as an unpermitted, explicitly political protest of anti-LGBT policies and attitudes. 3 The iconic rainbow balloon arches that lead the March each year are made up of a total of 1,872 balloons.
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4 For the third consecutive year, The Boy Scouts of America will provide our color guard. 5 This year, we welcome the National Basketball Association as the very first professional sports league to march in NYC Pride History. Look for their float along the route!
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NYC PRIDE 2016 GRAND MARSHALS
JAZZ JENNINGS is the 15-yearold honorary co-founder of the Transkids Purple Rainbow Foundation, and the youngest Grand Marshal in NYC Pride history. Since her first appearance with her family at age 6 on 20/20, Jazz has become one of the nation’s best known voices on the experiences of young trans people. Jazz currently stars in the TLC docu-series I Am Jazz. Her memoir, Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen, will be published by Random House Children’s Books, and hits bookstores June 7.
SUBHI NAHAS is a Syrian refugee who co-founded the first LGBT magazine in Syria, Mawaleh. In 2015, Subhi addressed the U.N. Security Council on the plight of LGBT people under persecution in his home country. He continues to advocate for LGBT refugees around the world, and is currently working with a group of LGBT refugees in Turkey, called “Tea and Talk.”
CECILIA CHUNG is an internationally recognized leader who has been advocating for HIV/ AIDS awareness and care, LGBT equality, and social justice, for more than 30 years. As a founding producer of the San Francisco Trans March, Cecilia helped organize one of the world’s first and largest annual transgender events, which has since been replicated in cities across the U.S. Chung is a member of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS and is a Senior Strategist for the Transgender Law Center.
MINNIE DEE Minnie Dee is a NYC-based singer/ songwriter who once toured the world as a professional ballerina with the Dance Theater of Harlem. Her first album, Time to Shine, was produced in 2011, and she is currently working on her next album Try Me, due out this summer.
GUEST JUDGES + ANNOUNCERS ALONG THE ROUTE, THERE ARE FOUR MAIN STAGES: Step-Off at 36th Street and Fifth Avenue; The Grand Stand at 23rd Street and Broadway; The Judges Stand at 8th Street; and The Performance Stage at Bleecker and Christopher streets. At each stage, announcers keep you entertained and announce each marching group. At 8th Street, our panel of guest judges evaluate each group and select the best for one of the following awards: Best Use of the 2016 Pride Theme, Best Float, Best Marching Contingent, Best Performance on a Float, Best Marching Band or Music Ensemble, and Best Dance Performance.
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PART STREET FESTIVAL, PART PERFORMANCE SPACE. PRIDEFEST IS A CELEBRATION OF ALL THAT IS GOOD AND GAY IN NYC.
PrideFest—entering its 23rd year—is our annual LGBT street fair that combines vendors, entertainers, and activities for a day of fun and celebration in the name of equality. PrideFest attracts thousands of out-of-town visitors and brings them together with local residents, families, corporate sponsors, community leaders, and local business owners. PrideFest is the perfect place to listen to a few tunes, grab a bite to eat, and score some great Pride gear. And the best part is, it’s TOTALLY FREE! Teeming with unique vendors and unforgettable performances that will make you swell with pride, this event is not to be missed! Be sure to round out your Pride experience with a trip to PrideFest.
EVENT DETAILS SUNDAY, JUNE 26 | 11 AM – 6 PM HUDSON ST BETWEEN ABINGDON SQ + W 14TH ST
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Everyone’s favorite “clown in a gown,” Bianca Del Rio (Roy Haylock) returns as the host of PrideFest 2016! In anticipation of another exciting performance, Bianca sat down with us for a quick Q&A so her fans—both old and new—could get a taste of what’s to come.
South Carolina-born, Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Parson James likes to call his music “conflicted pop gospel,” and with one listen to his debut single “Sinner Like You” you’ll know why. The undeniably talented, gay, biracial son of the South burst onto the scene with his 2015 collaborative hit with Kygo, “Stole the Show.” His infectious and uplifting sound marries his soulful, church-honed voice with shimmering pop production, while his lyrics address the duality of human nature.
Q IF YOU HAD TO SPEND A YEAR ALONE WITH ONE OTHER QUEEN, WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY? A Lady Bunny because she needs a booking. Q WHAT’S THE LAST TEXT YOU SENT? A "Why did you book me for that sh*tty NYC Pride gig?!” Q HOW MUCH MONEY HAVE YOU DRUNKENLY SPENT ON FAST FOOD? A None...because my card was declined. Q TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE. A I’m a natural blonde. I’m 28 years old. I’m a legal citizen of the United States. (Figure it out.) thebiancadelrio.com
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EVENT DETAILS SATURDAY, JUNE 25 | 2 PM TO 10 PM HUDSON TERRACE | 621 W 46TH ST
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Pride shares with the civil rights and women’s liberation movements the goals of acknowledging the discrimination that the LGBT community faces, and securing the basic human rights that all people deserve. But unlike other equal rights movements, the struggle is not to only overcome overt discrimination based on a visible demographic characteristic: it is to also overcome discrimination based on lifestyle, behavior, and personal freedom of expression. This distinction is a critically important one; the social and political battle surrounding sexual identity is a relatively recent phenomenon. Over millennia, categories of ethnicity, religion, sex, and economic status have formed the basis for modern identity and who is deserving of human rights. Pride’s message of solidarity in struggle, however, transcends all those ancient and more recent post-war identity categories that force us to “check the box,” including age, and veteran and disability status. Indeed, there is not a single category, social or biological, that does not intersect with one’s gender identity and sexual orientation. The struggle for equality and acceptance of all sexual identities has become one of the most important battlegrounds for modern human rights. The political need for maintaining an LGBT identity grants individuals the means to mobilize and consolidate strength in order to achieve social justice, as evidenced
by the daily victories in court decisions ensuring equal protections, and legislation outlawing discrimination against gays and lesbians. However, if we advocate and insist upon focusing on LGBT as a specific social class or identity, we then accept the right to have categories imposed on us by the existing power structure. Foucault warned us that if identity becomes the “law and the code” of one’s existence, then we turn right back to the same ethics that demanded heterosexual virility: “If we are asked to relate to the questions of identity, it must be an identity to our unique selves. But the relationships we have to have with ourselves are not ones of identity, rather, they must be relationships of differentiation, of creation, of innovation…identity has been very useful, but it limits us; and I think we have—and can have—a right to be free.”
identification society in which categorization does not determine outcomes politically— nor are they used as some kind of cudgel to impose an internalized version of a modern chastity belt—provides the best opportunity to ensure the dignity, liberties, rights, responsibilities and freedoms due to all persons. Historically, discrimination was largely based on social and demographic identities; today, it includes sexuality and gender identity. The LGBT movement has the opportunity to do the one thing other movements have not been able to do so far; ensure there is not another identity that will be discriminated against in the future.
This recognition, to be free of identities imposed on us, may very well be the most important next step in the social and political battle surrounding sexual identity. Civil rights movements that have resulted in “checking a box” (e.g., ethnicity and sex) have aided in the removal of institutional barriers. But doing this for LGBT would also be a declaration that being gay or bi or trans is something different, a category in and of itself, with potentially negative results. I can think of no better example than the recent and misguided attempts to legislate transgender use of public restrooms. In my view, the movement has the ability to evolve the discourse in human rights; to promote an identity that serves to fight against being identified or forced to identify with any category others set for us. This is a tall order to ask for a community that is still largely too besieged to look toward the next horizon. But achieving a post-
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Peter Hatemi dislikes checking boxes but when he is forced to do so, he is Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Microbiology and Biochemistry at the Pennsylvania State University, a New York City native, born in Queens, a veteran, and both proud and humbled to be asked to write this opinion.
PRIDE IS AN ONGOING SOCIAL AND POLITICAL HISTORY AND A DYNAMIC REFLECTION OF OUR COLLECTIVELY INDIVIDUAL IDENTITIES. Distinguished Professor Peter Hatemi reflects on individual identity and society’s need to “categorize” as the next frontier of the LGBT rights movement.
NYC PRIDE EVENT — JUNE 24
JOIN US FOR A NEON FANTASY UNLIKE ANY YOU’VE EVER EXPERIENCED. Come clad in your brightest and boldest colors and usher in Pride weekend with style. NYC Pride and Brian Rafferty Productions invite you to experience NYC’s newest gem, The Diamond Horseshoe, on Friday, June 24. Tucked beneath Times Square, this dazzling club showcases some of the best performance artists, lighting, sound, and special effects New York City nightlife has to offer. DJs Grind and Scott Martin will keep you dancing all night long, and with special performances and secret acts popping up throughout the night, Fantasy is sure to be an event you won’t forget.
EVENT DETAILS FRIDAY, JUNE 24 | 10 PM – 5 AM THE DIAMOND HORSESHOE | 235 W 46TH ST
TICKETS + INFORMATION GENERAL ADMISSION Includes entry into the space.
VIP ($400 VALUE) Includes VIP admission to the event, plus express entry to skip the lines, and an elevated VIP area.
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PLATINUM WEEKEND PASS Provides the ultimate Pride experience that includes one (1) General Admission ticket to Graffiti and a VIP ticket to each of the following: Fantasy, VIP Rooftop Party, The Rally, and Dance on the Pier. This event has an age restriction of 21 and up.
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Starbucks. Betty Crocker. Tide Detergent. Campbell’s Soup. Home Depot. Macy’s. Ford. At first glance, this list simply represents a familiar set of brands; household names that we as Americans purchase, sometimes on a daily basis. Though seemingly random, these goods and services are all Fortune 500 companies with something in common. Each has stood with the LGBT community on one of the largest stages known to modern communication: advertising. And they are not alone. Iconic brands are pumping out content across the globe in hopes of telling a specific, value-driven story: “We proudly support the LGBT Community. We stand for equality. We get you.” But for every other ad that truly resonates, there’s one that misses the mark. Are brands simply pandering to pluck out their share of the estimated $800 billion of LGBT buying power, or is the mirror of advertising truly a reflection of our culture and values?
By LEIGHANN FARRELLY
Before we answer that, let’s take a step back for context. There are two major evolutions in advertising that shape this conversation. First, it has evolved in conjunction with technology. What was once a simplistic, one-way broadcast via flat pictures on billboards and print ads has exploded into constant dialogue with millions of consumers across dozens of social media platforms. The result? Brands are losing control of the narrative. With the birth of the internet giving a virtual megaphone to every individual with access to a keyboard and a connection, advertising is no longer created and published by the brand alone. The shares, retweets, and instagrams of every consumer are woven into the message. It’s word of mouth, amplified through society’s desire for hyper-connectivity. Literally, everyone is listening in on the conversation.
ARE MODERN BRANDS USING ADVERTISING TO TAKE A STAND OR ARE THEY JUST PANDERING FOR PROFIT?
The truth is, at the cross section of social causes and capitalism lies a lot of grey area. People subscribe to values. Businesses value the bottom line. Values, well, they can help drive profits, especially when they are a natural component of a brand’s identity, operations and policies. “Brands who take a 360 view get it right,” says Bob Witeck, president and founder of Witeck Communications, and co-author of Business Inside Out, one of the first books on marketing insights, practical tips and strategies targeting the LGBT market. “From investors to franchisees to associates, consumers look for consistency and authenticity…it’s what people expect.” Take the recent actions of Paypal, for example: as they cancel their plans to expand in North Carolina, they’re doing more than just slapping a rainbow filter on their Facebook page in June and asking fans to “like it.” They’re taking a real, measureable stance on a hot-button equality issue, costing the state 400 new jobs. Widely read publications from the Wall Street Journal to Fortune picked up the story. The news is being shared across the entire social media ecosystem and it’s this type of word-of-mouth advertising, spread by consumers, that ultimately affects purchasing decisions. In a recent Google Consumer Survey, over 45% of consumers under 34 years old say they’re more likely to do repeat business with an LGBTfriendly company, while 54% say they’d choose an equality-focused brand over a competitor. Paypal didn’t even have to place an ad; their decision to take a stand not only bolstered loyalty with their most active customers, it’s likely pulling in new ones—LGBT and ally alike. Beyond the economics of it all, there’s a palpable sense of accountability for big corporations. “Advertising and media are huge canvases from which we get a lot of information about ‘what’s ok,’” says Jeff Greenspan, NYC-based artist, activist and freelance Creative Director who’s worked with renowned shops such as Wieden + Kennedy, BBDO and R/GA. "It makes brands as responsible for driving social change as governments, forcing them to think and act beyond clever creative." To that end, Matt Wagner, Account Director at Target10, points to the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index, a report card on corporate America’s treatment of the LGBT community. Businesses are evaluated on their LGBT policies, including antidiscrimination protections, domestic partner benefits, diversity
training and transgender-inclusive benefits. Scores range from 0 100 and are publically published, which Matt says, serves to remind us that, “in this day and age, when anyone can learn anything about a company, they really need to walk the walk.” Oreo and parent company Mondelez International have been doing just that since 2012, when Oreo launched their Daily Twist campaign with the now-famous Pride-themed rainbow cookie, along with the message, “Proudly Support Love.” Widely considered to be one of the most successful social media posts of all time, the image garnered over 297,000 likes, 90,000 shares and 60,000 comments, sparking words of both support and criticism. If they had stopped there, Oreo could have easily been accused of pulling a one-time PR stunt. Three years later, despite threats of boycotts from bigots across the country, Oreo followed up at the 2015 Final Four. In response to Indiana’s horrific new anti-LGBT laws, Oreo created a massive billboard near Lucas Oil Stadium where the games are played, proclaiming, “Wonder Welcomes Everyone,” illustrated with cookies and rainbow cream. In 2016, Mondelez scored a perfect 100 on HRC's Corporate Equlity Index. With the passing of marriage equality, 2015 was considered a tipping point, pushing LGBT stories and themes into the advertising mainstream. From half-baked attempts to connect to the community and full-fledged legislative boycotts to ads that simply nail the right tone and approach, it’s hard to deny the underlying current: LGBT culture has become a marker for brands that are fresh, forward thinking and relevant. With brands like that, profit isn’t usually far behind.
Second, consumers today don’t want to be solicited. Do you want to be inundated with sales messaging and popup ads? Can you recall the various facts, figures and product features spouted from voiceovers on television commercials? The answer is likely no. Yet you remember the story of two fathers doing silly Darth Vader impressions over a bowl of soup with their young son. Why? Because it’s a story. It catches people in the act of being themselves, sparking emotions, connecting us. Yet, for every smart, relevant brand who employs storytelling to communicate their values, there’s a handful of others attempting to rainbow wash their way into the hearts and wallets of the LGBT market.
NYC PRIDE EVENT — JUNE 19
NYC Pride is excited to open the Pride Luminaries Brunch to the public! Traditionally an invite-only event, the Pride Luminaries Brunch has expanded to become the official NYC Pride Week kick-off event. Dress to impress and celebrate business leaders that have made an impact on LGBT equality in the workplace. Join industry insiders, media mavens, and proud politicians for what will be the brunch affair of the season as we dine outdoors at The Garden at David Burke Kitchen, surrounded by lush greenery and vistas of lower Manhattan.
THE CAUSE All proceeds from the Pride Luminaries Brunch benefit New York City’s Official Pride events and local LGBT community organizations. The event supplies NYC Pride with critical operating revenue and pulls in countless visitors to the New York metro area.
EVENT DETAILS DAVID BURKE KITCHEN | 23 GRAND ST SUNDAY, JUNE 19 | NOON – 4 PM
TICKETS + INFORMATION ADVANCE VIP TICKET $50 Includes access to full open bar from 12 PM to 4 PM, entry into the beautiful David Burke Kitchen rooftop garden, delicious brunch buffet and passed hors d’oeuvres from David Burke Kitchen, and VIP gift bag. Attire for this event is brunch chic or business casual. This event has an age restriction of 21 and up.
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WHAT'S NEXT IN THE FIGHT FOR LGBT EQUALITY? JUNE 26, 2015, WAS A DAY MANY OF US WILL FOREVER REMEMBER. IT WAS THE DAY MARRIAGE EQUALITY WAS FINALLY DEEMED THE LAW OF THE LAND BY OUR NATION’S HIGHEST COURT. IT WAS THE DAY MANY OF US—FOR THE FIRST TIME IN OUR LIVES—FELT LIKE WE WOULD LIVE TO SEE FULL EQUALITY ILLUSTRATION BY JOSH KOLL
UNDER THE LAW. ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY, HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE TOOK TO THE STREETS TO CELEBRATE OUR MOMENTOUS VICTORY. IT WAS A WELL-FOUGHT AND WELLDESERVED VICTORY THAT REFLECTED DECADES OF VIGILANT, TIRELESS WORK. HOWEVER, DESPITE OUR AMAZING ACHIEVEMENT, OUR
While many urban centers, like New York City, enjoy nondiscrimination laws on the books, surprisingly, the majority of the country does not, including many towns and cities within New York State itself. Currently, there are only 17 states plus the District of Columbia that provide full nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people. Meanwhile, 28 states provide absolutely no protections against discrimination of LGBT people, while the remaining five states either only cover protections on the basis of sexual orientation (and not gender identity) or they do not cover protections on all three major areas of nondiscrimination: employment, housing, and public accommodations. When talking about nondiscrimination protections, it is extremely important that they be inclusive of employment, housing, and public
accommodations. Housing is vital for anyone to live a fulfilling life; everyone deserves a safe place to live. Everyone also needs to be able to earn a living, including gay and transgender people; employees should be judged on their qualifications, experience and performance—nothing more, nothing less. Moreover, public accommodations policies are essential in protecting LGBT people from discrimination. Public accommodations are defined as facilities, both public and private, that are used by the public. Basically it means that if you are “open to the public” you need to be just that: open to the entire public. Examples of public accommodations include medical offices, retail stores and restaurants, educational institutions, recreational facilities, and other service centers. It includes the entirety of these establishments, which yes, does and should include their bathrooms.
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While some lawmakers have passed egregious laws against LGBT people, the reality is that strong majorities of Americans support laws protecting LGBT people from discrimination. Most people agree that all hardworking people—including those who identify as LGBT—should be treated fairly and equally by the laws of our states, and should have the opportunity to earn a living to provide for themselves and their families. However, when opponents of equality introduce false, fear-based attacks on nondiscrimination protections, people can often lose sight of their core values.
After the city rejected the petition, opponents of HERO filed a lawsuit against Houston. The jury in that trial issued a verdict stating that while the petitions did not contain instances of fraud, they did contain forgeries and instances of failure to follow proper procedure. Eventually the case made its way to the Texas Supreme Court where on July 24, 2015, the court demanded that the city of Houston either repeal the ordinance or include it on the November 2015 ballot, giving proponents of HERO less than four months to establish a campaign to defend the law.
Last fall, Houston voters rejected a nondiscrimination law—the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO)—that would have prevented discrimination against people for a number of reasons, including sexual orientation and gender identity. However, almost every major poll conducted prior to the vote showed more people were supportive of the measure than were opposed. One poll, conducted by American Strategies in late September, even showed the support for HERO reaching over 50% of the sample.
As the polling suggested strong support, many supporters of LGBT equality believed we would prevail. However, once the opposition began bombarding the airwaves with misinformation suggesting that nondiscrimination protections would somehow equate to “allowing men in women’s restrooms,” public opinion was swayed.
Houston has an openly lesbian mayor, an established LGBT community, and is one of the youngest and most diverse cities in the country. It is exactly the type of city you would assume would pass a nondiscrimination ordinance, despite being located in a mostly conservative state; so, when the ordinance was defeated by a 22-point margin, many supporters were left wondering what happened. First, it is important to understand that the proponents of HERO never intended to go to the ballot box. Houston’s mayor, Annise Parker, first proposed the ordinance in April 2014. The next month, the Houston City Council voted 11 to 6 to enact the measure. Shortly thereafter, a petition was filed by opponents of the measure to place a repeal on the November 2014 ballot. The petition was ultimately rejected by the city for not having enough valid signatures.
The situation in Houston indicates two things. First, it shows that when people are initially asked if they support nondiscrimination, they overwhelmingly support it. However, when the opposition begins their fear-mongering, we see a dramatic shift in the numbers. “We would like to think that we can talk about the legal issues at hand and how those would benefit so many in the LGBT community, but we need to talk about the real issues at hand which are that: (1) our opposition’s messaging is just false to begin with; and (2) a lot of people still have questions about what it means to be transgender in America today," said Matt McTighe, Executive Director of Freedom For All Americans, a bipartisan campaign to secure full nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people nationwide. “There is a major education piece that we need to focus on. When it comes to nondiscrimination, most Americans don’t know someone who is openly transgender. Our job is to educate people around that and try to launch a broader public education campaign. Once people begin to see trans people for who they are, their fears will fade away.”
WHEN IT COMES TO NONDISCRIMINATION, MOST AMERICANS DON’T KNOW SOMEONE WHO IS
OUR JOB IS TO EDUCATE PEOPLE AROUND THAT AND TRY TO LAUNCH A BROADER PUBLIC EDUCATION CAMPAIGN.
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WHAT WE NEED TO DO AS A MOVEMENT IS LIFT TRANS PEOPLE UP AND ALLOW THEM TO BE LEADERS IN THE CAMPAIGN. WE NEED TO HAVE THEM ABLE TO SPEAK AND ADVOCATE. FOR SO LONG, THERE HAS NOT BEEN A LEVEL OF INVESTMENT IN THE TRANS COMMUNITY. THIS IS WHERE WE ARE AND SHOULD BE MOVING AS A MOVEMENT.
A couple of states over, Competitive Arizona is running their own nondiscrimination campaign. Competitive Arizona describes itself as “a coalition of businesses, organizations and individuals working to promote economic development in Arizona through equality and inclusion for all people, including gay and transgender individuals, in employment, housing, and public accommodations.” While they are actively trying to pass laws that will protect LGBT people from discrimination, most of this coalition began their work as part of a defensive campaign.
In 2014, Arizona lawmakers introduced and approved SB 1062, which would have broadened the definition of religious freedom, making it easier to discriminate against LGBT Arizonans. Thankfully, a coalition of business leaders in Arizona, known as One Community, came together to take a stand against discrimination in their state. What started out as an initiative by a few small business owners grew into a movement that included the likes of Southwest Airlines, Allstate Insurance and Petsmart. Realizing the potential financial impact this could have on her state, Governor Jan Brewer vetoed the controversial bill. After the defeat of SB 1062, an effort to protect LGBT Arizonans from future attacks began and Competitive Arizona was born.
“I was brought on thinking that we were going to either go to the ballot or try to run a legislative campaign,” said Jose Rivas, Campaign Manager for Competitive Arizona. “However, one of the biggest lessons that we learned from Houston was that we need to do a lot more education before we can expect to retain enough support in these heated campaigns. It might have sounded good to go all-in eight months ago, but what we are doing now is more calculated and ultimately a much smarter approach.”
“The issue we are facing is that folks don’t know trans people,” David Topping, Field Director for Competitive Arizona elaborated. “Most Americans do not understand the trans experience. What we need to do as a movement is lift trans people up and allow them to be leaders in the campaign. We need to have them able to speak and advocate. For so long, there has not been a level of investment in the trans community. This is where we are and should be moving as a movement.” Over in the “Sunshine State,” Florida heard a nondiscrimination bill for the first time since the legislation was originally introduced in 2008. At the first committee meeting during which the bill was meant to be heard, the committee ran out of time and had to table the hearing. At the second committee meeting, the bill failed in a 5-5 vote, however, one of the senators who voted against the measure made a motion to reconsider it in a hearing that took place the following week. Unfortunately, the third committee hearing resulted in the same outcome. Supporters were disappointed that the bill had failed, but there was still success. The fact that it was even granted a hearing was momentous and the result of eight years of work. Additionally, the bill received bipartisan support when two Republican leaders voted in favor of it. “We have always been playing the long game,” said Hannah Willard, Policy & Outreach Coordinator at Equality Florida. “What we are seeing is that the more we educate the public and our lawmakers about gay and transgender people, the more they want to be on the right side of history. We need to continue to build bipartisan support so that places with conservative leadership—like Florida—can win protections for everyone.”
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Massachusetts is poised to be one of the few states to win full nondiscrimination protections this year after heavily investing in their own public education efforts over the last several years. Since 2010, MassEquality has worked to try and pass fully inclusive nondiscrimination laws. In 2012, the bill that was being pushed was stripped of protections in public accommodations and activists were forced to either accept protections in housing and employment only, or reject the bill and demand that public accommodations be added. Fearing that the opportunity to enact these protections would not be available for some time, a decision was made to accept the bill without a public accommodations clause so as to at least ensure protections for LGBT people in housing and employment. Since the passage of housing and employment protections in 2012, MassEquality has garnered the support of over 200 businesses, passed nine local nondiscrimination ordinances (bringing the total number in the state up to 13), and has partnered with police associations and women’s groups to publicly support their efforts. In June 2015, the Freedom Massachusetts campaign officially launched with the goal of adding public accommodations to existing protections for LGBT people. Because the Governor of Massachusetts has publically announced that he would veto the bill, the campaign has been targeting enough legislators to produce a supermajority in the event they need to override a veto.
“The most successful campaigns are the ones when work is done on the front end to lay the groundwork,” said Kasey Suffredini, Chief Program Officer for Freedom For All Americans and Co-Chair of Freedom Massachusetts. “We have been in this for the long haul and have laid the groundwork that will hopefully result in a positive outcome this legislative session.”
With all of the work happening in places like Arizona, Florida and Massachusetts, (not to mention the defensive efforts needed in places like North Carolina, Mississippi, and Tennessee) equality needs you now more than ever. There are ways you can help, even if you do not currently live in a state that is fighting for nondiscrimination protections. The National Equality Action Team (NEAT) was founded in 2012 by Marriage Equality USA (MEUSA) as a way to engage national volunteers in local battles. Former Executive Director of MEUSA, Brian Silva, ran the program and continues to do so now as Director of Grassroots Engagement for Freedom For All Americans. “No campaign is local anymore,” said Silva. “Every time we lose, it makes our jobs harder. Every time we win, it makes our jobs easier. This fight is not going to win itself. There is no magic bullet. It is going to take everyone giving what they can to the cause, whether that is time, money or expertise. If we wait for nondiscrimination to arrive, it never will. People need to get involved. That is how we won marriage and this will be no different.”
If you would like to get involved in any of the nationwide efforts, please visit NEAT’s website at theneat.org. To make a contribution to the nationwide efforts to protect LGBT people from discrimination, please consider a donation to Freedom For All Americans. Every dollar of your donation will help fuel the nationwide campaign to win nondiscrimination protections for LGBT Americans—no amount is too small. Visit freedomforallamericans.org/donate for more information.
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FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT IS GOING TO INFINITY AND BEYOND! Join Woody, Buzz, and the gang for a special screening of Disney-Pixar’s Toy Story. Enjoy this family-friendly flick, appropriate for all ages, while lounging under the stars on Hudson River Park’s Pier 63. While this is one of the only free events for children and LGBT families during Pride, we are selling, for a premium seating experience! The space will open its doors at 7:30 p.m. and the movie will screen at dusk. We hope you and your family can join us for this special evening!
EVENT DETAILS TUESDAY, JUNE 21 | DOORS OPEN: 7:30 PM | MOVIE STARTS: 8:30 PM PIER 63 AT HUDSON RIVER PARK In case of rain, the event will be held on June 22 . All attendees should cross the highway at W. 22nd or W. 24th St.
TICKETS + INFORMATION GENERAL ADMISSION FREE SILVER SUPPORTER $50 Includes reserved blanket seating in a premium viewing location, (1) commemorative 5’ x 5’ Family Movie Night blanket, early entry, gift bag stuffed with snacks and other goodies, pillows, plus complimentary water, soda and a picnic-style buffet provided by The Meatball Shop.
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STREET ART, ACTIVISM AND THE COMMUNITY THAT CONNECTS IT ALL
TWO YEARS AGO, I DISCOVERED THE 21ST PRECINCT ART SHOW. THE INTERIOR OF AN OLD NYPD BUILDING COVERED IN STREET ART AND GRAFFITI? Sign me up. Curated by Robert Aloia, founder of Outlaw Arts, the floors and halls beamed out dissenting political perspectives and raw social statements made in spray paint, wheatpaste and stencil. I bought an Icy + Sot piece.
Fast forward to Spring 2016: I emailed Rob out of blue. “Do you remember me? I bought the Molotov Cocktail?” He replied with an immediate yes, and we made plans to meet at his LES gallery to talk about the intersection of the LGBT and Street Art communities. The following week, we’re sitting in Spreadhouse Coffee with Wayne Rada, founder of L.I.S.A. Project and his fiance, Rey Rosa, the artist known as The Drif. Wayne and Rey, recently engaged and knee-deep in fundraising efforts of the Little Italy Street Art (L.I.S.A.) Project, quickly connected me to Jeff Greenspan and Jilly Ballistic. As a long-time fan and avid collector, the unfolding of this project has been a lesson in the community of street art: the support and interconnectedness of artists and patrons. The immense diversity of creative approach and individual style, often derived from personal backgrounds and internal struggles. The inherent respect for someone else’s work, hustle and rise to recognition. In New York City, the birthplace of the modern street art movement, it’s people taking risks, redefining art, encouraging self-expression and sometimes, it’s simply vandalizing. And it’s really, really beautiful.
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THE DRIF Spray Paint + Murals
“Being true to yourself—is there any higher goal you can attain? If there isn’t me on the canvas, I can scrape it off and start over.” STYLE Fine Art Meets Street Art. It came from wanting to know how things work. By using cups as the vehicle to splatter the plaint, I found that the more the splatter, the more I could manipulate. It’s about wrist work, creating thousands of splatters. And the desire to be versatile encouraged me to dig more deeply into being an artist. INFLUENCE My adopted father was a Colonel in the Army, and he was always pointing out the good and not the bad. He’s been supportive of my relationship with Wayne and our engagement. I had a support system, despite having had a rough childhood. I think what drags people down is being in those environments and not getting out of it. CURRENT PROJECTS Tiny Dancer, a mural at Hester + Mulberry. Fundraising and promoting for The L.I.S.A. Project. You can donate by visiting lisaprojectnyc.org.
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“What you are is the style in which you contact the world. Comedy is a great delivery mechanism for truth.”
PERSPECTIVE Sometimes I would think, what am I really going to be? I can’t be an artist. There’s this sense of guilt from still making money working in advertising. But, I can afford these current projects because I’m still able to work in ads…because I am not making money from art, and when I do, I donate it. It’s an investment in a body of work I can be proud of.
MOTIVATION The idea of getting people to take action through art. How do you make it pithy enough to get their attention, and deep enough to get them to connect. How can you grab and keep them for a little, spit them back out a bit disoriented and maybe a little less distracted.
JILLY BALLISTIC Paste + Paper
INSPIRATION New York itself. Its people, the energy and, of course, the subway. The decaying architecture. The ads. I’ll be commuting and I’ll see something that sparks an idea. THEMES In 2014, I stumbled onto thousands of images from the last two world wars. Coincidentally that year marked the 100th anniversary of chemical warfare and its use on soldiers and the public. My goal is to bring awareness of war’s evolution through time, how it went from the battlefield on to civilians, which is why children are a recurring theme in this project. MESSAGE I hope this article gets people motivated to get out there, to walk around their city and discover the hidden art: the noncommissioned art, the graffiti, paste-ups, scribblings and drawings. There’s so much out there that’ll leave you talking.
“You meet hundreds of people in this city, all coming and going; their stories and artwork make New York what it is. They influence me to make my ideas a reality, to take the risk.”
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EVENT DETAILS SUNDAY, JUNE 26 | 2 PM TO 10 PM PIER 26 | WESTSIDE HWY IN TRIBECA All attendees must cross the highway at Laight St.
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JOIN US IN CELEBRATING 30 YEARS OF THE DANCE ON THE PIER, WITH RECENTLY ANNOUNCED EXPANDED HOURS, AS WE RETURN ONE LAST TIME TO HUDSON RIVER PARK’S PIER 26 IN TRIBECA. Dance on the Pier will once again serve as the largest fundraiser for NYC Pride and our LGBT nonprofit grant recipients.
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The event will once again close with the world’s longestrunning LGBT fireworks display over the Hudson River. Headlining this year’s event is Grammy Award-winning artist, FERGIE. Fergie joins a phenomenal list of artists that have graced the stage of this legendary event. THE CAUSE All proceeds from the Dance on the Pier benefit New York City’s Official Pride events and local LGBT community organizations. Dance on the Pier is NYC Pride’s largest fundraising and community support initiative. The event’s production committee awards over $45,000 in grants to LGBT and LGBT-friendly nonprofits and community organizations each year. The event also supplies NYC Pride with critical operating revenue and pulls in countless visitors to the New York metro area.
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I’m razor focused mentally, so I like to take 20 minute breaks and completely zone out and binge watch whatever TV show I’m into at the time. 07 YOU HAVE JUST BEEN CHOSEN TO ENTER THUNDERDOME 2016. WHO IS IN YOUR SQUAD? Hmmmm… I’ve got a certain group together that you might see very soon.
01 WHAT IS YOUR ALL-TIME FAVORITE SONG? That’s so hard because I like so many styles of music and have favorites in many different categories. It depends on my mood. "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin is so raw and has the most epic build. I also love all of the levels in the lyrics.
02 WHAT WAS YOUR BEST SUBJECT IN SCHOOL? My mother has a masters degree in speech therapy, so English was a pretty natural subject for me. Being able to convey ideas through language and syntax is something I learned from my mom, and it’s amazing to me how it laid the groundwork for how I communicate now through lyrics in music. I don’t always use proper grammar or conjugation, but the expression of ideas through words in music is so interesting to me as an artist. 03 IF YOU WEREN’T A SINGER, WHAT PROFESSION WOULD YOU CHOOSE? Hmmm, I don’t really
know. I’ve been a performer since I was five years old, so I think it was just meant to be. Thank God singing worked out! 04 IF YOU COULD MEET ANY PERSON THROUGHOUT HISTORY, WHO WOULD YOU WANT TO MEET MOST? There are so many people to choose from, I wouldn’t know where to begin. Musically, I would have loved to meet Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Billie Holiday—the list could go on and on. Historically, there are so many more people! 05 WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE HALLOWEEN COSTUME YOU’VE EVER WORN? That’s easy. My last one where I was Choupette, Karl Lagerfeld’s very famous cat. She’s become quite the fashion icon in her own right, and I never mind purring a little. 06 WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS THE WEIRDEST THING ABOUT YOUR REGULAR ROUTINE? I don’t know how weird this is but when I’m working,
09 WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SONG ON THE NEW ALBUM? That’s hard to say as they are like my babies. Some are deeply emotional, yet some are just there to have a little fun. I love them all! 10 IF YOU COULD HAVE A DUET WITH ONE ARTIST LIVING OR DEAD WHO WOULD IT BE? At the moment, all I can think of is Prince. He was a true artist who gave his heart and soul with everything he did.
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FERGIE, STACY ANN, THE DUTCHESS. NO MATTER WHAT NAME SHE GOES BY, THIS GRAMMY-WINNING ARTIST IS FIERCE. BUT SINCE WE KNOW THAT ALREADY, WE SAT DOWN WITH THE L.A. LOVER HERSELF TO ASK HER MORE ABOUT HER LIFE, HER QUIRKS, AND HER NEW ALBUM, DOUBLE DUTCHESS.
08 TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR NEW ALBUM. WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO COME OUT WITH NEW MATERIAL? My first album was the amalgamation of around seven years of ideas that I wanted to share through music. With me, the process is about getting everything to where I feel great about it and for it to be very true to me. SO much has changed in my life since my last solo album, and with two albums and touring all over the world with the Black Eyed Peas, plus getting married, having a family, etc., this new album is the outcome of another nine years of experiences and ideas. I’m so blessed to have a place to express myself autobiographically, yet also have fun and playyyy!
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NYC PRIDE EVENT — JUNE 25
The official Saturday night event of NYC Pride returns as Masterbeat once again transforms the legendary Hammerstein Ballroom into NYC’s biggest mega-club for We Party: Graffiti. World-famous production meets thundering concert sound, hundreds of moving lights and lasers, and a theatrics showcasing the hottest dancers and performers in the world.
For 2016, we’re taking you back to the streets of New York. Remember the old city? Let us take you back to a time when NYC was edgy and alive with the beat. We’ll be “breaking” all the rules as we transform the Hammerstein into the streets of New York with back streets, subways, fire escapes and alleys. It will be a night like no other with an old school look and feel. It’s New York, and in New York we do it like no other city in the world! This year, we’re excited to present New York with the debut of world famous producer and remixer Oscar Velazquez— direct from Mexico City—alongside our Pride resident Micky Friedmann from Berlin. The Hammerstein Ballroom was built in 1906 by Oscar Hammerstein and is arguably one of NYC’s finest remaining venues with many levels, including spectacular wraparound balconies. General admission includes access to the main and lower floors, or get the full VIP treatment with access to the entire venue, private VIP balconies, and bars, along with a fruit buffet and special VIP gift. Last year’s WE Party: University was reviewed as one of the best NYC Pride events of all time. Don’t miss one of NYC’s biggest dance events of the year!
EVENT DETAILS SATURDAY, JUNE 25 | 10 PM TO 6 AM HAMMERSTEIN BALLROOM | 311 W 34TH ST
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SUNDAY, JUNE 26 | 4 PM TO 10 PM HUDSON TERRACE | 621 W 46TH ST
TICKETS + INFORMATION ADVANCED GENERAL ADMISSION $25 VIP ($400 VALUE) $50 VIP admission to the event, plus express entry to skip the lines, elevated VIP areas, and exclusive VIP gift bag.
INTRODUCING OUR NEWEST, LARGEST AND CRAZIEST WOMEN-CENTRIC EVENT: FEMME FATALE! Join NYC Pride, Kate of Lovergirl NYC, Cynthia Russo, DreamGrlz Entertainment, and Stacy of Stonewall and cap off NYC Pride’s 2016 week with a bang. Dance the night away with DJs Citizen Jane, Mary Mac, and Tatiana on the exclusive Hudson Terrace rooftop. THE CAUSE All proceeds from Femme Fatale benefit New York City’s Official Pride events and local LGBT community organizations. The event’s production committee awards more than $2,000 in grants to LGBT and LGBT-friendly nonprofits and community organizations. The event also supplies NYC Pride with critical operating revenue and pulls in countless visitors to the New York metro area.
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THROW SOME HOT SAUCE IN YOUR BAG, UNROLL YOUR DAISY DUKES, DUST OFF YOUR BOOTS, AND BOOK YOUR TICKET: WE’RE HEADED TO DIXIELAND. WHILE LGBT TRAVEL AND THE SOUTH AREN’T OFTEN SEEN AS THE MOST NATURAL PAIRING, THESE DESTINATIONS BELOW THE MASON-DIXON KNOW THAT Y’ALL MEANS ALL.
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GRIT, STRENGTH, AND DETERMINATION MEET ART, MUSIC, AND DEEP CULTURAL ROOTS TO CREATE THE SOUL THAT IS NEW ORLEANS. THE BIG EASY HAS A WAY OF TAKING IN THE MISFITS AMONG US, EMBRACING US WITH OPEN ARMS. EACH TIME WE BID ADIEU TO THE CRESCENT CITY, WE LEAVE A LITTLE BRIGHTER, A LITTLE STRONGER, A LITTLE MORE ALIVE. Book your stay at the The French Quarter’s HOTEL MONTELEONE (hotelmonteleone.com), which famously hosted the likes of William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, Tennessee Williams, Ernest Hemingway, Ann Rice, and other literary heavy hitters. Truman Capote even (falsely) claimed he was born here. The regal, Monteleone familyowned hotel has been a New Orleans landmark since 1886 and is one of only three hotels in the U.S. declared a literary landmark. Our favorite part of the Monteleone is, undoubtedly, THE CAROUSEL BAR & LOUNGE. The whimsical, revolving merrygo-round is a destination unto itself, and we can’t think of a more magical place to enjoy a Sazerac.
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Once you’ve settled in, promptly head to COMMANDER’S PALACE (commanderspalace.com) for the 25 cent martini lunch. Let us say that again: 25 cent martinis. Oh Big Easy, you lovely thing. Pair your martini with Commander’s famous turtle soup, gumbo, or virtually anything else on the menu for the Creole lunch of your dreams.
While in the area, take a stroll through the historically lovely GARDEN DISTRICT. The Garden District is home to majestic southern estates, splendid shopping, and Lafayette Cemetery #1, one of the oldest, and most cinematic, above-ground cemeteries in the city. If you enjoy history, we suggest taking a Garden District walking tour to get immersed in the richness of the area. When the Creole moon starts to rise, things begin to heat up. If it’s jazz you’re looking for—and it should be, New Orleans is the Birthplace of Jazz—PRESERVATION HALL (preservationhall.com) is the place. Opened in 1961, this Traditional New Orleans Jazz venue is still giving the people what they want. Anytime is the right time to check out CAFE LAFITTE IN EXILE (lafittes.com). This local haunt is the oldest continuously operating gay bar in the U.S. and it’s open 24 hours a day. Lafitte’s always has something up its sleeve, so check out their events page to plan ahead.
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ANTEBELLUM ARCHITECTURE, SPANISH MOSS, AND SWEET SOUTHERN DRAWLS MIGHT ALL COME TO MIND WHEN YOU THINK OF ONE OF OUR NATION’S OLDEST CITIES: SAVANNAH. THESE DAYS, HOWEVER, THE COASTAL BEAUTY IS ALSO HOME TO IMPRESSIVE MUSEUMS, CULINARY DELIGHTS, AND EXCITING NIGHTLIFE. Oh, honey! Time in Savannah wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the SAVANNAH BEE COMPANY (savannahbee.com). These people mind their beeswax and you’ll walk away with things you didn’t even know you needed for your kitchen, your skin, your hair and more. The best part? The Savannah Bee Company is an eco-friendly business, so you can feel good about your purchases.
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Now that you’ve worked up an appetite, mosey on over to TREYLOR PARK (treylorpark.com) for everything you want in a southern food joint. Some menu items include PB&J chicken wings, fried Oreos, and Miller High Life. Need we say more?
When you arrive in Sweet Savannah, check into the GASTONIAN (gastonian.com), a delightful bed & breakfast comprised of two mansions. From the suites to the gardens, the food to the staff, this place oozes southern charm. Bonus: the Gastonian was also named one of Georgia’s most romantic places by Georgia Public Broadcasting. With its ornate, cozy decor and many fireplaces, even the most bitter of us can’t help but feel a tinge of romance. Once you’ve settled in, it’s time to shop. Savannah has no shortage of stylish boutiques, sweetly beckoning you in at every corner. A few of our faves are HARPER (harpersavannah.com), J. PARKER LTD (jparkerltd.com)., and Custard (custardboutique.com). We also love CHERRY PICKED (cherrypickedconsignments.com), a high-end consignment shop downtown. A friend of ours found a vintage Yves Saint Laurent gown here for $90! If it’s art you want, dive headfirst into cultural Savannah with a trip to the SCAD MUSEUM OF ART (scadmoa.org). The museum’s impressive collection includes everything from African-American art to 19th and 20th century photography. The space also serves as a classroom for SCAD (Savannah College of Arts and Design) students, keeping the air abuzz with creative and youthful energy that’s hard to miss.
If you’re looking for something a little more prim and proper, check out THE OLDE PINK HOUSE (plantersinnsavannah.com/the-oldepink-house), a Savannah staple. After dinner, head over to CLUB ONE (clubone-online.com), where the beloved Lady Chablis, from Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, has a residency. Need a night cap? Stop by 22 SQUARE BAR AT THE ANDAZ. We have it on good authority that the bartender there makes the best Old Fashioned in the city. Now might also be a good time to mention Savannah does not have open container laws. A boozy picnic beneath the Spanish moss never sounded so good. Drink up, buttercup.
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THE MUSIC. THE FOOD. THE SHOPPING. THE WEATHER. THE PEOPLE. THERE ISN’T MUCH WE DON’T LOVE ABOUT MUSIC CITY. WITH ITS MUSIC SCENE AS VIBRANT AS EVER, COUNTLESS CULINARY DESTINATIONS, AND A YOUTHFUL, OPEN-MINDED CULTURE LEADING THE PACK, THERE’S NO BETTER TIME TO HEAD TO TENNESSEE’S CAPITAL.
Have a good time: that’s the fundamental principle behind the URBAN COWBOY (urbancowboybnb.com/nashville), an eight-suite bed & breakfast in our favorite Music City hood, East Nashville. Their self-proclaimed “southwestern deco” design scheme instantly makes you feel cooler than you are. Each room comes equipped with a clawfoot tub, and if that isn’t enough, you can also request in-room massage or reiki. With its laid-back vibe and inviting appeal, the Urban Cowboy is easily one of our favorite lodging finds of the year. With so many alluring shops in Nashville, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. We’re here to help. For those with more masculine tastes, we recommend HAYMAKERS & CO (haymakersandco. com). If a softer, more feminine look is what you like, you cant go wrong with EMERSON & GRACE (emersongracenashville.com). WHITE’S MERCANTILE (whitesmercantile.com), “a general store for the modern day tastemaker,” will send you home with goodies you didn't know you needed. For an unforgettable meal, make your way to HUSK (husknashville. com) in Nashville’s Rutledge Hill neighborhood. James Beard award-winner, Chef Sean Brock, allows southern cuisine to take the spotlight, and the results are magical. The bar is also blessed with a bountiful whiskey collection, making it the perfect stop before the boot scootin’ begins.
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Once you’re properly fed and boozed, it’s honky tonk time. For the authentic experience, two-step over to ROBERT’S WESTERN WORLD (robertswesternworld.com). Cowboy boots line the walls, great country music fills the air, and even the most rhythmically challenged of the bunch will be up dancin’ in no time. Fancy yourself the next big country star? Nashville’s TWIN KEGS (twinkegs.wix.com/twinkegs) might be the place for you: karaoke, burgers, beer...heaven. If you happen to be in town on the third Friday of the month, make your way to THE 5 SPOT for the QUEER DANCE PARTY (queernashville.com). Dance until 3 a.m. for $1. Seriously, $1. It doesn’t get any better.
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EUREKA SPRINGS HAS BEEN CALLED “A REMARKABLE MICROCOSM OF SAN FRANCISCO” BY THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, “ON PAR WITH KEY WEST, PROVINCETOWN AND PALM SPRINGS AS A GAY VACATION PARADISE” BY OUT MAGAZINE, AND “ONE OF THE TOP FIVE GAYEST DESTINATIONS IN THE SOUTH...AS OPEN AND ACCEPTING AS THEY COME” BY BESTGAYCITIES.COM. We just call it adorable. Nestled in the Ozark Mountains, Eureka Springs offers travelers the quaintness of a small town, wonderful food, and even better people. Partiers, artists, hippies, hikers and everyone in between make up the diverse and accepting community.
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First things first, book a room at the historic CRESCENT HOTEL (crescent-hotel.com), a Eureka Springs staple since 1886. Trails, shops, restaurants and more surround this Victorian beauty. Though there is plenty of fun to be had outside the Crescent’s walls, the dining options, award-winning wine cellar, and New Moon Spa and Salon can more than occupy your time indoors. Did we mention it’s haunted?
If architecture is your thing, make a visit to the THORNCROWN CHAPEL (thorncrown.com), a dazzling structure situated between the Ozark hills and designed by renowned architect Fay Jones. With 425 windows and over 6,000 square feet of glass, the Thorncrown Chapel will mesmerize nature lovers and design geeks alike. Once you’re back in town, one walk through the streets of downtown Eureka Springs will leave you with a plethora of great dining and nightlife options. Our suggestion? Don’t leave without a meal from CAFE AMORÉ (cafeamorearkansas.com). Trust us on this one.
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A great time to visit the northwest corner of the “Natural State” is during one of their three Diversity Weekends held every April, August, and November. Though, to be honest, every day is Pride in Eureka, and that is just the way we like it.
Looking to explore? Drive forty miles west to the town of Bentonville and immerse yourself in CRYSTAL BRIDGES MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART (crystalbridges.org), one of the largest collections of American art in the world. The architecturally stunning museum is home to gems like Asher B. Durand’s Kindred Spirits, Norman Rockwell’s Rosie the Riveter, and Andy Warhol’s Coca-Cola. Don’t forget to check out the American folk art exhibit, featuring “Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum,” running from July 2 to September 19. Afterward, explore the more than 120 acres of forest on which the museum is fixed.
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Class fleet was a game-changer for our brand and the entire cruise industry. Beginning in 2008, each year saw the unveiling of a new ship, culminating in 2012 with Celebrity Reflection—changing the cruising world forever.
“The Rooftop Terrace is a brand-new way to enjoy the great outdoors on a modern luxury vacation...The popularity of our Lawn Club venues has shown us that some of the richest moments our guests enjoy are when relaxing in beautiful outdoor spaces,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President & CEO of Celebrity Cruises. “In creating the Rooftop Terrace, we wanted to create a hot spot where guests can kick back under the stars in the middle of the ocean, with amazing entertainment and food.” Celebrity Cruises offers some of the most creative culinary experiences at sea. We have over 10 specialty restaurants in our fleet, and both the Infinity and Summit have added the Mediterranean-inspired steak house, Tuscan Grille, to their list of specialty restaurant venues. Tuscan Grille transports you to the wine vaults of Italy as you walk, quite literally, inside a wine barrel on your way to the dining room.
Our five newest ships offer the largest selection of wine at sea in the world—over 400 varietals! Most are stored in the magnificent Grand Epernay’s glass wine towers, located in each of the main dining rooms. The sheer elegance of the ships’ designs, the impeccable service of the staff, spacious staterooms, interactive technology, and the sexy style that Solstice Class brought to the cruising world set the bar higher than ever before.
The new Tuscan Grille will offer fresh pasta made in-house, an Italian cocktail menu, a wine list focused on the wine-growing regions of Italy, and new foods like artisanal salumi and cheeses, crispy crab arancini with lemon pepper aioli, and a grilled branzino with spinach and olive oil, and oven-roasted USDA Prime dry-aged steaks.
Celebrity Cruises has once again enhanced our unparalleled experience by taking two of our incredible Millennium Class ships and given them a bigger, better, and bolder refresh. The Celebrity Infinity and Summit both emerged from drydock with extraordinary enhancements that resonate with our guests the same way the Solstice Class changed cruising forever.
The drydock work on both the Infinity and Summit have broadened Celebrity’s commitment to its Suite Class, with significant renovations to the ships’ Penthouse and Royal Suites. Celebrity has invested $16 million in its Suite Class experience; every Penthouse and Royal Suite received new glimmering fixtures, marble surfaces, and comfortable seats in the bathrooms. The rest of the suites received refreshing touches like new carpeting, drapes, and bed linens. Even the Persian Garden had a few new refined touches inside the spa.
Infinity emerged from drydock on October 29 with improvements in the portrait studio, the solarium, casino, and suites. The aft end of the ship has been transformed into the Rooftop Terrace. Modular modern furniture, private cabanas, and a metal, garden-inspired design lend an air of sophistication to this previously unused space, encouraging guests to relax and recharge on the rooftop during sunny days at sea.
Mark your calendars! The Celebrity Millennium will undergo the same refresh as her sisters and emerges from drydock on May 12, 2016. Celebrity Cruises will continue to lead the cruise industry and elevate the vacation experience of our guests. As we look toward the future of cruising, we are sure the best is yet to come!
A CHAT WITH DANIEL HOLZMAN, FOUNDER OF THE MEATBALL SHOP SO, MEATBALLS. WHERE DID THE IDEA COME FROM? Mike and I both grew up in New York, and we would sit around talking about, you know, where is the best pizza in NY? You get an argument and everyone’s got a passionate answer. With meatballs, there’s not a definitive place where you say, ‘That’s the meatball spot.’ And so we thought, maybe we could be the meatball spot. AND THEN YOU OPENED THE FIRST MEATBALL SHOP ON THE LOWER EAST SIDE? Yeah, it was really important to Mike to be down in the LES. He had a huge network there from his bartending days, and he’s just that cool guy that everyone knows in the neighborhood. Plus, you know, we wanted to have a late night restaurant. There’s a lot of food to eat at night, but it’s all kinda like drunken messy food. SO IF IT’S NOT DRUNKEN, MESSY FOOD, WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR INSPIRATION? They come from all over the place. From travel, from different holidays. They come from our servers and our kitchen staff, from guests. Literally they come from everywhere. We have like...50, 60 meatball recipes.
WHAT IS IT REALLY LIKE, STARTING A BUSINESS IN NYC? It requires dedication, and the realization that it needs to be the first thing in your life; more important than anything else. That’s hard to reconcile with family and the stuff that should come first. For our staff, I think we’ve done a pretty good job of creating balance and I would say for every single other person in the organization, The Meatball Shop should not be the first thing. But for me, it’s the most important thing. And I love it, because this is my family.
SO YOU’RE SAYING THERE ARE CHALLENGES? The restaurant business is mired with them, from a financial perspective. And building great teams that work really well together, that doesn’t just happen on the first try. Also, turn around... there’s a busted floorboard behind you. We gotta get that fixed.
IT’S LIKE ALL THE LITTLE UNGLAMOROUS THINGS THAT PEOPLE DON’T REALIZE... Yeah, from the outside you think, oh look at that guy...he gets to hang out with the beautiful people, get all the free food and cocktails. And that, well that definitely exists, for sure. But behind all that, there are realities: the day-to-day—and it’s not a glamorous business. It’s hands-on, blue collar work, where cleaning the bathroom is part of the job. SO IT’S NOT JUST GALAVANTING AROUND THE CITY WITH OTHER RESTAURATEURS? It’s mostly galavanting around the city, country, around the world, jet-setting…and then every now and then, here I am plumbing around in the bathroom. TELL ME ABOUT THE RESTAURANT COMMUNITY. Being a part of the restaurant community is my favorite thing about working in this business. We share information and help each other. There’s just no sense of competitiveness, or negativity. When people get into the industry for the right reasons, there’s an innate and very serious sense of hospitality. We want to take care of people and that’s why we do it. WHAT MAKES A LOCAL BUSINESS LIKE YOURS WANT TO SUPPORT PRIDE? The idea that it’s even a question is so crazy to me. It represents a bigger percentage of employees and customers at our restaurants, so guess it’s just kind of obvious to me: this is our community. And when I think about the diversity of the city, I don’t think of it as one community and then another community, I think of it as the entire diversity of the city, of every single person. It’s what makes the city so great, it’s what makes our restaurants great. We see it every day here, with business owners, travelers, and locals; and you hear different accents, discussions and arguments, and it’s what makes The Meatball Shop, what makes New York City, a vibrant place.
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In stark contrast to Fadi, Naeem’s parents spend much of their time trying to convince him to return home to their village. Unfortunately, Naeem cannot reconcile life in the village with his
N THIS SOBERING DOCUMENTARY, THE 2014 ISRAELGAZA CONFLICT PROVIDES THE COMPLICATED BACKDROP TO AN HONEST, PROVOCATIVE AND OFTEN PAINFUL EXPLORATION OF THE LIVES OF THREE YOUNG, GAY PALESTINIAN MEN LIVING IN AND AROUND TEL-AVIV. Their struggles lie at the tangled intersection of family, society and self, forming the core of this coming-of-age story in a region gripped by conflict and, at times, all-out war. Fadi, Naeem, and Khader are facing a two-pronged crisis of identity, placing their nationality and heritage at odds with their sexuality and gender. Sobering to observe, their heartache, angst, and profound personal growth are wholly unique to each young man, while still being universally relatable to the vast expanse of the LGBT community. While the film doesn’t attempt to unravel the intricacies of the decades-old conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, it does a fantastic job of weaving the deep-rooted tensions of the region’s history into the deeply personal narrative.
Fadi is a fierce Palestinian nationalist who is torn between structured principles and intense feelings of emptiness exacerbated by an unfulfilled dating life. In one scene, he expresses his love for a Jewish soldier, while he laments that the pursuit of such a love would be a complete violation of his fiercely pro-Palestinian views. Despite this, he receives the strongest support from his mother and father and therefore comes across as the most well-adjusted of the group.
sexual identity, and begins to struggle to find his own footing and a real sense of independence. The story climaxes with a coming out letter from Naeem to his conservative parents. As he drafts the letter, he notes intense feelings of guilt that this news will disappoint them greatly. Khader comes from a high-profile and prominent Tel-Aviv mafia family, but a series of scenes reveal a deep-rooted trauma: a non-existent relationship between he and his father. Khader also appears to be treading water in a romantic relationship that he later notes has been in a rut for sometime. Beyond the family ties, the film zooms out and delves into broader topics that currently concern the group: the perception of pinkwashing within the Israeli community, the Palestinian guilt that they carry, and the generation gap in which they struggle with perceived societal norms around their heritage and their identities. To combat these internal and external conflicts, the three friends form a group called Qambuta, a non-violent cultural resistance movement focusing on gender and national equality. The anxiety and discomfort is palpable at times, and the film often made me feel as though I was watching my own past struggles. Guilt, fear, uncertainty, heartache, rejection: these feelings are all too common for LGBT individuals coming to terms with their sexual and gender identity, and the film makes clean work of putting this on full display. Likewise, the joy, love, acceptance, and in this case brotherhood, that come from being open and honest is hard to miss. The warm feeling of finding others like you; the rush and freedom of those first few flings; kissing, dancing, drinking, smoking, in the open as yourself: those first few breaths of an open LGBT life seem particularly potent when viewed from this perspective.
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OutCycling cycles to celebrate the world’s most historic LGBT Pride Celebration. The ride starts and ends in NYC with three distance options: 30, 60, or 100 miles. The ride is a day of inspiration, commemoration, and celebration. For more information and to sign up, please visit nycprideride.org. For more information about OutCycling, please visit outcycling.org MY TRUE COLORS FESTIVAL JUNE 17 – JUNE 26 | 6 PM – 11 PM THE WYTHE HOTEL My True Colors Festival is a unique event fighting for social justice and promoting cultural diversity through the arts by presenting multidisciplinary works created for, by and about underrepresented LGBTQIA+ artists and communities. We are showcasing 35 plays, film shorts, narratives, documentaries, web series, art exhibits, and music performances. mytruecolorsfestival.com.
JUNE 20 | 6:30 PM THE OUT HOTEL In celebration of NYC’s Pride Week and the one-year anniversary of the Obergefell v. Hodges ruling, we invite you to the opening night of Pamela Bennett Ader’s Legal Vows exhibit. Kick off Pride Week, meet the artist, and revel in the post-exhibit event featuring: onsite activities, special guests, and a live performance that you won’t want to miss! Through the use of Barbie dolls in same-sex couples standing at the alter, Pamela Bennett Ader shows us that although we all look different, at the end of the day, we’re made of the same thing, and can love whomever we want. pamelabennettaderart.com DEL CLOSE MARATHON JUNE 24 – JUNE 26 The Del Close Marathon is a non-stop, improvised comedy festival featuring hundreds of performers on ten different stages across New York City over one sleepless weekend. The marathon, hosted by famed comedy theatre the Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB), celebrates the late Del Close, who mentored many of comedy’s biggest stars and pioneered long-form improv as an art form. Previous years have featured performances by the UCB (Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Matt Walsh and Ian Roberts), Broad City, Nick Kroll, Sasheer Zamata, Bobby Moynihan and many more. delclosemarathon.com FRONT RUNNERS NEW YORK LGBT PRIDE RUN JUNE 25 | 8:30 AM CENTRAL PARK | EAST DR AT 102ND ST TRANSVERSE The 35th annual Pride Run is a 5-mile race in Central Park organized by Front Runners New York (FRNY) in collaboration with New York Road Runners. This race, which draws in more than 5,000 runners and thousands of fans from across the country, is an official qualifier for the TCS New York City Marathon and donates a portion of proceeds to a charity beneficiary. This year’s race beneficiary is GLSEN, who works to ensure that every student in every school is valued and treated with respect, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. The race is now sold out, but you can still get in on the fun at frny.org/pride-run. ABRACADABRA: SPELLBOUND (PRIDE GAY-LA CONCERT) JUNE 25 | 8 PM CHURCH OF THE HOLY APOSTLES Come get “spellbound” and celebrate Pride with us. Let the Queer Urban Orchestra (QUO) take you to the final frontier as they cast a musical spell of enchanted sounds, bewitching rhythms and the mystical melodies of Dvorak, Gustav Holst’s The Planets as well as some sci-fi movie favorites. VIP tickets are available and there will be a silent auction with a galaxy full of items. The QUO is a musical organization dedicated to the promotion of fine arts in the New York City metropolitan area whose membership is open to all adult musicians regardless of age, race, religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity. QUO strives to entertain and educate members and audiences alike through performances of classical and contemporary music, promoting equality, understanding, acceptance, and respect. queerurbanorchestra.org OUTCINEMA: A CINEMATIC PRIDE EVENT JUNE 20 | 8 PM SVA THEATRE | 333 W 23RD ST Celebrate NYC Pride with a great film and post-screening party in the heart of Chelsea. Presented in partnership with NewFest and SVA Theatre. nycpride.org.
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WITH SO MUCH TO SEE AND DO, BOTH IN NEW YORK CITY AND DESTINATIONS ABROAD, YOU’LL BE GLAD TO SYNC UP WITH THE LIKES OF OSCAR WILDE TOURS TO HELP YOU FIND THE LGBT IN ALL YOUR TRAVELS. Two years ago, Oscar Wilde Tours was born out of one man’s dream to run tours focused on gay history. The initial idea was to give tours in Europe, primarily focused on gay history and art in England, France, Italy, and Greece. After a year, the company decided to bring this business model back to New York, where it was headquartered.
New York City has an amazing LGBT history, and as we observe another anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, we would be remiss to ignore its richness. The Big Apple’s LGBT history started long before Stonewall. Indeed, there was already a gay social life in New York as far back as the 1850s, when Walt Whitman read his “Calamus” poems—the first American poems to explicitly reference same-sex love—to his peers at Pfaff’s Beer Cellar at Broadway and Bleecker Street. These individuals were not gay, but this was clearly a social group in which one could speak quite openly in praise of same-sex love.
New York had an amazing amount of LGBT life, including bars, bathhouses, and famous drag performers. The list of LGBT people who have made their homes in New York is incredible, perhaps because while New York was repressive, it was less so than other places. LGBT people flocked here and stayed. This was particularly true of artists. NYC residents included: poets Walt Whitman and Audre Lorde; playwrights Tennessee Williams and Harvey Fierstein; novelists James Baldwin and Edmund White; artists Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat; photographers Berenice Abbott and Robert Mapplethorpe; composers Ray Stonghorn and Leonard Bernstein; choreographers Jerome Robbins and Alvin Ailey; singers Bessie Smith and Alberta Hunter; and performers Quentin Crisp and Rudolph Nureyev. Be proud, friends. You are in a city with a great LGBT tradition! To learn more and book your own exciting tour, visit oscarwildetours.com
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THERE ARE MANY HEALTH DISPARITIES THAT THE LGBT COMMUNITY FACES. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY ARE THE TOP PRIORITIES FOR CALLEN-LORDE AND HOW ARE YOU SPECIFICALLY ADDRESSING THEM? One of our top priorities is ensuring that LGBTQ people have access to competent care outside of Callen-Lorde through outreach and education to healthcare facilities and agencies throughout New York and beyond. We also offer on-site training, in the form of electives in LGBTQ health, to visiting medical and nursing students to help build the workforce of culturally competent healthcare professionals. We’re also working with allies across New York City and State to bring the HIV and AIDS epidemics to an end in New York. This means truly ramping up prevention and HIV testing efforts with a focus on women of color, young people, trans folks, and black men who have sex with men; and making sure any HIV+ person is linked to and engaged in quality healthcare, and facilitating access to PrEP and PEP, two powerful prevention options. We do all of this at Callen-Lorde and we are also working to advocate for funding and policies that will help accelerate the end of the epidemic.
Callen-Lorde Community Health Center provides sensitive, quality health care and related services targeted to New York’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities—in all their diversity— regardless of ability to pay. To further this mission, Callen-Lorde promotes health education and wellness, and advocates for LGBT health issues. We sat down with Wendy Stark, Executive Director of Callen-Lorde, to find out more.
HOW DID THE ORGANIZATION GET ITS NAME? When we sought New York State licensure in the mid-1990s, we did so under our previous name, Community Health Project. However, the state told us that our name was too similar to another licensed facility and that we had to change it. A committee of board members and community members was formed, and that committee chose to name the new facility after two late heroes: Michael Callen, an early AIDS activist and founding member of the acapella group, The Flirtations; and Audre Lorde, the author, activist, breast cancer survivor and New York State poet laureate.
WHAT SORT OF SERVICES DOES CALLEN-LORDE PROVIDE? Callen-Lorde provides primary medical care, which means that we are folks’ ongoing healthcare provider: conducting annual check-ups, managing chronic health issues, and generally trying to keep people healthy. We offer general medical primary care; HIV primary care; transgender health services, including hormone therapy; sexual health services, including testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections as well as preventive services such as Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis or PrEP, an anti-HIV medication that keeps HIV negative people from becoming infected; mental health care; dental care; care management; health education, and more. We also have a research and training program, in which we try to increase knowledge about LGBTQ health all over the world; we have trained other healthcare providers from more than a dozen different countries.
Additionally, we provide mental health services that are part of an answer to ending the epidemic of suicide facing our communities, but a large part of the answer here is about ending the transphobia, homophobia and racism that are so interwoven into our society in different ways. WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE THE BROADER LGBT COMMUNITY TO KNOW ABOUT YOU? We are an organization building on the concept that LGBTQ people deserve excellent healthcare services and the ability to lead healthy lives. We are working in multiple directions to see that happen: by providing healthcare services, and by increasing knowledge about LGBTQ health around the world. Our biggest organizational challenge is that many, many more people want our services than we have capacity to offer. We have two health center locations, soon to be three; the two that are open already—both in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan—are operating at close to maximum capacity. Our newest site in the South Bronx will have appointments to offer, but our Manhattan locations have only minimal ability to accept new patients. We use every square inch of space in our buildings; there’s no room to grow. We are trying to grow to fulfill all of the requests we get for appointments and we are working with other LGBTQ-oriented healthcare providers to try to meet all of our communities’ needs. If you have friends or loved ones who need health insurance, CALLEN-LORDE can help with insurance navigation and enrollment services, including for people who are undocumented. Call 212.271.7270 to speak to one of their insurance navigators for free. Callen-Lorde depends on support from the community to be able to open new health center locations and serve everyone who needs their help. Please consider a donation of any size—every dollar counts: callen-lorde.org/give
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recently read an article about an expedition to the North Pole in the late 1800s. The explorers travelled by sailing ship, and when the weather was clear, they would resent carrying both lifeboats and sleds (in case they got frozen in the ice pack), because these items took up so much space on the ship. The wise captain had to prevent the sailors from burning these things as firewood.
Let’s just say that as a Financial Consultant working with LGBT clients, our weather has been very clear lately. With last summer’s Supreme Court decision recognizing marriage equality nationwide, my clients are feeling confident and legitimized.1 Add to that a stock market and bond market that have rallied since 2009, and clients are starting to forget why we are carrying lifeboats, sleds, and financial consultants!
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