➤ WHAT’S DOIN’, from p.117 are uplifted by the courage and bravery of those people who said that enough was enough. Plans: As many things and events as possible. I know we need to commemorate, but also to have fun and revel in the community. Part of Stonewall was about reveling in community power, and that celebration matters equally with political force. I will also be wearing a lot of sunscreen. You should, too! Donna Aceto — Photographer, Gay City News Meaning: Craziness. It wasn’t even June yet and it was kicking my ass. Plans: I’ll start taking pictures at the Queer Liberation March kickoff at Sheridan Square at 9 a.m. on Sunday, that’s where my heart really is, but then I’ll shuffle over to Heritage of Pride, too. Andrew Cuomo — Governor of the State of New York Meaning: We’re very proud of what we’ve done in New York City as a beacon for LGBTQ rights around
Governor Andrew Cuomo.
the world. Plans: I’ll be welcoming the world to Pride in New York City. Robert O’Hare — Commander, Sixth Precinc in Greenwich Village Meaning: We’re really proud of how far the Police Department has come in 50 years. We’re not perfect, but it’s a pretty big difference between being the police outside Stonewall in 1969 and being the police inside Stonewall in 2019. Plans: I’ll be up and on the street by 7 a.m. on Sunday morning, and I told my family I probably won’t be home until around 24 hours
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later on Monday morning. I’ll be watching to make sure people can celebrate safely and be listening to hear about any concerns that come up. Jules Peiperl — Costume Designer for National Queer Theater’s Criminal Queerness Festival (through July 6) Meaning: It means celebrating our achievements and feeling not alone without forgetting how far we have to go. Plans: I’m dressing up in an 18th century fop outfit with a Trans flag sash and hanging out with my friend — we’re going to flounce around.
Commander Robert O’Hare.
Vanessa German — Artist of “Notes on the Absence of Sacredness: How Little Black Girls Die” (pictured), currently on view in the group show “Radical Love” at the Ford Foundation Gallery Meaning: I think about the people that were there at the Stonewall that night, you know? Just people — drinking, dancing, maybe going to go home with someone later. Did they know? Did they realize that they were just about to make all of us safe — safer, 50 years later? Did they know? Plans: I live in Pittsburgh, a city where there’s a lot of contention about Pride, like Pride events being
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First Lady Chirlane McCray.
sponsored by a company involved in fracking, so I won’t necessarily being doing the whole Pride thing there. But I did do a six-hour performance with my girlfriend for Pre-Pride in Los Angeles called “soft: the longest kiss.” Chirlane McCray — First Lady of New York City Meaning: We’ve come a long way, and I’m old enough to remember. I came to New York in 1977. I predate the LGBT Center! I’m grateful to be alive at such a time, to be host hosting a Pride event at Gracie Mansion, to have unveiled plans for the first statues in the United States of two transgender heroines, Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera. Plans: I’ll be with my tribe, my crew, and it’s going to be a joyous occasion. June 27 - July 3, 2019 | GayCityNews.nyc
Gay City News issue for Stonewall 50/ WorldPride, June 27, 2019