2017 NYC Pride Guide

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


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homicides, especially among minority members of these communities, cannot be ignored. We owe it to these peers to remind the nation that marriage was not our only battle. Make no mistake that while LGBT American rights are facing uncertain times, situations are even more dire in areas across the globe. Our movement remains globally relevant because our cause is far from finished. As New York City welcomes millions of locals and visitors this month, alongside prides across the United States and world, know that your presence is part of this movement. We thank you for joining us, and hope you’ll return the favor by saying, “Thank you,” to the nearly 1,000 volunteers, and staff you’ll see giving their time to make these events happen throughout June.

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To have pride is to resist hiding. Pride is resisting hate, resisting abuse. Pride is refusing to accept discrimination, and rejecting inequality. To take away one’s pride is to take away one’s identity. It is the opposite of resistance - it is giving in. We resist hiding. We abhor closets. We acknowledge no walls. Pride started as, and remains, a show of resistance. This year, pride events celebrate ourselves in spite of those who wish we would not fight. Those who do not see us as equals. Together, we come together in defiance of their oppression. Together with our allies we are stronger than any one political party, any one administration. We will dance along our blocks. We will echo our songs through concrete canyons We will kiss on our sidewalks and embrace in the moonlight we all share. From Pennsylvania Avenue to Fifth Avenue, brothers and sisters across our nation will join together this June to do what we do every June: Be us. What started as a rebellion is a global movement nearly 50-years later. While recent years brought victories in pushing that movement forward, a great deal of focus is owed to the transgender, bisexual and gender non-conforming members of our community. The disproportionate rate of hate crimes, suicides and 12

Heritage of Pride, Inc. Whether you’re a community member, supportive ally or still working to find your place, we hope you’ll take a moment to reflect on your own pride, and how these events give you strength not just for today and tomorrow, but for another 365 days. As the late Gilbert Baker’s rainbows line our streets and fly high above them, take comfort in knowing you’re surrounded by love, not hate. You are never alone. Together, we are pride. We are no strangers to adversity, and we always overcome. Our message is most clear when we stand together as one, to tell the world we are here.

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been cheering in the streets, kissing our loved ones, and crying tears of joy following the Supreme Court’s decision to make same-sex marriage the law of the land. The last twelve months have been a wakeup call for LGBTQ individuals; the fight for equality is far from over. Lives have been lost. Rights have been erased. Hate has been enacted. We’ve experienced such an immense amount of emotion and loss in the last year. It feels as though we are watching our world spiral out of control and take on a much more sinister future. I once (mistakenly) thought this world was finally coming to terms with the rights we deserve. For our community, rights have never been guaranteed. The threat that we may be killed because of who we loved, how we dressed, or how we acted has always existed. But what changed? Why do these attacks feel more frequent and louder than ever? Forty-nine individuals lost their lives in Orlando. We have politicians in power looking to enact religious freedom laws to essentially create a separate-but-equal system of inequality nationwide.The Chechen government is rounding up LGBT citizens and urging families to murder their loved ones. 2016 was the worst year on record for trans murders. This quickly accelerating cycle of hate must end. We must resist.

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MANAGING DIRECTOR / Every year after Pride is over I always have a wave of sadness come over, realizing the thing we had spent many meetings discussing, long hours planning, and late nights perfecting, is complete. Last year after Pride, it felt remarkably different. I was energized to start planning immediately following the events. It felt as though Pride’s purpose was evolving and a need to return it to its roots was imperative. Pride and the LGBTQ community was entering a new era of activism that hadn’t been seen since the early 90s. While the issues affecting us were scarier and the threat to our lives was stronger, I knew Pride was going to take on a renewed sense of purpose and importance this year. As the planning commenced, we knew a more serious tone would be ingrained in the events. We wanted to create events that spoke to the issues that many of us face. We needed to take the Rally back into the streets so our voices could be heard. We needed to honor groups like the ACLU for their efforts in fighting against this new onslaught of laws and policies that affect our freedoms. We needed to create a truly inclusive cultural experience that honestly reflected our diverse community. We wanted to create a safe space that was accessible for teens during Pride. This would be the new Pride experience. Pride’s purpose felt so different only a few short years ago. In 2015, we had


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Resistance has always been at the foundation of the Pride movement. Without a resistance movement, our voices would not have been heard, Stonewall would not be found in history books, and increased rights would not have been secured. Yet in this last decade, our community seems less united than ever. Our spark we once had in coming together to collectively fight oppression seems as though it’s wavering. We achieved greatness by uniting as one, not by being divided by differences. Now more than ever we need to be fighting for all of our rights as a collective movement. That fight originated at Pride and will continue to take place at Pride. Pride will continue to be that one time of year where we celebrate our identities, honor those we’ve lost, and show the world we are united as one.

United we fight, divided they fall.


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Get bowled over at NYC bars serving up large format cocktails. Grab your friends and allow us to guide you around town for shareable cocktails that beat out boring bottle service any day.


* the Cocktail Explosion / NoMad The creation we know as punch owes its existence to sailors that remained on a ship longer than a barrel of beer could last. Punches are the parent of the individual cocktail, so why not take the beauty of mixed drinks and return them to their large-format roots? That’s exactly what bars around New York City have been doing since 2010. Like sharing bottles of wine or buckets of beer, locals and tourists alike are sharing cocktails. Eschewing bowls of juice and alcohol with a lonely ladle, several of Gotham’s watering holes are elevating and refining communal drink options. Requiring the same expertise as your favorite by-the-glass craft beverages, these drinks deliver in a big, budget-friendly way. Since 2010, hotel bar director Leo Robitschek and his team at NoMad have been playing with communal cocktails. Their work led to the *Cocktail Explosion: a $120 megacocktail served in a large vessel with a spigot—not unlike an absinthe fountain. Ask for the Madison Park Smash (serves 8) with Pierre Ferrand cognac, Royal Combier liqueur, lemon juice, Demerara syrup, Angostura bitters, six lemons and a quarter pound of mint. If you get the urge to nosh, enjoy some snacks from their award winning culinary team. Grab an upscale twist on a ballpark favorite with the deep fried Humm Dog: bacon wrapped with gruyere, black truffle, and celery ($16) and the crowdpleasing dark chocolate and caramel Candy Bar ($14). NoMad - 10 W. 28th St. If you are waiting on your buddies to come into town, have them meet you near the Port Authority in The Stinger Cocktail Bar and Kitchen by Chef Todd 18

English, where your squad can choose from five signature large-bowl cocktails with garnishes (serves 5 or 8 | $58/$96). We recommend the Red-Eye Express with Hennessy Privilege VSOP cognac, Frangelico hazelnut liqueur, Kahlua coffee liqueur, Lavazza espresso coffee, Wilks & Wilson Gertrude’s Gomme, and chocolate aztec bitters to keep the crowd up all night. The Stinger - 300 W. 44th St. Find yourself downtown? Wet your whistle at the historic Pier A Harbor House and take in amazing views of the sun setting on the Hudson River. In their Long Hall, grab a 10 Degrees Cooler (64 oz. | $39) and enjoy a mix of refreshing Botanist Gin, St. Germain, lime, mint and cucumber. Pier A - 22 Battery Pl. Sharing is caring at the Lower East Side’s Nitecap where they have three bowls of booze to offer (serves 4 to 6 | $75). We say go for the Teenage Dreams: Olmeca Altos Blanco Tequila, Dolin Blanc Vermouth, Aperol, strawberry, lime and grapefruit juices, topped with sparkling rosé. Nitecap - 151 Rivington St. After strolling Central Park, descend the grandiose gold spiral staircase at the Dream Hotel to the upscale game room, complete with skee ball, mini-bowl, karaoke, vintage arcade games and an impressive 5,000 gallon saltwater fish tank. The Fishbowl offers Mighty Mules (serves 6 | $60) and—you guessed it—Fishbowls (serves 8 | $90). Grab the classic Rum Cannonball with Bacardi rum, pineapple, fresh lime, Aperol and bitters. The Fishbowl 210 W. 55th St.


SUNDAY, JUNE 18 from Noon - 4 p.m. at David Burke Kitchen / at David Burke Kitchen / 23 Grand Street, New York

NYC Pride is excited to bring back the Pride Luminaries Brunch for the fifth year. National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, the business voice of NY’s LGBT community, is proud to once again partner with NYC Pride on this special event celebrating leaders committed to making NYC the best place to live and work. The Pride Luminaries Brunch will once again be serving as the official NYC Pride Week kick-off event. Dress to impress and help us celebrate business leaders that have made an impact on LGBT equality in the workplace for 2017. Join industry insiders, media mavens, and proud politicians for what will be the brunch affair of the season. This event is outdoors in The Garden at David Burke Kitchen restaurant overlooking lower Manhattan.

All proceeds benefit New York City’s Official Pride events and its forthcoming WorldPride 2019 and Stonewall 50 events.

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includes access to full open bar from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., entry into the beautiful 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.**

PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE at nycpride.showclix.com The first annual Luminaries Award will be given this year for commitment to the L G B T c o m m u n i t y, ensuring social justice, and protecting LGBT citizens from the forces that pull us apart. This award is an acknowledgement of the recipient’s devotion to our community and its members and seeks to highlight the importance of an individual’s work in the ongoing fight for full equality.

Luminaries Award Winner: Rosie Mendez


A lifelong New Yorker, Rosie has served as a member of the City Council since 2006, and currently is the Chair of the LGBT Caucus. Rosie has chaired the Committee on Public Housing and co-chaired the Black, Latino, and Asian Caucus and Women’s Caucus. Rosie is a champion of civil rights, ensuring that New Yorkers are not discriminated against based on race, sexual orientation, gender identity, or age. As Councilwoman for District 2, Rosie worked on and passed several contextual rezonings, designated and expanded historic districts, and introduced and passed key legislation to protect the rights of tenants.

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SATURDAY, JUNE 24 from Noon - 6 p.m. at 14th Street Park / 14th St. between 10th Ave. and West Side Highway We’re excited to launch an entirely new experience for LGBT teens and allies! A socially engaging, safe space where teens can celebrate NYC Pride with their friends. Join us for an afternoon of DJs, photo ops, giveaways, interactive experiences, and entertainment.


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E ATO LO GY Your basic go-to comfort foods have entered their rebellious phase. This list is filled with new twists on your local favorites at bars all over New York City. Don’t get stuck with a group of friends sharing baskets of wings and fries when you can find new reimaginations of your bar favorites all around town. Look like a local that knows all the underground haunts of great eats and enjoy the revamp of the classics. 24



This cozy West Village spot has an equally cozy menu that packs big flavor with great snacks that pair well with booze. Featuring options like deviled eggs hit with soy and black garlic ($5) and warm olives with orange and cumin ($6), this date will “wow” any local.

This lovely SoHo eatery focuses on American food presented in a “creative and whimsical style”. Standouts include their Tater Tots ($27) with herbed sour cream, scallions, and black diamond Osetra caviar. Join us here for the Pride Luminaries Brunch and let the decadence melt in your mouth.

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Make your way down to Battery Park to the once-VIP entrance for European Ambassadors traveling to Ellis Island. Enjoy the waterside seating with an amazing view of the harbor as your whole table snacks on the Nor’Easter Steamer Pot ($95) of lobster tails, shrimp, clams, mussels, calamari, corn, red potatoes, asparagus (serves 4 to 5). Comes with jumbo pretzels, hand-cut fries, and saffron aioli.

After burning off calories walking the High Line, gain them back in the Gansevoort Market with a new way to eat sliders...or a new way to eat garlic knots. You shouldn’t need much convincing with slider offerings like Chicken Parmesan, Eggplant Parmesan, and Meatball Parmesan (all $5) on garlic knot buns! A perfectly executed twist on a classic small bite.

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“And we thought we’d begin by taking people on a journey of building relationships.”

O n a balmy Sunday in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Anna Walsh and her partner worked at a steady pace preparing a spread for the evening’s guests. While this was the first time that Walsh signed up for anything similiar, much less as the designated host, she knew that the work was needed.

“After the recent election, I wanted to connect with more people, become a more present and active member of my community, and engage in the hard and holy work of speaking to difference,” said Walsh. #100Days100Dinners has a clear and reflective mission. The goal is to create safe community-building experiences that offer “individual and collective healing” that lead to actionable solutions. As the 2016 presidential election sparked heated debates surrounding race, religion, gender, and sexual orientation, the #100Days100Dinners team sought to create a space to break bread and bridge the communication gap. “We thought about what we could do to create safe spaces for folks to share their experiences, their vulnerability, and be involved in doing the work,” informed Rev. Jennifer Bailey, Founder and Executive Director of Faith Matters Network.

Designed by Faith Matters Network, Hollback!, and The Dinner Party, this collaborative project heals interpersonal relationships with others who are more than likely of different faith, political views, and ideologies. The plan: to host dinner conversations each day of the Trump administration’s first 100 days. The measurement of success: a calendar of dinner plans from New York to Wisconsin. Back in Greenpoint, dinner guests dove deep into their perspectives surrounding current politics. A portion of the evening was dedicated to healing after Trump and what that looks like for women, people of color, immigrants, and the LGBT community, specifically. A few guests admitted to feelings of outsiderness when introduced to new communities unlike their own. An interracial couple, of Caucasian and Japanese descent, discussed the unsurety surrounding traveling to red states after the election and even finding peace within marginalized communities. As the night came to a close, each guest gave selfaffirmations on how each would create opportunities to make others feel fully seen and heard. Due to its popularity, #100Days100Dinners will extend throughout the year to provide an extra helping of healing through food and conversation. For more information about #100Days100Dinners or to sign up for an upcoming dinner, visit 100days100dinners.us.


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by Nikkita Thompson Norwood is full of interesting design and decor interpretations. From the backlit screen in the theater space to the art direction of the elevator, this members-only club is full of fun and fancy for the creative tribe of New York City. The chameleon on the block, Norwood was once a family townhouse, once a funeral home, and once the home of world-renowned Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Norwood remains the “hidden in plainsight” mecca for artists all over the world. I mett one of the brains behind the beauty on my visit to Norwood. Membership is granted to the creative community and like all great things in this city, there is a wait list. On a rainy spring day, I arrived at the steps of Norwood, a landmarked townhouse on the edge of the West Village. Upon entering the foyer, I noticed a multipurpose décor piece that was being used as an umbrella stand on a dreary day. I sought to rid myself of my soggy umbrella on the iron rack and immediately noticed its resemblance to the beloved “Iron Throne” from Game of Thrones. I knew I was walking into greatness.

I was welcomed into a beautiful lounge boasting plush furniture for ample seating. The room seemed to be designed with both intimate conversations and large group discussions in mind. While sitting, I observed the beautiful Theories on The Sacred Disease while smelling an aromatic fragrance. It was then that Alan Linn, part owner of the club, came around the corner. After a quick chat in the lounge, I was whisked away to experience Norwood. Upon starting our tour, Linn confirmed the pervasive, mysterious fragrance as a one-of-a kind scent created specifically for Norwood. “Our first unique fragrance was created by Commes de Garçon,” Linn stated. As he gave me a whiff of the bottle he referred to the blend of musty vanilla as Strong Lesbian, only found at Norwood. It was exhilarating to experience a portion of Norwood’s décor not through my eyes, but through my nose.



featured Tiffany window. Linn and his associates have created a slice of heaven for the curious, filled with vintage charm and modern fascination. Centered on the love of community and art, members also enjoy reciprocal privileges at private clubs in London, Toronto, Madrid, Los Angeles, Munich, Auckland and Rio De Janeiro.

Due to mother nature’s torrential tears, I was only able to view the garden from the glass double doors. Linn affectionately reminisced on his need to start a business to be with his lover in the United States. “We were married in the garden,” Linn said, as he exposed his fondness for the space. He explained that the building and art within was born from the desire to be with his husband (then partner) and co-owner of the club. Linn was a staple in London’s restaurant and club scene and saw a great opportunity when he encountered Norwood. The garden has since become a favorite wedding venue; Linn revealed that many gay weddings have taken place there since his own nuptials. In a neighboring room hung a wall mount—a green, shimmery seal called Wisdom made up of four animals, including porcupine and beetle wings. Close by hung an avant-garde expression of a chandelier: a tree branch affixed to the ceiling with lights strung throughout. These pieces and many others tell the tale of friendship between Linn and famed art director/set designer, Simon Costin. Linn mentioned that the pair went into the woods and cut down the exquisite chandelier that hangs over the bar area. Costin designed many exclusive pieces for Norwood, including the glass mirrors that hang in the restaurant. Not every piece is as lavish as the custom décor, yet everything is invaluable because of the way it perfectly blends. As we toured the building, Linn pointed out the juxtaposition of the more inordinate objects against the Chinese wallpaper he and Costin found in a small room downtown. During my tour of Norwood, Linn explained how history connects with modernism so effortlessly throughout the building. “It’s got this weight to it… I wanted to keep the austere, mausoleum feel of the building,” said Linn. “The building was built in 1847 at a time when 14th Street was considered the most northern and desirable part of the city.” He went on to explain the transition of merchant Andrew S. Norwood’s family home to a boarding house for teachers and finally three separate living spaces, each with its own kitchen. To date, the house maintains the original integrity of its hardwood floors, thirteen marble and brass fireplaces, pocket doors, mahogany wood accents, and a prominently


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SUNDAY, JUNE 25/ Line-up: 11 a.m. | Step-off: 12 p.m. (rain or shine) Begins at 36th St. and Fifth Ave. Turns West at 8th St. Ends at Christopher and Greenwich Streets. The annual March marks the 48th anniversary of the historic Stonewall Riots, which occurred on June 28, 1969. Stepping off at 36th Street and Fifth Avenue, the route includes the Performance Stage at 23rd Street, the Grandstand at 8th Street, and the Judges Stand at Ruth E. Wittenberg Triangle (Center of Christopher Street, Sixth Avenue and Greenwich Avenue). At each stage, our guest announcers keep you entertained and engaged, announcin each marching group. At Ruth E. Wittenberg Triangle, our hand-selected panel of guest judges evaluates each group and selects the best for one of the following awards: Best Use of NYC Pride Theme, Best Float, Best Marching Contingent, Best Music or Street Performance (3 Awards), Judge’s Choice. The Accessible Seating area is located at Ruth E. Wittenberg Triangle adjacent to the Judges Stand. This year, the March will be broadcast on ABC7-NY from noon to 3 p.m. Be sure to tune in and see all the live action!



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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. We will continue to recognize this event as a March until complete and full equality has been achieved for all LGBT people. Over two million spectators from all over the city, the U.S., and the world come to watch, where over 400 unique nonprofits, local businesses and wellknown brands come to proclaim their support for equality by marching with us.

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As is tradition, The Sirens Motorcycle Club and their community of allies is the first group to lead the March down Fifth Avenue. For the fourth consecutive year, the Boy Scouts of America will provide our color guard, following the 2017 historic decision allowing transgender youth to join the organization. In 2019, New York City will proudly host WorldPride as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and the 50th NYC Pride March.



GRAND MARSHALS Brooke Guinan is a transwoman; an advocate, civil

servant, firefighter, and native New Yorker. She grew up on Long Island in a traditional but supportive household where she came out not once but three times in an effort to finally find an identity that fit. Her journey to selfdiscovery eventually led her to pursue a bachelor’s degree in sociology and gender studies, but it was her passion for helping others that ultimately led her to becoming the first openly transgender firefighter in the New York City Fire Department.

Krishna Stone is the Director of Community Relations at Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC). She originally connected with GMHC in 1986 as a walker in the first annual AIDS Walk New York and became a staff person at GMHC in 1993. She works to organize community events such as rallies, candlelight vigils, nondenominational gatherings, press conferences, local/ state/national conferences, dance party/fundraisers, panel discussions, trainings and site visits for people all over the world.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has been the United States’ uncompromising defender of individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution for nearly 100 years. The ACLU brought its first LGBT rights case in 1936, brought the first case seeking the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in 1970, litigated the Supreme Court cases that took down the Defense of Marriage Act that won marriage equality nationwide, and represented transgender student Gavin Grimm before the Supreme Court.

Geng Le is the founder of one of China’s earliest gay social websites. In 2012, he created Blued—a gay men social networking APP after he quit his job working as a policeman for 16 years. Up to now, Blued has become one of the most popular gay men social networking/live-stream APPs and boasts the highest number of users approximately 27 million across the globe with 20% from overseas.






National Anthem, Special Guests, Judges & Announcers NYC Pride March honors amazing talent from the the LGBT and Ally community by inviting them to take part in the March in a very special way. See our line-up for judges and announcers below:


Jonathan Mendelsohn (Singer/Songwriter) Minnie Dee (Singer/Songwriter)


Emma Willmann (Comedienne) Richard Salas Jr. (Chair of F.I.E.R.C.E.) Ron Ben-Israel (Executive Chef & Owner of Ron Ben-Israel Cakes, NYC)

Senator Thomas K. Duane

(Former Representative of New York’s 29th District)


Bianca Del Rio (Season 6 Winner of RPDR) Benjamin O’Keefe (Creative Producer & Co-Founder of Aokbok)

Destiny Divine (Drag Queen & Impersonator) Dusty Ray Bottoms (Drag Queen) Matt Speed (Actor & Internet Personality) Michelle Visage (Author, TV Personality, Radio Show Host & Recording Artist)

Oscar Aydin (Comedian) Pissi Myles (Drag Queen) Porsche (Drag Queen)


Volunteer Mixers Talent & DJs 2017 VOLUNTEER MIXER PERFORMERS

Apollo Dioni (Burlesque Performer) Keith Price (Comedia, Actor, Writer & Radio Personality)

Marti Gould Cummings

(Drag Queen)


Mikey Mó David Michael Steve Sidewalk


SUNDAY, JUNE 25 from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. at Hudson Street / from Abingdon Sq to W 14th St., at W 13th St. from 9th Av. to 4th St.

Mix music and art, add a little food, and you’ve got a recipe for memories. PrideFest is a celebration of all that is good and gay in NYC. Entering its 24th year, this annual LGBT street fair combines vendors, entertainers, and activities for a day of fun and celebration in the name of equality. Attracting a record-breaking 350,000 attendees last year, PrideFest is back for thousands of out-of-town visitors and 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. The best part? It’s TOTALLY FREE! For those guests looking for a special experience, we’re bringing back our VIP area in 2017! Relax in our VIP tent and experience premium viewing of all our PrideFest performers. Enjoy the day in style with complimentary f a r e f r o m J u l i u s ( j u l i u s b a r n y . c o m ) a n d S T U F ’d (stufdtruck.com), local treats and beverages, and appearances from surprise guests. A crossroads of unique vendors and unforgettable performances, PrideFest is not to be missed! Be sure to round out your Pride experience with a trip to PrideFest.


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PRIDEFEST 2017 / Street Map

this year at The Stage at W. 14th St and Huson St. HEADLINER LeAnn Rimes HOST Elvira Kurt

These performances are not to be missed. Taking over the stage will be Ariana Fay, BETTY, Broadway Sings for Pride, Damion Anthony, Grapefruit Sound Lab, Johnathan Celestin, Phenom Risen, Reesa Renee, and SISTERS. Live your most fabulous life while taking in Drag performances by Blake Deadly, Danity Diamond, Magenta, Misty Mountains, Miz. Diamond Wigfall, and Tess Tickles.

LeAnn Rimes

Elvira Kurt

TICKETS & INFORMATION While PrideFest is free for anyone to attend, we’ve added a special VIP package for guests to enjoy the day in style!

VIP / $40

Includes premium viewing of the PrideFest stage, relaxed seating, private restrooms, complimentary snacks, beverages, special hosts, and more. 40

PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE at showclix.com/event/pride-fest-vip-area-2017


TUESDAY, JUNE 20 Doors Open: 7:30 p.m. / Movie Starts: Sunset PIER 45 / Christopher Street Pier at Hudson River Park All atendees should cross the highway at Christopher St.

Rain Date: Wednesday, June 21 Family Movie Night is going to be wild this year! Grab a patch of grass, because this year we are featuring a very special screening of Disney’s THE LION KING. Enjoy a family-friendly flick, while lounging under the stars on Hudson River Park’s Pier 45. While this is one of the only free events for children and LGBTQ families during Pride, we offer premium seating options. Doors open 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.

TICKETS & INFORMATION General Admission / FREE No tickets required.


Reserved blanket seating in a premium viewing location, one (1) commemorative Family Movie Night blanket, early entry, one (1) gift bag stuffed with snacks and other goodies, pillows, plus complimentary water, soda and a special surprise.


Includes he most comfortable viewing experience with a reserved sofa for up to 6 people, early entry, one (1) gift bag stuffed with snacks and other goodies, pillows, complimentary water, soda and a special surprise.

PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE at showclix.com/event/familymovienight201 hosted by MISS RICHFIELD 1981


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Join Macy’s as we celebrate Family + Friends + Love + Life + Equality + Respect We are proud to join the parade across America in honor of National Pride Month. We think it’s really something to celebrate. Plus, join us in our continued support of The Trevor Project! The Trevor Project provides life-saving crisis intervention for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.



FRIDAY, JUNE 23 from 5:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. SATURDAY, JUNE 24 from 2 p.m. - 10 p.m. SUNDAY, JUNE 25 from 2 p.m. - 10 p.m. at PIER 26 / Westside Hwy. in Tribeca

All attendees must cross the highway at Laight St.

TICKETS & INFORMATION Advanced General Admission / $55 Friday | $85 Saturday, Sunday

NYC Pride is proud to launch a new three-day cultural experience: Pride Island. From legendary soul singers to indie pop bands, this inclusive experience creates a central hub for the LGBT community to celebrate Pride. Don’t miss the largest live music event in NYC Pride history and help us give back to the broader community!

THE CAUSE All proceeds from Pride Island benefit New York City’s Official Pride events and local LGBT community organizations. Pride Island is NYC Pride’s largest fundraising and community support initiative. The event’s production committee awards over $50,000 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.

Includes entry into the space. Can’t decide which day to go to? Take advantage of our 3-day bundled package.

Advanced VIP / $95 Friday | $175 Saturday, Sunday

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 wine, elevated VIP areas, and private restrooms. Can’t decide which day to go to? Take advantage of our 3-day bundled package.

Cabana VIP / $2,000 Saturday, Sunday

Take advantage of this premium experience that provides you and your friends with 6 VIP tickets, a personal concierge, two bottles of Reyka Vodka, Sailor Jerry Rum, OR Milagro Tequila, mixers, a tented seating area overlooking the crowd and stage, fresh fruit, special VIP entrance, 6 gift bags, and access to the VIP bathrooms.


Non-Alcoholic Drink Package includes five (5) non-alcoholic drink tickets. Does NOT include entry into the event. Bud Light Drink Package includes five (5) Bud Light drink tickets. Does NOT include entry into the event. Spirit Drink Package includes five (5) spirit drink tickets. Spirits include: Reyka Vodka, Sailor Jerry Rum, Milagro Tequila, Monkey Shoulder Whisky. Does NOT include entry into the event.

TICKETS & DRINK PACKAGES can be purchased online at showclix.com/event/pride-island


***There is a strict NO BAG policy enforced by The NYPD. To avoid entry delays, we advise you to leave your bags at home.


Save time. Avoid the line. Purchase add-on drink packages today!



FRIDAY, JUNE 23 from 5:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. Friday night will be the first night of our threeday Pride Island event. We are bringing you the soul classics with some of the most well known female acts of all time. On Friday, multi-platinum selling singer-songwriter Deborah Cox will croon her classic R&B tunes that include “Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here” while DJ Lina spins on the 1s and 2s. Finishing the evening, Patti LaBelle hits a high note with her powerful vocals and timeless hits such as “On My Own,” “If Only You Knew,” and “Lady Marmalade.”

Deborah Cox

Patti LaBelle Lina

Tegan and Sara

SATURDAY, JUNE 24 from 2 p.m. - 10 p.m. Saturday’s lineup includes the sultry Grammynominated “Closer” duo Tegan and Sara and British electronica “King” trio Years & Years. Rounding out the day of new age sounds are Roisin Murphy, Gallant, Dimitri From Paris, and Occupy The Disco.

Years & Years

Roísín Murphy

Dimitri From Paris Occupy The Disco

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SUNDAY, JUNE 25 from 2 p.m. - 10 p.m. Sunday’s lineup will bring the essence of what one can expect from a NYC Pride closing event. Rising star Scott Martin will open the space and provide daytime house music. Next, Cindel and his legendary house beats will continue to energize the crowd. Finally, what will likely be one of the largest DJ duos to ever spin NYC Pride, Chus & Ceballos will close the evening. Headlining this year’s event is Grammy Award winner Nelly Furtado. Nelly joins a phenomenal list of incredible artists that have graced the stage of this legendary event.

Chus & Ceballos

Scott Martin

Nelly Furtado





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Denise Chambers

by Dina Homayumi Immigration is at the forefront of everyone’s minds given the political climate. We approached Immigration Equality, the leading LGBTQ immigrant rights organization in the country, to connect us with some of their clients who received asylum in the United States. These brave members of our community spoke with us about the happiness and heartache of their journey to create a new home in the United States. Immigration Equality answers thousands of calls for help each year. Give a taxdeductible gift and help give LGBTQ and HIV-positive immigrants a safe place to call home. To donate, please visit

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In 2004, she was working in an emergency center, putting on a masculine front in the hospital while dressing as a woman in private. “People from the Caribbean faced with daily homophobia don’t know about liberation, don’t understand that it’s not about flaunting myself or sex, it’s about identity, about gender.” Her outwardly feminine mannerisms caused her to face ostracization at every turn—from patients who would rather lash out than be treated, from colleagues who would conspire against her, from neighbors who would threaten and intimidate. On February 23, 2004, Denise made her way home from a party. She passed by a group of neighbors playing cards. They called out at her, another barrage of hateful speech, and she responded. “I knew I shouldn’t have said anything. I had had a few drinks. But [growing up] my tongue was my only weapon. My mouth was my only weapon.” Six to one, they pummeled her, threatening (and eventually succeeding) to burn her house down. Beaten and thrown in the drain, Denise couldn’t walk, she couldn’t see, she was suffering internally. Finally at 5 a.m., she dragged herself to the emergency center where she was advised to report her assault, but the doctors didn’t know her history with the police. At the age of 15, Denise was stopped by the police after someone in the area had been robbed. She was grabbed and slapped. They took her bag and found women’s shoes. “They wanted to see what was between my legs, they wanted to know what I was.” They forced her to drop her pants. Raising the gun, they forced her to put on the shoes. Humiliation was their goal; they forced her into a public area. Denise stepped out of the shoes and started to run. Understandably, when it came time to report her assault Denise was hesitant. But she chose to believe that the police would help her and understand the fear she was living in. “The one officer, who is now a prosecutor at the magistrate, told me, ‘Boy get out of here you fucking bula (a derogatory term for members of the LGBT community).’ I looked to the other two officers for a friendly face but there were none. I was chased like a dog out of the station.” At the time, Denise phoned a friend who had moved to Long Island and asked for help. Her friend told her it was time to move and offered her a place to stay. On Tuesday, March 23, 2004, Denise boarded flight BW425 at 2:30 p.m. She would never return to Trinidad. Over the course of the next few months, Denise worked (off the books) for less than minimum wage, faced constant discrimination, and began to become aware of her health issues. From 2005 to 2011, she suffered in silence, afraid of being deported, afraid to ask for help.

Denise found her first glimmer of hope through Immigration Equality. Discovering the organization at a Pride event, she was brave enough to call the next day. Careful not to give too much away, she spoke in the third person, “I have this friend who is not legal.” The organization wasted no time, letting her know she would face an uphill battle because she had been in the country illegally. They asked her to write her story down. After months of waiting, she finally set up a meeting with a probono lawyer who had decided to take the case. During this same time, Denise suffered her first heart attack. Hospitalized and afraid of deportation, she checked herself out the next day against medical advice. She had no access to insurance or medication to treat her health. Seven months later, her second heart attack struck. Denise was in a holding pattern with Immigration Equality. New York was overwhelmed with cases. She lost her job and her home after her employer saw her dressed as a woman at a social event. Her only option was to leave New York and head to a family member in Maryland. She couldn’t get a work authorization without a court date so she transferred her case to Maryland and was met with removal proceedings. “At that time, I was praying to die.” With the fear of deportation looming, Denise once again faced pressure to move. She was facing a legal battle as she submitted her second appeal to the Maryland courts a year later. Denise was finally given a date—October 21, 2014. “I was told that this was make it or break it, that it wasn’t a matter of ‘if or but’ but a matter of ‘when’ they would send me back to Trinidad.” On that October day, Denise was finally granted asylum. “It was a moment I could never relive, but it was a moment that redeemed me.” Denise returned to New York with a renewed spirit, but would spent several months living on the streets before receiving her work authorization. She contacted friends, asking if they knew of anyone in need of an aid. Her luck took a turn and she found a job caring for a friend’s father. The man she cared for was a holocaust survivor, he understood and accepted her for her differences. While working for him, Denise received her green card. After her friend’s father passed, she was able to get her own apartment and continue her work as an off-the-books aid, but struggled to find a documented job that would accept her for who she was. Two weeks ago, for the first time in her life, Denise was able to start a job working on the books at Rite Aid. “I have never felt more proud,” she says, with tears in her eyes, “that 14 years later I can begin to give back to the United States all that they have given to me.” To Denise, paying taxes and not depending on the state is freedom. “Knowing this [home] is mine, this empowers me...coming home and opening those doors. I may not be rich but I’m rich in my heart because I have this, I have my home.”

Denise Chambers from Trinidad


Growing up in rural Trinidad, Denise Chambers knew from a young age she was different. She became a target, frequently beaten and molested at school as she came of age at 16. She found only one ally in a teacher who was an expat from Canada. As Denise struggled to identify, her teacher asked if she had heard of trans and offered a short book on identity. Denise immediately rejected the idea, but as she read through later she noticed the similarities and felt a connection.



Estuardo Meda from Guatemala

Estuardo Meda is in love with New York. Since arriving from Guatemala in 2009, his journey has lead him to new relationships and new career goals. He spoke with us on establishing New York as his new home. “In the beginning it was so difficult,” Estuardo tells us, describing his transition. He initially moved to Long Island to stay with a friend, where he worked to learn English so he could get a full time job. Estuardo found work at a bar in Manhattan, where his English improved and he met friends that became his family. After learning of Immigration Equality at the LGBT Center, he sought asylum and became a resident. He describes his experience by saying, “living in New York is like living in a magical place, especially as an immigrant.” Estuardo attended New York City Pride for the first time in 2011. He described his experience at the March to us, saying, “I was [in the March] screaming and feeling myself, and I thought, ‘Wow, there is nothing wrong with being gay, this is how I was born.” Estuardo looks forward to Pride because, “[It is a] day to show off who you are. That’s why there’s a rainbow, because everyone is different.”


A strong juxtaposition to the country where he came from, Guatemala. “For me to be in a country controlled by corruption, poorly led and extremely religious, it was terrible to be LGBT,” Estuardo says of his former home, “I’m so thankful to live in New York because I can finally live in a place I can call home, I can live in a place where people think it’s okay to be gay.” New York is literally Estuardo’s dream come true.

When he was 12 years old, he dreamt of a big city, with a moon over the skyline. Estuardo didn’t know where the skyline was at the time, but speaking to us now he tells us, “My dream to live in a city where you are who you are, where there are so many opportunities for you, came true.” Working to improve himself, Estuardo has enrolled in ESL classes at Columbia to learn English, math, and more. A natural born people person, he found his niche in customer service and physical fitness. He would like to someday earn a Bachelor of Science and become a physical trainer. “It’s amazing being gay here, there are so many opportunities,” he said, when describing his career goals. Estuardo also spoke with us on building new relationships in a new city, saying, “my friends are my family now.” It was here in New York that he found his first relationship and first love. “Being Latino, whatever you do, it is carried with feelings,” Estuardo said, describing the experience, “It takes some time to learn how to feel comfortable [in a new relationship]. It took me so long to relax, to work on my issues, and now that I have I know what I want.” Reflecting on his new home, Estuardo tells us, “I’ve just been growing and growing in my life and in New York. This city lets me grow.” He describes the city as the first place where he felt proud of himself. “I feel like it was part of my destiny to live here,” Estuardo finishes, gesturing to the skyline behind him.



Tamara Eato

from Jamaica

Tamara Eato is finally living her truth. Growing up in the inner part of Kingston, Jamaica, she was taught at an early age that to be different was wrong. “I remember playing house at a young age with another girl and I got beaten by my aunt with a leather belt,” she recalls. At a young age, Tamara began to question her Christian upbringing. Her family was deeply religious. Depression at having to hide who she was came to a head her senior year of high school. Tamara overcompensated in school, “I wasn’t going to be able to hide forever so to be able to point and say, ‘Just because I’m gay doesn’t mean I can’t do these things.’ I wanted to achieve for achievements sake.” Education was her way out of Jamaica. She graduated high school and headed to the United States to attend Mount Holyoke. During her time in college, Tamara came to terms with her true identity. It frightened her at first and lead to a suicide attempt. Tamara realized that she had internalized the hate of her past. New relationships loosened the rules. She was able to come out to her family. At first, her mother was receptive, but over time grew to resent her more, telling Tamara that God didn’t love her. Given her upbringing, this was a deep insult. As her time at Mount Holyoke came to a close, Tamara was confronted with the idea of heading back to Jamaica. She attempted suicide for a second time. “I never wanted to die, but I was in too much pain,” she says. Her mother had arrived in Massachusetts for her graduation and tainted what should have been a proud moment. Tamara will soon be attending her 10 year reunion and can’t wait to replace this negative memory. With one year left on her student visa, Tamara moved in with relatives. She was faced with a difficult decision, “Here I am. I left my country. I can’t go back. I have a degree. What do I do?” A friend told Tamara of Immigration Equality. Tamara reached out to seek asylum. For a while, she delayed in completing the paperwork as she came to terms with accepting her exile from Jamaica. She still had family ties, still missed her mother and her brother, but eventually the fear of being hurt weighed heavy. “Immigration Equality played a huge role in saving my life...I do know what would happen if I went back because it does happen to other people.” Less than a year later, in 2010, Tamara received her asylum. The relief she felt when she finally was able to open that letter washed over her. “I felt free, I knew I would be safe.”


Her family had never put marriage at the foundation of their relationships (her stepfather played a larger role in her childhood than her biological father), so when Tamara met her wife, Debbie, it was an entirely new experience. Marriage had never seemed all that important, because

it was never an option for Tamara to consider. When it became legal in Massachusetts, to be able to think about marrying her wife was revolutionary. In 2016, Tamara walked down the aisle, giving herself away. “I know how long and hard the process was to fully, totally accept myself and walk down the aisle to marry a woman. I wanted that moment to be totally my own.” Their wedding photo now holds a place of honor on Tamara’s desk. Tamara reflects on attending Pride with her wife for the first time, “It was amazing to see people supporting us, as humans, and to understand that we deserve to be here. I couldn’t help but think, ‘My goodness, if this could happen in Jamaica.’” The culture is still dear to her, “I wish I could be there, but the only one I would want to have with me is Debbie and we can’t be there together.” Tamara urges us to understand, saying, “I was born in a place not all terrible, but the people can be terrible. This country is a huge improvement, here the police will help you. Police there watch you get stoned in the street, they will abuse you, there’s no recourse. But if something happens here, you’ll be able to say, ‘I got justice.’’’ As the evening came to a close, Tamara tells us, “I struggled to feel comfortable in my own skin, to feel happy. I’m not giving that up.”

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from Nigeria

Oliver Anene is gearing up to head to the World OutGames in Miami to speak on African Queer and Gender Nonconforming Communities in the USA. You could call him an expert on the subject; born in the small city of Calabar, Nigeria, Oliver grew up where it was difficult to find community support in a time when African names for identity were being erased. Growing up with a small group of LGBT friends, he witnessed young members of his community getting killed or dying from health-related issues. This led him to create a support group for the LGBT community in Nigeria that would later become a community network. In 2005, Oliver had his first contact with the Nigerian government. He was volunteering in the capital with his organization when the president arrived unexpectedly. The president stopped by his booth and a fellow volunteer proudly announced that the two of them were gay. This action took a while to accept for Oliver, he pushed it off as a lie saying, “I didn’t come out, he did...” 2006 brought to light a bill that criminalized same sex relationships. This bill targeted not only same-sex relationships, but anyone who was accepting of them, as it punished those who failed to report these relationships with up to 12 years of jail. Oliver’s world began to suffocate him. His landlord wouldn’t renew his rent so he was forced to move home; he had to take a car to and from his gate to work; he couldn’t socialize normally. He recalls a specific example, he was out seeing a movie with a friend and a woman turned to her children and told them that Oliver would make them gay, to stay away from him. The final turning point was receiving blackmail from a close relation.

“I struggle with the idea of fleeing,” Oliver says, discussing the members of his community that are still on the ground fighting for public and LGBT health rights. “At the time, I thought I had committed enough, I needed to be in a safe environment.” In 2012, Oliver came to Washington, D.C. for an International AIDS Conference and he stayed, leaving everything behind with no plan. He met Immigration Equality at the conference, shared his story, and they took on his case. Three months later he received his asylum. “I didn’t know I was gay until college, moving here it was like, ‘Is this who I really am?’” Those first three months when he was waiting for a decision were extremely difficult. Oliver had nowhere to work, nowhere to stay and nothing to eat. “It was tough, but this is my home,” he says reflecting on New York, “[This city] has taught me a lot; it is my home and I won’t let anyone tell me it’s not.” “Press forward at all times, climbing toward that higher ground of the harmonious society that shapes the laws of man to the laws of God,” reads the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. memorial, a backdrop to our conversation. Oliver has pressed forward to further the rights of the LGBT community in Nigeria, to give a voice to the need for HIV interventions that target vulnerable populations, to place young people at the front of the advocacy movement for HIV, sexual health, and reproductive rights. He is currently working with the Adolescent Health Center at Mount Sinai Hospital providing LGBTQ friendly sexual health services for young people. For more information on supporting Oliver’s organization in Nigeria, please reach out to him at oanene@maleattitudenetwork.com.


Oliver Anene



Ishalaa Ortega

from Mexico

Never one to accept less-than treatment, Ishalaa Ortega has always fought for LGBT rights. “Nobody asks to be an activist, you witness something wrong and you try to fix it.” She grew up in Tijuana, Mexico. In 2001, after being assaulted by the police, she left Mexico for the first time and headed for California. But soon she learned that hate is universal. Ishalaa was living in California in 2003 when she was assaulted with a hammer. In and out of consciousness, she was raped by her assailants. “I was lucky I was big and strong, I was able to wake up. I fought them right before they pulled a gun to kill me.” The cowards ran off and Ishalaa was left severely injured. She went to the hospital looking for care, but was forced to wait over six hours for police to arrive. Instead of understanding, Ishalaa was met with a torrent of questions: ”Are you HIV positive? Are you a prostitute? Do you have STDs?” She struggled to understand why these questions mattered when she was clearly suffering. Soon after, she moved to Las Vegas, hoping that a new scene would bring better days. She lost her job and a year later Ishalaa was forced to make the decision to return to Mexico, even if it meant living as a man. “I started a war against a system that was broken,” says Ishalaa, reflecting on her activism in Mexico. There had been sporadic legalization of gay marriage and enactment of nondiscrimination acts, but these were not widespread. In 2011, Ishalaa was given a television show and used this platform to bring attention to issues facing the LGBTQ community in Latin America. This platform put weight behind her message and she became well-known in Mexico for her opinions. She tried to branch out, living for a year in Mexico City. 2013 found her back in Tijuana, right as Fernando Castro Trenti began his anti-LGBT run for election to governor’s office of Baja, California. Ishalaa began to protest, giving quotes to the media, protesting, and marching to protect the LGBT population. Trenti invited her for a face-toface sit down. Ishalaa refused and threw a rally in protest. Shortly after, the death threats began whispering. One night, after speaking with the organizer of a local LGBT foundation, Ishalaa made her way home when she was approached by a strange man. At first she couldn’t understand what he was saying: “We’ll kill you, wrap you in a blanket, and throw you in the street.” She grabbed at the stranger and he ran off. Ishalaa immediately went into hiding. She hid her car, shut off the lights, and locked the doors. Faced with imminent danger, she called a friend to come pick her up. Her decision had been made, it was time to seek asylum.


That evening, Ishalaa presented herself at the United States border and asked for asylum. At first she was searched by a woman, but once they discovered she was trans she was told to wait until a man could come. She was placed at the front of the processing line, forced to sit in front of thousands, exposed. For three days, she was kept awake given no mattress to sleep on, gawked at, and laughed at by every person, officers included, who waited on that line to speak to the processor. Two months later, Ishalaa was released from a detention center. She spent the next two years making no money for fear of losing her asylum due to an undocumented job. During this time, she found strength through her activism, starting campaigns for trans women who had been incarcerated. In August 2014, Ishalaa came to New York for a conference. “I felt this Tijuana feeling and I thought, ‘I am going to live there, I feel it, this is home in the United States.’’’ With the help of Pamela Denser of Immigration Equality and Alex Barlow, Milbank Pro Bono fellow, on January 13, 2016, Ishalaa was finally granted her asylum. She got her GED, started a degree in communications at LaGuardia Community College, and has her sights set on law school.

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David Paul Key

from Georgia

“I never felt [at] home until New York... everywhere else is boring, here the pulse of the city and my heartbeat intertwine.” David Paul Kay came to the United States nine years ago from Georgia. A former lawyer with experience in the US Justice system, he figured his immigration would be a smooth process. However, a bureaucratic mix up lead him to two years of work with Immigration Equality to solidify his transition into the United States. It was 2009 and the day before Pride, when the political dust settled and David moved to Queens with his new roommate. He was sick, he was tired, and he was ready to get out into the city. Armed with a point and shoot camera and a 102 degree fever, David headed to the March. He described the experience as surreal, “...coming from this oppressed reality to feeling every fiber of my body at the parade.” And what an oppressed reality. David’s celebrity as a television host back in Georgia forced him into an even more discreet life, hiding his relationship with his boyfriend by surrounding himself with women to avoid the scrutinizing eye of the public. He now embraces the 60

word ‘queer,’ saying “...queer to me is free and doing what I do gives me freedom...I love the word because back there [Georgia] you’re either a faggot or you’re not a faggot.” David doesn’t define himself as a queer artist, but an artist who just happens to be queer. He translated his love for drawing and painting into murals and fashion when he moved to New York. After figuring out his style of art in 2010, he began to sell his drawings in galleries and then moved to murals in 2012. Now with his work featured in New York and Paris, he hopes to create art connecting the two cities. “To me, Paris is the city of love, but New York is the city of making love.” David continues to stay connected with Immigration Equality, providing legal advice and aid. His dedication to the organization is clear in his voice from the passion with which he describes the work they do. But it’s the passion in his voice when he describes his new home where his eyes really start to shine, “...it’s called a melting pot, but it’s not a melting pot at all, nothing is melting.” Maybe this is the best way to look at a new experience, maintaining your individuality, the features that make you stand out, and carving out your spot in a new place instead of letting it absorb you.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 16 - from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Foley Square / 111 Worth Street, New York, NY

This year, we’re taking the Rally back into the streets! LGBT rights and human rights are under attack by the current political environment. Join community activists, organizers, politicians, and more for this unprecedented moment in our history. Take a stand, show up in force, and make your voice heard in this re-imagined Rally experience. 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.

General Admission is FREE and available for all! No tickets required. James D. Esseks, Director, joined ACLU’s LGBT & HIV Project as Litigation Director in 2001 and has been in his current position since 2010. James oversees litigation, legislative lobbying, policy advocacy, organizing, and public education around the country that aims to ensure equal treatment of LGBT people and people living with HIV. For almost 100 years, the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. aclu.org/issues/lgbt-rights

HOSTED BY Alicia Ortiz Alicia Ortiz is a community organizer and musician hailing from Albany and Boston. She has led organizing campaigns for LGBTQ equality, workers rights, reproductive justice, immigration reform, and racial equity. She’s been a core member of a touring gospel choir, a latin fusion band, and has studied songwriting at Berklee College of Music. Whether on a bullhorn or microphone Alicia has a powerful voice, and she uses it to build bridges for positive social change wherever she goes. aliciavidaortiz.com


Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO, refocused GLAAD’s crucial advocacy to accelerate acceptance of the LGBTQ community through a variety of compelling and effective initiatives, campaigns, and programs. GLAAD rewrites the script for LGBTQ acceptance. As a dynamic media force, GLAAD tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change. GLAAD protects all that has been accomplished and creates a world where everyone can live the life they love. glaad.org

Aaron C. Morris, Executive Director, led Immigration Equality’s law and policy programs. He has supervised Immigration Equality’s legal services, impact litigation, policy advocacy, and lobbying efforts. Since 1994, Immigration Equality has been proud to advocate for and represent LGBTQ, and HIV-positive immigrants seeking safety, fair treatment, and freedom. As the only LGBTQ organization with a staff of immigration attorneys, Immigration Equality impacts both the individuals we serve and the immigration system as a whole. immigrationequality.org

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SATURDAY, JUNE 24 from 4 p.m. - 10 p.m. at THE DL / 95 Delancey St., New York, NY

What do you get when you mix beautiful women, a new rooftop location and celebrity DJs spinning classic tunes? Teaze: NYC Pride’s official Saturday event exclusively for women. This year, we are bringing the heat. DJ Taryn Manning—from Netflix’s Orange is the New Black fame— and DJ Tatiana will rock the dance floor at our largest women’s NYC Pride event.

Grab your girls and dance the evening away!


TICKETS & INFORMATION Advanced General Admission /$48 Includes entry into the space.

Advanced VIP / $80

Includes VIP admission, express entry to skip the lines and access to private restrooms.

Lace Pass / One (1) General Admission ticket to

each of the following: Moxie, Teaze, Femme Fatale, and Saturday’s Pride Island (06/24/17) to see Tegan & Sara.

Pearl VIP Pass / One (1) VIP ticket to each of the

following: Moxie, Teaze, Femme Fatale, the PrideFest VIP Area and Saturday’s Pride Island (06/24/17) to see Tegan & Sara.

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SUNDAY, JUNE 25 from 4 p.m. - 10 p.m. at HUDSON TERRACE / 621 W. 46th Street, New York, NY NYC Pride with Kate of LOVERGIRL NYC, Cynthia Russo, Stacy of Stonewall & Nikki Hill of SPICE NY proudly present Femme Fatale, the official women’s Sunday Day event. Things are going to get crazy at NYC Pride’s most exclusive rooftop party that overlooks the greatest city in the world. Finally, a women’s rooftop event where you can eat, drink, dance and mingle with more than 1,000 women from all over the country!

3 INCREDIBLE DJs / DJs Nikki Lions, Mary Mac and Tatiana Sponsored open bar from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Food will be available for purchase on-site. Bottle Service will be available for purchase day-of for $250. Hudson Terrace is equipped for all weather with both a retractable rooftop and nitro blasts. Attendees must be 21 or older.

TICKETS & INFORMATION Advanced General Admission / $25 includes entry into the space.


Advanced VIP / $60

includes VIP admission, express entry, and elevated VIP area access.

Lace Pass / If you’re looking for just a taste of Pride

this is your best bet. This pass provides one (1) General Admission ticket to each of the following (4) events: Moxie, Teaze, Femme Fatale, and Saturday’s Pride Island (06/24/17) to see Tegan & Sara.

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Pearl VIP Pass / Everyone likes to feel like a VIP. This

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physical build and training of providers—and pushing policy changes at both the federal and state level. Additionally, they aim provide education on supporting services, programs and housing options.

Recently, the Trump Administration quietly erased gay seniors from Federal Care Surveys designed to help provide care to American seniors, including disability, transportation, and caregiver support need. In response, GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis released this statement, “Our LGBTQ seniors, many of whom survived the HIV and AIDS epidemic, do not deserve to have the government once again brush them off from obtaining transportation services, caregiver support, and even delivered meals that fit their needs.” Access to such services is the tip of the iceberg. Research shows that because of a lifetime of discrimination, older gay people often enter retirement with high rates of economic insecurity and smaller support networks, which heighten their need for housing security. Many have difficulty finding housing at all, according to a 2010 report. Chief Operating Officer of AARP, Tom Nelson states, “It is not only a question of LGBT fairness—the issues raised involve the fair treatment of all Americans, and how our society will promote a secure retirement. This will help to inform our country as we move forward to fulfill our highest ideals, appreciate our diversity, take care of each other, and ensure that all our citizens can age with dignity and purpose.” Sadly, reports suggest otherwise, same-sex couples may also be denied housing or forced to separate from their partners in order to obtain appropriate housing or receive care. But even if you do get approved for housing, the training of the caregivers or the center programming, is not positioned to fit the needs of gay seniors. In response, the SAGE National LGBT Elder Housing Initiative was launched with the aim of investing in housing communities—including 68

Two of these Initiative builds, Ingersoll Senior Residences (Fort Greene, Brooklyn) and Crotona Senior Residences (Corona Park North, Bronx) are New York City’s first affordable gay senior housing developments aimed to open in the summer of 2019. Under Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Housing New York: A Five-Borough, 10-Year Housing Plan and in partnership with the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), NYC Housing and Preservation (HPD) and BFC Partners, these two complexes will open with 230 units that are welcome to older gay adults. “For too long, our LGBT elder pioneers in New York City have lacked access to housing where they are welcomed for who they are,” said Michael Adams, Chief Executive Officer of SAGE. “Ingersoll and Crotona are a critically important steps toward righting that wrong.” But we can’t build our way out of this problem. SAGE is taking the lead in training providers to be culturally competent, fostering programs throughout the nation for LGBT-specific needs, educating consumers for safe spaces and enclaves, and continuing to advocate policies to alter a pervasive ageism. The Baby Boomer generation has fought for their rights from Stonewall, through the AIDS crisis, to now. That advocacy work is still prevalent, but it takes an intergenerational effort to change the narrative and create a movement. For more information on ways to help reframe aging for the gay community, contact your local SAGE chapter or find them on the web at sageusa.org.

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Deja Smith: The Beauty Behind The Beauty / by David Correa

On May 7, 2013, perched on top of a New York City rooftop, nestled under the lights of the Empire State Building, Laverne Cox and Deja Smith started their working relationship. It was a party filled with entertainment industry professionals. Guests were there in support of a new endeavor: Double-D Productions (DD-Pro). Created by Deja and business partner Dee TrannyBear, this concierge hair and makeup duo aimed to use the art of beauty to advance transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary individuals. The masterful makeup artist was once a 13-year old sneaking out of her Amityville, NY, home in search of the real-life Paris is Burning. As many others before her, she found a second home in the West Village full of people she could finally identify with. Though strictly forbidden by her parents, by age fifteen, she participated in her first NYC Pride March. Pride so often serves as a time and place where the closet doors blow open and LGBTQ people get to live out loud. Once the celebrations end, many have to readjust back to the restrictions of day-to-day life. As a transgender woman of color, Deja fought daily social stigma and because of that,continues to be a proponent for other trans people. Much like her friend Laverne, she never misses an opportunity to speak out against injustice and push for equality. When asked where she finds the courage to be so vocal, Deja said, “It’s not courage; I have no choice. It troubles me daily. I wake up and go to sleep thinking about how many trans women of color have been murdered. Could it be me one day?”


The trans c o m m u n i t y h a s been forced to mourn far too often. Modern day leaders

such as Laverne Cox and Janet Mock make a point to carry on the legacy of Stonewall legends like Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera to put an end to the hatred ad violence. These women are intertwined through their stories of transition and passion for justice. Deja is a shining example of their work. Her accomplishments alone illustrate the power of perseverance and give others a source of inspiration. Shewas most recently nominated for her work on The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the 2017 Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Guild Awards. “I didn’t realize how big of a deal it was until I was standing there with Dee TrannyBear and Ve Neill [Oscar Award-winning makeup artist] walked in the door.” Despite her success and notoriety, Deja often looks back to the times when playing in her mother’s makeup was a secret escape. “When I was alone, I was always messing around in makeup, but I couldn’t show it, so it became a shameful thing.” Now Deja gets to play in makeup for a living and was able to turn that shame into something positive. From sneaking into her mother’s lipstick and blush to being an award-nominated artist, she has come a long way since the early days at the Christopher Street Pier. Deja uses her history and struggles to inspire her activism and apply it to the work of DD-Pro. This year Deja celebrates her 35th birthday, and because the average life expectancy for trans women of color is 35, she is devoting this year to her sisters by producing events that will better the trans community. DD-Pro is working on a fundraiser called “The Better After 35 Function”. All proceeds from the event will go to the Trans and Gender NonConforming Leadership Academy of the AntiViolence Project.

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SATURDAY, JUNE 24 from 2 p.m. - 10 p.m. at HUDSON TERRACE / 621 W. 46th Street, New York, NY NYC Pride and Brian Rafferty Productions proudly present the seventh anniversary of the VIP Rooftop Party. Dance on the most exclusive rooftop, overlooking the greatest city in the world during the best weekend of the year!

3 INCREDIBLE DJs / Alex Acosta, GSP, Hannah 3 INCREDIBLE LEVELS / Hudson Terrace Rooftop, Indoor Salon, Outdoor Terrace 1 INCREDIBLE EVENT / This event sells out every year, so get your tickets! Rooftop retracts in case of inclement weather and is equipped with nitro blasts in case of extra hot weather. Sponsored open bar from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. for ALL attendees. Attendees must be 21 or older.

TICKETS & INFORMATION Advanced General Admission / $69 Includes entry into the space.

VIP / $125

Iincludes priority entry, access to VIP roof deck area, access to VIP terrace deck, and gift bag.

Premium Bottle Package / $600

includes two (2) VIP tickets, one (1) bottle of vodka, tequila OR rum, priority entry, access to VIP roof deck area, access to VIP terrace deck and gift bag.

Lace Pass / If you’re looking for just a taste of Pride, this

is your best bet. This pass provides one (1) General Admission ticket to each of the following: Fantasy, VIP Rooftop, and Sunday’s Pride Island (06/25/17).

Pearl VIP Pass / Everyone likes to feel like a VIP. This pass

provides one (1) VIP ticket to each of the following: Fantasy, VIP Rooftop Party, the PrideFest VIP Area and Sunday’s Pride Island (06/25/17).

Platinum VIP Pass / They will all be looking at you. This

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WOMEN of the Movement

The shoulders we rest on - shining a light on historical women of the LGBT movement. From veterans of the Stonewall movement to women who fiercely stood proud in the face of uprising, these seven women paved the way for generations to come.

Marsha P. Johnson - PIONEER "Pay It No Mind" Her infectious smile is likely the first thing you notice in a sea of old photos. Born in 1945 in Elizabeth, New Jersey, Marsha would become a force in the LGBT community when she moved to the West Village in 1967. With a personality to match her eclectic hats and bold jewelry, when asked what the “P” represented, Marsha would proudly beckon, “It stands for ‘Pay It No Mind.’” She became a fixture in the drag scene permeating through the city. On the night of The Stonewall Rebellion of 1969, Marsha headed to The Stonewall Inn to celebrate her 25th birthday. It is reported that Marsha was one of the patrons who stood her ground and resisted the unrelenting attacks by police officers. "Marsha said 'I got my civil rights’ then threw a shotglass into a mirror, and that started the whole thing. It became known as the shotglass heard around the world,” reported David Carter, author of Stonewall: The Riots that Sparked the Gay Revolution.

“I’m not missing a moment of this— it’s the revolution!” You might remember the iconic black and white photo of her hands stretched out to her sides with an assured look resting on her face. Sylvia Rivera was born in the heart of New York City in 1951. Born of Puerto Rican and Venezuelan descent, Sylvia was an orphan at the age of three when her mother committed suicide. By age 11, Sylvia became homeless and she looked towards the gritty streets of Manhattan to provide support. Sylvia was only 17 years of age when she stood assuredly on the outside of The Stonewall Inn. She is cited for being one of the first to throw inanimate objects in frustration with the flailing relationship between the community and the police. Sylvia is also known for scaling the walls of City Hall in a dress and high heels to interrupt a meeting about the New York City Gay Rights Bill that eliminated concerns of the trans community. Her legacy: Co-founder of STAR, Gay Activists Alliance, and a groundbreaker for trans women of color. 74

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Her legacy: Co-founder of STAR: Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries that fought for trans rights and inclusion, a figure in the the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power, and the Gay Liberation Front. The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson is a documentary that centers Marsha’s legacy.

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History is often unkind to the incredible strides of women— those who’ve rolled up their sleeves, embossed their footprints into the ground, spoke up when their voices quivered to face jarring treatments endured within their communities, their safe havens. The LGBT community is no different. Stormé DeLarverie - TRAILBLAZER “It was a rebellion, it was an uprising, it was a civil rights disobedience—it wasn’t no damn riot.” An eloquently dressed drag king whose baritone rivaled her male counterparts. Born in 1920 in the southern drawls of New Orleans, Stormé’s mother was AfricanAmerican and also a servant in the house of her father, who was Caucasian. For over a decade, she toured the country performing as a male impersonator with The Jewel Box Revue. Stormé became the only female performer in a troupe of male performers. Her involvement in the Stonewall Rebellion tends to shift depending on the source. Some accounts peg her as throwing the first punch at a policeman after being clubbed, thus starting the early buddings of the uprising. Her legacy: Breaking race and gender barriers for the LGBT community and a member of the Stonewall Veterans Association.

Queen Allyson Allante - WARRIOR “And I did fight back.” While Allyson Allante was born in 1955 and raised in Long Beach, Long Island, she would become a part of history at the tender age of 14. By her accounts transcribed in Tapestry Magazine, Allyson attended The Stonewall Inn with other members of the Imperial Queens and Kings of Greater New York on the night of the rebellion. “I was one of the ones, unfortunately, that [was] apprehended at the scene… And I did fight back,” recalled Allyson. Allyson would later be arrested on the first night of the riots. Her legacy: Member of the Stonewall Veterans Association and the Imperial Queens and Kings of Greater New York. Allyson also appeared in the 1996 Stonewall film and became the only transgender person to speak at the New York City Council on Domestic Partnership Law in 1997.



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Sir Lady Java - PATHFINDER “I won the rights for Java to work—meaning, other impersonators could work also.” Known for her popularity among men and women alike, Sir Lady Java was born in New Orleans in 1943 and transitioned at an early age with the support of her mother. When she moved to Los Angeles in her early twenties, Java was a force within the nightclub circuit and became associated with famous acts such as comedian Redd Foxx and singer/dancer Sammy Davis Jr. Her repertoire included singing, exotic dancing, and impersonations. In a 2016 interview with Pasqual’s Eye and T. Porter, Java recounted the night LAPD descended into the nightclub to find her. “They came in and took me off stage. It was about 50 of them,” recalls Java. Under the city’s Rule No. 9 law, it was illegal to impersonate a member of the opposite sex by “means of costume or dress.” Her legacy: Java orchestrated a rally in 1967 outside of Foxx’s nightclub and partnered with the ACLU to change Rule No. 9. Two years later, the law would be repealed.

Lucy Hicks Anderson - GAMECHANGER “I have lived, acted, dressed just what I am, a woman.” There’s a distinct black and white photo of Lucy adorned in a stylish suit with an impeccably-dressed hat that sits just at the crown of her head. Her head is slightly turned and on her face, there’s a certain poise and in her eyes, pure charm. Lucy was born in 1886 in the little known town of Waddy, Kentucky. After entering grade school, she began wearing dresses and adapted to the name of “Lucy.” Lucy became a successful businesswoman as a property owner—most notably, one of her properties operated as a brothel in Oxnard, California. When it was discovered that Lucy was born male, she and her husband were charged with perjury, stating that she committedsuch when she signed on the dotted line of her marriage license. A jury would later convict Lucy and she was placed on probation for 10 years. Her legacy: While on trial for perjury, Lucy would tell the jury, “I defy any doctor in the world to prove that I am not a woman.”


Major Griffin-Gracy - TEACHER "Our visibility is marvelous. Who knew it would turn out like this?” Major is one of those living activists that you can’t help but be enamored by. Born in 1940, on the southside of Chicago, she participated in the local drag balls as a blossoming adult. Major or “Miss Major” as the community affectionately calls her, is a veteran of the Stonewall Rebellion. She attended The Stonewall Inn with a girlfriend and is described to be one of the leaders of the uprising. Major was struck in the head and taken into custody by a police officer. Four decades later, Major is still on the front lines fighting for trans rights, particularly those who have been a part of the prison system and are transitioning to life at home. She also serves as the Executive Director of the Transgender, Gender Variant, Intersex Justice Project. Her legacy: Major’s legacy is an open-ended book. A 2016 documentary titled MAJOR! documents her strides as an African-American transgender elder with a lengthy history of fighting for trans women of color.


MONDAY, JUNE 19 Doors + VIP Open Bar: 6:45 p.m. Event Begins: 7:30 p.m. at SVA Theatre / 333 W 23rd Street, NY

Last year NYC Pride successfully launched OutCinema, in partnership with NewFest and SVA Theatre, with a sold out showcase and party for the rousing film STRIKE A POSE. We’re thrilled to bring back this annual celebration of LGBT pride and community on film, featuring a specially curated screening followed by an open bar after-party.

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CHERRY POP — a bawdy, uproarious comedy about a wild night in a down-and-out drag club.

In Person: Bob the Drag Queen, Detox, Tempest DuJour, director Assaad Yacoub, and more to be announced!

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Get strapped up, tucked in and ready for a whirlwind of antics, one-liners and manic misfires as the troupe at Cherry Pop, a failing drag club, prepare for a raucous night in front of the curtain and backstage. As the newest “Cherry” arrives for her inaugural gig, the legendary (but unstable) Zaza prepares for her final performance—all the while a bevy of backstabbing queens learn to set aside their differences and embrace what unites them. Print courtesy of Wolfe Releasing

The hilarious ensemble features RuPaul’s Drag Race 2016 winner Bob The Drag Queen, and drag superstars Detox, Latrice Royale, and Tempest DuJour.


General Admission / $30

Includes one (1) ticket to the film, Q&A and open bar after party. *NewFest or Heritage of Pride members: $20

VIP / $60

Includes one (1) ticket to the film, VIP seating in premium rows, Q&A, private VIP open bar pre- and post-screening, and more surprises throughout the night. *NewFest or Heritage of Pride members: $40 Fill up your Pride calendar by packaging your OutCinema ticket with the Pride Luminaries Brunch on Sunday, June 18 and get extra savings.

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TRUVADA is a prescription medicine that can be used for PrEP to help reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 infection when used together with safer sex practices. This use is only for adults who are at high risk of getting HIV-1 through sex. This includes HIV-negative men who have sex with men and who are at high risk of getting infected with HIV-1 through sex, and male-female sex partners when one partner has HIV-1 infection and the other does not. Ask your healthcare provider if you have questions about how to prevent getting HIV-1. Always practice safer sex and use condoms to lower the chance of sexual contact with body fluids. Never reuse or share needles or other items that have body fluids on them.

Who should not take TRUVADA for PrEP?

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION What is the most important information I should know about TRUVADA for PrEP? Before taking TRUVADA for PrEP to reduce your risk of getting HIV-1 infection: u You must be HIV-negative. You must get tested to make sure that you do not already have HIV-1 infection. Do not take TRUVADA for PrEP to reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 unless you are confirmed to be HIV-negative. u Many HIV-1 tests can miss HIV-1 infection in a person who has recently become infected. If you have flu-like symptoms, you could have recently become infected with HIV-1. Tell your healthcare provider if you had a flu-like illness within the last month before starting TRUVADA for PrEP or at any time while taking TRUVADA for PrEP. Symptoms of new HIV-1 infection include tiredness, fever, joint or muscle aches, headache, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, night sweats, and/or enlarged lymph nodes in the neck or groin. While taking TRUVADA for PrEP to reduce your risk of getting HIV-1 infection: u You must continue using safer sex practices. Just taking TRUVADA for PrEP may not keep you from getting HIV-1. u You must stay HIV-negative to keep taking TRUVADA for PrEP. u To further help reduce your risk of getting HIV-1: • Know your HIV-1 status and the HIV-1 status of your partners. • Get tested for HIV-1 at least every 3 months or when your healthcare provider tells you. • Get tested for other sexually transmitted infections. Other infections make it easier for HIV-1 to infect you. • Get information and support to help reduce risky sexual behavior. • Have fewer sex partners. • Do not miss any doses of TRUVADA. Missing doses may increase your risk of getting HIV-1 infection. • If you think you were exposed to HIV-1, tell your healthcare provider right away. u If you do become HIV-1 positive, you need more medicine than TRUVADA alone to treat HIV-1. TRUVADA by itself is not a complete treatment for HIV-1. If you have HIV-1 and take only TRUVADA, your HIV-1 may become harder to treat over time. TRUVADA can cause serious side effects: u Too much lactic acid in your blood (lactic acidosis), which is a serious medical emergency. Symptoms of lactic acidosis include weakness or being more tired than usual, unusual muscle pain, being short of breath or fast breathing, nausea, vomiting, stomach-area pain, cold or blue hands and feet, feeling dizzy or lightheaded, and/or fast or abnormal heartbeats. uSerious liver problems. Your liver may become large and tender, and you may develop fat in your liver. Symptoms of liver problems include your skin or the white part of your eyes turns yellow, dark “tea-colored” urine, light-colored stools, loss of appetite for several days or longer, nausea, and/or stomach-area pain.

problems if you are female, very overweight (obese), or have been taking TRUVADA for a long time. In some cases, these serious conditions have led to death. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any symptoms of these conditions. u Worsening of hepatitis B (HBV) infection. If you also have HBV and take TRUVADA, your hepatitis may become worse if you stop taking TRUVADA. Do not stop taking TRUVADA without first talking to your healthcare provider. If your healthcare provider tells you to stop taking TRUVADA, they will need to watch you closely for several months to monitor your health. TRUVADA is not approved for the treatment of HBV. Do not take TRUVADA for PrEP if you already have HIV-1 infection or if you do not know your HIV-1 status. If you are HIV-1 positive, you need to take other medicines with TRUVADA to treat HIV-1. TRUVADA by itself is not a complete treatment for HIV-1. If you have HIV-1 and take only TRUVADA, your HIV-1 may become harder to treat over time. Do not take TRUVADA for PrEP if you also take lamivudine (Epivir-HBV) or adefovir (HEPSERA).

What are the other possible side effects of TRUVADA for PrEP?

Serious side effects of TRUVADA may also include: u Kidney problems, including kidney failure. Your healthcare provider may do blood tests to check your kidneys before and during treatment with TRUVADA for PrEP. If you develop kidney problems, your healthcare provider may tell you to stop taking TRUVADA for PrEP. u Bone problems, including bone pain or bones getting soft or thin, may lead to fractures. Your healthcare provider may do tests to check your bones. u Changes in body fat, which can happen in people taking TRUVADA or medicines like TRUVADA. Common side effects in people taking TRUVADA for PrEP are stomacharea (abdomen) pain, headache, and decreased weight. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effects that bother you or do not go away.

What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking TRUVADA for PrEP?

u All your health problems. Be sure to tell your healthcare provider if you

have or have had any kidney, bone, or liver problems, including hepatitis virus infection. u If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if TRUVADA can harm your unborn baby. If you become pregnant while taking TRUVADA for PrEP, talk to your healthcare provider to decide if you should keep taking TRUVADA for PrEP. Pregnancy Registry: A pregnancy registry collects information about your health and the health of your baby. There is a pregnancy registry for women who take medicines to prevent HIV-1 during pregnancy. For more information about the registry and how it works, talk to your healthcare provider. u If you are breastfeeding (nursing) or plan to breastfeed. Do not breastfeed. The medicines in TRUVADA can pass to your baby in breast milk. If you become HIV-1 positive, HIV-1 can be passed to the baby in breast milk. u All the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. TRUVADA may interact with other medicines. Keep a list of all your medicines and show it to your healthcare provider and pharmacist when you get a new medicine. u If you take certain other medicines with TRUVADA for PrEP, your healthcare provider may need to check you more often or change your dose. These medicines include ledipasvir with sofosbuvir (HARVONI). You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.FDA.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Please see Important Facts about TRUVADA for PrEP including important warnings on the following page.

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TRUVADA for PrEP™? The once-daily prescription medicine that can help reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 when used with safer sex practices. • TRUVADA for PrEP is only for adults who are at high risk of getting HIV through sex. • You must be HIV-negative before you start taking TRUVADA for PrEP. Ask your doctor about your risk of getting HIV-1 infection and if TRUVADA for PrEP may be right for you.

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This is only a brief summary of important information about taking TRUVADA for PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) to help reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 infection. This does not replace talking to your healthcare provider about your medicine.



Before starting TRUVADA for PrEP to help reduce your risk of getting HIV-1 infection: • You must be HIV-1 negative. You must get tested to make sure that you do not already have HIV-1 infection. Do not take TRUVADA for PrEP to reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 unless you are confirmed to be HIV-1 negative. • Many HIV-1 tests can miss HIV-1 infection in a person who has recently become infected. Symptoms of new HIV-1 infection include flu-like symptoms, tiredness, fever, joint or muscle aches, headache, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, night sweats, and/or enlarged lymph nodes in the neck or groin. Tell your healthcare provider if you have had a flu-like illness within the last month before starting TRUVADA for PrEP. While taking TRUVADA for PrEP to help reduce your risk of getting HIV-1 infection: • You must continue using safer sex practices. Just taking TRUVADA for PrEP may not keep you from getting HIV-1. • You must stay HIV-1 negative to keep taking TRUVADA for PrEP. • Tell your healthcare provider if you have a flu-like illness while taking TRUVADA for PrEP. • If you think you were exposed to HIV-1, tell your healthcare provider right away. • If you do become HIV-1 positive, you need more medicine than TRUVADA alone to treat HIV-1. If you have HIV-1 and take only TRUVADA, your HIV-1 may become harder to treat over time. • See the “How to Further Reduce Your Risk” section for more information. TRUVADA may cause serious side effects, including: • Buildup of lactic acid in your blood (lactic acidosis), which is a serious medical emergency that can lead to death. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of these symptoms: weakness or being more tired than usual, unusual muscle pain, being short of breath or fast breathing, nausea, vomiting, stomach-area pain, cold or blue hands and feet, feeling dizzy or lightheaded, and/or fast or abnormal heartbeats. • Severe liver problems, which in some cases can lead to death. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of these symptoms: your skin or the white part of your eyes turns yellow, dark “tea-colored” urine, light-colored stools, loss of appetite for several days or longer, nausea, and/or stomach-area pain. • Worsening of hepatitis B (HBV) infection. If you have HBV and take TRUVADA, your hepatitis may become worse if you stop taking TRUVADA. Do not stop taking TRUVADA without first talking to your healthcare provider, as they will need to check your health regularly for several months. You may be more likely to get lactic acidosis or severe liver problems if you are female, very overweight, or have been taking TRUVADA for a long time.

TRUVADA can cause serious side effects, including: • Those in the “Most Important Information About TRUVADA for PrEP" section. • New or worse kidney problems, including kidney failure. • Bone problems. • Changes in body fat. Common side effects in people taking TRUVADA for PrEP include stomacharea (abdomen) pain, headache, and decreased weight. These are not all the possible side effects of TRUVADA. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have any new symptoms while taking TRUVADA for PrEP. Your healthcare provider will need to do tests to monitor your health before and during treatment with TRUVADA for PrEP.

• Take 1 tablet once a day, every day, not just when you think you have been exposed to HIV-1. • Do not miss any doses. Missing doses may increase your risk of getting HIV-1 infection. • You must practice safer sex by using condoms and you must stay HIV-1 negative.



TRUVADA is a prescription medicine used with safer sex practices for PrEP to help reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 infection in adults at high risk: • HIV-1 negative men who have sex with men and who are at high risk of getting infected with HIV-1 through sex. • Male-female sex partners when one partner has HIV-1 infection and the other does not. To help determine your risk, talk openly with your doctor about your sexual health. Do NOT take TRUVADA for PrEP if you: • Already have HIV-1 infection or if you do not know your HIV-1 status. • Take lamivudine (Epivir-HBV) or adefovir (HEPSERA).

• Know your HIV-1 status and the HIV-1 status of your partners. • Get tested for HIV-1 at least every 3 months or when your healthcare provider tells you. • Get tested for other sexually transmitted infections. Other infections make it easier for HIV-1 to infect you. • Get information and support to help reduce risky sexual behavior. • Have fewer sex partners. • Do not share needles or personal items that can have blood or body fluids on them.

TRUVADA, the TRUVADA Logo, TRUVADA FOR PREP, GILEAD, the GILEAD Logo, and HEPSERA are trademarks of Gilead Sciences, Inc., or its related companies. All other marks referenced herein are the property of their respective owners. Version date: April 2016 © 2017 Gilead Sciences, Inc. All rights reserved. TVDC0083 03/17

BEFORE TAKING TRUVADA FOR PrEP Tell your healthcare provider if you: • Have or have had any kidney, bone, or liver problems, including hepatitis infection. • Have any other medical conditions. • Are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. • Are breastfeeding (nursing) or plan to breastfeed. Do not breastfeed if you become HIV-1 positive because of the risk of passing HIV-1 to your baby. Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take: • Keep a list that includes all prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements, and show it to your healthcare provider and pharmacist. • Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist about medicines that should not be taken with TRUVADA for PrEP.


GET MORE INFORMATION • This is only a brief summary of important information about TRUVADA for PrEP to reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 infection. Talk to your healthcare provider or pharmacist to learn more, including how to prevent HIV-1 infection. • Go to start.truvada.com or call 1-800-GILEAD-5 • If you need help paying for your medicine, visit start.truvada.com for program information.


Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network by Nikkita Thompson

their students, including LGBT students; 3) Establishing presence of a student club, such as a Gay Straight Alliance or Gender & Sexuality Alliance; 4) Accurate and positive depiction of LGBT people, history and events in the curriculum. We’ve grown to the point that as of 2013, GLSEN’s Safe Space campaign actually reached every single middle school and high school in the entire country.

Can you expand on the resource that GLSEN provides to teachers to help create welcoming, aff irming and supportive school comunities? Our work is about transforming K-12 education to respond to the unique needs and support the achievement and well being of LGBT youth in the same way that it supports all other students. We provide tool kits to educators like our Safe Space kit or Ready Set Respect, our elementary school tool kit. We partner with pre-service and in-service teacher education programs to ensure that there is LGBTaffirming content in them. Ultimately, GLSEN’s purpose is systems change. Outside of the work we do with teachers, we also work on policy and legislative change at the local, state and national level. We do research and program evaluation to understand the scope and impact of LGBT issues on education and on K-12 school communities.

How did you get involved with GLSEN?

GLSEN (pronounced “glisten”) has been a champion for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth for more than 25 years. Started by a small group of teachers, the organization’s influence reaches thousands of school communities across the country by affecting school culture and policy. Given the current political climate and the stark aggression aimed at LGBTQ youth, this education-based organization provides proven strategies and action steps to perpetuate movements of change. We sat down with Dr. Eliza Byard, Executive Director of GLSEN, to learn more. How did GLSEN grow over 27 years? In 1990, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) got it’s start when parents, teachers and students came together to try to address the widespread victimization, bias and invisibility that LGBT people face in K-12 schools across the United States. The four key supports are 1) Affirming policies at the school level; 2) Ensuring there are educators in every school who are supportive of all

Has GLSEN ever partnered with any city agencies, specifically in New York? What have those partnerships looked like? When we are rolling out something new, we pilot it and partner with a district so that we have a broad enough experience of how the new program or product actually works in the field to know that it’s going to make a difference. [In 2007], we piloted a program called Respect for All which is a citywide program to reduce bias-based violence and bullying in New York City schools. Most recently, we partnered with a school district in California as we were rolling out a new professional development module related to K-5 education. Not only are our constituents LGBTQ but they are also different abilities, different immigration statuses, and different religious backgrounds to name a few.


I came to GLSEN actually because my mother was a high school English teacher and was one of GLSEN’s founding volunteers in New York City, for our New York City chapter. That’s how I came to meet Kevin Jennings, GLSEN’s founder, and how I began to be involved in various projects, mostly around LGBT history. My degree is in U.S. History, my work was focused on LGBT history and in 1994 GLSEN launched a wonderful new program marking October as LGBT History Month. I began working with the organization to develop both a film and materials that would be available to educators to include LGBT issues in the history curriculum.


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BE Sure, Play Sure, Stay Sure. If you think you’ve been exposed to HIV, PEP is treatment that, if taken within 72 hours, can prevent infection. Condoms offer excellent protection against HIV and other STIs. Consider PrEP for everyday HIV protection if you have trouble using condoms. STAY SURE: Call 311 and ask for Emergency PEP. PEP is now available in NYC STD Clinics.

What is the Day of Silence and what is the story behind that initiative? Every year GLSEN’s National Day of Silence is a moment when students across the country do something dramatic in order to call attention to the impact of anti-LGBTQ bias and violence in our K-12 schools. This event is particularly personal because my first day on the staff at GLSEN was the day that the student creators, who were college students, brought this to GLSEN and asked if we could make this initiative grow. It was really a moment when Queer youth activism [had] a tangible cross over with the civil rights movement because the idea for the day of silence was arrived at in a course taught by Dr. Julian Bond at the University of Virginia. Dr. Bond was teaching about the power of nonviolent protest and the students in his course were charged with trying to figure out a new non-violent action to advance an issue today and they came up with the idea for the Day of Silence. When it came to GLSEN it was in about 400 colleges in the country; now it happens on tens of thousands of high school campuses all over the place.

What is on GLSEN’s agenda for the next 5, 10, 20 years? Right now, most of our issues are about political outsiders coming in and trying to disrupt school by saying no, you can’t do that. We have to hold the line and we have to keep making progress. We have so much to keep working on and so many paths to making progress locally, even as we have to manage attacks from the national and sometimes the state level. We’ve been able to reduce the victimization of LGBTQ youth and we’ve been able to increase the presence of our four key supports in schools across the country. In the face of overwhelming evidence, it puts it on our opponent to say ok what part of this picture are you trying to undo and it makes their intolerance and discrimination just so boldly visible that it becomes very hard to argue for.

Why did you join GLSEN? I joined GLSEN because I was passionate about advocating for diversity within the organization. I also felt that it represented an opportunity for me to lean into what I call a “big brother moment,” that is to say my time to lead and be a mentor to other LGBT youth and especially black boys. I feel that black boys often don’t get to see diverse images of themselves and I want them to know that I not only understand their pain, but have been able to transcend it in my own life.

Tell me more about the local work being done through GLSEN’s NYC chapter. This year we also hope to put more effort into ensuring the development of GSAs at predominantly African-American schools. Most recently we participated in the National Youth HIV Awareness Day Twitter chat.

What organizations have you collaborated with and for what purpose? Some of the organizations we have collaborated with include: Lambda Literary Foundation, the New York Department of Education, and the Counter Narrative Project. For the National Day of Silence, GLSEN NYC partnered with the Counter Narrative Project on a screening of the film Moonlight. Following the screening we held a panel discussion to explore how the school to prison pipeline has greater impact on LGBT youth. We also partnered with the Lambda Literary Foundation and the New York Department of Education to host the second annual LGBTQ Writers in Schools Program.

How does the NYC chapter participate in Ally Week and the Day of Silence? Ally Week and Day of Silence are all about students and schools. As such, our participation in these events center around our GSAs. We provide support and resources to GSAs to make sure they are able to take the lead in their schools.

Do you work with local board members? If so, how do you collaborate to accomplish your goals? The GLSEN NYC board is a working board. We work collaboratively to make sure that our work has the greatest impact for students, teachers and administrators across New York City. We have a committee structure which allows each board member to take on a leadership role. We then utilize a volunteer network, ensuring that the needs of each project are met.

Eric Paulk

Much of GLSEN’s ideals are implemented locally through the efforts of local chapters across the country. We spoke with Eric Paulk, co-chair of the New York City chapter, to learn more about the work being done in the Big Apple.


statuses, and different religious backgrounds to name a few. We show up with a special focus to support schools in doing the right thing by every child who walks in their door.


Often regarded as the the Godmother of Soul, Patti LaBelle has fostered a successful career for more than fifty years. She started her rise to stardom as the lead vocalist of the group: Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles. The group later changed its name to Labelle and is best known for the mega hit “Lady Marmalade.”She eventually went on to pursue a solo career that spawned epic tracks like “Stir It Up” and “If You Asked Me To”.



Patti LaBelle, the Grammy Awardwinning legend, is bringing a “new attitude” to Pier 26. NYC Pride is honored to have Ms. LaBelle kick-off the new Pride Island, a 3-day cultural experience starting Friday, June 23.

LaBelle continues to work with the same fervor and zest for life as when she started her journey. Not only can she still rock a five-inch heel, but she continues to grow her brand while doing so. From music to the kitchen, Ms. LaBelle is at the top of her game. The Grammy Award-winning singer is also an author on the New York Times Bestsellers list. She took her passion for cooking and turned it into four delicious cookbooks. Everyone is crazy about Ms. Patti’s pies, and now you can make your own!



Can you tell us about the first time you ever performed in New York City? Oh goodness. I can’t

remember the first time, it’s been way too long! But I can say that my most memorable performance in New York City was when Labelle performed at The Met.

What is your favorite place in NYC? What do you love about it? It may sound corny, but I love Central Park! I like

to go there and just walk around and people watch whenever I’m in the city and have time.

What are you looking forward to the most about your Pride Island performance? I’m looking forward to all of my children jumping and shouting and just going crazy! I want everyone to enjoy themselves. It’s going to be a fun time!

Do you have any pre-show rituals? What are they? My band and I always pray together before every show.

What is your favorite song to sing? I love to sing the Lord’s Prayer. Also “Over the Rainbow!”

If you could duet with anyone who would it be? Why? Aretha Franklin.

So many artists look up to you; who were your idols? Nina Simone, Gloria Lynn, Dakota Staton, Esther Phillips

You are known for your music and your cooking. What else are you passionate about? Cleaning. I love

to clean! Even though I have a housekeeper, I clean before he gets to my house. And I really love cleaning windows. I love Windex!

What is your favorite thing to cook? Pasta. I can’t eat

that much of it because I’m diabetic, but I love it! So a lot of the time I’ll do wheat pasta. But I make a seafood penne with clam, shrimp, lobster and crabmeat and white sauce. And I like to do meatballs and hot Italian sausage with red sauce. I enjoy making lamb chops and peach cobbler, too!

What is “cooking” for you in 2017? Oh gosh… everything!

I’m never not on tour. And I’ll be promoting my new cookbook, Desserts LaBelle, and my very first jazz album, Bel Hommage! I’ll also be working on my TV show, Patti LaBelle’s Place, and new products with Walmart. And I plan to play with mybeautiful grandchildren for as long as I can!

I’ve done a lot of collaborations over the years, but I’ve always wanted to sing with Aretha. I love her voice!


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From the birth of comic strips — to sell newspapers back in 1842 — to the successful publication of stand alone comic books like Detective Comics (DC), the comic community in New York flourished. Karen Green, Columbia University’s Graphic Novel Librarian, states, “New York was long the hub for comics publishing, with the major publishers located here, and the creators needing to be nearby to deliver their work.” In post-war America, comics expanded to include westerns, crimes, romance, and horror genres. By the 1950s, the comic industry was under siege by moral crusaders condemning the works and orchestrating comic book bans and large burnings. The industry survived with perseverance and collaborative efforts. The 1960s harkened a new era of storytelling and ushered in realism that appealed to more adult readership. This growth in the market led to an industry continuing to push boundaries and address difficult topics. Green added, “There are those who are still caught up in the notion that comics are a ‘dumbed down’ form of literature, or that the pictures somehow make the text easier to comprehend, but comics are a complex and sophisticated medium and the text and image complement each other; they don't reinforce each other. Given that comics are winning National Book Awards and cartoonists are winning MacArthur Foundation ‘genius’ fellowships, I think the time for denigrating the medium as childish is past.” As a new medium, comics are able to engage an audience with very difficult topics. DC writer Marc Andreyko (Batwoman) organized a partnership for a benefit book with 200+ contributors. Much of GLSEN’s ideals are implemented locally through the efforts of local chapters across the country. We spoke with Eric Paulk, co-chair of the New York City chapter, to learn more about the work being done in the Big Apple. I n a n i n t erview with E nt e r t a in men t We ekl y, Andreyko writes, “It is h u g e l y i m p o r t a n t


Image Credit: IDW Publishing and DC Entertainment


New York City’s homegrown industry of comics takes flight, bounds over opposition, and diversifies its punches as society and readers evolve with it. Now, contributors within the industry collaborate on addressing difficult topics and varied effects from tragedy.


for [LGBT] kids who might not be out or in a safe space to live openly to see their heroes and the publishers of these heroes telling them that they are not just okay, but are valued and loved. Representation is important for those of us who aren’t f o r t u n a t e e n o u g h to have familial s u p p o r t o r l i v e in a big city. Having DC, Archie, and Harry Potter in this book could quite literally help people at risk know that they are loved.” The contents of the book grapple with tragedy from varied perspectives filled with all the emotions of anger, sadness, frustration, helplessness, and determination for action. At the end of May, Orlando hosted MegaCon where all the original artwork from the benefit book was auctioned off with the proceeds joining the fund from the sales of the book. Andreyko stated, “Each and every piece emanates love and is priceless. Everyone came together to create a beautiful piece of art that I think will resonate [with] readers for many years into the future.”

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Glittering on the Silver Screen /

LGBTQ faces are not new to the big screen. Since last Pride, theaters saw an upsurge in stories powerful enough to hit the big screen. These films are profound and filled with proud members of the community. See what's been big so far this year, and what is on the horizon.

This is Everthing: Gigi Gorgeous She is sassy, sweet, entitled, engaging, garrulous, glamorous...she is Gigi Gorgeous. This is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous follows a YouTube star as she finds herself and follows her truth.


A modern day version of Paris is Burning, Kiki takes a deep look into the lives of LGBTQ young people of color and how ball culture influences their world. Voguing from the Christopher Street Pier to the White House, this film highlights the tenacious drive of a community that expresses itself through dance and uses its power for the betterment of its members. You’ll find it hard to remain unmoved by the stories of loss and perseverance. Kiki steps into the lives of young transgender people disowned by their biological families and welcomed into the house system of the ballroom community. These houses are chosen families that do more than perform fierce walks; they create safe, yet defiant spaces for LGBTQ people and those who love them. The film balances poignant moments with wildly entertaining performances. Kiki is entertaining, inspiring, eye-opening and gives you life! Available on ITunes and Amazon through June.

We see a side of her that goes beyond the confines of social media celebrity and get a glimpse into who and what made her the mogul she is today. Gigi made global news when she was detained in Dubai for being transgender. Though the incident is mentioned in the film, the overall focus of the documentary was the journey from Gregory Lazzarato to Gigi Gorgeous. What began as make-up tutorials eventually morphed into a platform where a trans woman was able to tell her story. There is lots of glitz and glam that can get a little cringeworthy, considering this is far from the reality most transgender youth experience. You might find yourself frustrated as Gigi fights with her father, barking at him as he tends to her pre- and post-surgery. It is easy to judge what appears to be a privileged girl throwing a tantrum, but the narrative of Gigi’s life is much more layered. Years of trying to fit into an identity that was assigned to her—coupled with a huge loss at an early age—gives some insight into why Gigi struggles with her father’s shaky understanding of her identity. Esteemed director Barbara Kopple successfully helps audiences look past the persona; she introduces you to an endearing young woman who inspires other young people to be themselves. Available anytime on YouTube Red.

The Pass Our friends at NewFest recommend The Pass. The film that started as a stage production and is, in essence, a master class in acting led by Russell Tovey (Jason) and Arinze Kene (Ade). Tovey is known for his work on BBC’s Being Human and HBO’s Looking. He balances a character torn between the societal standards that come with fame and a love he won’t allow himself to pursue. Kene serves as a calm juxtaposition to the storm that is Tovey and chips away at his self-loathing shrouded in arrogance. The Pass is minimalistic in its production, but big in feeling. The film had its international premiere at the NewFest Gala’s opening night. Keep an eye out for official US release dates. 116


Will & Grace Reunited /

by David Correa

On September 21, 1998, a hilarious 30 minutes changed the landscape of television forever. "Will & Grace" would go on to become one of the most successful sitcoms in history. For eight seasons Will, Grace, Jack and Karen chased their dreams, battled through heartache, struggled with family, and normalized gay life— all while making us laugh.

norms were challenged weekly.

The cast and creators of the show dealt with shaky reviews from the onset. Just one year earlier, Ellen DeGeneres made waves when she came out on her sitcom. Ellen’s “The Puppy Episode” scored huge ratings, but the show quickly lost favor with audiences garnering harsh criticism for being “too gay.”

Will & Grace paved the way for shows like This is Us to exist with important LGBT characters in non-primary roles. “This show made featuring gay marriage and samesex adoption during primetime television possible for Modern Family.” Will, Grace, Jack and Karen gave lessons in acceptance through humor. They shed light on the beauty of individuality and by doing so opened the door to a new dawn in television comedy. The show’s impact was so profound that just the hint of a Will & Grace reboot sends fans into a tailspin.

When audiences met this cast, each character was already established and grounded in who they were. Grace Adler (Debra Messing) approached life with a certain amount of moxie and personal drive, while Karen Walker (Megan Mullally) expressed a boozy indifference for anyone’s needs but her own. Will Truman (Eric McCormack) was a bit neurotic, but was past the stage of self-discovery. Jack McFarland (Sean Hayes) radiated confidence. They were gay and it was ok! Creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan did not leave room for viewers to question Will and Jack. That was a part of the show’s magic. In essence, they let viewers into the lives of individuals that just happened to be LGBT community members or allies. Everyone wanted to be friends with this foursome, even the A-list. Whether it was Jack in a Cher fantasy, or Karen bunking up with Madonna, the set was crawling with celebrity guests. In eight seasons over one hundred music, broadway and movie stars stopped by to let loose with the kooky cast. It was a playground of bawdy behavior and quick humor where the envelop was constantly being pushed and social 118

It was because of this no-holds-barred approach that the show quickly soared to success. The once rocky reviews turned to ratings gold with all four leads walking away with at least one Emmy Award during their run. Now in syndication, TV LAND has the pleasure of reliving all the fun over and over again.

In September of 2016, the cast reunited for a miniepisode and the social media-sphere went crazy. Not only did they all look amazing, but the chemistry and timing were still classic Will & Grace. After all the buzz, a deal was struck and fans will have the pleasure of spending at least 10 episodes with their old friends. Keep an eye out for air date announcements for the 2017-18 season.


ICELANDIC Flavors / Cool down in the hot summer sun with these creative cocktails from Reyka.

Whether you are trying to beat the heat with some friends on Fire Island or sitting poolside cooling down by yourself, try some of these new concoctions coming from our Icelandic buddies at Reyka. Look out for a chance to win a trip to Reykjavik Pride at Pride Island!

2 parts Reyka Vodka 1 part fresh lime juice ¾ part simple syrup 4 to 6 mint leaves GLASS Coupe | GARNISH mint leaf or sprig METHOD shake THE


1 ¾ parts Reyka Vodka ¾ part fresh lemon juice ¾ part maple syrup ¾ part Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur top with soda water

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, double strain and serve.


GLASS Collins | GARNISH lemon wedge METHOD shake Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, strain and serve.



2 ½ parts Reyka Vodka ½ part Dry Vermouth 2 dashes orange bitters


GLASS Martini | GARNISH orange twist | METHOD stir


Chill Martini glass. Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass, stir and serve.


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Philip Bambarger, owner and creator of Bambarger Co., is a sparkling member of the community. A New Yorker for 17 years—but an Alabama boy at heart—he is infusing his essential beard oil with southern sophistication and Yankee elegance. Visit bambargerco.com and take advantage of 15% off using the code BEARDPRIDE (offer valid 5/25/2017 to 6/30/2017).




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Start your primping process with their [1] Nourishing Shampoo + Conditioner; nourish your beard as you lather it up. The two-in-one shampoo and conditioner will leave your beard with a soft, touchable feel and a full, healthy look. Follow up with their 99.8% naturally derived Nourishing Beard Grooming Oil. It tames the facial hair while soothing the skin under the beard. The essential oils in both products create a woodsy, aromatic, spa-like experience.

You are washed and conditioned, now one last step before you step out: styling. Try [3] Bambarger Co. Chester Stache Wax. This all natural combination of coconut oil, beeswax and shea butter supplies a stiff yet pliable hold. Less is more; use a tiny amount to create instant style and shape. Take a step back before you style and consider their [3] Union Beard Oil. It’s the perfect primer for beard panache. With this handcrafted blend of natural and essential oils you will be as dapper as the vintage glass apothecary bottle it comes in.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 23 - from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. at TAJ II Lounge / 48 West 21st Street, NY

NYC Pride is shaking things up with a new grown and sexy women-focused event: Moxie! Throw on your highest stiletto heels or dapper shoes and make your way to Taj II Lounge in the Flatiron district. Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter, Mary Lambert, will perform rom her new EP Bold, released May 5. Presented by NYC Pride, in collaboration with Stacy of Stonewall, Kate of LovergirlNYC, and Cynthia Russo, this after-work sensual Friday event kicks off with the DJ stylings of Mary Mac and Susan Levine. Interested in creating an unforgettable weekend? Check out our LACE, PEARL VIP, and DIAMOND bundle packages for a healthy dose of NYC Pride.

TICKETS & INFORMATION Advanced General Admission / $25 Includes entry into the space.

Advanced VIP / $48

Includes VIP admission and express entry to skip the lines, bottle service options, and an exclusive VIP gift bag.

Lace Pass / One (1) General Admission ticket to each of the

Mary Mac

following: Moxie, Teaze, Femme Fatale, and Saturday’s Pride Island (06/24/17) to see Tegan & Sara.

Pearl Pass / One (1) VIP ticket to each of the following:

Moxie, Teaze, Femme Fatale, the PrideFest VIP Area and Saturday’s Pride Island (06/24/17) to see Tegan & Sara.

Diamond Pass / One (1) ticket to the PrideFest VIP Area and one (1) General Admission ticket to each of the following: Moxie, Teaze, Femme Fatale and ALL three (3) days of Pride Island to see Patti LaBelle, Tegan & Sara, and more!

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On June 12, 2016, 49 people were killed in an attack on the LGBT community, and what would become the largest mass shooting in United States history. Two weeks later, Pulse Nightclub owner Barbara Poma and Entertainment Manager Neema Bahrami visited New York City to give their messages of memorialization and hope at the NYC Pride Rally and March.

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We talked with Barbara and Neema about their experiences with Pride, the new onePulse Foundation and the continued mission to remember the victims of last year’s attack. Visit onepulsefoundation.com to learn more and donate. P R I D E How are you?

Neema Bahrami

B P I feel like we are starting to move forward with the mission we have been tasked to do, which is to memorialize the tragedy so our Angels are never forgotten. This is what is helping me heal. N B I am doing well, my journey to spread love has been a positive impact in my life and others. Knowing that your message can help heal the ones who need it is rewarding. P R I D E You attended NYC Pride last year. What did that

experience mean to you?

B P That experience was important to me because of the history of Stonewall and what that meant to our community. Standing in front of the crowd—expressing my love—was one of the most spiritual moments of my life, and I thank NYC Pride for that moment that changed my life. N B That experience was such an overwhelming moment. I remember the reason I chose to attend was because I was sure that if anyone, or any one group of people could possibly understand how we were feeling, it was the community of NYC. And I was correct. NYC gave me hope and comfort.. P R I D E Is there a particular moment at NYC Pride that

really sticks in your mind?

B P For me, there isn’t just one moment: when I saw the people of NYC crying with us, clapping to show their support, the visit to Stonewall and most importantly meeting the two women who were the honorees on our float. Their love and hugs were so comforting. N B Visiting Stonewall and being in a historical building that had meaning to my journey brought me a sense of overwhelming love that is indescribable P R I D E You launched the onePulse foundation last month.

Why did you want to make this your next step?

B P I started onePulse so that what happened will not be forgotten, that our Angels will teach g e n e r a t i o n s to come about conquering hate. What did that experience mean to you?

a conversation with Barbara Poma & Neema Bahrami

P R I D E You have planned a series of events to mark the

anniversary, which the city coordinated with you to forever call “Orlando United Day.” What are the events? How did you approach coordinating those activities? N B For our one year, we have special ceremonies that are being held on Pulse Orlando property at 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. on June 12, as we honor the ones we lost with a special program. At 7 p.m. at Lake Eola, we are doing a ceremony for Orlando to honor the ones we lost. B P The city, our county and I have together planned this day and hope that the Day of Love and Kindness becomes a movement to create change across the country.

P R I D E For those who can’t be in Orlando, how can the

community best honor the anniversary?

N B We marked the day as a day of love and kindness. We ask the world to give an act of kindness through love that day. As an example, help one who’s in need, or even donate blood. B P Respond the way you did that day, however you showed love, compassion. P R I D E NYC’s Pride’s 2017 theme is “We Are Proud.”

What are you most proud of ?

N B I am proud to have parents that embrace me and stand beside me in time of need. My family means the world to me and to have two parents that teach you to love regardless of your difference makes me proud to be their son. B P I am most proud of how my family, my Pulse family, my Orlando community and the world has responded and only hope these changes move us closer to conquering hate.


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FRIDAY, JUNE 23 from 11 p.m. - 5 a.m. at HIGHLINE BALLROOM / 431 W. 16th Street, NY NYC Pride and Brian Rafferty Productions invite you to come experience a whole new Fantasy held at Highline Ballroom. Join us for a MEN AT WORK fantasy unlike any you’ve ever experienced. Dress up in your sexiest uniforms and kick-off NYC Pride weekend properly. This world renowned concert venue showcases some of the best performance artists, lighting, sound and special effects in New York City. DJs Eddie Martinez and Ralphi Rosario 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.

TICKETS & INFORMATION Advanced General Admission / $50 Includes entry into the space.

VIP / $79

Includes VIP admission to the event, plus express entry to skip the lines, and an elevated VIP area.

Premium Bottle Package / $600

Includes four (4) VIP tickets, one (1) bottle of vodka, tequila OR rum, priority entry, and access to seated area.

Lace Pass / If you’re looking for just a taste of Pride, this

is your best bet. This pass provides one (1) General Admission ticket to each of the following: Fantasy, VIP Rooftop, and Sunday’s Pride Island (06/25/17).

Pearl VIP Pass / Everyone likes to feel like a VIP. This pass

provides one (1) VIP ticket to each of the following: Fantasy, VIP Rooftop Party, the PrideFest VIP Area and Sunday’s Pride Island (06/25/17).

Platinum VIP Pass / They will all be looking at you. This

pass provides one (1) General Admission ticket to Masterbeat and a VIP ticket to each of the following: Fantasy, VIP Rooftop Party, the PrideFest VIP Area, and Sunday’s Pride Island (06/25/17).

Diamond Pass / Be our best friend. This pass provides

one (1) ticket to the PrideFest VIP Area and one (1) General Admission ticket to each of the following: Masterbeat, Fantasy, VIP Rooftop Party and ALL three (3) days at Pride Island.

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SATURDAY, JUNE 24 from 10 p.m. - 6 a.m. at HAMMERSTEIN BALLROOM / 311 W. 34th Street, NY

YOU ARE THE NEXT CONTESTANT! The official Saturday night event of NYC Pride returns as Masterbeat once again transforms the legendary Hammerstein Ballroom into NYC’s biggest mega-club with world-famous production featuring thundering concert sound, hundreds of moving lights and lasers, and a theatrical production showcasing the hottest dancers and performers in the world.

For 2017, we’re inviting you to “come on down” and party with us as the next player in our new original theme: Game Show. Will it be a double whammy? Will you spin the big wheel? What will be revealed in the “showcase showdown?” Come to Masterbeat’s Game Show and find out – everyone is a contestant…everyone’s a winner. We’ll literally take you through the games you know and love as you dance the night away with 3,000 other players there to compete for cash, prizes, fun, or YOU! Be a part of the “GRAND PRIZE” at one of NYC Pride’s biggest parties!

The Hammerstein Ballroom was built in 1906 by Oscar Hammerstein and is arguably one of NYC’s finest remaining venues with more than four levels including spectacular wrap-around balconies. Last year’s Masterbeat Graffiti 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!

TICKETS & INFORMATION Advanced General Admission / $100 Includes access to the main and lower floors.

Advanced VIP / $125

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An iconic performer, published author, and award-winning singer, LeAnn Rimes is no stranger to the spotlight. One quick glance at her Instagram is enough to give you not only workout goals, but also a dose of daily inspiration. We sat down with the two-time Grammy winner to get to know more about our P rideFest headliner.

by Dina Homayumi First three things that come to mind when you think NYC Pride?

Celebration of love. Acceptance. One big party!

Did you ever have that “Welcome to New York” moment? What was it? I auditioned for my first

Broadway play at six-years old. That’s a pretty big “welcome to New York” moment! What is your go-to pump up song?

“Sex On Fire” by Kings Of Leon.

What gives you power on stage?

I feed off the exchange of energy with the crowd. On stage I try to give off as much love as possible and take people on a deep, emotional journey. That type of connection with my audience is otherworldly.

You’ve been in the business a long time, what is one thing you do when out on the road that makes you feel at home in a new place?

I try to keep up the rituals that center me while I’m on the road. Meditating helps me feel at home no matter where I am.My favorite scented candles always help create a sense of comfort too. What is your favorite place you’ve traveled?


What is the last text you sent?

Sent to my friend Darrell: “Hi! Love you! Overwhelming day. Really tired! Love you!”

Who inspires you the most?

Honestly, these days my inspiration comes from within. I’m really proud of myself for my growth and devotion to healing. I have a very dedicated spiritual and meditation practice that inspires my soul and balances my mind everyday. My husband and my beautiful stepsons always inspire me and any words of wisdom by Maya Angelou and MLK.

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What is it like to hear yourself on the radio?

Surreal and gratifying.

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Putting on a Show /

Get out of your rut and get into a seat, the 2017-18 Broadway season is here. We did the research so you don’t have to. Here’s a selection of the next big things that are sure to satisfy every critic.

Fans of the eponymous film will delight in the new Broadway production of Amélie. Directed by Tony award winner Pam MacKinnon, the musical rendition of the beloved film stars Tony Award nominee Phillipa Soo (of Hamilton fame) as Amélie and Adam Chanler-Berat as Nino. Follow along as Amélie, our whimsical heroine, begins a romantic journey towards happiness that is wrought with surprising acts of kindness. Amélie is a heartwarming comedy that Paste Magazine says “...proves that the world is better when we’re all in it together.”



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The new musical features a book by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award nominee Craig Lucas, music by Daniel Messé, and lyrics by Nathan Tysen and Daniel Messé. (ameliebroadway.com)

Returning to Broadway for a 15-week run, Six Degrees of Separation follows young conman Paul (played by Corey Hawkins) as he insinuates himself into the lives of wealthy New York couple Ouisa and Flan Kittredge (played by seven-time Emmy winner Allison Janney and Tony winner John Benjamin Hickey, respectively). Playing on their parental sentiments, Paul convinces the Kittredges to let him stay the night. But as his hustle moves beyond the Kittredges and out to the Upper East Side, we learn that lies can bury you, especially when you mess with the wrong family.


Six Degrees of Separation E t h e l B a r r y m o re T h e a t r e

A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and a Tony Award nominee for Best Play, Six Degrees of Separation will have you swept up as you examine the connections between yourself and the world around you. (sixdegreesbroadway.com)


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Who doesn’t remember the first time they experienced the magical world of Willy Wonka? Whether you’re a fan of the book or the movies, you’ll be sure to enjoy the Broadway reimagination. Coming off a successful four year run on London’s West End, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory premieres this April to U.S. audiences. The cast is seriously sweet—no pun intended—and stars two-time Tony Award winner Christian Borle as Willy Wonka. Follow along as young Charlie Bucket enters the world of “pure imagination” created by the candy genius. Directed by three-time Tony Award winner Jack O’Brien, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory features music by Grammy, Emmy, and Tony winner Marc Shaiman with lyrics by Grammy and Tony winners Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman. (charlieonbroadway.com)


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Selecting a Wedding Party / Congrats! You’re getting married.

Though there’s plenty to do, an early step should be considering the composition of your wedding party. Whether you’ve been dreaming about this day since you were a little boy or you thought she’d never ask, consider these 10 Do’s and Don’ts. Do Wait. Take your time. A huge step was just taken in your relationship; your focus should be on your fiancé. There is no need to start buying “Will you be my Groomsmaid?” gifts the day after you said yes.

Don’t Assume. Generosity has its limits. Have a

Don’t Drink & Ask. Ask sober and avoid the do-over. Everyone is going to want to celebrate. While the love you feel is real, is it real enough to ask that friend of two months to be in your wedding? Remember this person will be in your wedding pictures... forever. Photographers can only do so much editing.

Do Avoid the Shade. At the end of the day you are

Do Discuss. Before you select your wedding party, sit with your other half and make sure you are on the same page. Does symmetry matter to you? Do you have a “do not ask” list? Is there someone you both want on your team? Be sure to have your final list in place before you start the ask.

Don’t Procrastinate. You have to consider that dresses

Don’t Feel Obligated. Mom wants your distant cousin

discussion with the folks you ask to ensure you understand their budgets and they understand your vision. You might need to make accommodations for some individuals and that’s ok.

asking a group of people to be there during some exciting and stressful times. Be sure to select people you are comfortable speaking with openly. You want to be able to laugh with each other when you put them in some crazy outfit and make them pay for it.

and tuxedos can take time to decide on. Are you going custom? Rental? Is it BYO? Whatever you decide, you need time to get it nailed down. Shops are going to give you deadlines and your wedding party will need to set aside time. Vacation plans, PTO, wedding showers, bachelor/bachelorette parties: give everyone the chance to pencil you in.

in the wedding, but you didn’t even know they existed? Remember, this is about you and your betrothed, so you want to be surrounded by people that will help to elevate this experience for you. If all else fails, barter. Maybe Mom will drop the subject for an extra invite or two.

Do Consider Chemistry. When casting your big day,

it is important to know how everyone will play together. You want the go-getter and it’s also good to have the guy that will just follow everyone else’s lead. Avoid having too many alphas; they will cause you to play referee. Balance is key.

Do Take the Leap. You’ll be surprised to see how eager

some of your friends and family will be to support you. Don’t count people out because of distance or what you think you know about their time and other commitments. If they can support you, they will. If not, at least you made the effort. They’ll love you for it even more.

Don’t Worry. It will all come together and the people

around you that day will be supportive and excited. They will make sure you eat, cry when you cry, calm your nerves, and remind you to relish in all the moments. You’ll find that your bonds will grow stronger and when it all wraps up there will be stories to tell for years to come. 136

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June 16 - 28 Theatre at St. John’s presents a Pride month special. Join this tag-team journey into truth that interweaves three stories from three centuries. Some have an angel to guide. Marc, in the Venice of today, finds his way with help from Angelo.

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Check In & Check Out These Hotels / Need a place to crash for NYC Pride? We've got you covered.

New York City has a wide array of posh and affordable hotels that can become your home away from home while at Pride this year. THE MILLENIUM HILTON - Lower Manhattan

W HOTELS & RESORTS - Manhattan

The Millenium Hilton in Lower Manhattan is a full service upscale hotel known for its unparalleled service and unrivaled views of the World Trade Center, Oculus and Brooklyn Bridge. Located a block from 10 subway lines, the hotel is a short ride to Greenwich Village, Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen. The property is also walking distance to Pride Island on Pier 26 and other Pride festivities. hilton.com

Spread across the borough of Manhattan, W Hotels & Resorts operates four unique properties embodying the electric spirit and enervating chaos of the city which has served as a perpetual source of inspiration for W’s identity. Located in the heart of midtown, the largest central business district in world, W New York, the flagship property for W Hotels Worldwide, embodies all that is quintessentially New York, whereas W New York – Times Square overlooks the chaos of the “Crossroads of the World” and its bright lights below. Straddling the fringes of two of Manhattan’s iconic neighborhoods, Tribeca and the Financial District, is W New York – Downtown; and housed in a landmark 1911 Beaux-Arts building, W New York – Union Square is suffused with the counter-cultural, creative energy of its historically bohemian East Village surroundings. wnewyork.com

HOTEL 50 BOWERY - Lower Manhattan

There’s a new kid on the block in Manhattan. The newest addition to the sparkling skyline— and the first NYC outpost for Joie de Vivre group’s suite of boutique hotels—is Hotel 50 Bowery NYC. Be among the first to experience all that Chinatown, Little Italy and the Lower East Side has to offer. They are offering 15% off rooms and 20% off suites if you use the promo code BOWERY at check out. 50bowery.com THE TUSCANY HOTEL - Midtown Manhattan

The Tuscany – a St. Giles Signature Hotel is superbly located in Midtown Manhattan on a tree-lined street in the Murray Hill neighborhood. The Tuscany's prime location on 39th Street makes getting around New York City quite easy with its proximity to restaurants, nightlife, Bryant Park, Fifth Avenue, and NYC Pride events. Take advantage of their exclusive Pride offer, using promo code NYCPRIDE to enjoy up to 25% savings and complimentary upgrade (subject to availability). stgiles.com 138


In the heart of Lower Manhattan, amidst the trendy neighborhoods of Tribeca and Soho, sits the Sheraton Tribeca. Opened in October 2010, the hotel features 369 rooms— including two suites—on 22 floors. It is a deluxe full service hotel just a short walk to historic and cultural Little Italy and Chinatown. The Sheraton Tribeca is steps from some of NYC’s finest restaurants and shops, including the new Brookfield Place and Westfield World Trade Center, the Freedom Tower, and Pride Island’s home of Pier 26. sheratontribeca.com




Get Out and Get Global /


by Dina Homayumi

If your Instagram feed is anything like ours, there’s not a day that goes by without another #travel photo. People are breaking out their passports and heading for new horizons. We did a roundup of some of the world's most enviable destinations, so dust off your suitcase and get ready to go.




HOTEL - Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour

Stay at the lovely Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour and enjoy perks like 24-hour gym access and free in-room snacks. With vibrant color accents, modern amenities and a variety of room options, it’s definitely unique.


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The accents, the beaches, the weather: Sydney without a doubt has the holy trio of requirements when it comes to a hot travel destination. Head down under from March to May or September to November, and you’ll avoid scorching summers and large crowds.

CULTURE - Art Gallery of New South Wales Get your culture on at the Art Gallery of New South Wales (artgallery.nsw.gov.au). Established in 1871, the gallery is home to a blend of modern and contemporary works, as well as a distinguished collection of colonial and 19thcentury Australian art and European old masters.

SHOPPING - Blue Spinach & The Bearded Tit Spend your weekend taking in all the city has to offer. Climb Harbour Bridge (bridgeclimb.com) and witness some breathtaking panoramic views of Sydney Harbour at 134 meters above sea level.

ATTRACTIONS - Scenic World In the mood to explore? Check out Scenic World (scenicworld.com.au). This park offers suggested itineraries to highlight all your needs. Don’t miss the Scenic Cableway, offering stunning views of the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains.

Now that you’ve taken in the traditional attractions, it is time to shop. Who knew that Sydney was such a hub for vintage consignment? Blue Spinach (bluespinach. com.au) in Redfern offers luxury designer items. After snagging some great finds, grab a drink at The Bearded Tit (thebeardedtit.com). Part bar, part creative space, a whole lot of fun.

DINING - Hacienda Bar, Hubert & Cho Cho San

Get your drink on at Hacienda Bar (haciendasydney.com. au), a Cuban-inspired cocktail lounge that offers stunning views of Sydney Harbour. Recently ranked number one by Time Out, Hubert (restauranthubert.com) offers fine French dining with a cozy ambience. For those who thrive in a minimalist environment, you’ll find sanctuary at Cho Cho San (chochosan.com.au). The whitewashed interior provides a clean backdrop that allows focus on the Japanese-inspired menu.

EVENTS - Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Other notable happenings include Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras (mardigras.org.au). Part celebratory parade, part march for equality, this event is sure to be a blow out. Make sure to check out Queer Screen (queerscreen.org.au), the Mardi Gras Film Festival that features queer filmmakers and other artists showcasing the LGBT community.


ATTRACTIONS - Harbour Bridge



HOTEL - Las Alcobas

CULTURE - Museo Nacional de Antropologia

Head over to the luxurious Las Alcobas (lasalcobas.com). Recently ranked number one by tripadvisor, this hotel blends sleek modern aesthetic with earth-toned palettes for a sense of at-home comfort. Take time to pamper yourself in their Aurora Spa, which offers treatments from massages to wraps.

Not in the mood for an outdoor activity? Head to the Museo Nacional de Antropologia (mna.inah.gob.mx). Offering an overview of the anthropological development of Mexico, this museum focuses on the rich Mexican history and the heritage of the Aztec and Mayan cultures.

INDULGE - Quintonil, Common People Step outside and you’re in the Polanco neighborhood, Mexico City’s fashionable hotspot. Gastronomy is celebrated at Quintonil (quintonil.com) where traditional Mexican cuisine meets elegance. You’ll be able to find the traditional luxury shops, but check out Common People (commonpeople.com.mx) where offerings highlight both local and international designers.

ACTIVITIES - Chapultepec Park & Castle Hit Condesa for all the trendiest coffee shops, restaurants and bars. Take a walk over to Chapultepec Park. Here you’ll find lush gardens and the Chapultepec Castle. This historic castle, built in the 1850s, offers stunning views of Mexico City.

CULTURE - Lucha Libre On a Friday evening, you’ll find the city buzzing as it takes in Lucha Libre, Mexico’s version of professional wrestling. At the core of Mexico City’s culture, this is not just wrestling, but an event featuring an orgy of color, costumes, music and sport.



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NIGHTLIFE - Zona Rosa The Zona Rosa is the place to be for nightlife. Grab a bite at Tezka (tezka.com.mx) and experience elegant local cuisine paired with some of the best wines Mexico has to offer. Hit the Calle Republica de Cuba to find the best LGBT nightspots. Get your dance on at Marrakech Salón. It’s kitsch, it’s crowded, it’s fun.

EVENTS - Marcha del Orgullo Mexico City was recently named the head of the council for the Latin American Network of Rainbow Cities. Here in June? Check out Marcha del Orgullo, Mexico City’s LGBT Pride parade, for its 39th annual march on June 24, 2017.

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HOTEL - The PuLi Here in the world’s most populous city, you’ll find your zen at The PuLi (thepuli.com). This luxury hotel features impeccably sleek design with modern functionality. Stop at Wai Po Jia to sample dishes inspired by China’s Yangtze Delta region.



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SHOPPING / DINING - Nanjing Road

ACTIVITIES - The Bund, SWFC, Sky Walk Take a stroll along The Bund waterfront and absorb the unique blend of architecture. Head over to the Shanghai World Financial Center (swfc-shanghai.com) and take an elevator up to their Sky Walk, offering breathtaking panoramic views of the city of Shanghai, including the landmark Oriental Pearl Tower.

Hit Nanjing Road for over 600 shops of local and international businesses. Make sure to visit the Shanghai No. 1 Department Store, Shanghai’s five story behemoth of a shopping center. Regain your strength at Jia Jia Tangbao, where you’ll find the best xiao long bao, or soup dumplings, in the city.

HISTORY - Shanghai Museum, People's Square

Experience the rich history of China with a visit to Shanghai Museum (shanghaimuseum.net). Here you’ll find 11 galleries and multiple special exhibitions showcasing over 120,000 artifacts. Afterwards, walk through People’s Square and stop by Yuxin Chuan Cai for a taste of Sichuan cuisine.

CULTURE - Xin Tian Di, Tianzifang, Kaiba Craft

ACTIVITIES - Yuyuan Garden, City God Temple Explore Yuyuan Garden (yuyuantm.com.cn) and feel as if you’ve taken a step back in time. Walk over to the City God Temple (shchm.org). Inside you’ll find a busy market with vendors and restaurants side by side.

Old school collides with the new at Xin Tian Di. This bohemian area showcases examples of classic architecture known as Shikumen residences. Here you’ll find bohemian boutiques, bars and cafes. Nearby Tianzifang is a hub for your inner artist. Take in the multiple galleries and design houses and grab a craft beer at Kaiba Craft.

NIGHTLIFE - Flair Rooftop, Lucca

No trip is complete without a night out on the town. Start your night off at Flair Rooftop, located at the top of the Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong. Located on the 58th floor, you’ll be able to take in views of the city skyline as you sip on your cocktail. Hit the dancefloor at Lucca, located smack in the middle of LGBT Shanghai. Be prepared for a wild night filled with sweat and techno.



Here in June? Don’t miss ShanghaiPRIDE (shpride.com) from June 15 to June 18. Not stopping in until September? Experience the Shanghai Queer Film Festival (shqff.org), a week long community screening event in mid-September dedicated to excellence in queer cinema.

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HOTELS - The Norman Hotel, Rothschild 12

NIGHTLIFE - Diego San, Breakfast Club & more

Check in at The Norman Hotel (thenorman.com), where you’ll be met with airy natural lighting, light wood accents, and a beautiful rooftop pool. Freshen up and head over to Rothschild 12 (rothschild12.co.il) for a drink and bite to eat. Make sure to stick around, as the cafe hosts live music every evening.

Hit the town and start a night out with tacos and sangria at Diego San (diego-san.co.il). Afterwards, it’s time to dance. Take in underground music at Breakfast Club. Back in the up and coming Florentine neighborhood, you’ll find Haoman 17 (haoman17.com), Tel Aviv’s biggest nightclub. Not to be missed is Shpagat, part cafe, part lively gay bar.

EVENTS - Tel Aviv Pride Parade Visiting in June? Don’t miss out on Tel Aviv Pride, the largest Pride event in the Middle East. The Tel Aviv Pride Parade will take place on June 9, 2017. This year’s theme for Pride Week is Bisexuality Visibility.

ACTIVITIES - Neve Tsedek, Jaffa & more Head over to Neve Tsedek, one of Tel Aviv’s first neighborhoods. The smaller streets mean fewer cars and lots of room for walking. Take in the boutiques and galleries and stop for a coffee and snack in one of the cafes. Afterwards, take a trip over to Jaffa (oldjaffa. co.il), where you’ll find one of the world’s oldest ports, picturesque views of modern Tel Aviv in the distance, and fascinating shops. Grab an ice cream from Vaniglia (vaniglia.co.il) and have a picnic in Hayarkon Park. Stroll the Tayelet, or boardwalk, and take in the waves of the Mediterranean.

SHOPPING - Shuk HaCarmel, Givon Square If it’s old world markets you’re after, boy have we got you covered. Shuk HaCarmel (en.shuktlv.co.il) is the most famous Tel Aviv market. Here you’ll find everything from street food to spices and small tourist trinkets. Prefer something more modern? Try the Sarona Complex, a hub of boutique shops and fine dining. Highlights include Claro (clarotlv.com), where you’ll find modern mediterranean cuisine. Visit Givon Square on Fridays and you’ll happen upon the Tel Aviv Vintage Market where you’ll have a chance to score some unique vintage finds.

Sunny Tel Aviv is the perfect summer destination. With a third of Tel Aviv’s population between the ages of 18 and 35, this is a city to be young in.



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Pride Partners

In addition to our roster of official Pride events, NYC Pride partners with a great group of organizations that produce their own amazing celebrations and activities. Be sure and check out all of our 2017 Pride Partners.



June 1 | 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. / Central Park Zoo

June 8 - September 3 American Airlines Theatre | 227 W. 42nd Street, NYC

Show your zoo colors at Callen-Lorde’s annual pride party at Central Park Zoo. Mix, mingle and celebrate with fabulous food, drink and fun for the whole family. Music by Occupy the Disco. Tickets at callen-lorde.org/ROAR or 212-271-7263.

CO M P O S U RE June 1 - 24 The Workshop Theatre | 312 W. 36th Street, NYC It was supposed to be a casual fling. When Fletcher Driscoll returned to his hometown to direct his alma mater’s production of Romeo and Juliet, he never expected to end up in a star-crossed romance of his own. He never expected to get involved with Jeff, recently out and carrying his own complicated past, nor was he quite prepared to confront Tommy, his high school best friend who broke his heart... repeatedly and on purpose. Fortunately, Fletcher and Jeff have decided to keep it simple, so what could possibly go wrong? A powerful drama about the resonance of loss, Composure is for everyone who has ever loved the wrong person and worries that it’s too late to find the right one. The Workshop Theater’s previous production of Composure received 2016 New York Innovative Theatre Awards for Outstanding Direction (Fritz Brekeller) and Outstanding Original Full-Length Script (playwright, Scott C. Sickles). Mr. Brekeller is an Emmy Award-winner for One Life to Live. Mr. Sickles currently writes for General Hospital for which he has received three Writers Guild of America Awards. Composure is the final production of The Workshop Theater’s 23rd season./ workshoptheater.org

O U TC YC L I NG NYC PRI DE RI DE June 4 | 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. West Side Bike Path at 145th Street, NYC 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, visit nycprideride. org. OutCycling is a nonprofit community bike organization made up of cyclists of all ages and and abilities. Our motto is fun, fitness and friendship for all and our membership is open to anyone. For more information, visit outcycling.org. 148

Roundabout Theatre Company presents Marvin’s Room, a wildly funny play about the laughter that can shine through life’s darkest moments. Scott McPherson’s only play to be staged on Broadway given his premature death due to complications from AIDS stars Janeane Garofalo, Lili Taylor and Celia Weston. Receive 20% off by using the code PRIDE17. roundabouttheatre.org

N AP O LI, BRO O KLYN June 9 - September 3 The Laura Peis Theatre | 111 W. 46th Street, NYC Roundabout presents the world premiere of Napoli, Brooklyn, a poignant new play about an Italian immigrant household in 1960s Brooklyn. When three young daughters confront a changing world and sexual identity, their paths diverge—in drastic and devastating ways—from their parents’ deeply traditional values. Despite their fierce love, each young woman harbors a secret longing that, if revealed, could tear the family apart. Receive 20% off by using the code PRIDE17. roundabouttheatre.org

FOUN D: Queer Archeology; Queer Abstraction June 10 - September 3 Leslie Lohman Museum | 26 Wooster Street, NYC FOUND is a survey of up-and-coming artists trained for the trail, socio-anthropologists of the queer. Matt Lipps forages through the archives of the defunct arts journal, Horizon Magazine, for proof of a gay footprint, rephotographing the evidence he finds into vivid tableaux that seasons the entire history of Western art with the correct amount of post-industrial luridness. Artist Reena Katz unearths a literal dreamscape from the mixed tapes of her coming-of-age, which she weaves into AudioCloth pillowcases that crackle and moan under hand-held tape heads. Brian Christopher Glaser molds society pages into class leviathans, and constructs a deluge of hair ads. Alyse Ronayne unearths hybridizations that cross the taint of self tanners with hand-selected confetti, the breadcrumb trails of parties gone by. Gaye Chan combs though more generalized historiographies of colonialism for the specific outlines of queer identity. Curated by Avram Finkelstein. leslielohman.org

LOVE WIN S June 19 - June 27 Brookfield Place | 230 Vesey St., NYC

June 15 - July 2 Made in NY Media Center | 30 John Street, BK My True Colors Festival is an annual multidisciplinary arts event, taking place June 15 to July 2 at multiple venues in Brooklyn. Now in its third season, MTCF received submissions from across the country and around the globe and will showcase plays, documentaries, film shorts, feature films, web series originals, dance and musical acts as well as workshops for and by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex and asexual (LGBTQIA+) storytellers and diverse communities. Past one-on-one conversations included notable celebrities and allies such as ABC’s Black-ish actress Jenifer Lewis and For Colored Girls playwright Ntozake Shange.This year’s lineup features the films Kiki and Free CeCe.


Q U O C E L E B RATES NYC ( Pr i de G ay-L a Con cer t ) June 17 | 8 p.m. Church of the Holy Apostles | 269 9th Ave., NY Kick off your Pride Week festivities with the Queer Urban Orchestra as we celebrate our hometown—New York City. Come join the incomparable Jacqueline Jonée as she hosts an evening of music and revelry dedicated to this great city. There will also be a silent auction throughout the evening. The Queer Urban Orchestra (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

T H E AT RE E A ST Nei g h b o r h o o d ’s Readi n g Seri es June 19 | 6 p.m. O’Lunney’s Time Square Pub | 145 W. 45th St. 2nd Fl Theatre East celebrates NYC Pride with a special installment of the Neighborhood Reading Series. Come hear Lilly Camp’s new play, Couch Nights, that explores friendship, young love, identity, newfound sexuality, and the complexities found therein. Raise a glass at the 6 p.m. cocktail hour followed by the play reading at 7 p.m. Enjoy a Rainbow festooned photo booth, drink specials, and lots of love! theatreeast.org

P RIDE : The S eries Panel Dis cus s io n June 21 | 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Therapy | 348 W. 52nd St., NYC PRIDE: The Series collaborates with The Trevor Project to host a panel discussion featuring top LGBTQ influencers in the entertainment industry, including Alexis Michelle (RuPaul’s Drag Race, Season 9), Michael Musto (The New York Times celebrity journalist) and more. These influencers will create a conversation surrounding the difficulties and successes one encounters while being a creative member of the LGBTQ community in the entertainment industry. pridetheseries.com

WQXR Pres ent The O p era Par ty: Prid e W itho ut Prejud ice June 22 | 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. The Green Space | 44 Charlton St., NYC Loosen the laces of your corset for WQXR’s first official celebration of NYC Pride Week! Curated and hosted by MET Opera star Anthony Roth Costanzo, this unfettered fête full of high notes and low bars celebrates opera in a whole new way. Hear world-class live performances while enjoying delectable dishes created to match the music and drinks you can take to your seat. Co-hosted by Justin Vivian Bond—performance artist, author, and cabaret artist—and featuring tenor and forceof-nature Anthony Dean Griffey, a surreal confection by cake-maker Elizabeth Hodes, and enticing opportunities to show off just how much pride you feel. Artist Doug Fitch provides art direction and other edible designs especially for the occasion. wqxr.org/events



In celebration of New York City’s Pride Week, Brookfield Place New York will feature an interactive visual activation entitled the “LOVE WINS” Letter Project. This is the second year Brookfield Place has hosted the #LoveWinsLoveLetters Project. The evolving installation crowdsources messages of love and hope, displaying the strength in the Lower Manhattan community. The project also demonstrates the collaboration and inclusiveness among the corporate and retail tenants, who worked together to bring the display to life. brookfieldplaceny.com





June 23 - June 25 (visit website for times and locations)

Gay & Sober’s mission is to provide a safe, fun, and enriching experience to the sober community. Our primary purpose is to encourage unity and enhance one’s sobriety. In the spirit of unity, we come together to support and love one another and to show others—especially beginners— that it is indeed possible to be happy, joyous, and free while being sober. / gayandsober.org

The Del Close Marathon is a non-stop improvised comedy festival featuring hundreds of performers on eleven different stages in the Chelsea and East Village neighborhoods over one sleepless weekend. The marathon, hosted by the famed The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, 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

F RO NT RU NNERS NEW YORK LG BT Pr i d e Ru n June 24 | 8:30 a.m. Central Park | East Drive at 102nd St.Transverse, NYC This year will mark the 36th running of the Front Runners New York (FRNY) Pride Run. Since the inaugural race in 1982, the Pride Run has grown to become the largest LGBT sporting event in NYC and one of the largest worldwide. This event, organized by FRNY in collaboration with New York Road Runners, is an official qualifier for the TCS New York City Marathon. Each year, FRNY shares the proceeds from the race, raised from sponsors and donors, with a club-nominated charity. Callen-Lorde Community Health Center has been selected as this year’s recipient.


E V E RY B O OT Y June 24 | 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. Brooklyn Academy of Music | 30 Lafayette Ave., BK The 2017 Everybooty affair descends on the Brooklyn Academy of Music this Pride weekend for a four-floor, more-s-more arts explosion featuring the glitteriest creatures of the queers arts and nightlife worlds. This radical evening of revelry fills BAM’s Fisher Building from basement to rooftop with performances, DJs, installations, immersive experiences, booze, and general ruckus. Giving You Life! bam.org/everybooty

NE W YO RK HI STORI CAL SOCI ETY 170 Central Park West, NYC American history comes alive like never before at our groundbreaking, new fourth floor. Immerse yourself in our awe-inspiring Gallery of Tiffany Lamps where 100 illuminated glass masterpieces will dazzle you. Discover breathtaking displays of unique historic objects in our sprawling new North Gallery. And uncover the hidden stories of American women in the new Center for Women’s History, the first of its kind in the nation within the walls of a museum. / 4thfloor.nyhistory.org 150

AMIDA C ARE At Amida Care, New York’s largest Medicaid special needs health plan, members are celebrated for who they really are. Amida Care specializes in helping members living with chronic conditions, such as HIV, to get and stay well so they can live their most authentic, best lives. Thanks to decades of advocacy and medical advancements in HIV treatment, people living with HIV can get to a place where the virus is at undetectable levels, making it possible for them to live longer, healthier lives and to be much less likely to transmit HIV to others. An AIDSfree generation is within our reach. Coordinated care and services for your physical, mental, and emotional needs may be within your reach if you qualify for our plan. For confidential assistance, call 1-855-GO-AMIDA (TTY 711) or

visit amidacareny.org.




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Clear Comfort/

Catch the view from a historic cottage to find some surprising facts about the City’s revolutionary artist, social eccentric, and her famous private parties.

Images Credit: Alice Austen Collection Historic Richmond Town

Clear Comfort was originally built in the 1690s and greatly expanded to a Gothic-revival summer cottage a century later, complete with Alice Austen’s personal darkroom. Leading a life considered unladylike in the Victorian era, she was one of the earliest practitioners of cycling and advocated women riding bicycles— to the extent of helping create a manual for female riders with her friend, Violet Ward. Austen paved a path very few had the luxury of travelling: master tennis player, landscape designer, Staten Island Garden Club founder and the first woman in Staten Island to own a vehicle, drive it, and fix it on her own. As one of the world’s earliest and most prolific female photographers, Austen would strap the 50 pound equipment to her back and zip around New York City on her bike capturing scenes of immigrants and the working class, offering an unusually intimate peek into the era. She also documented her friends with candidness, allowing them to goof off, embrace, and cross dress. Hosting costume theme parties and “slumber parties,” Austen and her circle would pose in bathing suits, tuxedos, and smoke cigarettes in undergarments... with hair down... in a church..., going against every Victorian social norm, frame after frame. IIn 1899, Austen met Brooklyn school teacher and dance instructor, Gertrude Tate. What began as companionship culminated in 1917 with Gertrude moving into Clear Comfort against her family’s wishes. They remained there for over thirty years, living independently wealthy from her family estate until the market crash of 1929. Believing it would soon pass, the couple vacationed in Europe returning to a New York still in crisis. After mortgaging the house, the couple ran a tearoom, rented out beds, taught ballroom dance classes, and sold family heirlooms before losing the house and leaving their life on the Narrows behind. After a small stay in a tiny apartment, Tate’s family took her back but refused Austen, who ended up in the Staten Island Farm Colony. Eventually, the Staten Island Historical Society began work with a publisher to publish her more than 8,000 photos, most seeing light for the first time. The proceeding exhibition and sale of the prints allowed Austen to spend her final years in a private nursing home, the subject of magazine articles and belated tributes. She died in 1952. Tate outlived her by ten years, but her request to be buried next together was not honored by her family. 152

Today, their home is one of Staten Island’s most unusual treasures. The seaside cottage once again buzzes with visitors enjoying photography workshops and current photographic exhibitions, Austen’s permanent collection, original equipment, and a still-working darkroom. They host a slew of events at the house including: educational programs, biking, public arts programs, book signings, and an annual Pug Fun Day. Included as a NYC LGBT Historic Site, Clear Comfort was awarded a grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities to build upon the museum, giving more attention to the historic relationship of Austen and Tate. Hosting the Staten Island Coming Out Day picnic on their grounds, the Alice Austen House marches alongside Staten Island Pride and is currently collaborating with NYC Pride on the 2019 World Pride and Stonewall 50 programs. Clear Comfort is located two miles south of the Staten Island Ferry terminal and one mile north of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge. The grounds are open every day until dusk. For more information visit aliceausten.org.

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Birthday of Gilbert Baker, Creator of the Pride Flag. WOMEN'S RIGHT to VOTE SUNDAY, JUNE 4

US Congress Passes the 19th Amendment giving Women the Right to Vote in 1920.



National Best Friend's Day.


Brooklyn Pride at Night. UNITE. RESIST. BE PROUD. SUNDAY, JUNE 11

Equality March for Unity & Pride. MOVIES & MARTINIS




On National Martini Day, tip your bartender and invite him to Out Cinema.

Check them out at Summerstage in Central Park. FLIP, FLOP + RALLY! FRIDAY, JUNE 16 - National Flip Flop Day wear your favorite Flip Flops to the Rally at Foley Square. ROAR LIKE a KING!

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Come see the DIsney Classic Lion King at Family Movie Night.


It’s National Selfie Day! You already know what to do.

INTO? Workwear. FRIDAY, JUNE 23 - Dress up in your sexiest uniforms and kick-off NYC Pride weekend properly at Fantasy and Pride Island.


Continue the Pride Weekend with VIP Rooftop, Teaze, Masterbeat: Game Show, Youth Pride and Pride Island. SUNDAY-FUNDAY! SUNDAY, JUNE 25

Celebrate 48 years of Pride at The March or see LeAnn Rimes at PrideFest. Just because The March is overdoesn’t mean the party is! Party all night at Femme Fatale and the final night of Pride Island. 158


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